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BA (Hons) Bachelor of Applied Business Innovation – Pathway

BA (Hons) Bachelor of Applied Business Innovation – Pathway is designed to foster graduates with cognitive and applied skills to be able, through innovation, add value to their employer or enable them to innovate within the context of their own business or start-up.


2 years


100% online




Tuition Fees




Number of subjects

16 modules

The Ducere Advantage

Exclusive access to insights from global and elite business leaders

Sharpen your business smarts with insights from hundreds of global leaders and business innovators.

Work with the world’s top employers

Showcase your know-how in real-world scenarios working for the world’s leading employers or in your own organization.

Fully-accredited online BA

Earn your globally-recognised BA Degree from the prestigious University of East London.

100% online

Study for your online BA degree from anywhere, anytime. Manage your work and family commitments while studying remotely.

No exams

We assess you only on your real-world assignments and an applied project. There’s no need to memorise mindless theory purely to pass an exam. Assessments are based on practical project-focussed work.

Don't just take our word for it, hear from our students

The flexibility that online study with Ducere provides, allows me to balance working full time with full time study.

Emily S., Ducere BA Alumni

I went to a traditional university and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do. The people involved in the Ducere Pathway Program, the content and the way the content is delivered is great. This course helped me to find my passion.

Barbara V., Ducere BA Alumni

Programme Overview

  • Gain broad and coherent knowledge of business fundamentals, theories and debates and equip students with real-world insights underpinned by relevant business frameworks and tools required to innovate within business and industry.
  • How to identify, critically evaluate and apply meaningful solutions to management challenges within new and established organisations, fusing both traditional and modern approaches to achieve ‘best practice’ possible outcomes.
  • Develop skills to create and design innovative approaches to business within a range of markets, communicate them in an appropriate manner to a variety of audiences, and consider social, financial and environmental outcomes.
  • Develop a portfolio of applied tools and professional insights relevant within a broad range of industries, whilst benefiting from the flexibility of online delivery.

Advanced Diploma in Leadership & Management:

  • Develop Critical Thinking In Others
  • Communicate With Influence
  • Develop And Implement Business Plans
  • Manage Innovation And Continuous Improvement
  • Lead And Manage Organisational Change
  • Provide Leadership Across The Organisation
  • Apply Critical Thinking For Complex Problem Solving
  • Contribute To Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Develop Marketing Plans
  • Develop, Implement And Maintain WHS Management Systems

Final year: 6 general units + Digital Disruption Workshop

  • Managing Money and Finance
  • Capital Raising
  • Business in the Global Economy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Applied Leadership
  • Applied Industry Portfolio
  • Bridging the Gap: Digital Disruption and Big Data Seminar*

* The Bridging the Gap: Digital Disruption Seminar is a required bridging module allowing students to explore how digital technologies, business models, and big data are changing industry goods and services, organizational culture, markets and processes.  The online seminar consists of 45 minutes of self-study and presentations and 15 minutes of moderated discussion.

Course Details


Module 1: Develop Critical Thinking In Others

Assess individual, team critical, and creative thinking skills. Establish an environment that encourages the application of critical and creative thinking. Lastly, monitor and improve thinking practices.



Module 2: Communicate With Influence

Identify communication requirements, negotiate to achieve agreed outcomes, participate and lead meetings, and make business presentations.

Module 3: Develop And Implement Business Plans

In this module, you will learn to establish a business plan, implement a business plan, and respond to performance data.

Module 4: Manage Innovation And Continuous Improvement

Establish ways of working within team, identify improvements, and implement innovative processes. Develop workplace culture and tools for continuous improvement, innovation, and learning.

Module 5: Lead And Manage Organisational Change

Develop change management strategy, implement change management strategy, and evaluate change management strategy.

Module 6: Provide Leadership Across The Organisation

Communicate organisational mission and goals, influence groups and individuals, build and support teams, demonstrate personal and professional competence.

Module 7: Apply Critical Thinking For Complex Problem Solving

Scope the problem solving process, lead the solution development process, and refine the solution for implementation.

Module 8: Contribute To Strategic Workforce Planning

Research planning requirements, contribute to the development of a strategic workforce plan, and support the implementation of a strategic workforce plan.

Module 9: Develop Marketing Plans

Research, prepare, write, and finalise a marketing plan.

Module 10: Develop, Implement, and Maintain WHS Management Systems

Support and facilitate the implementation of a WHSMS. Develop and implement WHS policy and plan, measure and evaluate WHS performance, and review and improve overall WHSMS.

