This flexible and wide-ranging course allows you to tailor your studies to your interests, from small business management to digital marketing.
With a wide range of modules to choose from, you’ll be able to follow a path that will lead to your future career, with previous students progressing into roles with high-profile organisations such as N Power and Zurich.
If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.
*This course is subject to approval.
Summary of our new course
Choose from a variety of modules in our highly flexible, wide-ranging course, where you can tailor your studies to your interests. Coursework is based on industry-relevant business reports, case studies, presentations and projects, which has seen former students progress into roles with companies such as N Power and Zurich.
You’ll also have the chance to gain experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks and our Leadership Challenge programme, both giving you the chance to apply your skills to exciting projects. We will teach you to apply knowledge, theory and concepts to real-life scenarios and businesses, helping you become employable on a global scale.
This course covers a whole range of areas with at least 16 modules for you to choose. You’ll study full-time for a year with timetable chosen to suit your needs, and you’ll also be given attentive student support.
Working with other students from across Birmingham City Business School, you’ll develop and demonstrate your ability to collaborate, while other projects will require you to work alone and develop your independent learning skills.
You’ll work on a range of innovative and practical projects, including business reports, case studies, presentations and projects, all of which will help you to apply your knowledge to real businesses and real situations.
Our staff will help to support and tailor your learning with expert industry knowledge and experience. They’re researchers, authors and titans of industry who’ll share their own practical and academic experience and expertise.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 8 October 2016. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
|UK credit||240 credits in a business related field|
|HND||HND in a related subject - Distinction profile|
|ABE Advanced Diploma||At least grade B in two modules|
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2016/17|
|ECTS credits||120 credits in a business related field|
|A Higher National or Advanced Diploma from recognised countries.||Pass
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).
The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.
The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:
280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level
You will also be required to attend an interview.
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£9,000||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Jan 2017||FT||1 year||£9,000||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||1 year||£9,250||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000 per year|
|BA (Hons)||Jan 2017||FT||1 year||£12,000 per year|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||1 year||£12,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
Applications can also be made direct to the faculty for those students without a UCAS account. Please contact our Business School Admissions Team on Email: Business.firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)121 331 6565.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
You’ll have around 12 hours contact time a week with tutors and lecturers, to discuss your progress and the topics you’re studying, but with an open door policy, staff are on hand whenever you need us.
Assessment is largely by coursework, with some conventional written exams and practical exams. Coursework is always industry-relevant, such as business reports, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects.
Many of our modules involve group evaluations, presentations, reports and business plans with the aim of developing a range of skills such as working in a team, problem solving and analysing data. As skills that are valued by employers, these activities will be beneficial in helping you to secure a job after graduation.
Seminars, workshops and self-directed study enable you to further explore the knowledge gained in lectures and apply concepts to real-world business case studies. You’ll also learn to analyse, evaluate and judge situations in business.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
Many of our students continue their studies with us and take a postgraduate qualification.
You can study a range of courses from an MBA to an Executive MBA. You could also study MSc Management and Marketing and MBA International Business. Whatever you’d like to apply for, we’re happy to help you decide what route is best for you.
Our emphasis is always on employability and ensuring that you develop the skills and experience that employers’ value. Our expert staff will tutor you through a huge range of business skills and theory that will prepare you for a career in many areas of business and our links with industry ensure that we know what employers are looking for and we tailor our teaching accordingly.
When you study for a top-up degree you’ll be learning about the areas you want to be employed in. We teach you to apply knowledge, theory and concepts to real-life scenarios and businesses, and help to make sure you’re employable all over the globe too. You’ll learn about international business strategy, the environments businesses operate in all over the world and global management issues.
Your skills can be applied to many different businesses large and small, local and worldwide. You’ll gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, as well as our Leadership Challenge programme. Both give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and exciting projects, industry talks and workshops. You’ll also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
What students find great about the Business Administration (Top-Up) is that it allows you to tailor your skills and knowledge to the industries and roles you’re interested in.
One graduate recently became an International Marketing Executive at N Power, while another became a project analyst at Zurich. Others have gone on to work for companies such as Lloyds TSB, Home Serve and Masteel UK Ltd. The roles you can go into are diverse and include sales executive, marketing and social media strategists and marketing assistants.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Business administration is popular with international students, particularly those from China. The choice of subjects and international scope of learning means that the course is relevant across cultures as well as industries.
The course is popular because it looks at all of the different areas that make up a successful business. The subjects covered on the course can be applied worldwide.
Our staff have worked all over the world, which is a big plus for international students. They have an extensive knowledge of multinational companies and how businesses operate around the globe.
International students will also be supported to continue improving their English language skills.
Many international students also continue their studies with us, taking on postgraduate courses and specialising in the area that interests them.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.
Martin Hipkiss joined Birmingham City University in 2001 and has worked with a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them to better understand the nature of management and organisations and how to work within them.