Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) BA (Hons)

Course code N102

What is special about this course?

Do you want to unlock your management potential and develop your business skills while earning a wage? Are you an employer looking for a staff training opportunity that combines an industry-relevant qualification with on-the-job training?

Look no further than our unique new Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons) Business Management. Blend higher education and vocational learning to study this exciting degree with a difference, all without leaving the workplace. Explore the world of business professionals, get to grips with the rapid changes taking place, and develop an understanding of the new demands on business today. 

At a time when competition has never been more intense, clients are more demanding, and technology offers new ways of working, develop the knowledge, skills, and new ways of learning that the current environment demands on this specially designed and developed course.

Ideal if you're working in a business and administration role in the public, private, or third sector, and want to enhance your knowledge and professional practice.

Special features

  • Earn while you learn
  • Available throughout the Highlands and Islands
  • Access to a workplace mentor
  • Access to academic tutors
  • Online access to all learning materials at a time that suits you

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above

You must also be:

  • employed in a business setting for a minimum of 21 hours per week
  • at least 16 years of age
  • in employment for a minimum of 21 hours per week and have approval of your employer prior to application
  • resident in Scotland at the start of the GA and your employer’s working premises must also be located in Scotland
  • Suitability for entry onto this course will be decided by your employer and your learning provider partner

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • GA Introduction to business law 
  • GA Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • GA Introduction to financial accounting
  • GA Introduction to human resource management
  • GA Managing in organisations
  • GA Personal effectiveness

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • GA Economics for business
  • GA Management accounting
  • GA Management information systems
  • GA Marketing fundamentals
  • GA Operations and supply chain
  • GA Professional skills for managers

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

  • GA Entrepreneurship
  • GA Interpersonal communication
  • GA Managing change
  • GA Project planning and management
  • GA Quality management
  • GA Strategic HRM practice

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • GA Business strategy
  • GA Employee relations
  • GA Global management
  • GA Innovation and enterprise 
  • GA Work-based project

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • This is a work-based qualification: learning happens in the workplace and is supported by activities and content via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), giving you time outside of the work environment to undertake certain elements of the course
  • You will be taught by a combination of online tutorials and case studies, which will be contextualised to your practise; you will be supported by a mentor, with evidence from the workplace used in assessment

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 35 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes your time spent in work and in lectures, as well as your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Degrees 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915 £915
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £305 £305

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-time Level 2023-24 2024-25
Year 1 CertHE £9,250 £9,250
Year 2 DipHE £9,250 £9,250
Year 3 Degree £9,250 £9,250
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. Students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2023-24 Full-time With scholarship 2024-25 Full-time
With scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 2 DipHE £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 3 Degree £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 4 Honours £13,980 Free £14,988 Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £13,980 £14,988
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,990 £7,494
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,330 £2,498

Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

The course fees will be funded by SAAS, for more information please refer to this graduate apprenticeship guide.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you can continue to build your career and will be eligible to apply for CMI membership.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from the Business Management Graduate Apprenticeship to the following courses:

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Winnie studied Business at UHI Perth. 

I decided to study at UHI so I could learn locally and the organisation, patience and communication from my lecturers was brilliant! All of the teaching staff work so hard, and they are always so friendly and willing to help. I love how flexible UHI is, and I always found UHI MyDay and Brightspace so useful. 

During my studies, I had a placement with a events and marketing agency, and helped coordinate two large events- Halloween Event at Brodie Castle and the Inverness KnitFest. Helping at these events gave me a much better understanding of how to prepare and put on a large event, and also gave me the chance to network and grow my confidence. 

I spotted the job I am doing now on MyDay, and applied straight away! I am now an Information Systems Graduate in the third sector. Having studied at UHI was a great advantage, I was so fortunate being able to walk straight into such a flexible and varied job which was so relevant to my studies. 

The best thing about living here is that we have the best of both worlds, being in a city- but also so close to amazing walks, hills, beaches and gorgeous scenery.   

Lauren studied Business at UHI Inverness.  

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