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BA (Hons) Business Administration

This BA (Hons) Business Administration, delivered online by NCC Education and validated and awarded by the University of Worcester, has been specially designed for students wanting to complete the final year of their degree in a flexible, affordable and accessible way. With this Business top-up degree, students can further their careers and enhance their skills. The qualification prepares students for careers or postgraduate study in all areas of Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting and all areas of Business Administration. On successful completion students will have the knowledge and understanding of the global business environment, as well as the essential skills required to research, analyse and manage business relationships.


Duration of The Programme and Intakes

The standard duration of the BA (Hons) Business Administration programme is three years.
There will be two intakes every year: January and September

Modules Offered (Degree Year One)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Business Mathematics
15 Credits
This unit enables students to develop skills pertaining to a range of mathematical and statistical techniques and concepts as applicable to different business scenarios.
2. ACommunications for Business
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to learn different types of business communication techniques and approaches (written, oral and non-verbal).
3. e-Business
15 Credits
This unit explores the various concepts and models of e-Business, including the strategies and planning processes concerning business-to- consumer and business-to-business aspects of e- Business.
4. Essentials of Management
15 Credits
This unit provides a strong foundation in the essentials of management; it particularly covers the function of management, the management decision-making process, management and organisational strategies, management’s influence on individual and group performance as well as the theories of leadership and control.
5. Fundamentals of Economics
15 Credits
This unit will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics to aid the process of business decision-making.
6. Introduction to Finance
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to develop a fundamental understanding of the accounting processes within business organisations; they will also acquire the basic skills required for carrying out financial analysis to support business decision-making.
7. Principles of Marketing
15 Credits
This unit enables students to develop an understanding of the key concepts and principles of marketing that can be used as strategic and operational tools to meet organizational goals and objectives in dynamic business environments.
8. Understanding Business Organisations
15 Credits
Through this unit students will get the opportunity to evaluate various types of organization and the different forms of organizational structure; they will also examine and assess the key concepts of organizational change, communication processes within organizations, monitoring of organizational performance and the role of IT systems on the performance and structure of an organization.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Two)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Business Economics
15 Credits
This unit examines how an organisation can achieve its objectives most efficiently through the application of micro-economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision science, such as statistics and quantitative methods. It demonstrates how economic analysis can be used in formulating business policies.
2. Advanced Business Mathematics
15 Credits
This unit provides an understanding of how a number of statistical and mathematical techniques are applied in economic and business decision-making.
3. Marketing in Business
15 Credits
This unit highlights the need for managers to view the role of marketing as critical to their organisation. The crucial role of marketing in contributing to the success of organisations is emphasised.
4. Human Resources in Business
15 Credits
This unit explores the dynamic role of human resource management policies and practices in contemporary organisations and their contribution to the goals of those organisations. It defines and critically examines the major philosophies, policies, procedures and practices related to the management of human resources.
5. Understanding Consumer Behaviour
15 Credits
This unit provides an understanding of customers’ needs and the complexity of the decision making process customers undertake in both consumer and industrial markets.
6. Principles of Business Operations
15 Credits
This unit explores the operations management function and its basis in creating and sustaining effective and efficient operations which deliver the products or services in a manner which achieves the objectives of the organisation. You will analyse this with respect to cost, quality, flexibility, dependability and speed.
7. Financial Management
15 Credits
This unit builds on your knowledge of fundamental financial concepts in financial and management accounting by considering the applications of these topics in a business environment and by examining a set of more advanced issues.
8. Information Systems and Organisations
15 Credits
This unit introduces the subject of information systems and technology in organisations, taking a broad management perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the current and future role of information systems in modern organisations, including an appreciation of the social, cultural and political aspects that are important to the successful adoption of technology.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Three)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Business-to-Business Marketing
15 Credits
The marketing of products and services to other businesses (B2B Marketing) is very different to marketing directly to consumers (B2C Marketing). This module critically examines the scope and nature of business marketing, unique aspects of business marketing strategy development, and practical issues that face business marketers. It examines the issue of developing customer relations in addition to consumer and buyer behaviour.
2. Management Accounting and Finance
15 Credits
The ability to accurately interpret financially related quantitative and qualitative information is important, as it enables effective planning and good decision-making. This module aims to develop key skills necessary for organisational financial management. It provides an extensive base of knowledge and skills required for postgraduate studies and professional employment by examining planning and decision-making techniques.
3. Management Organisational Behaviour
15 Credits
This module examines how management, particularly in terms of organisational and staff development, can contribute to the achievement of a more effective organisation. The module covers the analysis of effective management in organisations with emphasis on the functions of management, and the behavioural processes of changes, conflict, leadership, motivation, communication, innovation and group dynamics.
4. Strategic Operations and Quality Management
15 Credits
The module examines the key issues of Strategic Operations Management (SOM). Using important models and concepts, it provides an analysis of SOM and how it relates to corporate strategy and quality management. The module will consider challenges and the elements required for successful strategic operations management and the strategies for achieving efficient, cost effective production in a global business environment.
5. Business Research Methodology
15 Credits
Through this module students will be able to gain insights about conducting systematic research in varied business contexts.
6. Business Strategy
15 Credits
This module provides scope for developing a core of knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to formulating and implementing business strategy in different organisational settings.
7. International Marketing Strategy
15 Credits
Through this module students will be able to examine the strategic tools available expanding international marketing activities of different types of firms. They will also develop the skills necessary for planning strategies for international marketing and implementing them.
8. Business Analysis and Decision Making
15 Credits
This module enables students to develop a systematic approach to carrying out business analysis. They also get the opportunity to link the results of their business analyses to business decision making.

