BA (Hons) Business Management

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For ambitious payroll and pensions professionals who aspire to progress to senior positions within their respective industries and stand out amongst their peers.

Delivered and accredited by the University of Lincoln, the BA (Hons) Business Management is specifically offered by the CIPP to top-up the CIPP Foundation degrees to a full Batchelor's degree which carries worldwide recognition. This well-respected qualification is designed for those who have the drive and determination to maximise their potential.

The course does not focus on the legislation or technical skills associated with payroll and pensions as these are assumed. Instead, students apply this knowledge to a broad range of relevant topics such as project management, financial management, digital communication techniques and the leadership and management principles requisite for assuming senior leadership roles within organisations.

Once completed, graduates are welcome to consider taking their ambitions even further through enrolling on the MSc in Strategic Leadership.

Students who complete the BA (Hons) Business Management are eligible to progress to fellow membership of the CIPP. Graduates also significantly enhance the likelihood of meeting the criteria for Chartered membership.

Who is this qualification aimed at?

Graduates of the CIPP’s Foundation Degrees in Payroll Management or Pensions Administration and Management or the preceding Diploma in Payroll Management.

Applications are welcome from professionals who possess a foundation degree or UK Level 5 qualification gained within the last five years.  In addition, successful applicants would normally be employed in an ongoing managerial position and have a minimum of three years’ experience

Why should you invest in the qualification?

Payroll and pensions are both dynamic professions subject to rapid change and evolution. Assuming senior leadership and management positions within these disciplines requires aptitude in a broad range of faculties.

Organisations who hold graduates of this qualification amongst their ranks have the assurance that not only is the payroll and pension function managed assuredly but also has the drive and capability to adapt to change, identify and exploit efficiencies and the opportunities that both the payroll and pensions functions can offer to the organisation’s wider governance.

Students are required to apply the knowledge and skills gained from their studies to critically evaluate and drive improvement to current operational practices. Consequently, employers realise tangible benefits from the outset.


Over approximately 18 months, students will undertake six mandatory modules.

  • Critical enquiry skills
    • Evaluate information required to investigate management research problems
    • Develop critical academic writing skills
    • Discover principles of research design
    • Identify and manage ethical dilemmas in research enquiry
  • Integrating leadership and management experience
    • Critically reflect on leadership and management experiences
    • Explore the effectiveness of leadership styles within an organisation
    • Plan individual and team development
    • Critique leadership and management academic theory
  • Digital communications in a business environment
    • Explore current digital communication techniques
    • Analyse the impact of digital communications within an organisation
    • Evaluate the application of innovative digital communication tools
    • Develop effective digital communication strategies
  • Finance for the non-finance manager
    • Explain accounting techniques to provide financial data for decision making
    • Develop financial risk management strategies for organisations
    • Evaluate the management of budgets in an organisational setting
    • Explore the impact of financial information on organisational decision making
  • Managing projects
    • Critically evaluate current project management methods and tools
    • Investigate project parameters and resources
    • Design comprehensive project plans
    • Critically appraise wider issues influencing effective project management
  • Independent research project
    • Formulate and propose objectives and work plans
    • Investigate the latest thinking in a chosen subject area
    • Critically evaluate and apply theoretical and methodological processes
    • Analyse and interpret data to support business decisions


The BA (Hons) Business Management is a flexible programme that caters for busy working professionals and the course structure accommodates this inherent challenge of balancing work and study. All the course materials and delivery is conducted online, facilitating the ability to study at a time and place that suits the individual. This enables students to successfully complete the programme regardless of where they live and work.

Following a week-long online Induction, students are invited to attend a non-compulsory face to face induction day. The induction day takes place at Lincoln’s City Centre Campus and provide students with the opportunity to meet tutors and support staff in person. Students embarking on their final project or dissertation are again invited to attend specific sessions enable them to focus on the requirements of this capstone module.

How much does it cost?

The cost of undertaking the entire 18-month programme is £6,100.00 no VAT.

For further information on pricing and pricing options please visit the University of Lincolns website.  

Prices valid for this intake only and reviewed annually.

Student loans

Student loans are available to all self-funding students in England who have not had a student loan previously. They are not based on, nor do they affect your credit rating.

Students living in Scotland or Ireland are not currently within the student loan process. Students looking for public support to assist with funding these qualifications should apply for a part-time student grant from their respective governing body.

The benefits of a student loan to an individual would be:

  • No requirement to pay course fees upfront
  • No re-payment unless you reach the gross earnings threshold for student loans being £21,000 – from September 2012
  • Repayments only commence following completion of the qualification
  • You only pay back the equivalent of 9% of your earnings in excess of the gross pay threshold
  • No effect on your credit history
  • No re-payments due should you not be in work
  • No time limit for payment of the full loan
  • Gain an industry recognised University accredited qualification which is supported by a Chartered Institute
  • No credit check takes place and the loan is automatically available on the basis of the qualification being recognised by the Student Loans Company

Further information on student loans can be viewed here.

Students applying for a student loan must do so through the Student Loan Company. Application packs will consist of the part-time Tuition Fee Loan application form (for new students starting their course on or after 1 September 2012), along with notes and guidance to help students with their application. Information can also be found here.

To download a student loan application form, please the Student Loan Company website.



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Course Start Date (1st day of teaching)

Feb-24 08/01/2024 12/02/2024 19/02/2024
May-24 15/04/2024 13/05/2024 20/05/2024
Oct-24 23/09/2024 21/10/2024 28/10/2024


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