University of Chester

Programme Specification
Business Administration & Management BA (Hons) (Level 6 only)
2015 - 2016

Bachelor of Arts (Level 6 only)

Business Administration & Management

Business Administration & Management (St. Helens College)

University of Chester

St Helens College

St Helens College, Town Centre Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year FT, 2 years PT

3 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Business and Finance

General Business and Management (2007)

Not Applicable

Business Administration and Management

Tuesday 1st September 2015

The BA (Top Up) Business Administration and Management programme is offered as a one year full time or two years part time course.  This degree aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and transferable skills essential for leading and managing in the future work environment.

The main aims of the programme are:

i) To build on the prior knowledge and understanding gained in general business and management for students from varying backgrounds who are seeking graduate status.

ii) To develop students’ understanding and critical awareness of general management and administration and the role of managers, leaders and administrators in all types of organisations.

iii) To encourage and foster students' ability to apply knowledge in an innovative, creative and reflective manner.

iv) To adopt a strategic perspective in order to reflect the need for organisations to adapt strategies to dynamic and often short-term market conditions.

v)To provide a learning experience in those key areas of general management perceived to be relevant to the performance of organisations in the 21st century, for example:           

            a)         creativity and enterprise           

            b)         the private, public and not for profit sectors           

            c)         leadership           

           d)         strategic and change management           

           e)         managing quality and service operations

vi)To provide a foundation for a career in business management and administration.

vii) To provide a foundation for life-long learning in both the business and wider context of study and learning activities.

The learning outcomes for this programme reflect the QAA subject benchmark statement for General Business and Management and the Qualification Curriculum Framework (2007). Students who gain the award will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing the programme, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding and apply critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of theory to complex situations:

  • The nature of business organisations and their management (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • The external environment – the constraints within which business activity takes place and their effectupon business management (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)
  • The presence of opportunities and threats arising from changes in the constraints upon the business environment. (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • The difference between private, public and not for profit sectors (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)
  • An entrepreneurial culture and entrepreneurship (BU6401, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • Project and administrative management (BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)
  • Operational aspects within the service sector (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)
  • Strategic and change management (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • The specialist areas being studied (Business Administration and Management) (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Thinking or Cognitive Skills

As identified in the Benchmark for Business and Management, it is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate a range of cognitive and intellectual skills. Specifically, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Critically apply techniques and skills to complex business problems (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • Develop an integrated and flexible approach to the study of business/management (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • Apply critical thinking to theoretical relationships in order to develop a broader perspective. (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • Apply cognitive and intellectual skills, including analysis, synthesis, evaluation and problem solving. (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)
  • Apply numeracy and quantitative skills in relation to problem solving (BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)
  • Apply research to key management issues in a timely manner (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Practical and Professional Skills

Students on the course will be given the opportunity to develop skills in team management and leadership.  (BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Students will have the opportunity to research, develop and design strategies in a variety of functional management contexts  (BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Students will be able to develop and design management strategies that reflect the dynamic nature of management and business  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)

Students will provide, in oral and written form, an analysis of a current organisation, and be able to recommend appropriate strategies for the future  (BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)

Students will have the opportunity to develop key transferable and employability skills suitable for roles within business, management and administration  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6407)



Students will be expected to develop and/or demonstrate the following transferable key skills (based upon those identified in the Benchmark for General Business and Management):

Communication skills (written and oral)  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Effective self-management (including time management and initiative)  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

The ability to learn and work towards targets/goals  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Interpersonal skills (listening, negotiation etc.)  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)

Effective team-working skills (the ability to work as part of a team, manage or lead a team, influence a team, manage a project)  (BU6402, BU6405, BU6407)

Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity  (BU6401, BU6402, BU6403, BU6405, BU6407)


The programme is currently delivered by staff within the Business and Professional Studies Department

All modules are compulsory elements of this programme.

The programme will also give students the expertise, experience and confidence to develop self-directed study and learning.   

Structure of the BA (Top UP) Business Administration and Management Programme Full-time one year.

 The full-time programme mode will be taught over 30 weeks as a linear programme in one academic year.

Taught hours per week will be 12. This will consist of 2 hours per week for each module. On top of this there will also be a 1 hour group or individual tutorial per week (not mandatory) to offer support and guidance while on the programme.

The course is offered in full-time mode (normally 1 academic year) with 6 modules to be studied in this period.  All modules need to be successfully passed to achieve the qualification.

The course is also offered on a part-time basis (normally completed in two years):  This will be delivered over 30 weeks per year and can take the form of day, day/evening, or evening only provision dependent on student demand.  Students will take a maximum of 60 credits (3 modules) each academic year.  There will also be the opportunity for students to infill on the full-time programme route. 

The programme for completion of part-time students in the minimum period is:           

Year One                    60 QCF Level 6 Credits    

Year Two                    60 QCF Level 6 Credits

The maximum number of new credits for which a part-time student may enrol in any one year is 60.

A combination of any 3 modules can be delivered in any one year.  

