BA in Leadership and Management (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BA in Leadership and Management (Honours)

The Open University

BA in Leadership and Management (Honours)

This course provides an innovative exploration of leadership and management in business, and examines their impact on organisations – including wider considerations in the external environment. You’ll develop essential analytical and problem-solving skills incorporating the management of functions such as marketing, human resources and finance, and leading change. You’ll also consider how business organisations are shaped and changed, and how stakeholder behaviours and management decision-making contribute to the various organisational functions.

Key features of the course

  • Flexible options to suit your professional or personal interest
  • Choices include marketing, business strategy and retailing, finance, entrepreneurship and inter-organisational collaboration
  • Develops practical skills in communication, IT, numerical interpretation, collaborative working and reflective thinking
  • Equips you for a wide range of leadership and management roles across all sectors.

Educational aims

This programme aims to provide you with:

  • a general understanding of organisations, their structures and cultures, wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes, and how all these inform leadership and management
  • an ability to analyse leadership behaviour and management decision-making in the workplace
  • an understanding of how you can contribute to and develop skills in leadership and management in your own working life
  • relevant and practical skills, in particular IT, numerical, study and thinking skills
  • the necessary skills to engage in a process of lifelong learning, including progression to higher awards, and to develop yourself as a reflective practitioner.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You will learn independently, using printed teaching texts; directed readings from textbooks and papers; and online activities and resources.

We will support your learning with self-assessment questions and exercises, included in the teaching texts; programme tasks, computer-based investigations and open-ended project work; feedback and guidance from a tutor, including (depending on location) support via tutorials, telephone or email; computer conferences; and study and project guides.

We will assess your learning with tutor-marked assignments (TMAs); interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs), end-of-module assessments (EMAs) and formal examinations.

You will develop your cognitive and key skills by engaging with analysis and design exercises.

Cognitive and key skills are assessed by questions in the TMAs and exams that ask for concepts to be applied in given situations. You will be asked to provide evidence of using these skills in your place of work and will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and plan for improvement.

You will be encouraged to draw together the skills you acquire through the module-based units with those you practice in your place of work.

Assessment will mainly be based on the evidence you will provide of applying skills in your everyday working environment.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6-8 years
  • Full time – 3 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

A qualification in leadership and management will be highly valued in a wide range of management and business contexts, and is particularly relevant to roles involving leadership and management development, establishing new businesses and management/business consultancy. It can lead to opportunities in areas such as:

  • middle and senior management positions across all sectors
  • advertising and marketing
  • human resources
  • banking, including investment banking
  • sales and retail
  • management consultancy
  • business journalism
  • transport and logistics.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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