Business Management with a Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
N/A
Attendance:
Full Time (4 Years), Sandwich (5 Years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

This BA (Hons) Business Management with a Foundation Year is a four year programme with the option of you undertaking an additional year on an industrial placement.

This programme has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard Business management degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.

The foundation year itself will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to proceed on to any of our undergraduate degree programmes offered within Birmingham City Business School.  

This programme will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to proceed on to any of our undergraduate degree programmes offered within Birmingham City Business School.

Tailor your Business Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City Business School (excluding our Integrated Master's degrees). These include:

What's covered in the course?

Business and Management are broad subjects, widely recognised and highly regarded by employers for the skills and knowledge they give to graduates. Business focuses on operations and functions while management explores the concepts, theories and practices which have an impact on organisational success.

At Birmingham City University we have combined the essential elements of these subjects into BA (Hons) Business Management - a broad-based degree which prepares you for a range of exciting careers. You will explore how organisations evolve, how they grow, why they change and how they survive and flourish. Coupled with this you will develop and practise the competencies managers need to make this happen.

Three things make BA (Hons) Business Management distinctive. Firstly, you gain an understanding of business operations including Human Resources, Marketing, Consultancy, Finance, Strategy, Logistics and Supply Chain, coupled with the knowledge and ability to engage, lead and develop people.

Secondly, research tells us employers want graduates who, in addition to knowledge, have attributes and attitude appropriate to a professional environment. We have addressed this with a theme of management development running throughout Business Management to ensure you will graduate with both a good degree and the competence to start, maintain and thrive throughout your career.

Thirdly, a key part of studying Business Management is learning about the ‘real world’ context so you will explore corporate responsibility, ethical operations, the use and management of social media and technology, and internationalisation in our post-Brexit/Global world. 

If you have any questions about our Business Management with a Foundation Year course, you can contact the course leader Matt Jones.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is designed to progress students who fall below normal entry requirement levels on to full Undergraduate degrees.
  • This degree course is aligned with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).This means that the course is as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of management, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the business world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • You’ll be involved in real world business projects and hear from leading industry speakers, who will share current thinking around business and management. You’ll also get the chance to go behind the scenes at places such as the luxury outlet shopping centre Bicester Village and Manchester United Football Club with our trips and visits.
  • 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 staff have worked in managerial roles for some of the biggest brands in the world, including the likes of Tesco and Selfridges.
  • You’ll be able to choose from three distinct associated programmes – Supply Chain Management, Consultancy or Enterprise, enabling you to tailor your interests to a specific course. Conversely, you could stay on the main Management route. The flexibility of the course means you aren’t tied down to any set career path – the skills you learn can be applied to any industry, whether you’re working in large teams or individually.
  • We put a heavy emphasis on the hands-on skills needed in modern business management, with practical assessments as well as exams.
  • 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
  • The course will prepare you for a variety of management roles, whether they are based in the public, private or voluntary sector, a multinational company, a local organisation or your own business.
This course is not open to International students

This course is accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute

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

Typical Offers

A Level BB or 80 UCAS points. A maximum of 2 subjects are considered.

Or

BTEC MM or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subject as long as the required subject is covered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Pass Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths and English. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Number or Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) Minimum of 80 UCAS points. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 Minimum of 80 UCAS points. 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
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

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 2018 FT 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

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Year One

Developing Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will help you to develop the essential academic skills required to be successful in Higher Education.  Within a supportive class environment and your own individual study this module will help you to develop basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme.   

During this module you will be required to maintain a learning diary to reflect upon the enhancement of your own academic skills development. The majority of taught sessions will involve interactive discussion and activities led by the module tutor.  Certain sessions will introduce you to services and resources available to you at Birmingham City University.

Developing Interpersonal Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will equip you with the essential skills required to be successful in Higher Education.  Within a supportive class environment and your own individual study this module will help you to develop the professional presentation, time management and team working skills that will be needed in your subsequent study at Birmingham City University and in graduate employment.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and increase your self-awareness, confidence and assertiveness.   

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with the module tutor, the module enables you to enhance your ability and confidence to undertake academic study at degree level.  

Business in Context
20 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to the business environment, different business functions, and how they relate to each other. Considering how businesses operate within its context will allow you to develop a broad approach to understanding how businesses work and inform your future degree and career choice.

