BA (Hons)
Business Management

Key Information


18 to 24 months

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Academic Year

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme offers students the opportunity to advance their career through engaging in personal and professional development, with the aim of increasing management competence and enhancing overall employability.

This work-based distance learning programme is designed to provide those working within an appropriate environment, and commonly already holding professional qualifications, the management skills to effectively and efficiently manage their work areas.

The degree draws upon specialised knowledge and skills you have already developed during the course of your employment.

The degree encourages the development of lifelong learners and offers the following key features:

- A blended learning approach, drawing on University of Lincoln's expertise in delivering online programmes to part-time students in full-time employment

- An innovative and creative approach in teaching, learning and assessment, drawing on a range of digital and technological learning tools

- A learning experience, offering students a wider critical perspective on the consequences of individual decisions and actions and on the ethics of being socially responsible, including corporate social responsibility, part of the Lincoln International Business School's 'responsible futures principles'.

- A clear focus on the student experience and academic, pastoral and professional support and care.

Why Choose Lincoln

A work-based distance learning programme

Utilises a range of digital and technological learning tools

Enhance your specialist knowledge and skills

Apply knowledge in real-world settings

Supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources

A group of students working together on a project

How You Study

This flexible learning programme can be tailored to the individual needs and circumstances and provides an academically rigorous learning environment within which students have the opportunity to extend their skills, expertise, knowledge, vision and personal and career development by:

- engaging in independent learning, reflective debate and practice, supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources

- focusing on theoretical aspects of business and management, offering the opportunity to apply theories and concepts to students' workplaces, developing knowledge in addition to developing a range of skills and abilities

- gaining an understanding of the dynamic nature of modern organisations and the environment within which they operate by applying module content to management situations within the workplace in increasingly integrated and systematic ways

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme presents a framework within which students may engage in personal and professional development by integrating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience, whilst simultaneously contributing to organisational effectiveness. This programme is designed to be flexible and dynamic enough to reflect and absorb change and facilitate the student's acquisition of a range of skills and knowledge that may be needed to rise to the challenges of the contemporary workplace.