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BU6401 6 Managerial Decision Making and Change 20 Comp
BU6402 6 Managing Quality and Performance 20 Comp
BU6403 6 Strategic Management 20 Comp
BU6405 6 Leadership 20 Comp
BU6407 6 Extended Research Project 40 Comp

The award is composed of 120 credits at final level 3 (QCF 6), with 240 credits previously attained from a suitable qualification. All modules are 20 credits in length, delivered over the academic year.


Candidates wishing to study the BA (Top up) Business Administration and Management (Progression to Final Year) Degree must satisfy one of the following:

  • A UK Higher National Diploma or relevant Foundation Degree within a Business related discipline (successfully undertaken within the last 5 years).


  • A recognised business related professional qualification (QCF Level 5) such as CIPS, CMI, CIPD, and CIM.

Overseas Students:

  • Considered on an individual basis, students will need TOEFL 213/550 or an IELTS 6.0 where appropriate, or an acceptable alternative and similar level of attainment from a business related Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree or comparable business related programme from an overseas institution.

The programme design has been completely informed by QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for ‘General Business and Management’ and the QAA Academic Infrastructure.

The subject benchmarks for the BA (Top-Up) in Business Administration and Management will continue to develop from the Higher National Diploma and have been used to construct the aims and outcomes of the programme.  The benchmark qualifications of Business Administration and Management are inextricably linked to the subject material within the modules to inform the teaching, learning and assessment processes. These benchmarks have been used as important reference points in setting standards and determining appropriate assessment procedures. 

The UK Quality Code for Education has also been used to ensure the highest standards and qualities for higher education are integral features of this programme.  Standards and quality have been defined by the clear identification of the minimum level of achievement that students are required to achieve in order to gain success.

Academic quality will be enhanced by our student support services, along with academic and pastoral tutorials. The programme has robust and diverse assessments supported by comprehensive resources available to all students.

Subject benchmarks were selected to promote the students\' knowledge and understanding of Business Administration and Management theory in practice; promote intellectual skills to enable students to appreciate the complexity of Business Administration and Management; harness practical skills that promote investigation and research abilities and enhance the decision-making process of students. 

Additionally, the promotion of transferrable skills such as self-management, prioritisation, and effective communication will be developed throughout the programme. The QCF relevant benchmark statements have been considered, Sector Skills Council Framework, QAAHE and HEFCE guidelines.

Programme Learning Outcomes and modules have been designed in line with the following key benchmark areas (see below): 

Mapping of Modules to Subject Benchmarks 

Subject Benchmark

  BU6401Managerial Decision Making & Change BU6402Managing Quality & Performance BU6403Strategic Management BU6405Leadership BU6407Extended Research Project
Knowledge & Understanding          
Nature of business organisations & their management
The external environment  
Opportunities & threats arising from changes
Difference between private, public and not for profit sectors  
Entrepreneurial culture & entrepreneurship  
Project & operations management    
Strategic & change management
Key Benchmark Areas          
Information Systems    
Communication & IT
Business policy & strategy  
Relevant contemporary & pervasive issues
Skills & Other Attributes          
Application of techniques & skills to business problems 
Development of integrated & flexible approach to study of business, management, administration & marketing
Skills & Other Attributes (Cont’d)          
Perception of field of study in broad perspective
Development of cognitive & intellectual skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation & problem solving
Development of numeracy & quantitative skills     
Subject Benchmark          
  BU6401Managerial Decision Making & Change BU6402Managing Quality & Performance BU6403Strategic Management BU6405Leadership BU6407Extended Research Project
Ability to research key management issues & manage a project
Development of key transferable & employability skills
Professional Skills          
Of project management, team management & leadership  
Transferable/Key Skills          
IT & business applications
Effective self-management
Ability to learn & work towards targets
Interpersonal skills
Effective team working skills    
Self-awareness, openness & sensitivity to diversity

The College has an institution wide Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy which reflects the value placed by the College on being learner-centred, on widening participation, and on employability skills. The programme’s strategy is based on the following core values:

  • That student’s prior knowledge and experience should be used in the learning process at every opportunity
  • That teaching and learning methods clearly reflect the transition from dependence to independence and are balanced accordingly at each level of the programme
  • That variety in teaching and learning stimuli is crucial to the promotion of effective learning
  • That students are provided with appropriate levels of support throughout their programme to enable them to become autonomous learners

The teaching and learning methods used by the programme team will be balanced between tutor-centred and student-centred activity.

The following range of teaching and learning methods may be used:

  • Lecture (including use of multi-media presentations, video presentations, and, where appropriate, guest speakers)
  • Small group activities and action group activities (enable collaborative learning and the development of verbal communication skills)
  • Seminars (including student presentations and subsequent question/answer, debate and discussion)
  • Self-directed learning (researching information from a variety of sources including the Internet)
  • Tutorials (both group and individual to address collective and individual academic and pastoral needs)
  • Group storming (enables exploration of students’ current levels of knowledge and understanding)
  • E-Learning (using VLE (Moodle) to provide support, information, activities and tutorial feedback and independent learning)

 The Programme Team recognises the need to vary the types of teaching, learning and assessment methods they use according to the skills being developed. The team also recognises the importance of using real-life business/management case studies to engage its learners in this discipline.

