Learn while you earn: Study the smart way with Arden

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Why choose Arden University?


Valuable CMI accreditation recognised by employers

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation gives your degree an added mark of quality, valued by employers across the UK. When you enrol, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of useful resources.


Earn and learn at the same time

Arden's innovative blended learning approach means you can complete a full time degree without being on a campus full time. Visit our study centres for your lectures twice a week, and use our state-of-the-art online classroom the rest of the week. This leaves you the flexibility to continue working and earning while you learn.


Modern study centres in London

Arden has three London study centres in fantastic locations – Ealing, Tower Hill and Holborn. Each provides a purpose-built environment for you to attend classes, carry out independent study and relax with friends between lessons.


Entry requirements that value your work experience

We are proud to offer non-standard entry which means your work experience is taken into account, as well as your previous qualifications.


Access to student funding, with fees at just £6,000 a year

With Arden, you only pay for what matters – high-quality courses and a fantastic learning experience. The entire course can be student loan funded, although graduating debt-free is possible by earning while you learn.


Easy-to-use virtual classroom

Arden provides a state-of-the-art online platform where you can continue your studies when you aren't in the classroom. Most materials are accessible on any device, so you can learn on the go.

What our students say

Career Impact

How will a Business degree impact your career?

Because Business degree graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills, they have a variety of employment opportunities open to them. When you’ve completed the degree you will:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of business functions
  • Be able to demonstrate your ability to learn and solve problems
  • Be able to make decisions about where to target your career planning as a result of your module choices
  • Be an attractive proposition to many employers due to your transferable skills and CMI accreditation

You will gain the transferable skills employers want, like analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills. These skills combined with your appreciation of organisational behaviour and your graduate status will help you stand out to future employers.

Here are just some the roles our students go in to:

Course details
  • Duration: 3 years (4 years with foundation year entry)
  • Study centres: London, Birmingham or Manchester
  • Study hours: 2 full days a week (3 days a week with foundation year entry)
  • Online materials: Includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums

You will start the degree with an introduction to business best practice, before choosing the area of business you’d like to specialise in. Once decided, you will begin to understand the important role your specialism plays in a wider business environment.

Discover more about Arden’s BA (Hons) Business with Paula Reilly, the module leader for BA Business at Arden University.

For a breakdown of modules download your course snapshot

Entry Requirements

We are proud to offer standard and non-standard entry, which means your work experience is taken into account, as well as any previous qualifications.

For standard entry requirements you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Please note: candidates who do not have GCSE English or Maths may be required to undertake a numeracy or literacy assessment for entry.

For non-standard entry - if you have work experience:

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Please note: candidates who do not have GCSE English or Maths may be required to undertake a numeracy or literacy assessment for entry.

Don’t have any of the above?

We also offer this course as a four year degree which includes a foundation year. This first year prepares you for university level study. It’s perfect if you don’t have the formal qualifications or work experience required above.


Fees and funding

If you're looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further. With Arden you can stay in control of your finances, and focus on your learning.

Fee per year: £6,000

Undergraduate student loans for UK & EU students

Many UK & EU students choose to pay for study this way. Student Finance England pays your fees which you pay back in small monthly instalments, once you are earning over £21,000. You won’t be asked to pay anything back until April 4 years after the start of your qualification. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview.

How to apply for a student loan

While you are applying for your Arden University course, your admissions advisor will discuss payment options with you. If you decide a student loan is the best option, you can apply online via Student Finance England. This will take about 15 minutes and you should have your passport and National Insurance number to hand. It can take as long as six weeks for the Student Loans Company to finalise applications, so make sure you do it in plenty of time to start your course.Costs shouldn't stand between you and your chance to develop your career - this is the reason our programmes are more affordable than the average UK qualification.

What makes Arden different?

Arden's new, innovative blended learning approach is completely built around you, the student. Here's what makes us so different:

1. Condensed seminars giving you time to study and progress your career

Many universities spread their teaching across the week, making it difficult for students to fit in much else. Arden’s blended model enables you to complete a full 3-year degree, online in your own time with only two days in the classroom per week (three days for foundation level), to give you the perfect combination of flexibility and structure for your studies. This is why 90% of our students continue with work while they study.

The reduced classroom time means you have time to work and gain valuable workplace experience where you can apply your learning directly.

Being able to earn a full-time degree with part-time classroom hours and part-time online study so you can gain work experience can put you three years or more ahead of your peers at traditional university – a massive advantage in what is becoming an increasingly competitive graduate market.

2. Arden’s learning is active, not passive.

We believe that passively sitting in lecture halls being talked at for hours is not the best way to absorb knowledge. Arden’s learning model is actively engaging – with interaction, discussion and application of knowledge throughout the course, allowing you to develop a deep understanding of the material.

Arden's cutting-edge online learning platform is designed to build your knowledge outside of class, so when you attend seminars, you are ready to put your knowledge into practice and engage in meaningful discussions and exercises.

3. You can potentially graduate debt-free

By condensing seminars and providing materials online we are able to offer tuition fees 30% lower than most traditional universities. Whether undergrad or postgrad you can still access student funding.

What truly sets us apart is that because you can earn while you learn, you can even graduate debt free - putting you ahead of many studying at traditional universities.

What our students say

At Arden, we are devoted to our students and committed to constantly improving our student experience. Many of our students work full-time and have a family or other commitments - but they need that degree, masters or MBA to fulfil their full potential and maximise their career.

Watch the short video [1:43] to hear Adam’s experience of studying his blended learning business degree at our Tower Hill campus.

We are highly rated by our students

4.5 out of 5

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

Arden's London Study Centres

When you enrol on a blended degree you will become a student at either our Ealing, Tower Hill, or Holborn study centres. Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, the modern centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff.

Tower Hill, London campus
Tower Hill, London campus

Who are Arden University?

At Arden, we believe everyone, everywhere has the right to higher education. We've supported more than 50,000 students over 25 years and are the experts in flexible higher education.

We offer career-focused blended learning qualifications at our London, Birmingham and Manchester study centres as well as providing online courses across the world. We work in partnership with and many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.


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