This module will use case studies to introduce and explore different issues and the assessment will require you to relate the topics covered in this module to a real world business that will be visited during this module.

Foundation Practice Project
40 credits

The Foundation Practice Project module is a practical piece of extended work related to your chosen degree.  It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout your current level of study and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team.  During the project you will be given the space, time and facilities to support deeper appreciation for your specialisation and you will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with an assigned supervisor, the module enables you to negotiate your learning and will directly contribute to your professional development and appreciation of how others work.  

Developing Business Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will help you to develop the essential business skills required to be successful in a business context.  Within a supportive class environment and your own individual study this module will help you to develop your understanding and skills related to IT, data collection and analysis, project management, networking and leadership. Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and enhance your employability.   

During this module you will be required to maintain a learning diary to reflect upon the enhancement of your own academic skills development.  The majority of taught sessions will involve interactive discussion and activities led by specialist tutors.  During this module there will be a field trip to explore how skills are utilised and developed within a business context.

Year Two

The following modules are those taught on the BA (Hons) Business Management pathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Business Management (Consultancy, Enterprise or Supply Chain) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the Birmingham City Business School upon completing your Foundation Year.

Contemporary HR for Managers
20 credits

You will learn to appreciate the current concerns among HR managers, and be aware of current and forthcoming UK and European legislation. 

Marketing Foundations
20 credits

You will propose opportunities for the creation of value for a range of stakeholders, through the application of marketing concepts and practices. You’ll also demonstrate transferable skills, which are essential to a career in marketing and business. 

The Professional Manager
20 credits

You will undertake and report on activities in relation to skills and competencies essential for today’s graduates. 

Finance for Managers
20 credits

You will prepare basic budgets based on standard cost calculations, as well as create basic extracts from financial statements.

Understanding Organisations and Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

You will gain an understanding of the main elements of organisational structures, as well as being able to recognise team-related employee behaviours exhibited within the workplace. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This will introduce the basic concepts and theories in entrepreneurship and explore the traits, styles and behaviours of the entrepreneurs.  

Employee Engagement
You’ll gain a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts like employee involvement and employee participation.

Operations Management
You will explore a range of operations concepts and techniques, with a focus on both internal and external factors, reflecting the issues faced by contemporary managers from various business functions.

Year Three

The following modules are those taught on the BA (Hons) Business Management pathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Business Management (Consultancy, Enterprise or Supply Chain) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the Birmingham City Business School upon completing your Foundation Year.

Supply Chain Management
20 credits

You will gain an understanding of  modern supply chain management principles and practice, including the evolution of modern supply chain management theory. You’ll understand apply appropriate management frameworks, which can be used for the planning and control of materials and services. You will also evaluate the range of tools and techniques available to aid efficient and effective supply chain managerial operations.

An Introduction to Consultancy
20 credits

You will demonstrate a clear appreciation of the linkages between the roles of management consultants, as well as applying a range of theory, knowledge and skills to diagnose organisational issues. You will complete the module with a clear understanding if the skills needed for developing critical insights into organisational issues.

The Reflective Manager
20 credits

Working on an individual e-portfolio, you will identify the competencies relevant to your future career, as well as reflecting on your performance within your professional practice and co-curricular activities.

Contemporary Management Issues
20 credits

You will gain an understanding in contemporary and technological management issues within HRM and digital marketing. You will also demonstrate an understanding of project management in the context of managing contemporary issues. 

Applied Management
20 credits

In this module, you will apply relevant strategic concepts and techniques of competitive strategy to the analysis of strategic choice. You will enhance your ability to contribute effectively to discussions, presentations or debates. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

Applying Consultancy
You’ll explore and examine the links between management and consultancy approaches, tools and techniques.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
You will investigate and explore how organisations grow in order to survive, more specifically how start-ups grow from being launched to becoming a sustainable long term organisation.  

Cross Cultural Management
You will examine the key tasks of management and the theories that underpin them, considering the appropriateness of theory, models and concepts to differing cultural environments

Final Year

The following modules are those taught on the BA (Hons) Business Management pathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Business Management (Consultancy, Enterprise or Supply Chain) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the Birmingham City Business School upon completing your Foundation Year.

Innovative Thinking for Organisation Development
20 credits

Here, you will justify the significance of innovative thinking and idea generation to support responses to organisational challenges, threats and opportunities. 

