A degree in Management – sometimes known as Business Management or similar – will prepare you for any career in business, regardless of the sector or industry.
Your Management degree will give you a broad foundation in topics relating to business, finance, economics and marketing. Most universities offer a very practical Management degree, with opportunities to complete work placements and professional projects included as part of the program.
There are also Management degrees that focus more on the theory which goes into informing policies and best practices in management and are more research-orientated if this is what you’re more interested in.
Here’s more about studying Management at university.
If you know which management area you want to specialise in then you should look for a degree course in that area – for example, human resource management or hospitality management.
This is also a very popular course to combine with another related subject and study for a joint degree. Popular combinations include:
It’s important to research each university and course carefully to ensure you make the right choice. Look into the modules that are taught and see if they interest you. there’s no point applying for a degree when you don’t like 50% of the modules on the syllabus.
Business courses are generally quite flexible when it comes to A Level subjects, so you probably don’t need to ensure that you’ve taken certain A Levels before applying.
However, it is worth looking at the courses you’re applying for and considering which A Levels would help you when you’re studying. For example, if you’re looking at a course with a focus on finance, then a Maths A-level would be helpful.
Exact grade requirements vary greatly between universities and as nearly every university offers some kind of management degree you’re bound to find one that fits your predicted grades.
Grades range from AAA (including Maths) from Oxford – they also ask you to complete a thinking skills test and attend an interview – to CCC at London Metropolitan University.
As we’ve said above, Oxford asks all applicants to complete a thinking skills test and attend an interview in addition to the usual application process.
Check for other entry requirements with each university that you’re interested in and don’t forget that you’re going to need a strong personal statement that demonstrates your interest in business and management.
Many universities offer their students to take a year away from study to undertake an industrial placement and put their learning into practice. However, if you can get some work experience before you start university it will give you something extra to make your personal statement stand out from the crowd.
Aside from the universities we’ve mentioned above, you can study Management (or a similar course) at almost every university in the country.
You can also attend a specialist business school to gain your Management degree. Here are some institutions that offer Management courses:
There is no universal curriculum for Management courses and every university will offer something slightly different. You might feel that one university has better links with industry or offers work placements that suit you better than other universities.
It’s vital to do your research about each university and not choose one based on other people saying it’s good. Attending an open day is a great way of getting a proper feel for a university and you’ll have the chance to talk to staff and current students about all aspects of the course.
Your job options are just as broad as the Management degree itself. If you choose to specialise in a certain area of business then you’re likely to get a job in that area after graduation.
Many Management graduates go into traineeships or fast-track management programmes with some of the top organisations in the UK.