The BA (Hons) Business Management degree presents a distance-learning framework to enable individuals to complete the programme within a two year period - the duration reflects personal circumstances, accredited experience, prior learning and work commitments.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Communication and Professional Practice 2024-25MGW1518MLevel 42024-25CoreIntroduction to Business Economics 2024-25ECO1026MLevel 42024-25CoreIntroduction to Financial Communications 2024-25MGW1523MLevel 42024-25CoreIntroduction to Marketing Concepts 2024-25MKW1102MLevel 42024-25CoreIntroduction to Organisational Behaviour 2024-25MGW1521MLevel 42024-25CoreStudy Skills 2024-25MGT1522MLevel 42024-25CoreDeveloping as a Leader and Manager 2024-25LOG2008MLevel 52024-25This module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore the behavioural aspects of organisational life. The module provides a framework for the development of self-awareness and emotional intelligence in relation to others, and interpersonal and social processes as they impact on personal and organisational effectiveness. Furthermore, an introduction to the concepts of Transactional and Transformational Leadership enables you to develop a conceptual understanding that is grounded on personal experience.CoreFinancial Concepts 2024-25MGT2275MLevel 52024-25CoreIndependent Learning Skills 2024-25MGT2276MLevel 52024-25CorePerformance Management 2024-25MGW2281MLevel 52024-25CorePrinciples of Project Management 2024-25BUS2040MLevel 52024-25This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, with the aim of developing the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module provides students with the chance to develop an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically oriented introduction to the nature and purpose of project management and its key functions (scope, time, cost, quality, risk). To adequately balance the hard skills learned, the module also involves an appreciation of how to communicate with project stakeholders and an understanding of the organisational and human issues involved in managing projects.CoreWork Based Project 2024-25MGW2278MLevel 52024-25CoreCritical Enquiry Skills 2024-25MGW3265MLevel 62024-25This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, and the Independent Research Project in particular.CoreDigital Communications in a Business Environment 2024-25MGW3266MLevel 62024-25This module aims to introduce students to the concept of digital communication and its components, and provoke the thought process of digital communication to enable the effectiveness and sustainability of businesses. Drawing upon a variety of conceptualisations and propositions on digital communication in business contexts, students can focus on the structure of the digital communication set-up within their own organisation and will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, experiences and skills on using digital communication to exchange information, to facilitate effective management.CoreFinance for the Non-finance Manager 2024-25MGW3267MLevel 62024-25This module aims to apply academic theory and thinking to students' own organisation and linking finance to other functions within the organisation.CoreIndependent Research Project 2024-25MGW3262MLevel 62024-25The Independent Research Project is the capstone project of the programme. It provides students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The focus of this project should be a real-world issue or a research topic. Whilst it is intended that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of our programmes, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with the supervisor.CoreIntegrating Leadership and Management Experience 2024-25MGW3263MLevel 62024-25This module is designed to develop and assess students’ ability to reflect critically on leadership and management professional practice and experiences. The expectation is that academic theory and literature will be critically reviewed and applied to the professional experience and organisational context to allow for personal development planning.CoreCoaching and Mentoring 2024-25MGW3270MLevel 62024-25This module introduces students to coaching and mentoring as an approach to organisational performance improvement. Coaching can be understood as facilitating someone to reach their own potential to maximise their own performance, helping them learn rather than telling them.OptionalHealth and Safety Management 2024-25MGW3272MLevel 62024-25This module introduces the creation of effective management systems for safe and effective work environments. This module looks to develop existing compliance knowledge, asking students to evaluate the policies and procedures in place within their organisation designed to achieve compliance. Students are encouraged to explore and question current processes in order to develop their own management skills, with emphasis on the human element rather than paperwork. It involves the application of a number of techniques which combine both knowledge and problem-solving skills.OptionalManaging Projects 2024-25MGW3264MLevel 62024-25In this module students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, and can develop the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically-oriented introduction to the nature, purpose and standards of project management and its key functional objectives (scope, time, cost, quality, risk and flexibility). The role and qualities of the project manager and the composition of the team are also evaluated.OptionalStrategic Innovation and Opportunity Creation 2024-25MGW3279MLevel 62024-25The Strategic innovation and opportunity creation elective has been designed so that upon completion of the module participants will be able to both identify, recognise and use entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills gained through the research and study of both theory and practice, and use these to create a value driven entrepreneurial business plan, or business case project plan. The module aims to equip students with a broad depth and range of enterprise and innovation theory which forms a foundation of knowledge on which to build a creative idea, either as a new business, or as a new project within an existing business. Researching an area or idea will form the main focus, upon which students will examine their target market/customer and both relate and synchronise them to offer value to the customer, either as a new business, or as a new project they will research a proposed innovation or value added outcome delivered within an existing business. It also aims to reflect the entrepreneurial learning process which informs how entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs learn from previous mistakes. Adopting this route does not confine the participants to the confines of small or medium business and its associated and related activities; it aims to examine the rise in popularity of third sector organisations of which the social entrepreneur plays a large role. It also supports the full development of entrepreneurial skills and sensitivities for use in existing organisations large and small, to facilitate the management of change and/or the achievement or organisational goals. In addition, it will prepare the student for involvement in inter-organisational relationships and joint ventures requiring the mobilisation of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

This programmes centres around work-based learning, which is not just about acquiring knowledge and a set of technical skills, but reflection and learning from experience. Application to context and evidence of application is central to the learning process as learning is seen as arising from action and problem solving within a work environment, centred around live projects and challenges to individuals and organisations.

Assignment briefs will inform students of the intended learning outcomes and requirements relating to assessment. The work-based focus of any project or assignment will involve negotiation and agreement between the student and the module tutor.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level. To qualify for direct entry we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions. If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, the FdSc Operations Management is designed as a pathway to help meet the level 6 requirements and give you the foundation in operational management necessary for any of the work-based distance learning degree courses we offer. Find out more at

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read.

However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.


Work-Based Distance Learning students need to be in employment and have some management responsibilities, this can be management of people or resources. You will need to evidence that you can practically apply level 5 knowledge, this can be achieved by providing evidence of qualifications undertaken or professional body membership.

What Can I Do with a Business Management Degree?

BA (Hons) Business Management is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. The course is designed to enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and vision and to provide them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

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Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, then our friendly Work Based Distance Learning Team are here to help. You can reach them by email at

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.