BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)

On our Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) you can ‘work, learn and earn’ by studying for a degree while continuing with your employment. For students, it’s a practical, integrated way to launch a new career or develop expertise with your current employer. Employers benefit from having highly skilled, more motivated and ambitious business managers of the future.

How can the businesses of tomorrow function better? What’s the best way for organisations to manage their resources and break into new markets? How important is the business manager in driving this success? Whatever industry you work in, and however experienced you are, a degree in business management at QMU will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to meet these challenges – and more.


"Apply learning in real time in your workplace"
Dr Andrew Bratton, Programme Leader, Graduate Apprenticeships


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Why QMU?

  • Learn the higher level management skills that tomorrow’s companies will need, and consolidate that knowledge with real-life work experience.

  • Choose the modules that most inspire you and gain the opportunity to study abroad. In Years Three and Four you can tailor your degree and study business management with another subject.

  • We are top in Scotland and third in the UK for employment of our undergraduate leavers (HESA 2017).

  • We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment at our purpose-built campus which has 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.

  • Your learning fits around your work commitments.

  • QMU is ranked in the top 5 in Scotland for Business Studies.*


* QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data

About the course

Rewarding for you as a student

Studying through our Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management will boost your professional development and employability. You will study the same core modules as full-time business management students, covering 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. You will benefit from a framework of guidance, mentoring and one-to-one supervisor time.

Each year of the course is structured around two 10-week semesters. You’ll attend lectures, seminars and workshops on campus one day a week during term time. Outside this formal tuition you will continue to develop your expertise at your workplace and through independent study of around 6 hours per week.

Your fellow students will likely come from very different organisations and have a range of experience. This will be a stimulating and rewarding stage in your professional and personal development – and a unique networking opportunity.


Rewarding for employers

Visit www.qmu.ac.uk/schools-and-divisions/beam/graduate-apprenticeships/ for more background information on the Graduate Apprenticeships scheme including the great benefits for employers as well as students.


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

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by written exams at the end of each module or semester.


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 Management
  • 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 already be employed, so you won’t suddenly hit the job market like most graduates do. You’ll be able to take the theoretical understanding you’ve learnt in your degree and apply it directly to challenges in your workplace. From there, your goal will be to use your new skills to step your career up to the next level.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

The BA/BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) is available if you are currently living and working in Scotland. You can apply if you’re aged 16 or over and there is no maximum age limit. 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.

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



You will continue to work in your current role while you study. This will help you develop your learning into practical, real-world business expertise.

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