BA (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship Business Management

As a working professional, enhance your qualifications and knowledge and support your career growth in the world of business.

The purpose of the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree Apprenticeship is to create well-rounded and knowledgeable managers of the future. By the time of completion, you will have gained in-depth knowledge in a wide range of business and management subjects including strategy, leadership, risk management, business law, marketing, finance, brand management, project management, innovation, business ethics. All course subjects have a work based focus, which means you will have the opportunity to apply your learning throughout the course, creating benefits for you and your employer.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s common good principles and values are embedded in the Apprenticeship. You will gain an understanding of the complexities of the global business environment and develop skills on how to manage them, including consideration of the intercultural issues relating to management.

From a human capital and talent management perspective, employers can increase their skills pipeline within the business. An employer may either upskill current employees and or recruit new talent into the business and support them through the Degree Apprenticeship course. 

Degree apprenticeship courses are supported by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Employers should check their eligibility for funding before supporting an apprentice’s application. The skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the course candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



BA (Hons)
Blended Learning
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU London
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
BA (Hons) Blended Learning 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU London Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

For new employees applying directly from school:

A levels: BBC (or equivalent), with one A level in a relevant business subject area, plus GCSE Maths, English and a Business related subject at C/4

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the university’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

This process allows prospective Degree Apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Advanced entry may also be granted through RPL. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience will all be used to inform which year of the degree you will enter into.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

This Apprenticeship will prepare you for a broad range of management roles in the public, private, or not-for-profit sectors.

You can also choose to apply for the Chartered Managers qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).

The Degree Apprenticeship has a typical duration of four years for first-year entrants or less for those granted advanced entry through RPL.

You will attend an initial four-day induction followed by attendance five days every trimester. This breaks down into:

Trimester A
Two blocks of two and a half days’ attendance (mid-September to mid-December)

Trimester B
Two blocks of two and a half days’ attendance (mid-January to mid-April)

Trimester C
Exams in May. Two blocks of two and a half days’ attendance (May to August).

Year 1 

Exit award: NQF 4

Consumer Behaviour, Essentials of Managing Human Resources, Ethics in Business and Society, Financial Management for Decision Makers, Management Issues and Concepts, Project Management and Risk


Year 2

Exit award: NQF 5

Managing People and Diversity at Work, Brand Management, Digital Business and Marketing, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Research Methods in the Workplace


Level 3

Exit award: NQF 6

Leading Organisations in a Changing Context, Management of Innovation and Creativity, Managing Sustainable Business Excellence, Work-Based Honours Project, International Business Strategy


Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the world’s biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UN’s Global Goals. This is a calling for future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

As we are the University for the Common Good, are our business management degree is focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society.

Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

A Graduate Apprenticeship is a work based degree course, where learning is applied and assessed in the workplace. You will be responsible for your own learning and assessment but supported by workplace mentors.

The course is delivered via blended learning, (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located online in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), GCU Learn. You will also have access to the University’s award-winning library.

In the final year of the course, you will work with your mentor and employer to identify a suitable work based project which will form part of the assessment for honours level study.