BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Our Graduate Apprenticeship allows you to ‘work, earn and learn’ by studying for a degree while continuing with your employment. It’s a practical and integrated way to launch a new career or develop expertise with your current employer, who will benefit from having highly skilled, more motivated and ambitious employees.

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 no matter how 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.

Why QMU?

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

About the course

Rewarding for you as a student

Studying through our Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) 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 guidance, mentoring and one-to-one supervision.

Each year of the course is structured around two 11-week semesters. You’ll attend lectures, seminars and workshops on campus one day a week during term time. Outside of this formal tuition you will continue to develop your expertise at your workplace and through independent study of around six hours per week.
Your fellow apprentices 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) Business Management. However, there are exit points in Years One to Three. If you exit at any of these points you will be awarded 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. 


Year One

  • Marketing
  • Business in Society
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Management
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development

Year Two

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

Year Three

  • Critical Issues in SME and Family Business
  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Work-based Learning and Management Development

Year Four

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (May 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.


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

The BA/BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) is available if you are currently living and working (full or part-time) in Scotland. You can apply provided you are aged 16 or over, there is no maximum age limit.  If you are interested in the scheme, speak with your employer first as they need to agree and support your application to become a Graduate Apprentice.

Typically, we would expect a minimum of four Scottish Highers (or equivalent). However, your application will be assessed on an individual basis, and will take 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.

If you have already completed a degree with SAAS funding, provided it is not business related, 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, there are many companies and organisations who will employ you on that basis. The vacancies are advertised on the Apprenticeships Scotland website at www.apprenticeships.scot   Have a look and if there is a vacancy that interests you, then apply in the same way you would apply for a job.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Professional registration/ accreditation


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.


Before applying for this course, please contact Jennifer Bingham by email in the first instance to discuss your application. We just need to make sure you meet the criteria and that your employer is happy for you to apply to be a Graduate Apprentice.


This course is fully funded by Skills Development Scotland.


Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 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 2021
Study Abroad
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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