Module 11: Managing Money and Finance

Students will develop an understanding and skills in the foundations of business accounting while interpreting basic financial reports for organisations of varying maturity. They will also develop the capability to identify financial trends and challenges and inform business decisions.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:


  • Interpret and prepare basic financial reports;
  • Interpret basic financial reports to identify challenges and inform business decisions;
  • Prepare financial information packages to support decision-makers;
  • Proactively identify business finance challenges

Module 12: Capital Raising

In this module, students will develop the skills and understanding necessary to raise capital for new and existing ventures of various types and stages of maturity. In addition to understanding the various types of funding available and the benefits and drawbacks of each, students will be able to develop strategies to source and raise funds with accurate venture valuations.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:


  • Understand various capital fundraising systems, methods and strategies and accurately value market potential for new ventures
  • Analyse the various types of business funding available to organisations
  • Develop pitch capabilities to secure funding for new ventures
  • Create financial projections to support business investment decisions

Module 13: Business in the Global Economy

In this module, students will explore the new business paradigm – the global economy.  Students will discuss how global drivers and globalisation affects a business environment and how economic and political systems motivate business decision-making. Students will also be given opportunities to critique historical and modern financial, environmental, and social sustainability policies and practices from a strategic and operational perspective.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:


  • Analyse how globalisation and global drivers affect business environments
  • Critically assess how economic and political systems motivate business decision-making
  • Develop strategies to create high engagement levels of corporate social responsibility for an organisation
  • Develop financial, environmental, and social sustainability policies and practices for the global economy

Module 14: Diversity and Inclusion

In this module, students will explore the typical opportunities and challenges that come with teams made of people from diverse backgrounds and how this can impact working styles and the type of management and leadership required to leverage diversity. Students will further develop their management and leadership skills to identify the impact of staff differences, to design effective management procedures and policies, and to create positive and productive working environments.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Recognise the role cultural difference plays in a workforce and based on evidence, develop a clear workforce plan to cater for cultural difference
  • Analyse the respective opportunities and challenges various staff and teams may bring
  • Design culturally appropriate workforce strategies
  • Identify and communicate strategies to provide a supportive and productive workplace for diverse teams

Module 15: Applied Leadership

In this module, students will develop a theoretical and applied understanding of leadership in a general business context and how different leadership models apply in various organisations. Students will investigate the differences between management and leadership and how leadership capability is developed in individuals and organisations. Students will explore the conceptions of organisational culture and the role that the traits of an individual leader can play in influencing the overall culture of a business. In addition, students will explore the development of their own leadership style, linking it to relevant theoretical approaches.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:


  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and a systematic understanding of the concepts of leadership and personality types and the implications for business performance
  • Analyse the role of culture within a workplace
  • Design operational processes to maximise team output
  • Clearly articulate their individual approach to leadership

Module 16: Applied Industry Portfolio

This module aims for students to develop the practical and professional abilities to apply the knowledge, skills and insights gained from the modules within their course.  Students will select one of these options:

  • Developing solutions to a real management or business innovation opportunity identified within their own place of work, industry or start-up, or,
  • Creative exploration of a business innovation opportunity as a conceptual idea.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:


  • Prepare an independent applied project outline to explore a business innovation opportunity, or conceptualise an idea
  • Apply relevant and appropriate design principles and methodologies relevant to the selected opportunity or idea
  • Conduct a critical literature review and demonstrate conceptual and theoretical understanding of relevant literature to the chosen applied project
  • Demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate and relevant tools and methods to develop the solution to their chosen opportunity
  • Create relevant collateral to showcase the proposed solution or idea and demonstrate and evidence commercial benefit and/or ROI of the project

Career Outcomes

  • Project Managers
  • Strategy Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
  • State Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sustainability Manager

Entry Requirements

Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of enrollment. English Language Proficiency: A minimum English language requirement must be met to ensure successful participation in the program.

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Payment plan available of upfront initial fee followed by 6 payments (one per trimester)


Available for all regions globally.

Skills Outcome


Woo your audience with improved persuasion and presentation skills.


Show your creative streak by approaching business challenges in a new way.


Harness the skills and abilities of others while working together to create better results.


Use your creativity to find a solution that will give you the best outcome.

Critical Thinking

Evaluate and assess research to make the right decision to get the best result.

Digital Literacy

Become more tech-savvy and understand the impacts of the digital world on your workplace.

Financial Literacy

Sharpen your numbers game and learn how financial analysis can help steer your decision making to boost your bottom line.


Know what you need to do to get the result you want and take the steps to make it happen.

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