The teaching team implements a strategy that recognises the varying needs of individual students and their learning styles. Each session will include a range of teaching techniques, for example, short lecture, group discussion, question and answer, use of video footage, podcasts.

The BA (Top Up) Business Administration & Management programme will comply with Chester University Assessment Regulations.  To complement this, the College has its own assessment strategy which will be used to support the University Assessment Regulations.

St Helens College Assessment Strategy

All students are introduced to the methods of assessment and assessment deadlines during the induction programme.

Students work is assessed in order to ensure the programme standards are met.  All modules contain assessed work that is normally in the form of an ‘Assignment Brief’.  All assignment briefs will contain both evidence requirements for submission and a series of weighted assessment criteria that tells the student what they are being marked against.  The assessment criteria will reflect the learning outcomes of the module and it is with these outcomes in mind that the external examiner can make a judgement on an individual student’s performance.

Functions of Assessment

  • To demonstrate the level of achievement against the Learning Outcomes
  • To give feedback to students on progress
  • To identify students strengths and weaknesses
  • To measure achievement in the context of agreed criteria consistent with a given module at a given level
  • To ensure parity of standards with other comparable final year degree programmes 

Assessment will vary depending on module focus and outcomes as will weighting between assessment elements. However, assessment may include the following, oral presentations, individual or group essays or reports, case studies, individual reflective learning.

Summative assessment guidance for group/team work is as follows:

  • The marks for group assessment are individualised and clear guidance and criteria regarding the individualisation of marks is provided to students in module and assessment documentation.

Summative assessments will be varied and include:

  • Essays / reports
  • Case studies
  • Problem-solving exercises

Formative assessment will be incorporated at a modular level which will allow students to gain self, peer and/or tutor feedback on their work before formal summative assessment takes place.Formative assessments will be varied and may include:

  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Case studies
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Discussions and debates 
  • Presentations

Students will be offered guidance on the completion of coursework, including individual and group tutorials and advice on work in progress.  Some work may be highly individualistic and demand a high degree of commitment from staff to a student-centred learning process, which is individually orientated.

Since Learning Outcomes vary in their nature and importance, different methods of assessment are required and assessment may be weighted correspondingly.  Where this occurs it will be clearly indicated on module descriptor and assignment brief.  The criteria and methods of assessment will be provided to students at the start of each module.

Students will be given appropriate tuition in the various presentation methods used throughout the Programme.

The BA (Top-Up) Business Administration and Management is strongly related to practice and therefore there is a strong link between the development of skills and employability of graduates.  These skills that graduates will possess after successful completion are derived from the QAA Subject Benchmark for General Business and Management.

After successful completion of the BA (Top Up) Business Administration & Management, graduates will possess a range of transferable/key skills that are derived from the teaching and learning of this qualification. The relationship of modules to key skill development is as follows:


 Key Skill(T) Taught(A) Assessed(E) Experienced
  BU6401 BU6402      BU6403   BU6405  BU6407
Problem Solving T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E T,A, E T,A, E  
Communication (oral & written) T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E  
Numeracy & quantitative skills   T, A, E     T,A, E  
Critical thinking T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E T, A, E  
Communication & IT applications E E E E E  
Self-Management A, E A, E A, E A, E T, A, E  
Team work & leadership   A, E   A, E T,A, E  
Interpersonal skills   E   E E  
Research Skills A, E A, E A, E A, E T,A, E  
Self-reflection       A, E T, A, E  

On successful completion of the programme graduates shall be qualified to seek employment in the general field of business and management.

Previous graduates have gained employment in:  

  • Business Administration
  • Business Disciplines including Marketing and Personnel.
  • Management including supervisory and assistant management levels.
  • Graduate Schemes for Tesco and the NHS 

The programme will also provide a solid technical, aesthetic and intellectual foundation for further study at H.E. level.  The programme is an ideal foundation for students wishing to progress on to an MBA or Masters qualification in general.

St Helens College respects diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. St Helens College strives to ensure that no student receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of social background, age, disability, gender, sexuality, marital status, race, religion, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin.

St Helens College will take positive steps to eliminate discrimination, reduce the effects of past discrimination, continue the drive to increase levels of under-represented groups and promote equality in students’ admissions and college experience. No student should be disadvantaged by unjustifiable conditions or requirements.

St Helen’s College will:        

  • Endeavour to create a climate in which there is a high level of awareness of equal opportunities issues via the curriculum Ensure equally favourable treatment for all students      
  • Ensure that students with learning disabilities and difficulties have access to appropriate support
  • Deal with all complaints promptly and fairly
  • Conduct regular equal opportunities monitoring for all Higher Education Programmes
  • Continue to improve access to, and mobility within, buildings across all sites

St Helens College and Business and Professional Studies have a long standing tradition of working closely with local and regional businesses to deliver industry relevant provision, and this combination has also been used to good effect in developing currency and innovation within modules.   Business and Professional Studies has and continues to design and deliver bespoke programmes in management to meet the needs of industry, training large numbers of employees for specific employers such as Local Authorities, QVC, Fire and Ambulance Service, the NHS and SME’s to name but a few.

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