This course is studied 100% online
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Please note: See our 'Fees and funding' section for full course fees and the options available to help fund your studies.
- Professional accreditation – receive an industry-recognised CMI qualification
- Study with a work-based approach that allows you to thrive and deliver in the workplace as you learn
- 100% online learning gives you the flexibility to fit your study around other commitments
What our students say
The tutors, students and staff have been extremely helpful towards making it an enjoyable and worthwhile management degree, the past four years have flown by!
About your course
Whether you’re new to management, looking to expand on your existing experience or an aspiring leader who wants to progress in your current career path, a Management BA is ideal for you. You’ll develop the full range of business and management skills that organisations need to survive, thrive and achieve their strategic aims
Your course takes place online, giving you the flexibility to learn, grow and develop your career around other commitments.
Our course is designed for aspiring managers at all skill levels, whether you’re new to management or looking to advance in your current career path. It helps you develop a host of new skills and enhance your managerial experience.
As well as studying the theories behind management and leadership, you’ll focus on developing relevant and practical knowledge that you can use straight away in your workplace, making an immediate difference to your performance at work.
Our degree course is designed to be completed in four years while you’re working. But you can also study for an intermediate award and ‘top-up’ to the full BA (Hons) at another time. You can complete a Cert HE Management in 15 months, or an FdA Management in 32 months.
Whichever award you choose to study for now and in the future, our specialist distance learning tutors will provide customised career guidance throughout your course. You can study online from a place that suits you: you’ll simply need a PC and internet access. You’ll also have use of our extensive digital library and access to certain workshops at our Chelmsford campus.
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
CMI accreditation means you can choose to receive a second professional qualification when you complete your course – at no extra cost. Here’s why adding this CMI qualification to your University experience will set you on a fast-track to success:
- An industry-recognised CMI professional qualification instantly makes you more employable.
- You’ll gain access to exclusive CMI networking events.
- CMI qualifications sit on the RQF and are recognised by the European Credit Framework.
- CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
- During your studies you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employablilty. These include:
- ManagementDirect: a wealth of research and tools to support your studies.
- Mentoring: Experienced managers and leaders share their skills and experience.
- Career Development Centre: your comprehensive online portal allows you to develop your interview skills and polish your CV.
Modules and assessment
Understanding Work Based Learning And Your Sector
You will gain an understanding of work-based learning and develop analytical, technological and communication skills. You will focus on the key features of successful management in your sector, applying tools such as SWOT and PESTLE analysis.
Managing People, Customers and Markets
This module focuses on key elements of management. You will examine organisational structures, the role of the manager within the organisation, and the practical skills of managing people. You will also analyse markets, internal and external stakeholders and supply chain management.
Managing a Sustainable Business
How do organisations respond to a rapidly changing world and build sustainable business? How do environmental and ethical issues impact upon business and can these issues present opportunities to organisations?
Work Based Practice
Working in pairs or individually, you will plan a project focused on a specific topic relevant to your work. Throughout the project you will have the support of Anglia Ruskin staff, and you will present your findings as a written report and verbal presentation.
Managing Projects and Organisational Change
This module focuses on the skills and knowledge associated with delivering a successful business project. Projects often bring change, so the module also examines strategies and practical tools to manage change within organisations.
Work Based Project
Building on the plan developed in Work Based Practice, you will be given the opportunity to undertake this work-based project in your organisation. This project may relate to any of the major business disciplines including marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance, IT or business strategy.
Leadership in Practice
This module examines theories of leadership and practical leadership skills, along with the values and behaviours necessary to manage and lead projects, situations, self and teams. You will critically assess your leadership practice or potential for leadership.
Financial Management and Financial Forecasting
Managing finance is a core element of any business activity. This module is designed for people with a non-financial background, covering issues such as budgets, budgetary control, and applying financial data to make decisions. It then goes on to focus on financial forecasting to increase income for new projects and maintain competitive advantage.
This module addresses strategy and examines an organisation within its strategic and competitive context. You will consider the strategic options open to an organisation and evaluate the practical impact of strategic choices, especially on people, resources and systems.
Work Based Major Project
This final project module enables you to build on your learning throughout the course to carry out an in-depth project dealing with an issue that is relevant to you and your work.
Work Based Project Impact and Review
Following on from your Work Based Major Project, this module is designed to measure the impact of your work. Having completed your project, you will assess its impact, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your recommendations and gather feedback from colleagues, peers and academics.
Reflections on Practice and Career Progression
In this final module, you will assess your progress through the course, evaluate your practical and leadership skills and plan your future personal and career development.
We use a combination of several assessment methods, including written reports, presentations, and a Major Project in your final year.
Meet your tutors
MBA, PG Cert ODE, BA, MCMI
Jackie is an enthusiastic and supportive Learning and Development tutor skilled at facilitating, tutoring, encouraging and motivating individuals and groups. As a specialist in business skills development and change management her management career portfolio spans both public, commercial and higher education sectors. Recent employers include; The Open University, Derby University and Northumbria University.
MA, B.Ed (Hons), FHEA, CMALT
Tim is a highly experienced teacher and lecturer, and has taught at Anglia Ruskin University for over 14 years. He is at the forefront of innovative elearning practice, and has provided his expertise in the subject to journals and at conferences.
MA, M.Ed, PGCE, BA (Hons)
John is an experienced educator, leader and manager who has worked in both the public and private sectors. He is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University Business School, and has worked for organisations including Volvo, Borough of Westminster and Bennetts Retail.
Dr Martin Spaul
PhD, MA, MSc
Martin has taught at Anglia Ruskin University for over 30 years, lecturing in subjects such as computing, information systems, planning and sustainability. He holds an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Town Planning from Anglia Ruskin. Martin has been widely published on a number of subjects including systems analysis, sustainability, planning, tourism and history.
