Business (Professional Practice) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
N001
Attendance:
Full Time (3 Years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
Back
In order to get you to the correct application form, we need to ask you a couple of questions:
1

Our BA (Hons) Business (Professional Practice) course will equip you with the practical skills and enterprising attributes, enabling you to make an immediate impact on business organisations.  You will be able to develop a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills, together with competencies specific to business and enterprise.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist business skills, while helping you develop key transferrable skills, all of which will help you stand out when it comes to securing employment. 

During the second and later years of the programme, there will be flexible learning opportunities, allowing you to specialise in the BA Business (Analytics) or BA Business (Marketing) or BA Business (Professional Practice) pathways. This is in addition to the BA Business route.  Each will allow you to pursue a programme consistent with your career ambition.

What sets the BA Business (Professional Practice) pathway apart is that it allows you to study alongside working within an organisation, thereby fast-tracking your professional development.

This route, which utilises work-based learning in your final year, allows you to apply your studies directly in your work experience. There’ll also be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to compliment your studies.

Tailor your Business Degree

Our suite of Business programmes will enable you to tailor your interests to a specific area. You even have the opportunity to change your degree path after completing your first year. Our Business pathways include:

Your learning will embrace the development and operation of business markets, the management of key resources including human capital, financial management, strategic management and cultural awareness.  In addition, you’ll gain an insight into digital business exploring how technology has remodelled the business world, and reflect on the accompanying issues around social responsibility and ethical behaviour.

Your course will foster your intellectual and ethical development and encourage your personal commitment to the socially useful purpose of becoming a business professional.  It will also develop your core behaviours through learning activities that enable you to practise, exhibit and develop confidence in enterprise and entrepreneurship. 

  • Our innovative Professional Practice route is a fast-track degree which enables you to complete your third and final year while enjoying the benefits of a year-long work placement. This allows you to gain valuable real-life experience in industry and embark on your career a year earlier than a traditional sandwich degree.*

  • Recognising the global scope of business, all our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • Our Business team have a range of experiences within industry and these will be enhanced by the unique contributions which colleagues in strategy, finance and enterprise can offer.
  • Our module offering is shaped to address perceived gaps in the business industry, meaning you will graduate with in-demand skills.
  • Throughout your degree, you will be working in collaboration with students from other courses, such as Marketing, Management and Accounting, giving you an insight into all aspects of modern day business.
  • Stimulate your learning experience with us by taking part in external initiatives and schemes, such as our Emerald Forest mock hotel simulation.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s business district, one of the largest in the UK. 

*Please note that the year-long placement year is compulsory and you will be required to organise the placement with the support of our Placements Office. If you do not secure the placement, your course will revert to the standard BA (Hons) route.

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

This course is open to International students

Birmingham City Business School

Discover Birmingham City Business School

Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.

Visit the School website

Where our students go

  • Sales Officer
  • Retail Director
  • Exhibition Organiser
  • Project Manager
  • Development Manager

Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

A Level BBB or 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects

Or

BTEC Minimum total of 120 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 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.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year

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.

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
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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.

Year One

Professional Development
20 credits

You will develop and practice the skills you need to make the transition to higher education. You’ll be encouraged to explore and embrace opportunities available within and across faculties, becoming a more independent learner. 

Business Foundations
20 credits

Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.

Marketing Foundations
20 credits

This module will teach you to be able to propose opportunities for the creation of value for a range of stakeholders through the application of marketing concepts and practices in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Business Analysis, Methods and Techniques
20 credits

You will learn a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as learning how to access primary and secondary data sources and how to analyse various types of data. 

Business Environment
20 credits

You will be able to examine the theoretical perspectives that underpin our understanding of organisations and management activities. This module seeks to give you a firm grounding in the philosophies underpinning basic economic/market approaches, why organisations exist, and how and why industries take particular forms at any given time.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Consumer Psychology 
  • Understanding Organisation and Organisational Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Systems

Year Two

Business Operations
20 credits

The module focuses on the tools and techniques used by operation managers within service and manufacturing institutions, ensuring activities are in line with corporate and market objectives.

Business Strategy
20 credits

Strategy is highly important in every business, bringing together findings from operations, finance and marketing to create important visions and targets. In this module, you’ll discuss key issues, look at case studies and specific information to gain a solid understanding of business strategy. 

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits

This module investigates current issues that impact upon business organisations, providing you with a greater awareness of the challenges modern business face. 

Accounting for Business
20 credits

You will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared, as well as being introduced to the language spoken by accounting professionals. 

