BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Our Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) allows you to ‘work, earn and learn’ by studying for a degree when continuing in your employment. It is 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 is 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 GA degree in Business Management at QMU will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to meet these challenges – and more.

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  • 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 that 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 our BA/BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) 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 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 provided by our academic staff in support with your employer mentor.

Each year of the GA programme is structured around two 11-week semesters. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops on campus one day a week during term time. Outside of this formal campus time you will continue to develop your expertise in your workplace and through independent study of around six hours per week.

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

Rewarding for employers

Our Graduate Apprenticeships scheme video has more background information on the 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 (Graduate Apprenticeship). However, there are subsidiary 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.

Please also visit the How you teach and how you'll learn page.


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 Management
  • 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 (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. 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 will be able to take the theoretical understanding you have 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

The vacancies are advertised on the Apprenticeships Scotland website.

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 may have. If you have already completed a Foundation or 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’.

Industry links

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

Awarding body

For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.


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 email GA@qmu.ac.uk 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.

The BA/BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) is available if you are currently living and working in Scotland and working on a full-time or part-time basis. You can apply if you are 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 GA, particularly if it is a career change to something new.

If you are a school leaver or not in employment but think that a GA could be for you, you can apply the same way you would apply for a job.


Graduate Apprenticeships starting from 2021/22 will apply to SAAS for their fees and for home students the standard fee of £1820 will apply for 2022 entry.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 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 or 4 years
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management