BA (Hons) Business Management

  • Award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • School: Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln
  • Mode: Work Based Distance Learning

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme is a work based distance learning programme designed to allow students to make maximum use of their work experience and previous learning within a higher education environment.  Successful study will provide you with a degree which has the potential to boost your career opportunities.  Open to all qualified candidates, the programme comprises five key modules:  Study Skills for Distance Learning, Integrating Professional Experience, Management of Change, Applied Problem Solving, a Dissertation.

The programme takes into account the high levels of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and provides a degree framework to support and accredit this learning.

The University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Business Management programme is a 'top-up' degree programme. You can receive accreditation towards the first two years of the programme through existing academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. This distance learning programme can take between 18 months and 2 years to complete, depending on individual circumstances and work commitments.

What You Will Study

The final year of study on the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree comprises five modules designed to develop and enhance appreciation and understanding of a range of key business/management concepts from both an academic and a professional perspective:

Study Skills for Distance Learners


At degree level, learning moves beyond simply memorising facts to the confines of academic argument, where personal opinions and evidence are supported with academic references and citations. 

This module offers you the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of skills including transferable, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills, that should allow you to succeed in your academic studies. The module aims to ensure that students acquire the essential knowledge, tools and ability required to successfully complete the degree, whilst also making the most of the freedoms and disciplines involved in higher education and formal academic study.

Subject specific skills are identified through reference to the relevant sector frameworks which are applied to the generic skill outcomes for final year undergraduate level. The module offers the opportunity to use reflective practice as a developmental tool. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the rigours and expectations of academic writing and critical analysis appropriate to final year undergraduate study. 

Integrating Professional Business Experience


Reflection as a learning technique for enhancing educational development is an important  tool in a student’s professional development. Reflective practice involves  learning and evolving academic understanding through examining consequences of real-life experiences. A successful manager must open their professional practice to the scrutiny of others, becoming a more effective manager as a result. At an organisational level, reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation and forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change.

This module provides a basic framework within which you will be required to reflect on your experiences during previous formal managerial training and within your past/present business working environments. You will be encouraged to develop your own abilities to practice reflection in the practical arena by assessing your own philosophies against academic theories and models, which offers you the opportunity to challenge, perfect and increase your own individual management skills. This will be facilitated through the creation of a personal learning log, individual reading and study, and face-to-face or online dialogue with your module tutor.

Management of Change

This module aims to develop your workplace skills in the management of change through an investigation into your own or relevant organisation in relation to change management from a number of theoretical perspectives.

By considering your organisation’s business and market position, its structure and how it operates, there is the potential to develop an understanding of the context within which change happens. You will then consider how organisational structure and culture may enable or inhibit the process before critically investigating and evaluating change management theoretical models and exploring the impact of change upon people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations. Finally, you will use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation, making recommendations about change strategies for the future.

Applied Problem Solving in the Business Workplace

This module is designed to help you further develop your problem-solving skills. You will look at some more unusual approaches to the solving of complex problems and consider techniques used outside your own organisation and experience. At an early stage you will select a complex problem in your own workplace to work on throughout the module and develop, integrate and apply your new learning, ideas and techniques in a practical context. This will be done by analysing the problem using unconventional or original methodological tools, identifying and evaluating one or more solutions, and assessing the constraints that new or unpredictable features may place on each. 

The module aims to equip you with an understanding of the nature of complex problems, including problems with unknown/unpredictable features within the context of this specific course; furthermore, the module aims to ensure you are equipped with a range of advanced skills to develop your ability to solve complex problems and engage in applied complex problem solving within your workplace.


This module offers the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work independently on a major project of your own choosing, utilising and building on skills and subject expertise developed in other modules of your degree programme. Working with your tutor, you will research, develop and present your independent study for assessment following the agreed formats prescribed by the Lincoln Business School and the University. 

Course Outcomes

The BA (Hons) Business Management qualification is seen as the basis for further career development. Increasingly, employers are looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate they have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace, and this degree has been developed to offer you the opportunity to ensure you have that edge in your current role or when considering career development opportunities.  The potential benefits of the BA (Hons) Business Management programme include:

For individuals:

  • Academic recognition for learning that you have already achieved;
  • Programme delivery at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to break off from the programme when other pressures take over;
  • Individual learning programmes focused on job-relevant learning;
  • Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and extend the scope of your activities;
  • Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice;
  • Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.

For organisations:

  • Improved performance and competitive edge;
  • Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of the workforce;
  • Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work based projects;
  • Customised programmes to suit your organisation.

How You Are Assessed

The assessments are designed to address the learning outcomes of all individual modules, utilising a range of assessment methods including essays, portfolios, reflective logs and reports. There are opportunities for formative feedback to aid learning and prepare students for submission of assessments on an on-going basis throughout the programme. 

The academic staff who deliver the BA (Hons) Business Management programme are committed to encouraging students to engage with the programme, and aim to help you demonstrate and apply the potential benefits of enhanced learning and understanding. 


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 to the top-up degree 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.



Programme delivery Work Based Distance Learning
UK/EU/International £7,000 fee for the duration of the programme
Payment Option 1  One instalment of £7,000 at enrolment 
Payment Option 2 Two instalments of £3,500, first at enrolment and second in 12th month of study
Payment Option 3  Four instalments of £1,750, first at enrolment and then every six months of study 

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