Business Management (2 Year Fast Track) BA (Hons)

Business Management students at a Global Entrepreneurship Week event
UCAS code N201
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £10,900 per year of study
Course start September
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Course outline

If you're interested in business and have the drive and determination to complete an honours degree at an accelerated pace, our Two-year Fast-track Business Management degree is for you. You'll complete an honours degree in just two years.

You will study over the summer, but you'll be able to enter the job market a year early or have the option of gaining a Masters qualification within three years. You will also have the opportunity to experience an overseas residential in the summer of the first year.

Our experienced tutors know exactly how to manage and deliver a compressed accelerated teaching programme. They are experienced in key business disciplines - from marketing and human resources to strategy, operations and supply chain management. You will also benefit from our close links with industry.

You'll follow the same programme of study as students on the three-year Business Management degree. You'll then study modules that are delivered by blended learning (a mixture of distance learning and face-to-face delivery) to accelerate your progression.

The summer semester includes a compulsory two or three week accelerated teaching block, which includes a short overseas residential. We try to incorporate a visit to a multinational organisation during this trip. This will then form the focus for the assessment of one of your summer modules.

Course content

Year 1 (Core)

  • Management Skills (Enhancing your Career and Personal Success)
  • Resourcing the Organisation
  • Analysing Business and Environmental Information 1
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Professional Development (Enterprise, Entrepreneurialism and Citizenship)*
  • Global Marketing in Action*
  • Work Experience*

*Studied in the summer teaching block

Year 2 (Core)

  • Designing and Managing Effective Organisations
  • Analysing Business and Environmental Information 2
  • Global Business Directions
  • Applied Business Research*
  • Strategic Management in Organisations*

*Studied in the summer teaching block

Year 2 (Options)

Three professional choice modules to be selected from a wide range of business areas, including:

  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise
  • Tourism and Events

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points: 128

A levels: ABB

BTEC: National Diploma DDM

All applicants are individually assessed, including where possible an interview to discuss the suitability of applicants to the fast-track degree

Student success

"Whilst studying on the two year BA (Hons) Business Management degree, I was able to develop many management skills that enabled me to progress towards my future career. By gaining this prestigious award I was accepted onto a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme between Staffordshire University and GDM Heat Transfer Ltd. As a result I won the Business Leaders of Tomorrow Award and achieved an outstanding for the overall project. This is an accomplishment that was made possible by the two-year fast-track course.

"I would highly recommend the Business Management Two-year Fast-track course to any individual who wants to fast-track their career into senior management. It requires hard work and commitment but gives the business student a unique selling point in a very competitive market."

Lisa Finney BA (Hons) Business Management (Two-year Fast-track)

"Graduating with a two-year fast-track degree in Business Management indicates to employers that I am a major player in the graduate jobs market and that I am keen to get ahead. The workload on this programme is very demanding as it is designed for exceptional students and this experience has been highly rewarding and good preparation for the future. After graduating with a First Class I applied to many organisations and I was lucky enough to be interviewed by most and I was actually in a position to choose from several job offers.

"It was very apparent that my fast-track status was the focus of attention and it played a pivotal role in my eligibility for various positions within these organisations. I chose to go with Nationwide Building Society as a Customer Service Representative within its Retail Banking division in London as it has great developmental opportunities and a fast-track route to its Specialist and Support Management programme."

Hafsa Mahmood, BA (Hons) Business Management (Two-year Fast-track)

Teaching and learning

Under the knowledgeable eye of our teaching team, you’ll master the business skills most sought after by employers. You’ll benefit from your tutors’ experience at the highest levels of business – and their pioneering research into business strategy.

Different people learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of:

  • Lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Virtual Learning Environment online

To begin with you'll follow the same programme of study as students on the three-year degree. You'll then study through blended learning (a mixture of distance learning and face-to-face delivery) for the remainder of your first year.

In Year 2 you will gain and develop research and analysis skills in preparation for an independent research project.


While studying this degree you’ll develop a broad range of skills and practical knowledge. To ensure you’re getting the most from the course, we measure your progress through a variety of different assessment techniques.

You’ll have a chance to show how your skills are developing through:

  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Examinations
  • Web based design tasks

Your tutors will give you constructive feedback that builds your confidence as a problem solver and decision maker. You’ll also be able to give your own feedback and use these discussions to help achieve the best possible results.

To prepare you for your future career in international business, we keep the assessments focused on real life situations and scenarios where possible.

Graduate destinations

Well-trained business managers make the world of commerce go round. By the time you graduate, you’ll be equipped with skills in demand from a wide range of industries.

Employers value practical experience highly. Because this course has a focus on real challenges, including working on specific business projects and work placements, your CV will be particularly strong in this area.

Typical roles for our graduates include

  • Marketing officer
  • Human resource management officer
  • Operations manager
  • Customer care officer
  • Project manager

You’ll also have the skills needed to start your own business. Many of our graduates have gone on to run successful start-ups.

The degree also gives you a grounding to obtain a professional qualification within a specific business area, such as marketing or finance.

Programme specification

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