Business and Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
N201
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

On this course you’ll learn to approach business management in a proactive, positive and professional way. It prepares you to apply concepts and theories to real-world situations and pushes you to question management decisions before you take action.

This course is focused on enhancing your employability, as well as equipping you with the skills you need to be a successful manager. That’s why our graduates go on to work for major organisations such as BMW, HSBC, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer.

New for 2017/18

Business Management - BA (Hons)

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. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Business Management. 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.

Summary of our new course

Work with real employers, go on international visits and hear renowned industry speakers on our innovative, exciting BA (Hons) Business Management course.

Accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute ensures our course remains cutting-edge and relevant, and you’ll be exposed to a range of culturally diverse organisations and opportunities to study and work across the globe.

Our industry placements have helped our students to secure placements at Premier Inn and National Grid, while, upon graduating, they’ve progressed into roles with companies such as BMW, Sainsbury’s and HSBC. 

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What's covered in the course?

The course teaches you think creatively about business opportunities and issues, but also helps you to develop valuable management skills. You’ll take on challenging real-life projects and learn about effective leadership in business.

We guide your learning, so you understand how good management – of teams, individuals and yourself – can positively affect a business. Throughout the course you’ll explore case studies and reports from real businesses, giving you the chance to apply your skills to the real world.

While studying, our students have worked with regional companies such as local housing and care organisation Midland Heart, as well as multinational organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Skoda and Toys R Us.

There’s also the chance to enter industry competitions for real prizes, like start-up funding. Our finalists have presented their work directly to businesses, such as Capgemini headquarters in London. These competitions and events will really aid your learning, as you’ll gain first-hand experience, acquire new industry contacts and apply the skills you’ve learnt to real-life situations.

Our staff are leaders in their field and many of them still work in industry, so they’re able to apply theory to real, current, relevant examples to enhance your understanding of the subject area. They’ve worked in a variety of roles and organisations from Marketing Director at Zurich International Solutions Europe to Director of Investment Business for British Gas.

“Birmingham City University offered the degree I wanted to study and offered brilliant facilities within the Business School; this, coupled with excellent feedback and results from friends who had previously studied here, made the decision an easy one.” James Hartle

Why Choose Us?

  • Our accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means you can be sure this course is fresh, relevant and very high quality. You will have the option to join the CMI and achieve the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
  • Our highly regarded Centre for Leadership and Management Practice helps companies to develop managers and improve management practice, so they can provide valuable advice and knowledge to you.
  • You’ll get to hear from high profile guest speakers who’ll share their wealth of experience and industry insights with you. Previous speakers include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Apprentice finalists, the Chairman of Unilever and Chief Executive of the world's leading beverage company, Diageo.
  • Our industry connections have helped our students to secure placements at places such as National Grid and Premier Inn and with a focus on getting you real business experience our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Capgemini, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, NHS, Mini BMW and NatWest.
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This course is accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
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/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
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).

Non-standard entry

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.

The UCAS tariff is changing

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.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

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)
or
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

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Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £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.

Additional costs

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.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

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.

Applying through UCAS
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 Write a personal statement
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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

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.

3) Through UCAS

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.

Your personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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.

First year

You’ll be treated like a manager from the start of your course, to help ensure you develop management skills and understand the responsibility throughout your university work. In the first year you’ll look at the economic environment, finance, managing organisations and yourself, and marketing in business.

You’ll also work in a group to put together a business plan, improving your teamwork and communication skills. You’ll then pitch it to industry experts, in the style of Dragons’ Den, gaining valuable advice and guidance from experienced professionals.

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits
New Venture Creation (Spring term)
15 credits

Second year

In your second year you get to look at business and management in a wider context, learning to solve problems, develop entrepreneurial skills, understand contemporary business issues and dig deeper into the complexity of management.

We’ll also encourage you to enter awards and competitions and take part in team projects to build up your industry links and management skills. Recently two of our students made it to the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition finals in London and presented their ideas on using digital strategy within the company.

Creative Problem Solving (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Operations and Logistics (Autumn term)
15 credits
Developing a Manager (Autumn term)
15 credits
The Complexity of Management (Autumn term)
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur (Spring term)
15 credits
Contemporary Business Issues (Spring term)
15 credits
Organisational Improvement (Spring term)
15 credits
Reflective Practice and Organisation Development (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

Before going into your final year, you have the chance to take a year-long placement with an organisation. This is an incredible opportunity to gain a whole year of paid work experience, which will develop your skills, knowledge and experience, all of which will look great on your CV when searching for a graduate job.

By your final year you’ll be equipped to take on more self-directed learning and look at how to address any gaps you think you might have in your learning or on your CV. You’ll study international business and management. You may also choose to do a final-year dissertation or a project based on your placement organisation, or take part in a real-life consultancy project.  

