BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) are fully funded programmes enabling new or existing employees to complete a degree while spending a majority of their time in the workplace. Developed to enable employees to ‘work, learn and earn’, GAs are work-based degrees designed to meet the needs of students and employers.

Business management is the study of the nature and functions of business. Degrees in business management at QMU examine key approaches that organisations can take to ensure that scarce resources are managed in the most efficient and effective manner possible to ensure optimum resource allocation. Designed with employers, our business management degrees are centred on the need for organisations to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.






Why QMU?

  • You will gain a solid grounding in key business skills at the theoretical and practical levels.
  • Students will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.
  • There is a great opportunity for self-development through work-based learning, study abroad and elective choice.
  • Module choice in Years Three and Four allows you to tailor your degree and study business management with another subject.
  • Excellent graduate employment statistics, we are top in Scotland and third in the UK for employment of our undergraduate leavers (HESA 2017)
  • Our GA in Business Management is particularly focused on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, which accounts for at least 99.5% of the businesses in every main industry sector
  • We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment at our purpose-built campus
  • We are conveniently located six minutes by train from Edinburgh, with accessible parking available
  • We have a student-focused, innovative campus with superb facilities for learning, teaching, living and fun
  • We use a range of innovative teaching methods from work-based learning to an online virtual learning environment, which will support the GA programme
  • We are a socially responsible university: a winner of numerous ‘green’ awards and focused on courses which allow our graduates to make a difference in the world

About the course

With a growing demand for upskilling employees, our graduate apprenticeship focuses on professional development and employability. The course will help develop leadership and management skills through practical work-based learning.

You will study the same core modules as full-time business management students, but you will spend approximately 80% of your time - four days per week - in the workplace, and one day per week at QMU.

Within the business management degree course you will study core management areas, such as marketing, business law, research methods and strategy.

There will also be work-based learning modules throughout your degree, allowing you to complete projects designed to support your employer’s business goals and objectives.

Graduate apprentices will be encouraged throughout the programme to draw on, and share their workplace experience and insights, and apply this to their individual assessment submissions. Learners will use a range of academic theory and research to underpin their analysis of their practical experience.

Visit www.qmu.ac.uk/schools-and-divisions/beam/graduate-apprenticeships/.


You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined. By the end of year four, you will graduate with a BA (Hons) in Business Management. However, there are exit points in Years 1-3. If you exit at any of these points you will be awarded with the relevant certification.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The information on teaching, learning and assessment for entry in 2019 is not yet available, but will be accessible from here. The information below is for entry in 2018 and will give you an idea of what to expect http://archive.qmu.ac.uk/prospective_students/undergraduate/Business-Management.pdf


Year One modules

  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Management
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development

Year Two modules

  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Digital Business and E-Commerce Future
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development

Year Three modules

  • Research Methods
  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Critical Issues in International Management
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development
  • Business Project


You will be able to apply the things you learn in your degree to your workplace and vice versa. As you’ll already be in work, you won't need to start looking for a graduate job once you’ve completed your degree, giving yourself a competitive edge in the jobs market, building practical and job specific skills while studying, through work-based learning.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

The BA/BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) is available to people currently living and working in Scotland. There is no maximum age limit and you can apply if you’re aged 16 or over. If you have already completed a degree with SAAS funding, you could still do a Graduate Apprenticeship, particularly if it’s a career change to something new. So, if you’re looking to learn while you work, this could be the perfect opportunity. If you are a school leaver or not in employment but think that a Graduate Apprenticeship could be for you, you can apply the same way you’d apply for a job. The vacancies are advertised on the Apprenticeships Scotland website. If you’re already in employment but are interested in the scheme, speak with your employer to find out whether they have plans to get involved in Graduate Apprenticeships.

Typically, we would expect a minimum of four Scottish Highers (or equivalent). Your application will be assessed on an individual basis, taking into account any previous industry experience you have. If you have already completed a Foundation or a Modern Apprenticeship in a related subject, this will also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body


Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

Participants will spend one day per week on campus and four days per week in the workplace.
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
September 2019
Study Abroad
Subject Area
Fees & Funding