BA Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) BA

Study towards a degree in Business while in paid, full-time employment


A Graduate Apprenticeship allows you to enhance your skills and improve career prospects by studying for a university degree while in full-time, paid employment.

Develop your effective business and management skills by balancing theory with your day-to-day work in your organisation.  In this degree you will put learning into practice and will solve problems on real projects in your workplace, applying your learning to the world of work.

Graduate Apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in work and 20% in university, with work based learning projects allowing
Graduate Apprentices to attain an honours degree in 4 years, the same time as traditional full-time students.

*NEW* From September 2023

We are offering a Hospitality and Tourism Pathway on this programme. Students who work in these sectors will complement their studies with hospitality and tourism-specific tutorials in relevant modules. These tutorials are delivered by our acclaimed hospitality and tourism department, ranked as a top 10 Modern UK University for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (The WUR, 2023).

For enquiries on either pathway please email

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Mode of Study:

Day Release, Full-time


4 years

Course details

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    How you’ll be taught

    The programme is delivered over a full calendar year on a day-release basis – weekly from year 1 to 4.
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    Mixture of practical assignments, exams, group projects and work-based learning
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    Work placement

    As a Graduate Apprentice, you will be a full-time employee as well as a student for the duration of the programme so there are no separate placements.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Behavioural Studies
  • Academic Skills for Business Management
  • Principles of Economics
  • Marketing 1
  • Accounting for Business
  • Professional Practice 1

Year 2

  • Introduction to HRM
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Managerial Finance
  • Market Research and Communication
  • Professional Practice 2 

Year 3

  • Strategic Management in a Global Context
  • International Business
  • International Marketing 
  • Operations Management
  • Professional Practice 3 

Year 4

  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Digital Business and Innovation
  • Business Strategy and Sustainability
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Professional Practice Project

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Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Places are available to any employees of an organisation whether or not it is a levy payer. Graduate Apprentices must work and reside in Scotland and be over the age of 16, however there is no maximum age limit.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 and 3 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning

If you do not hold any of the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience you may be able to enter this programme. Your application will be considered on an individual basis. You will be asked to reflect on your previous experience and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding equivalent to that achieved on successful completion of the above entry requirements. We will provide you with support in your reflective process through interviews and guidance on presenting your evidence.

Minimum Year 1

To enter this programme at the start of Year 1 you must have either: 

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

To enter this programme at the start of Year 2 you must have:


Pass HNC in Business Management, Business Management with Entrepreneurship, International Business Management, Administration and IT, Business, Human Resource Management, Management (not Retail) or Marketing with grade B at SCQF level 7 in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


Minimum Year 3

To enter this programme at the start of Year 3 you must have:


Pass HND in Business Management, Business Management with Entrepreneurship, International Business Management, Administration and IT, Business, Human Resource Management, Management (not retail) or Marketing with grade B at SCQF level 8 in the graded unit.

English language requirements

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding


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Business Graduates typically work across the range of industry sectors in roles including:

  • Operations management
  • Managing projects
  • Marketing and sales
  • Human resource management
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