Business and Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code NN21

What is special about this course?

This programme is a high-quality, broad-based qualification which provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required for the contemporary business environment.

In this ambiguous global economy, this programme will enable students to not only consider business holistically but also undertake complex problem solving: comprehending the interconnectedness of decision making and effectively communicating those decisions to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

In years one and two, a programme of core modules is followed to ensure that a solid foundation is laid down. In years three and four you can choose to study for a generic degree in business and management, or you can focus on one particular aspect, such as: human resource management; finance; marketing; enterprise; digital communication; or tourism. This will allow you to exit at the end of the fourth year with a themed award, for example, Business Management with Human Resource Management

Special features

  • Due to strong links with employers, there are numerous opportunities for experiential learning, such as: placements; research projects; live case studies; and guest speakers. All of which enable students to apply their learning in a relevant business context
  • The programme offers flexibility for students to develop specific knowledge and expertise in key business areas such as: marketing; enterprise; human resources management; digital communication; and finance
  • In the final year, as an alternative to a dissertation, students can undertake a critically evaluated business plan which can be used to launch a business venture
  • The honours year offers flexibility of delivery for those students wishing to take up employment opportunities at the end of year three, by offering on-line supported modules
  • Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for Associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Alternatively, completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy, Financial Services or Business Skills, PLUS an additional Scottish Higher at Grade C or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements but with considerable relevant work experience are encouraged to apply
  • HNC Business may allow direct access to year 2, and HND Business to year 3 of the degree

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Business and Management with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to business law
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • Preparing for work-based and placement learning
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to operations
  • Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour


Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules include:

  • Business contractual relationships
  • Business economics
  • Contemporary issues in management
  • Management accounting
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Management information systems


Year 3 - BA

All students are required to take the research skills module.

In addition, depending on which pathway you have chosen, there will be a number of core and option modules from the following list:

  • Project planning and management
  • Quality management
  • Small business planning
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Work placement: industry specific skills
  • Collaborating in a digital economy
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Employment law in an human resource context
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial management
  • International and export marketing
  • Marketing communications
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Multimedia for business
  • Scotland's visitor attractions
  • Niche tourism

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

All students will be required to complete a dissertation, or research and plan a new business venture (generic degree and enterprise stream).

In addition, depending on which pathway you have chosen, there will be a number of core and option modules from the following list:

  • Business strategy
  • Corporate financial decision making
  • Corporate responsibility in a global environment
  • e-business
  • Employee relations
  • Global management
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Strategic marketing
  • Work placement: professional practice
  • Emergent tourism trends

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and classmates in online discussions
  • Years three and four of the degree see an increase in online delivery with the opportunity to study year four wholly online, subject to choices

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week:
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week:
  • Part-time (unstructured): 15 weeks per module 

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Moray College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • North Highland College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Orkney College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Perth College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Shetland College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • West Highland College UHI - First year is HNC Business

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For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your business and management degree, you might like to consider careers in the following areas:

  • Graduate management positions
  • Public and private sector management
  • Administrative positions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Self-employment
  • Postgraduate study

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress from the BA (Hons) Business and Management to:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

My advice would be to take your time when deciding what to study and find something that you know you’ll be able to enjoy until the end. After high school I had no idea what I wanted to do and it took me a few years to work it out, but it was worth it in the end to find a course I enjoy. This was the right course for me as I find business a subject I actually enjoy learning more about and it will help me in achieving my goal of running my own business.

Sean Frame is from Caithness and is studying the BA (Hons) Business and Management at North Highland College UHI.

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