Jump start your career early with our Business Management Professional Practice degree.
The final year of your course will involve you working full-time with an employer alongside finishing your degree through block release and blended delivery. This approach lets you put your learning into practice at an early stage and build further experience in the workplace before you graduate.
BA (Hons) Business Management offers a dedicated management route and three distinct associated programmes, which allow you to specialise in a specific area, while still learning the core skills of business and management.
Consultancy enables you to gain an insight into the theory and application of the industry, Supply Chain Management is perfect if you wish to seek a deeper insight into the operation of the supply chain, while the Enterprise pathway provides a route for you if you’re interested in the development and sustainability of new business operations.
These programmes will enhance your understanding of organisations and the environment in which they operate, will prepare you for a career in business and management, and enhance your skills to become a lifelong learner.
Standard undergraduate degrees typically take three years of study to complete. At Birmingham City Business School we also offer sandwich degrees, which are four years in length and incorporate a year-long placement in industry during your third year.
Professional Practice degrees, however, combine the merits of both of these approaches in one degree, allowing you to complete your full degree and your year-long placement all within the standard three year period. Upon successful completion of your second year, you will embark on an industry placement for your third and final year. We have a dedicated team who will help you secure a placement directly related to your degree and career aspirations.
As a Professional Practice student, you complete the same number of modules and credit as a standard degree except now your learning, teaching and assessments will be related directly to the real world experience you gain on placement. During your placement year you will be allocated a placement tutor and your practice based learning will be supported by some block teaching at the University supported by on-line learning activities.
The Professional Practice pathway is perfect for you if you want the benefit of a placement year, but want your degree to be completed within three years.
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.
Our alignment to the CMI ensures you’ll be provided with the latest information and knowledge, as well as providing key industry links and insight.
If you have any questions about our Business Management (Professional Practice) course, you can contact the course leader Matt Jones.
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.*
*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.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place in 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree 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.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBB or 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||Minimum total of 120 UCAS points|
|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.|
|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.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||AAABBB or BBBBCC||Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|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.|
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
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||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 in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
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.
If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.
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.
Contemporary HR for Managers
You will learn to appreciate the current concerns among HR managers, and be aware of current and forthcoming UK and European legislation. You will deliver two, ten-minute team presentations.
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 transferrable skills, which are essential to a career in marketing and business. To do this, you will design an individual digital poster.
The Professional Manager
You will undertake and report on a series of activities in relation to, and determined by, the specific programme of study. You’ll also produce a reflective account of each activity, articulating the learning and its future application.
Finance for Managers
You will prepare basic budgets based on standard cost calculations, as well as create basic extracts from financial statements.
Understanding Organisations and Organisational Behaviour
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.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Supply Chain Management
You will gain an understanding in 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
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
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
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. Assessment will be via an individual video presentation.
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. Assessment will be an individual applied management report of 3,000 words.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Cross Cultural Management
Innovative Thinking for Organisation Development
Here, you will justify the significance of innovative thinking and idea generation to support responses to organisational challenges, threats and opportunities.
Managing Lifelong Learning
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
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.
Contemporary Global Management Issues
You’ll address key issues confronting managers in a rapidly globalising 21st century where the fast changing global business environment and the dynamics of international shifts in economic power have led to an increased interest in responsiveness of organisations.
Integrated Business Research Project (work-based)
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.
Business Management and its associated programmes integrate theory and practice. As such, teaching methods are designed to be diverse, inclusive and to reflect the global context in which you will operate upon graduating.
Methods include face-to-face, blended and independent learning, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, work-based learning, ‘real-world’ projects and discussion forums.
During your workplace Level 6, you will undertake a combination of block face-to-face delivery and be supported by our virtual learning environment to give you the blended learning experience to facilitate your engagement with the programme.
The methods by which you are assessed reflect the diverse nature of the skills a Business Management graduate needs and typically include - but are not restricted to - coursework reports, essays, examinations, projects, posters and presentations.Your assessments will include individual and group work, to mirror the real world of work.
A programme strength is the emphasis on practice-based assessment where the focus is on enabling development of the knowledge and attributes required to contribute to the workplace.
During your second year, you will be able to take part in an international field trip, taking what you have studied and applying it to a global organisation. For example, students have visited the EU Parliament in Brussels, gaining valuable first-hand experience of an established international organisation.
In addition you have the opportunity to visit businesses, such as Cadbury World, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
Our alignment to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) ensures you leave the programme perfectly prepared for management in a range of industries, or your own business.
CMI offers a range of training interventions designed to meet the needs of organisations of all sizes and in any sector, from an individual manager studying a qualification to programmes tailored for your team or organisation.
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.
You can 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.
After completing the course, you could progress onto one of our Master’s courses, namely MSc Management Consultancy, MSc International Management or MSc International Human Resource Management.
On completion of your studies, you will have had opportunities to undertake live projects during years one and two, and worked with a real employer to fulfil the aims of the professional practice route.
Business Management, and its associated programmes, incorporate modules specifically designed to build a professional and independent approach to study which facilitates lifelong learning.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
This course is designed to help you learn the skills that you need to fast-track into an entry-level management role, and that’s just what James Hartle did.
He left university to work as a graduate Project Management Officer at Agilisys, an innovative IT and business service provider. Having conducted an industry placement with us, he developed his knowledge and understanding of topics to help him secure his role at Agilisys.
With broad management and business know-how, other recent graduates have gone on to work as project management officers, business development coordinators and accountants, at companies such as Capgemini, Centre Tank Services and City Tax Accountancy.
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.
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
By doing a placement as the third year of your course, you will get paid whilst finishing your degree.
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.
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.