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Business Management - YEAR 3 DIRECT ENTRY ONLY

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Full-time | 2022


Business and management


Designed by experienced academics who have worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our business management degree is designed to make you highly employable in a competitive global market – giving you the skills you need to secure your first management job or set up your own business.

Whether you are interested in the private, public, charity, social enterprise or entrepreneurial industries, the course team understand what you need to thrive as a business professional.

From core subjects such as operations management, marketing, project management and strategic thinking, through to future-proof skills in enterprise, innovation and digital futures, you will do more than learn the theory – you will learn to apply it through a wide range of ‘real-world’ live briefs and events like international marketing week, where you can spend a week abroad getting hands on experience of international business challenges.

Networking events and guest talks from industry professionals will be your chance to build professional connections, while short- and longer-term work placements offer both academic credit and opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in a work-based environment – proving to prospective employers that you are work-ready.

And we also offer extra qualifications and memberships on top of your honours degree, including:

The Chartered Management Institute’s L5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Project Management Qualification
Student membership of professional bodies
Potential for Foundation Chartered Manager and Student Membership status of the Chartered Management Institute
Our curriculum not only studies the contemporary business challenges, but helps identify future trends which you will be managing and leading on within your organisations. And it’s flexible, too – you can tailor your studies towards the areas that interest you.

At Solent you will become part of an active business community, encompassing students, staff and business alumni who inspire and support current students. Our graduates work across the globe, in a wide and fascinating range of industries. As well as visits, talks and guest lectures, we offer a great peer mentoring scheme – providing an academic mentor who will be there to support you throughout your degree journey.

**What does this course lead to?**
A Solent business management degree gives you the specialist business knowledge and broad transferable skills to find business-focused roles in any industry.

Recent graduates have gained professional and managerial positions across the world, for example:

Graduate scheme, TK Maxx
HR graduate scheme, Randstad
Assistant manager and graduate manager trainee, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Resource partner, Roke
Ministry of Foreign Office (Saudi Arabia)
Investment Manager, Black Coat Group
Digital Credit Controller, Penguin House
Team Senior, BMW
Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspas Desserts
Project Manager, Olay Trans Ltd (Cyprus)
Business Systems Analyst, Meridian Corp Finance
Consultancy graduate, CISCO
HR, NHS Southampton
Financial Coordinator, Devere Group (Malta)
Sales Executive, EE
Operations Assistant, Marks and Spencer
Accounts Controller, Wallenuis W Logistics

Other graduates have used the knowledge and skills gained to drive their entrepreneurial ambitions and start their own businesses.

**Who is this course for?**
Solent’s business management degree is ideally suited if you want to develop strong business skills and prepare yourself for successful careers in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory but real-world application.


Operations Management
Personal and Professional Development 2 - Development of Self
Project Management in Business

Then one of the following routes:

Route one:

Work Placement (three modules worth)

Route two:

Study Abroad (three modules worth)

Route three:

Community Enterprise
Global Challenges

And one option (part of route 3):
Capital Market Trading
Contemporary Growth Challenges for Business

Please note - not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Personal and Professional Development - The Business Professional
Research Methods
Strategic Management
Final Major Project
Ecological Economics

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Starting a Business
Professional Consulting
Strategic HRM
International Finance Reporting and Analysis

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through practical business-relevant activities, such as presentations, reports, workshops and business simulations. There are no exams and assessment is coursework-led in either groups or individually.

Tuition fees

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Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni

Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)


Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

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What students say

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Business and management

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Business and management

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This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Business, finance and related associate professionals
Sports and fitness occupations

As only a small number of students take courses in this subject area, there isn't much information on what graduates do when they finish, so bear that in mind when you review any stats. Management, finance and business roles are common, but it's a good idea to ask tutors what previous graduates taking specific courses went on to do when you're at an open day.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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