Business Management and Geography - BA (Hons)

Study the fundamentals of business management, explore the spatial dynamics of human behaviours and social inequalities and tackle global challenges on our business management and geography programme. You will learn from expert academics and develop the skills to give you a versatile portfolio of skills to enter a wide variety of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • LN72

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international, placement or entrepreneurship year

Why study Business Management and Geography at Keele University?

No. 1 in the UK for Business Studies (National Student Survey, 2020)
Spend a year working in industry, or undertake an entrepreneurship year
Opportunities to study abroad
Study alongside innovative companies based in Keele Business School
Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic natural environment to perform fieldwork
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"Studying geography gave me a wide range of knowledge and skills – I was able to use my interview to talk about water resources, environmental management and GIS. Showing some of the work I had done at Keele, especially my dissertation, played a key role in getting a job with a company that I am really interested in. The degree made sure I had a lot of transferable skills including report writing, analytical skills and crucial time management, as well as knowing how to write an effective CV and job application in the first place. "

Joe, Geography

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

Entry requirements

The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year.

Additional information


  • A Level requirement - BBC


  • Maths at C (or 4)
  • English at C (or 4)


  • BTEC requirements - DMM


  • H5, H5, H4 or 29 points overall


  • Obtain Access to Higher Education Diploma with 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

English Language Requirements

All of our courses require an English language qualification or test. For most students, this requirement can be met with a 4 or C in GCSE English. Please see our English Language guidance pages for further details, including English language test information for international students. For those students who require an English language test, this course requires a test from .

Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer which would be made to candidates, along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.

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Our Facilities

Co-located with businesses at Keele Business School

Keele Business School

Keele Business School is at the heart of the Keele University Science & Innovation Park, one of the leading developments of its kind in the UK. The Park offers companies a business environment that provides an innovative research culture, combined with academic expertise and the University’s specialist resources, with a variety of opportunities for students to get involved, from internships, knowledge exchange partnerships, and student enterprise initiatives.

The School of Geography, Geology and Environment

The School benefits from a dedicated teaching space in Keele’s state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL).

Featuring 80 new polarising microscopes and 20 new low powered microscopes, the CSL allows us to innovate and enhance the teaching experience of our students and supports a highly tailored approach to practical learning.

Other facilities in the School include:


We are pioneers in teaching our undergraduate students how to use, process and analyse drone generated data - in fact some of our former students have even entered careers in this quickly growing sector.
During your studies you will learn about and have the opportunity to use our fleet of drones while working on research projects.

Ice laboratory

Our ice laboratory features a dedicated freezer laboratory for water and ice samples from polar environments.

IceLab research is driven by the need to understand and develop new methods, such as analysis of ice core ‘biomarkers’, within polar environments in order to inform on key questions surrounding global ocean and atmospheric change, sea ice variability, and humanity’s role in polar ecological change.

Weather station

Keele's weather station provides valuable data locally, nationally and for teaching and research in the school. This includes data for wind speed and direction, rainfall, humidity, sunshine/radiation, air and ground temperatures.

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Academic expertise

Keele Business School

Our staff in Keele Business School are active researchers in core areas such as accounting, finance, economics, human resource management, marketing and management. Their academic work will inform your learning, incorporating recent theories and current themes to open discussion in your subject area. There are professional support staff on hand to answer any queries you may have during your undergraduate studies at Keele.

Our academics in Keele Business School are multicultural and multinational, bringing an international aspect to the School’s teaching, research and business activities.

Engage with practitioners

Academics in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment are practitioners beyond academia. This means you will benefit from studying modules that have been informed by the research and active work they are carrying out in their area of expertise.

Research specialisms in the School include:

  • Sustainable places and societies - improving health and well-being, securing social inclusion and developing sustainable rural and urban places, mobilities and practices.
  • Sustainable Environments (natural and built) - assessing, adapting and resilience to climate, ecosystems and environmental change, including deep time, earth geo-processes and geohazards.
  • Sustainable Energy and Geo-resources - developing smart, sustainable and ‘just’ energy transitions and geo-resources as well as enhancing understanding of the subsurface to promote low-carbon sustainable solutions for harnessing energy, carbon storage and
    geo-resource extraction.
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Central Science Laboratory

Our Central Sciences Laboratory facility enables us to rethink the way our science subjects are taught with transformational teaching in a space designed to encourage and enable collaborative and interdisciplinary working.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours foundation year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Business and Geography degree. For example, the Foundations of Business 1 module helps you develop appropriate investigative skills in order to analyse financial information and make informed business decisions. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Modules


FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00249 Foundations in Business 1  15 credits
FYO-00251 Foundations in Business 2 15 credits
FYO-00193  Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment   15 credits 

Semester Two Modules

FYO-00195  Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment  30 credits
FYO-00255 Advancing Business 30 credits


The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience


  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)


  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year (UCAS code: F703) through UCAS at You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team.

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.