Internships

As part of your degree studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake internships with reputed organisations in Sri Lanka. Internships are available for periods of 8 to 12 weeks during the annual summer holidays from June to September. Students who start their academic year in early October will be able to do a maximum of two internships (one per year in each of the first two years of studies) during their degree studies. However, students who start their academic year in January will be able to do a maximum of three internships (one per year in each of the three years of studies) during their degree studies.

The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. However, internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the first year of degree studies:

  • A minimum of two Advanced Level subjects (UK/Local) along with a minimum of grades C for the subjects of Mathematics and English at OLs/IGCSEs.
  • OR
  • The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the second year Level 5 Diploma of degree studies:

  • NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (RQF) (L4DB).
  • OR
  • A local or international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education L4DB qualification. This must be agreed with NCC Education in advance.

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the third year (final year) of degree studies:

  • The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business (L5DB)
  • OR
  • The NCC Education International Advanced Diploma in Business (IADB)
  • OR
  • HND Business (Awarded by Pearson / Edexcel)
  • OR
  • Informatics International Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
  • OR
  • A similar qualification approved by NCC Education and the University of Worcester

Academic Progression Opportunities

The BA (Hons) Business Administration programme will provide a sound platform for pursuing academic and professional qualifications in multiple fields related to Business and Management. These include fields such as Finance, Banking, Investment, Marketing, Digital Media and Communications, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Innovation and Business Information Technology/Management. Students will be able to gain a broad understanding of a range of subjects pertaining to Business and Management, before specializing

The University of Worcester is a reputed public university in the UK. As such, a degree qualification from the university will enable you to gain admission at some of the leading universities in the UK, Australia, US, Canada and Singapore for postgraduate studies. The University of Worcester is recognised by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. Hence, students will also be eligible to progress onto postgraduate programmes of Sri Lankan state and private universities.

Career Opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the BA (Hons) Business Administration degree, students will be able to progress to a range of business sectors securing roles from general business manager to digital business executive, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and retail manager to new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects, internship assignments and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. Our careers service work with prestigious local and multinational organisations with the view of guiding our students towards suitable employment destinations.

Recognition

The University of Worcester which will award the BA (Hons) Business Management qualification offered at Gateway Graduate School, is an accredited public university in the UK. It is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka since it is listed in the International Handbook of Universities (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/recognition-of-foreign-universities.html).

The NCC Level 4 Diploma and Level 5 Diploma in Business is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK. As such, it will enable those who have successfully completed the qualification to transfer to various universities across the world with exemptions equivalent to the degree studies.