Managing Lifelong Learning
20 credits

You will complete an individual video presentation, which will provide a critical evaluation of the practices and methods within your chosen industry or profession.

The Global Manager
20 credits

On this module, you will identify the key traits of a global manager, analysing the relevance of adapting management styles in today’s rapidly-changing global environments. 

Integrated Business Research Project
40 credits

At the end of this module, you should be able to identify, determine and justify a disciplinary-relevant project, including its aims, scopes and objectives. You should also be able to self-manage research, including managing the supervisory process. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Contemporary Global Management Issues
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme offered within Birmingham City Business School after successful completion of your foundation year and you may also transfer to any specialist Business Management pathway when you successfully complete your second year if you choose to stay on this programme.     

The specialist pathways offered as part of the Business Management suite of programmes are:

BA (Hons) Business Management (Consultancy) enables you to specialise in consultancy, gaining an insight into the theory and application of the requirements of this role. The pathway recognises that there are indeed many similarities between the roles of managers and consultants and therefore argue that consultancy skills should be seen as essential for managing and leading organisations, irrespective of job role or function as individuals become ‘internal consultants’.

BA (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise) provides a route for those interested in development and sustainability of new business operations, offering a route for those interested in launching their own enterprise. Whether you have an idea in mind or like the idea of launching something new and different, taking the enterprise route maybe for you. 

Business Management (Supply Chain Management) gives you an opportunity to undertake specific modules designed for those who seek a deeper insight into the operation and complexity of the supply chain. You will explore contemporary supply chain initiatives and review corporate strategy, globalisation, international alliances and the key features of procurement and outsourcing. 

An additional variant we offer is:

BA (Hons) Business Management (Professional Practice) which provides you with the opportunity to study for your final year whilst working full time. This will fast-track your professional development and provide a practice-based education.  This route, which utilises work-based learning in your final year, allows you to apply your studies directly in your work experience.  There will also be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.

Each programme has been designed to:

  • Develop sound theoretical and conceptual knowledge in relation to business and management;
  • Incorporate a theme dedicated to development of you as a manager  
  • Equip you with the ability to apply theory and practice in a range of organisations and situations;
  • Develop the key transferable skills that are essential to start and maintain your career;
  • Allow you to specialise in consultancy, enterprise or supply chain management through the study of relevant elective choices;
  • Provide you with opportunities to develop practical knowledge through work-based learning.
  • Instil in you a thirst for knowledge to support lifelong learning.

We have designed these programmes with your future in mind. Studying with us will enhance your understanding of organisations and the environment in which they operate.

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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.

Further Study

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to proceed on to any of of our undergraduate degree programmes offered within Birmingham City Business School (excluding Integrated Master's). 

Enhancing employability skills

You will have opportunities to undertake live projects with real employers, and study contemporary relevant business issues, developing the capability to manage the complexity and uncertainty of the contemporary workplace.

Business Management, and its associated programmes, incorporate modules specifically designed to build a professional and independent approach to study which facilitates lifelong learning.

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+
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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

Matt Jones

Senior Lecturer in HRM / Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership / Associate Course Director for BA (Hons) Business & Management

Matt Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Matt teaches on a number of degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels., and is also the Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership Top-up.

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Vanessa Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Management Development

Prior to her academic role, Vanessa successfully held management positions within high profile global companies including Tesco, Next and The Body Shop. She has also worked for The Prince's Trust where she was responsible for leading teams and influencing at Director level to co-ordinate peer mentoring programmes for young people across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

At Birmingham City Business School, Vanessa designed and delivered a work-based degree programme BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Practice. She has been involved in both the Leadership Challenge and Student Academic Partners projects to enhance the employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills of Business School students.

Vanessa advises on UK and European undergraduate and postgraduate leadership and management programmes in her External Academic Expert role at higher education institutions including the University of Roehampton and the University of Coventry.

Martin Hipkiss

Martin Hipkiss

Senior Lecturer

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.

Nav Chouhan

Senior Lecturer in Management

Nav is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Nav teaches a range of management and enterprise modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. In addition to Nav’s teaching, Nav is currently working on an International Business Management programme and acts as a personal tutor to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Richard Oddy

Senior Lecturer

Richard Oddy is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School.  He teaches across a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, encompassing management, human resources and enterprise.

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