Business Entrepreneur
20 credits

This module provides you with the direct experience in how to conceive, present and communicate an attractive and credible business plan. You’ll become aware of the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in different international contexts. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Managing Behavioural Change
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Study Abroad
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Supply Chain Management 

Final Year

In your final year we’ll tailor your learning to support your paid work placement. During your placement, you will also study the following modules in a block release style.

Business Process and Systems
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis of business operations and processes, looking at real-life business plans and developing relevant theories in workshops.  

E-Business
20 credits

With the business environment undergoing constant changes, organisations can no longer obtain a competitive advantage by simply producing high-quality products. This module will equip you with the knowledge you need to be successful in e-business, using modern techniques to push business products.

International Business
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the main issues of international business, dealing with the cultural, administrative and economic differences around the world, and how they shape modern businesses. 

One Planet Business
20 credits

This module makes a significant contribution to the programme philosophy by challenging you to develop a realistic, yet innovative, strategic vision for current and future business. Sustainability issues are essentially strategic in the way that they are almost always acknowledged to be long-term matters requiring far-reaching solutions. 

Integrated Business Research Project
40 credits

This module gives you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of relevant research in an area that interests you. Once the topic has been agreed with the course team, you will conduct extensive research, form adequate conclusions and showcase the skills you have learnt so far. 

Course Structure

A variety of delivery approaches will be utilised throughout the programme, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, peer teaching and learning, project-based learning, experiments, games and technology-enabled learning.

Teaching will consist of variety of different methods and in most scenarios will mirror practice.  Business education is about enabling students to develop their analytical, critical reasoning and creativity skills to meet the demands of the contemporary and enterprising workplace. 

To achieve this, complimentary course delivery methods will be used, alongside established teaching methods.  This will include the use of live projects and practice-based case studies, for both teaching and assessment. A complete Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used to support all modules, enabling you to undertake appropriate independent leaning.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, and throughout the programme you will be expected, with the appropriate support, to deliver both individually and in groups, reports, presentations, essays, project plans, exams and proposals.

Trips and visits

You will have the opportunity to visit a number of leading businesses during your studies, both locally and across the country.  Recently, students visited leading brewery company Sadler’s Ales, gaining an innovative insight into how a successful business runs. 

International Opportunities

During your second year, you have the option to undertake the Study Abroad module, where you can examine an interdisciplinary topic within an international setting. You’ll create a digital story suitable for a range of audiences, and self-reflect on the impact of an international experience.

You can also gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further Study

As a business graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to one of our postgraduate courses such as an MBA or one of our MSc Management courses. We’ll provide advice and support to help you to decide what path is right for you based on your interests and career goals.

Because of the wide range of topics covered on this course, you could also go on to study towards professional qualifications in accountancy, human resources or marketing.

Enhancing your employability skills

Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities including dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction and transition programmes.

The University has introduced the BCU Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave University.

Placements

During your time with us you will also have the opportunity, via the BA Business (Professional Practice) pathway, to study alongside working within an organisation, thereby fast-tracking your professional development.

This route, which utilises work-based learning in your final year, allows you to apply your studies directly in your work experience. There’ll also be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to compliment your studies.

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.

Firewalking

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+

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:

Bespoke International

Our course is popular with many international students because it looks at all the different areas that make up a successful business. The subjects covered on the course can be applied worldwide, including international business strategy and marketing.

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.

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

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

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 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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Curwin

Senior Lecturer, Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow

Jon teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a specialised interest in personal development, creative problem solving and quantitative methods.

Jon is particularly interested in the possibilities of using digital storytelling and e-portfolio as part of a more holistic approach to learning and teaching. He continues to work on ways that skills can be developed and evidenced. Jon is the module leader for the undergraduate module, Creative Problem Solving and postgraduate module, Research Practice. All of these modules are innovative in terms of content, delivery and assessment.

Jon is a joint author (with Roger Slater and David Eadson) of the leading statistical textbook Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions.

Dr Scott Lichtenstein

Associate Professor

Scott's lecturing, research and publishing are in the areas of strategy and strategic leadership. His specialism is in the area of leaders’ and executives’ personal values and how they impact strategic choice and leadership.

Richard Frost

Senior Lecturer, Strategic Management

Richard Frost has been an academic for over 22 years, teaching strategy, with some marketing, to mostly postgraduate students, but increasingly to undergraduates over the past few years. He is also an expert in online and distance learning education

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

+44 (0)121 331 6295