Business Studies (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four-year course is identical to the three-year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • The course will give you a thorough understanding of key aspects of business.
  • You'll have the opportunity to work with local communities and business professionals.
  • Our business management courses are top 10 in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2019).

UCAS points


Course/Institution codes

N2FY G BA/Bus(E)



4 years full time

5 years sandwich programme



If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year BA Business Studies degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. 

Course structure

It begins with a foundation year that will give you a solid grounding from which to progress to degree-level study. You will gain a thorough introduction to business and an understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership. You'll get a solid grounding in academic skills and an introduction to broad business concepts. 

After your first year, you will study the same courses as on the three-year degree. It aims to prepare you for a career in business development and management. You will be equipped with a broad, integrated understanding of key aspects of business and the changing environment in which businesses operate.

It focuses on applied research and management models which can be used to improve business performance. You will also learn to analyse quantifiable information in order to make decisions.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to work with business professionals and/or local communities on live projects. This will help you to gain valuable experience and learn to critique business theory in practice.


Our Business Management subjects are ranked in:

  • Top ten for student satisfaction in London (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Top ten for high research quality in London (Complete University Guide 2018).

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To equip you with knowledge of business management and the changing external environment in which business operates
  • To prepare you for a career in business development and management by equipping you with systematic, broad and integrated understanding of key aspects of business
  • To equip you with capabilities to solve problems systematically and creatively.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS‐levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system
  • Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will substitute 30 credits of the programme with English for Academic Purposes 1 and English for Academic Purposes 2 and study 120 credits
  • Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"The course I did at the university gave me the foundation I needed in business. At 18 years of age it's hard to decide your career path. The degree avoids focusing on one niche area in business and focus on all areas of business."

Kate Barrett
Business graduate

Extra information


You will experience a range of teaching and learning methods during your degree, including:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Face to face and web supported seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Directed and independent study
  • Group or web based discussions
  • Supervised laboratories
  • Excel demonstration
  • Case studies
  • Problem solving activities
  • Research activities
  • Company visits
  • Consultancy projects
  • Business simulations 
  • Group based research and presentations.

The assessment methods are work related and emphasise the applications of knowledge, including a mixture of: 

  • Portfolio based reports
  • Presentations
  • Business simulation scenarios/reports
  • Information technology software demonstrations
  • Consultancy reports
  • Dragons' Den type assessments involving local employers
  • Seen/unseen examinations
  • Time constrained assignments.


Graduates from this degree may pursue opportunities in management, leadership, strategy, project management, human resource management, operations and logistics, advertising and marketing, and finance.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.


In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

Experience abroad

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

How to apply 

Full-time, UK and EU students

Full time, home and EU students must apply through UCAS. Please carefully consider the programmes available and apply as early as possible. For further information and UCAS deadlines, please visit

Part-time and international students

Part-time and international students must apply online at
For further information, international students can e-mail

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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