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


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 College UHI
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


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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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.