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Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace (BA)

The Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace (BA) (Hons) has been developed in response to student demand for an appropriate progression route following successful completion of the Skills for the Workplace (CertHE).

With a flexible learning approach to programme location and delivery, this programme will facilitate student study into management theory and practice, firmly contextualised within workplace experience. 

This programme is only available to Home students. 


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Contact Birmingham Admissions on the email below to find out if you are eligible for this course.

This course is available to apply as a weekday or weekend study option. 

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Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course?

  • Internationally recognised degree
  • Develop key leadership and management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • UWTSD ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies – The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace (BA) (Hons) is designed both for progression from the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace and for credit transfer from other business-related programmes.

Successful completion of studies on the Skills for the Workplace (CertHE) will allow learners to enter directly into Level 5 of this degree programme. Flexible delivery with discrete modules studied consecutively with face-to-face learning at a convenient community location.

In terms of subject content, the title “for the workplace” reflects the contextualisation of each module to the personal workplace experiences of the learners. This project-based, discursive approach to study ensures that generic theoretical models are consistently explored within a workplace context ensuring continued relevance to the needs of employers and career progression.

Classes taught 3 days per week.

Module Topics

The curriculum content of the Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace (BA) (Hons) has been carefully developed to provide a series of discrete 20 credit modules. Each module focuses on a key generic aspect of leadership and management capable of being contextualized to specific workplace experiences.

In general terms, Level 5 study focuses upon areas relating to business and management. 

Please note that the modules below are only running until September 2023. 

Level 5

  • Developing Workplace Critical Thinking
    • Develop a critical approach to workplace thinking based on established theoretical models.

  • Developing Relationships and Workplace Achievement
    • Develop strategies for performance management and the personal and career development of individuals in the workplace.

  • Workplace Culture and Organisational Efficiency
    • Develop an understanding of workplace culture and context in order to improve one’s ability to function within the organisational norms.

  • Knowledge and Information Management Skills for the Workplace
    • Develop an understanding of the challenges of managing knowledge and information within an organisation.
    • Identify and apply appropriate management information systems.

  • Understanding and Engaging in the Customer Experience
    • Instil a critical understanding of quality systems and controls for customers.

  • Managing Projects in the Organisation
    • Develop the understanding and ability to manage projects within the workplace.
    • Develop knowledge and understanding of project management tools & techniques.

Progress to Level 6 study focuses upon areas relating to leadership skills within a management context i.e.

Level 6

  • Emergent Leadership Skills for the Workplace
    • Explore the key responsibilities of leadership in the workplace and the critical importance of the objective analysis of personal strengths and limitations.

  • Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for the Workplace
    • Develop students’ understanding of the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace and the relationship between emotional intelligence, effective management communication and business advantage.

  • Developing Innovation and Creativity for Business Advantage
    • Provide students with a clear understanding of the importance of innovation to business development, and the ability to critically review models and characteristics of the innovation process.

  • Strategic Management for SMEs
    • Develop a holistic understanding of organisations’ strategic direction via their interaction with the internal and external environment.

  • Leading and Implementing Workplace Change
    • Develop a holistic understanding of the leadership and management of change.

  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills for the Workplace
    • Develop an understanding of the skills, principles and practice of effective management coaching and mentoring and the benefits they bring to business.

The following modules will run from September 2023:

Level 4 (CertHE)

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Digital Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Effective Team Working and Communication (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Employability and Career Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 credits; compulsory). 

Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Understanding and Engaging Stakeholders (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Project Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Managing Business Information (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Organisational Culture (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills (20 credits; compulsory).

Level 6 (BA)

  • Strategic Management for Business (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Design Thinking and Innovation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Leading and Implementing Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods for Business (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory).

The summative assessment for each module takes the form of a single assignment the exact nature of which varies according to module content and learning outcomes. Students engage with individual and group presentations, mock interviews, short tests, research and problem-solving exercises and role-play situations as part of the coursework activities and formative assessment.

Whilst the final summative task might have a fairly traditional format of a written assignment or report, the formative tasks enable students to explore other activities fundamental to good practice within the workplace. Critical reflection on personal performance is a key part of each module and is integral to all aspects of the programme.

Each assessment task is linked to student interest or experience, for example, for a student with an interest in physical fitness, a project might be linked to the business and management of running a Health Club.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is available to Home students.

Successful completion of Level 4 CertHE Skills for the Workplace (120 credits).

Career Opportunities

The purpose of the Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace (BA) (Hons) is to create an attractive undergraduate programme that truly responds to the changing needs of learners in the workplace and for those who are seeking to improve their prospects of a return to the workplace.

The programme has been compiled to ensure that graduates are equipped with appropriate underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills, which will allow them to be effective within the constantly changing global market.  The ability to make an immediate impact and an ongoing contribution in the workplace will be an important aspect.

As such they will be proficient in a team environment, have acquired skills that will enable them to effectively communicate, be able to identify appropriate strategies to solve organisational problems, be able to contribute to reflective practice and have the confidence and capability to develop as life-long learners.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

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Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Further Information

Please contact birminghamadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk if you have any questions about the University or about this course in particular. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page helpful.