This active, hands-on course teaches you a broad spread of business and management theory. You’ll learn practical skills with an emphasis on your career and professional development. This means you can get ahead at work or decide which area of your studies you’d like to continue with.
You can study part-time during the day or evening over 18 months, to fit the course in around your current life and work.
You’ll explore the basics of marketing, economics and finance, as well more specialist areas like business law and management reporting.
You will learn how to communicate well and manage people, as well as investigate organisations and behaviours. You’ll also learn to manage your own professional development and study at the Digbeth campus of South and City College.
You can go on to study with us at degree level or use our dedicated student support services at the university to help you move forward in your career. Students who have chosen to continue with the Business and Management degree have gone on to work in graduate roles at BMW, HSBC and the NHS.
In addition, staff at the university are there to guide you through your course and help you decide which career route or further study might be right for you. They have experience in many different areas - from Marketing Director at Zurich International Solutions Europe to Director of Investment Business for businesses such as British Gas and the AA.
You’ll also have access to university facilities and support, like Students Services and careers advice.
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At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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.
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
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.
The college accepts online applications via their website or you can contact the institution to learn more about alternative applications methods.
Please contact South and City College Birmingham
Tel: 0121 694 5000 for current fee information.
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:
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.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
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 learn part-time through group work and solo projects, looking at real case studies and some assessments can be applied to your own workplace. You can choose either day time or evening learning so that you can manage the course around your life.
We teach by delivering short lectures. Tutors will also provide support to help you with your assignments. You’ll get feedback and support on your assigned coursework. You’ll also take part in workshops and work in groups for some of your presentations and project work. Students will be entitled to regular tutorial time and study skills support to make sure you’re on track to reach your goals. You’ll be assessed in different ways such as written reports, presentations, case studies, role-play and exams.
Example modules are:
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.
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.
You can use your HNC as a starting point to take on further study. You can go on to do an HND and gain a diploma, or you can start on one of our undergraduate business degrees, including the Business and Management BA. You’ll be in an excellent position to understand which areas you want to continue you study in, having worked through a variety of modules. We can help you decide which path is right for you.
On this HNC you’ll get a broad spread of business knowledge, along with more specialised management skills. We know how important it is to demonstrate to employers that you know how to apply your studies to the real world of work, including personal and professional development.
Both the university and the colleges are actively involved in the community, with local businesses and have excellent links with industry. You’ll also have access to the careers services across your chosen college and the university, so you’ll never be short of support and guidance when it comes to making the most of your qualification.
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.
If you go on to do the Business Management degree you’ll learn the skills you need to fast-track into an entry-level management role.
Our graduate James Hartle did just that. He left university to work as a graduate Project Management Officer at Agilisys, an innovative IT and business service provider. Having done a year industry placement, he developed his knowledge and understanding of topics to help him secure his role at Agilisys.
With a broad spread of management and business know-how, other recent graduates have gone on to roles including a project management officer at Capgemini, a business development coordinator at Centre Tank Services and an accountant at City Tax Accountancy.
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.
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.
Both colleges have exceptional facilities including communal areas, fitness centres, Wi-Fi, cafes, collaborative learning environments, lecture theatres and classrooms that are equipped with IT facilities.
The staff are fully qualified in their area of expertise.