Dr Konstantinos Samiotis
PhD, MSc, BA
Konstantinos has extensive industry and academic experience and has worked and lectured for the University of Liverpool, University of Roehampton and Aston Business School. He currently teaches Project Management at Anglia Ruskin University. His professional activities concentrate on educational management, organisational development and project management, carrying strong experience on international co-operation and EU-funded projects. Konstantinos holds a PhD and an MSc in Information System from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
PGCE, BA (Hons), MIfL, MCIEA
Jo has a rich academic background, with experience working at the University of London, Canterbury Christ Church University, Thanet College, Dorton College and the Open University. She is interested widening participation and overcoming barriers to learning and is Panel Chair for ForsterCare UK.
Dr Kristyna Bicikova
PhD, MSc, BSc
Kristyna has lectured in a variety of subjects including business and management, tourism and sustainability, and has been widely published on these subjects. She has taught at the University of Exeter Business School, Munich University of Applied Sciences and Karlshochschule International University.
How you'll study
Our Management BA (Hons) degree is studied 100% online.
You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, PC or tablet, at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.
On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.
To help you land your dream job, our Employability Service will work with you throughout your time at ARU and after you graduate.
- careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
- help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
- an online portal packed with useful careers resources
- our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.
You’re expected to have at least 80 UCAS Tariff Points at A Level or NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent) and Maths and English GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.
If you have relevant work experience but no traditional qualifications, or if you have other professional qualifications (e.g. ILM, CMI), we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on an individual basis.
If English is not your first language, you will be expected/asked to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
Fees & funding
The full tuition fee for this course is £14,100.
The tuition fees you pay each year for the full Management BA (Hons) will be £3,525. The course is studied over 4 years.
This course can also be taken as a Certificate or Foundation Degree:
FdA Management - this can be completed in just 32 months and costs £9,400 in total.
Cert HE Management - this can be completed in just 15 months and costs £4,700 in total.
Approved prior learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.
Government-backed part time student loans are available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions.
We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.
For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. ARU is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.
For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page.
What are the benefits of a Management BA (Hons)?
Your Management BA (Hons) course attracts and brings together a variety of individuals from all walks of life with different strengths, skillsets and aspirations.
But whether you have years of management experience under your belt or are simply considering your next career move, you might wonder what a Management degree can offer you that you don’t yet have.
Your course builds on your experience by exploring the theory behind successful management and leadership. This invaluable knowledge helps you find innovative solutions to new challenges.
The skills you’ll learn as part of this hands-on approach will also help you discover new strengths and unlock your own potential, giving you not just the professional know-how, but also the confidence to take risks and stand out from the crowd.
Our Management BA course is also CMI accredited and recognised industry-wide, opening doors for you throughout your career.
As a distance learning course, your Management degree also empowers you with essential digital literacy – as technology becomes a part of our everyday lives, employers need these practical skills.
And thanks to the flexible nature of our teaching resources, you’ll also master independent study, research skills, organisation, time management and self-motivation.
How will this course fit around my life?
For many students, balancing work and study can be challenging.
But our Management BA course is designed to complement the first-hand experience of the workplace by enabling you to put your learning into practice straight away. This means you’ll see a return on your investment right away, not just when you graduate.
From day one, this course is designed to be accessible and enrich your working life, equipping you with new skills that will instantly inspire new ideas and prepare you for bigger and better challenges.The flexibility of your distance learning degree, alongside the support from your tutors, also allows you to fit your study around other day-to-day commitments, whether that’s a busy family life, caring role or a hectic 9-5.
What types of students are suited to a Management BA (Hons)?
No two students are the same, but wherever you are in your career and whatever your ambitions for the future, your course is designed to fit around your lifestyle and play to your strengths.
If you have existing managerial experience, a Management BA could be the key to your next career move, helping you flourish at work and climb the career ladder
It’s also a solid steppingstone if you’re not yet experienced in management but ready to move up and move on. A distance learning Management degree with us can be the fast-track passport that shows current and future employers that you’re ready for the challenges of management and leadership, with the skills to handle anything that comes your way.
Many of our students are mature learners and career changers, as well as parents, armed forces careerists and international students. Whichever your category, this course will connect you to others with a range of life experiences, helping you learn and grow from one another.
If you’re enthusiastic, driven, determined, and have a natural propensity for leadership, this course is for you.
What careers can a Management degree open up?
A Management BA with ARU Distance Learning teaches you a wealth of transferrable skills that can be applied in almost any workplace environment.
But there are certain industries and roles where this type of qualification is in high demand.
It’s an excellent fit for business management roles, where strong leadership is required to deliver results, handle decision-making and managing expectations.
And it’s also relevant for project management, which requires quick-thinking problem-solvers with top-notch organisational skills, as well as people-focused roles which require strong, compassionate and thoughtful leadership.
If you possess these qualities and/or are hoping to advance your career in one of these fields, a distance learning Business Management BA arms you with the know-how that sets you apart from the competition and helps you smash those short and long-term goals.
A Management BA is a fast-track to success and recognition that will take you to the top.
Why choose ARU Distance Learning?
Many universities offer courses like ours, so why choose us?
Put simply, a Management BA from ARU Distance Learning works alongside your career to reinforce your learning with practical skills. The full flexibility of our course allows you to prioritise where necessary and handle the steady demands of a thriving career without putting your learning on hold – something traditional campus courses can’t offer.
Most importantly, you’ll have the support of our talented tutors, whose invaluable expertise has helped countless graduates persevere, master in-demand skills and achieve their dreams.
Apply today take the next step in your management journey.
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