The BSc Hons Business Studies helps you to develop your business management career in industry, commerce or the public sector. It focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge relevant to the role of the manager in the rapidly changing environment and provides you with opportunities to develop an appropriate range of personal and interpersonal skills.
The BSc Hons Business Studies would be well suited to students who are looking to acquire a broad range of understanding on key areas of Business and Management. The course enables you to obtain key knowledge on business functions on both a holistic and personal level.
This course will also equip you with the skills and insights to become more effective Business Managers in regards to managing individual teams as well as making more effective decisions that could contribute to overall Business Development and success.
We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars and lectures, across the various modules of this course, depending on the nature and priorities of each module.
In addition to your time in class, you will be expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of self-study time per week.
Assessments vary by module, and may involve presentations, coursework (e.g. essays, reports etc) and examinations. Assessments may involve individual and group work elements.
Upon graduation you should find your combination of knowledge and skills in demand with a wide range of potential employers.
Typical career opportunities include management level positions in finance, production, purchasing, personnel and marketing. Other graduates may choose to develop careers in the Civil Service, government agencies and other public sector organisations.
You might also proceed to postgraduate studies and pursue Diplomas, Masters degrees or PhDs in a variety of disciplines.
All modules are core.
This module aims to enable you to acquire and develop skills, which reflect key management competencies. These skills are linked to theoretical concepts covered in other modules and contribute to effective work performance.
This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of management, and the role of the manager in the modern work organisation. You will be provided with knowledge and understanding of the role of the manager, be introduced to the subject of organisational behaviour, and provided with knowledge and understanding of internal organisational dynamics.
This module introduces you to the principles, implications and outcomes of economic behaviour as they relate to individuals, firms, and governments. It also provides you with a basis for the study of any second or third year modules with economic content including aiding with the understanding of environmental analysis.
This module introduces you to the reality of the business environment and the information, as well as data, needed to gain a full appreciation of the implications that the changing dynamic environment has on business decision making. The contemporary business environment is full of risks and opportunities. This module explores the importance of those risks and opportunities for the decisions that companies make. The module reviews various techniques for collecting, analysing and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external business environments.
This module provides an introduction to the core principles of financial and management accounting. The module aims to provide non-accounting students with foundational knowledge of accounting and finance for further study and broader application in the business environment.
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts and core principles of marketing. It provides an understanding of the basic skills required to manage these functions and an appreciation of the contribution which marketing can make to organisational success, and the ways this may be both enhanced and evaluated.
This module aims to engage you in your own employability development and possible placement opportunities. You will be introduced to a range of Business and Management careers and develop your ability to access and utilise resources effectively to increase your knowledge and understanding of these opportunities.
The module will also aid you with developing employability skills and your understanding of why specific skills are essential in business related careers. This includes an understanding of recruitment processes and your ability to influence this process; and develop your ability to articulate your personal brand, skills and attributes in a positive, meaningful and professional manner.
Operations management involves the delivery of the services and products that are the organisation’s reason for existing. This module focuses on the operational decisions which managers need to take, including designing the appropriate processes for the business, planning and controlling operations activities and maximising operational performance.
This module covers the issues encountered in management accounting and finance management. You will be provided with a practical understanding of accounting techniques to support the processes of planning, control and decision-making within businesses. This will enable you to make informed responses to everyday common business related problems.
The overall aim of this module is to shed insights into innovative leadership, managerial and workplace practices that might overcome potential contradictions and problems associated with many of the realities of contemporary organisational life. These are often driven by market based criteria, increasing competition and globalisation. In particular, the module aims to raise awareness of these issues, and preparedness of individuals to make a positive contribution to the achievement of corporate goals, through effectively managing their own performance and when necessary the performance of others.
Organisations in both the private and the public sector all over the world are increasingly affected by global forces and developments outside their own country. For this reason it is essential for tomorrow’s managers to have an understanding of the complexities of the global economy. This module has been designed to give you an insight into the main concepts, structures and developments which shape the global business environment.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of e-business and its practical application in a range of different organisations. The global business environment is characterised by increasing supply capabilities, intense global competition, and more demanding customers. In response to these challenges, e-business is a means of enabling companies to revitalise business processes to increase their cost efficiencies and improve operational effectiveness, to work more closely with suppliers and other business partners, and to be more responsive to the need of their customers.
This module aims to develop your understanding of why organisations change, particularly in relation to organisational effectiveness and efficiency. You will analyse the process of organisational change and diagnose change situations. You will also develop an understanding of, and skills in deploying, a range of interventions and change management models aimed at bringing about successful organisational change. The module will also develop understanding of the leadership role of the manager during the change process, and awareness of the role of the manager as a change agent (including the data collection, diagnostic and intervention techniques which the manager might employ to achieve a planned organisational change).
The main aims of the module are to provide you with: A comprehensive understanding of the enterprise environment and factors supporting and restricting enterprise development. An awareness of the stages of enterprise development and the range of start-up strategies that can be utilised in a variety of contexts. An opportunity to research and develop business ideas and to formulate a comprehensive enterprise plan for a new or existing business. The module provides you with an opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills in a supportive learning environment.
This module should assist you in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable you to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives. This will include developing an understanding of the impact of supply chain management on the success and profitability of an organisation. Further to this you will gain an understanding of how to apply concepts and models underlying supply chain management models as well as critically appraise current practice on supply chain management in relation to best practice models.
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and critical understanding of the process of strategy development and application, appreciating how different organisations might create and sustain competitive advantage in the longer term. The rationale is to expose and explain the links between the strategic management process and the development and implementation of a competitive business strategy. This integrative module places particular emphasis on recent advances in strategic management theory and practice.
The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance, encompassing topics such as: the values that underpin corporate governance; corporate governance and decision-making and decision support functions; business ethics; corporate sustainability; corporate citizenship; cause-based investing; ethical trade; responsible entrepreneurship; social and environmental audit; and stakeholder engagement and needs assessment.
The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of a number of concepts and theories concerned with effective organisations against which, you will undertake a consultancy project. On completion of the project, you will make recommendations on a range of potential solutions. This in turn would enable you to develop a range of effective skills to aid the managing of your own business ventures or advising others.
Applicants must hold the following:
You can also check your country-specific entry requirements.
Students with a foundation degree or an International Foundation Programme may also be considered for entry provided that the qualification equates to at least 1,060 Guided Learning Hours or 120 CATS credits/60 ECTS credits and have achieved an average of 50%.
For those without formal entry qualifications, applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning. Applicants may provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) or prior certificated learning (APCL) through the University’s APL procedure.
If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements, please contact us and one of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
Applicants must satisfy our general entry requirements as well as meeting specific requirements.
The general entry requirements are as follows:
This course is eligible for student finance through Student Finance England.
For self-funding students we also offer a range of academic scholarships and fee discounts.
To find out more about this course, we recommend that you complete our enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
You can apply to study the BSc Hons Business Studies via the following methods.
If you apply through UCAS, you will need to include the relevant codes below in your application.
UCAS course code: N104
Institute code: U20
Many students choose to apply directly to study with us by following the below steps:
Our Apply page includes further information on how to apply and which documents to include with your application.
I love the learning environment, the lecturers use a mix of theoretical and practical teaching styles that are always tailored to our needs. They are extremely enthusiastic and informative and always there to support me if I need assistance. This makes me confident that I will succeed in my studies.
- Raja Nadeem Ashraf – United Kingdom – BSc Business Studies
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