The Unique management consultancy projects give you the opportunity to work on a real brief, for a real business. Working in a project team for an organisation, such as Birmingham City Council or St Giles Care Homes, you’ll work on a solution to a problem that they’re currently facing.

At the end of the project you’ll present your findings to the business and be assessed by the client and the university. You can even gain a Diploma in Professional Consulting awarded by the CMI.

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 60 credits from the list below. The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory. 

Please note: The optional modules below are not available to students entering directly onto Year 3 of the course.

International Business Strategy (core)
30 credits
Critical Management Perspectives (core)
30 credits
Making sense of organisations or Project/Dissertation (Autumn term)
15 credits
Managing and Leading Strategic Change or Project/Dissertation (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business operations and systems or Project/Dissertation (Spring term)
15 credits
The Real World of Management or Project/Dissertation (Spring term)
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
Dissertation
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

Assessment is largely by coursework, with some written exams and practical exams. Coursework is always industry relevant, such as business reports, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects.

You’ll have around 12 hours of 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 them.

Overseas

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Erasmus is a scheme that enables you to study in another EU country for part of your degree. The experience offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your foreign language skills, enhance your CV, experience new cultures and make new contacts and friends.

Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Our Make a Difference Travel Scholarship Scheme gives you the opportunity to obtain funding of up to £1,200 in your first or second year to participate in charitable projects in countries across the world including Mexico, Ghana, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Zambia and Uganda.

Our students have helped build homes, taught in orphanages, undertaken conservation activities, helped establish social enterprises and worked with under-privileged children. Whatever the skills you have, there’s something you can do to make a difference to people’s lives.

Trips and visits

You’ll get to take part in a number of trips and visits to businesses and industry events. We support you in organising end-of-year activities and encourage you to take part in national and international competitions.

Our student Ravi Verma made it to the finals of the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition and travelled with his team to the Capgemini headquarters in London to present their ideas to an expert panel. The teams had to design and discuss a digital strategy and how the company can use digital technology.

“It gave us a cross-cultural and international outlook,” Ravi said. “There were people from all over the world, as well as UK students, competing. It was a very exciting experience and we got plenty of professional insight.”

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This means that you can achieve the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree, as long as you have joined the CMI. The award is conditional on successfully completing the Honours degree programme in the appropriate module areas.

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Study and work abroad

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.

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Further Study

If you want to further your study once you graduate, we offer a range of postgraduate courses such as MBA, MSc Management programmes, MA Human Resource Management, and many more.

Because of our CMI accreditation you can also complete professional examinations in management or marketing.

Student stories Jamie Hartle

Project Management Officer at Agilisys

Jamie Hartle works as a graduate Project Management Officer at Agilisys, an innovative IT and business service provider. Before coming to Birmingham City University, Jamie spent two years working at RBS and, during his studies, at HSBC. It was here that he saw the theory he was learning in the classroom play out in the workplace. His work experience developed his knowledge and understanding of topics and helped him secure his role at Agilisys.

The input from lecturers and applying links to business was a great help throughout the course. A number of the lecturers who taught on my course had vast experience from working in relevant industries for a number of years and were able to relay these experiences in the classroom which assisted my learning further.

Enhancing employability skills

From the moment you start the course we treat you like a professional. Our emphasis is always on helping to prepare for your chosen career path and you’ll study professional development modules throughout your course.

You’ll get to 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.

Being able to understand how a business runs, its infrastructure and the areas that support it is really invaluable to employers. What’s more, you’ll be able to understand how good management relates to all of these business practices.

The course will prepare you to become a future leader, and as such you’ll take an active role in your own learning, which means being able to make decisions and identify areas you might need help with, or want to learn more about.

This course not only equips you for a career in accountancy, management, or business administration, it also leaves open a whole variety of opportunities. Our graduates have secured jobs as company directors, business development coordinators and HR managers – and more broad roles like event coordinators, quality inspectors, project managers and media consultants.

Placements

If you choose to do a placement year, you’ll not only gain paid employment for 12 months, but also direct, valuable experience which will stand you in good stead for when you seek full-time employment. It costs no extra in fees and will give you work experience, office skills and the confidence to apply for the jobs you want when you graduate.

Michael Mahon spent a year at National Grid, an international company which connects millions of people safely to gas and electricity, helping the team undertake key commercial analysis. Another student, Kieran O’Shea, undertook his placement at Decathlon, the world’s largest sports store, improving his employability prospects and his skillset.

Kennedy Doka completed his placement at Premier Inn and with aspirations for a career in the hotel and leisure industry this was the perfect placement. During his placement Kennedy had the opportunity to work in a number of different departments, enabling him to gain to gain valuable experience and get to understand how the business is run.

If taking a year’s placement isn’t for you, we can also help to find your shorter placements within a business.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

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BCU Graduate+

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.

More about Graduate+

International Students

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

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

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and management course is most popular with international students from:  

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.

The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.

All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

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