What's Business Management (including Financial Services) like?

With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management, you’ll build a career in a sector bursting with opportunities. This apprenticeship helps you aim for roles in many sectors including:

  • finance
  • IT
  • public services
  • professional services

We've worked with colleges, universities and industry employers to create this qualification. You'll gain the skills and knowledge the industry expects from a graduate - and earn yourself a degree.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons) Business Management, which is at SCQF Level 10.

What will I learn?

A Graduate Apprenticeship is about much more than getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain useful experience and skills in areas such as:

  • organisational performance, including digital business and project management
  • interpersonal excellence, such as communication and managing people
  • personal effectiveness, including decision-making
  • change management, including communications and political context
  • human resources, including legal requirements and management
  • sales and marketing, including customer behaviour and planning
  • procurement and supply chain management
  • international trade, including globalisation and cultural awareness
  • financial services, such as international finance, business analytics, risk and investment

Course content

The main content areas in this Graduate Apprenticeship are:

  • Professional practice: qualifications relevant to role and professional recognition
  • Electives: change management, human resources, sales and marketing, procurement and supply chain management and international trade
  • Core management and business components: organisational performance, interpersonal excellence and personal effectiveness

Developing skills

Your Graduate Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • working with others
  • time management
  • being adaptable
  • leading teams

These skills are crucial for your future life and career as they help you to:

  • cope and excel during change
  • solve problems
  • collaborate with others

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in roles such as:

  • team leader or manager
  • supervisor
  • operations manager
  • departmental manager
  • procurement manager
  • supply chain manager
  • HR manager
  • finance manager
  • risk manager

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.

Each vacancy advert tells you what qualifications you need to start the apprenticeship. Or you can contact the university for guidance on entry requirements.


This is a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree level) and will take up to 4 years to complete.

You might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because you might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. This means you don’t have to repeat some parts of the qualification.

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