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University College Birmingham

Business Enterprise

UCAS Code: N190

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma


You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.



A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.



A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Business studies

**Course snapshot**

Standing out in today's competitive business world requires not only core knowledge and skills but entrepreneurial spirit and innovation – qualities that are all the more vital for anyone wanting to set up their own business. Whether you dream of starting your own company or advancing in management positions, our Business Enterprise degree will give you the tools you need for success. You will have the chance to create your own business plan as well as the option of a 48-week paid placement to gain extensive industry experience. Our course is also dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), boosting your employability with a qualification recognised by a professional management body.

**Who's the course for?**

Our degree is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about essential business management skills and key business functions. The course is also ideal for anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions.

**Why should I study this course?**

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – Completing our CMI-accredited degree means you will be eligible for a Level 5 award in Leadership, as well as CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your studies

- **WORK PLACEMENT** – Take on an optional 48-week paid placement to boost your work-ready skills, with our past students having worked for BMW and trading companies

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – From Social Entrepreneurship to Brand Management, tailor your course in line with your career aims through our optional modules

- **ENRICHMENT** – Learn from the experts through guest lectures, workshops and real-world simulations as well as working in our Financial Trading Suite

**Great! Tell me more**

If you want to set up your own business, our Enterprise Hive offers a wide range of start-up support, including incubation space, tailored mentoring from industry experts and networking opportunities.

Students on our finance-related modules have the opportunity to study in our Financial Trading Suite on campus, featuring 21 workstations, large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will enhance your understanding of core business functions and activities, and how they work together in the contemporary global business environment.

By creating your own business plan, you will learn how to project manage and start a business.

Undertaking a work placement will provide you with vital first-hand experience of the business sector and boost your skills for the world of work.

**What about the future?**

The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of areas in the business sector, while many of our graduates have started their own businesses.

Future career pathways could include:

- Business enterprise

- Sales and marketing

- Business development

- Small business consultation

- Product design and development

You may also continue onto postgraduate studies, such as our Enterprise Management MSc course.


**YEAR 1**

- The External Business Environment
- Introduction to Operations Management
- Marketing Dynamics
- People and Organisations
- Planning for Professional Development
- Principles of Communication
- Principles of Finance

**YEAR 2**

- Employability in Practice
- Enterprise Start-up Studies
- Finance for Enterprises
- Leading People
- Research for Enterprise

Optional work placement:

- Professional Placement

Plus one option from:

- Voluntary Initiative
- Website Design
- Creative Communications
- Operational Sales Management
- Business Innovation and the Environment
- Advertising Psychology

**YEAR 3**

- Enterprise Risk Management
- Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- Leadership and Change Management

Plus one option from:

- Research Project
- Entrepreneurial Project

Plus one option from:

- Financial Strategy
- Brand Management
- Strategic Human Resources Management
- Advertising and Media Management
- International Marketing
- Digital and Social Media Marketing
- Social Entrepreneurship

Assessment methods

**Note:** Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours):

- **Large group teaching** – 5 hours
- **Smaller group teaching** – 7 hours
- **Tutorials** – 2 hours
- **Graduate Advantage** – 1 hour
- **Subject related workshops** – 1 hour

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

- **Coursework** – 70%
- **Practical assessment** – 22%
- **Written examinations** – 8%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course location:

University College Birmingham


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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business studies

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
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2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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What are graduates doing after six months?

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

Top job areas of graduates

Business, finance and related associate professionals
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Business, research and administrative professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

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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