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Business Management (Social Change)

Entry Year: 2022

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2022
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
None - your employer pays your tuition fees. In addition, you will earn a salary while you study.
Overseas fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Business Management (Social Change)


Are you interested in changing the world for the better?

Earn while you train in business management and social change, and graduate with both a BSc and four years of work experience. This degree apprenticeship is designed to help you build a career in the voluntary and non-profit sectors, which includes charities and community organisations.

You will build on your creative thinking, communication and analytical skills while learning about key business practices like accounting, marketing, human resources and organisational innovation.

Through engagement with leading practitioners in the sector, you will develop a strong understanding as well as practical experience of the unique governance and regulatory environment, along with social impact and evaluation, fundraising, finance and project management.

In your third and fourth years, you will engage in work-based projects that allow you to develop expertise in the charitable and voluntary sectors.

How to apply

You apply for degree apprenticeships either through the National Apprenticeship Service or via the employer’s own website, rather than through UCAS.

See our list of live vacancies and application links.

There is no limit to the number of apprenticeships you can apply for, in addition to your five UCAS choices.

Professional recognition

On completion of the programme you will become a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and will be granted Chartered Manager status.


You will study at Queen Mary one day a week during term time and work four days with your sponsoring employer. Out of term-time, you will work full-time for your employer.

Year 1

  • Business and Society
  • Community Marketing Practical Project
  • Community Marketing Theory
  • Fundamentals of Management Studies and Skills
  • Introduction to Marketing and Communications
  • Organisation Studies

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Accounting for Business
  • Corporations and Social Responsibility
  • Contemporary Legal Issues in Business
  • Governance and Regulatory Environment
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Sector and Organisational Understanding

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Business and Social Approaches to Social Media
  • Operations Management
  • Politics, Advocacy and Influencing Change
  • Project Management
  • Volunteering and Social Action: Theory and Learning
  • Volunteering: Practical Social Action

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Business Computing
  • Fundraising Management
  • Intergrative Work-Based Project
  • Social Impact and Evaluation
  • Start-ups and Incubators
  • Strategic Management

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Teaching and learning

Teaching and research are based on three pillars: governance; social justice and sustainability; and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

You will receive approximately two hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller seminar groups. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete two to three hours of independent study.

Work-based modules are delivered in small group workshops and have direct input from industry experts. You will attend regular group tutorials to help you understand and evidence the links between your study, employment and your own personal and professional development.

Degree apprentices have regular progress review meetings in the workplace with their employer-mentors and a representative from Queen Mary.


Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • a purpose-built media suite designed to support student entrepreneurship
  • a dedicated Internships Coordinator for work experience opportunities and applications
  • a free four-day leadership development course for third year students, providing practical leadership training outside the classroom
  • an alumni network that can connect you to fellow Queen Mary graduates worldwide.

Apply for BSc Business Management (Social Change).

Entry requirements

Queen Mary and the employer agree the exact academic entry requirements for each apprenticeship. Grades given below are indicative.

Generally, we expect our degree apprentices to demonstrate similar academic achievements to full-time BSc students.


General Studies
Critical thinking

International Baccalaureate (IB)
36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 4 in Standard Level Mathematics.

Full BTEC entry requirements

Access HE
We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma on a case-by-case basis.

GCSE Mathematics at grade B or 5 or above and GCSE English at grade B or 5 required.

Eligibility requirements
You must meet the apprenticeship eligibility requirements (page 59).

Applicants should apply to their employer first; then, following selection at an assessment centre, successful candidates will be provided conditional offers of study for this programme.

Non-UK students

To apply, you must be either:

  • a citizen of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA)
  • or have lived in the UK or EEA for the past three consecutive years
  • or a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes), and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See the UK Government apprenticeship funding rules.


Your employer will pay your Queen Mary tuition fees.

You will be paid for your work with the employer. Degree apprentices typically start on an annual salary of £14,000 – £21,000.

Visit the government apprenticeships website to access advice and resources for students, parents, teachers and employers.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Degree apprentices are ideally placed to take up management roles, either with their apprenticeship employer or with other major voluntary or nonprofit organisations. Our School has established relationships with key employers in the voluntary and nonprofit sectors, such as the Red Cross UK, Mind, Age UK, Scout Association and National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Typical graduate jobs for apprentices would include management roles in areas such as volunteering, fundraising, programme management, policy and public affairs or planning and governance.

Career support

The School of Business and Management has a dedicated Employer Engagement and Internships Coordinator, and we run tailored careers programme for students. In previous years, this has included business-specific workshops, alumni panel events and office visits to Bloomberg.
Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Business and Management takes a unique interdisciplinary approach that promises students an inspiring educational experience: we teach you to think beyond textbooks, management fads and memorised formulas for success.

Our faculty come from all over the world and bring a sound practical knowledge to their teaching: they have worked for the BBC, UK government ministries and the European Union.

The School’s Mile End location keeps us close to all the action in the City and Canary Wharf. We’re also home to a number of research centres, groups and clusters focused on public engagement and having a real-world impact.

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