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Business Enterprise

University College Birmingham

UCAS Code: N190 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

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

D:15

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

HNC (BTEC)

P

A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

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

MMM

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

T Level

P

A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C.

UCAS Tariff

96

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

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Business studies

**OVERVIEW**
**Standing out in the competitive modern business world demands a creative spark. Businesses need individuals who not only have the core knowledge and skills for the industry, but also the entrepreneurial spirit and ability to innovate – qualities that are all the more important for those who dream of setting up their own business. Whether you want to advance in management positions or start your own company, our Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship degree will give you the tools you need to succeed.**

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a major engine of growth for both the UK and wider global economies, this degree focuses on the formation and growth of new ventures, managing small businesses and the creation and implementation of small business start-ups. It will give you the skills you need to set up your own enterprise or work effectively in small and early-stage business ventures.

Developed in close partnership with industry experts, our course will expand your entrepreneurial mindset, behaviours and competencies as well as enhancing your understanding of core business functions and activities, and how they work together in today’s global digital environment. You will have the chance to create your own business plan and the option of a 48-week paid placement, with opportunities throughout the UK and around the world.

**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**
- **Work placement** – Boost your work-ready skills with an optional 48-week paid placement, with our past students having worked for BMW and trading companies

- **Specialise your studies** – From exploring e-commerce and data to freelancing or financial strategy, tailor your course through our optional modules

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

**FACILITIES**
Our business courses offer students opportunities to develop practical skills in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. One of the largest among all UK universities and the first in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal, the suite features 21 workstations, large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information.

You will also have the chance to develop new skills in our Digital Creative Studio, featuring state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology, audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as high-spec computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software and graphics tablets.

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

**ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS**
We are an official partner of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and an Enterprise Educators UK Member.

**PLACEMENTS**
Our course offers you the option of a paid 48-week work placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees.

Employers we have worked with include BMW (Germany), Grant Thornton (Cambridge), Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (USA), Bella Italia (Birmingham) and Top Cashback (Stafford).

**CAREERS AND PROGRESSION**
Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
- Business owner

- Business development manager

- Management consultant

- Product manager

- Business adviser

- Sales executive

You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.

- **Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course**

Modules

**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

Plus one option from:

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

Professional Placement (optional)

**YEAR 3**

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

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
- Contemporary Entrepreneurial Studies

Plus one option from:

- Research Project
- Entrepreneurial Project

Assessment methods

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk**

**ASSESSMENT**

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

Business, Marketing and Finance - BA/BSc

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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.

83%
high
Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

76%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

58%
UK students
42%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

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.

£19,500
low
Average annual salary
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

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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