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University College Birmingham

Business Enterprise Top-up

UCAS Code: Not applicable

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

Entry requirements



A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Marketing Management, Business Management, Finance and Business, with 240 credits.

About this course

Course option


Variable | 2021


Business studies

**Course snapshot**

In today's increasingly competitive business environment, demand is flourishing for businesses to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. Developed with the support of industry experts, UCB's Business Enterprise Top-up course will help you establish yourself in this dynamic sector by further developing your understanding of the contemporary global business environment, as well as giving you the chance to develop your own business plan. Our course is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a recognised professional management body, and the University of Birmingham, one of the world's leading academic institutions.

**Who’s the course for?**

If you have previously studied a relevant subject and you are thinking of beginning your career in the business sector or setting up your own business, this course will be ideal for you.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – Complete our CMI-accredited top-up course and you will earn a Level 5 award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your studies

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

- **BUSINESS SUPPORT** - Aspire to set up your own business? Get expert guidance from our Enterprise Hive team to make your start-up idea a reality

**Great. Tell me some more**

To help you progress towards your chosen career, we will give you an entrepreneurial project incorporating a pitch and production of a strategy handbook for your chosen start-up enterprise. Alternatively, you can conduct an in-depth research project on a particular business topic or theme that interests you.

If you have a business start-up idea, UCB's Enterprise Hive can provide you with intensive start-up support and guidance. We provide a variety of business development workshops delivered by professionals and experts, one-to-one consultations, networking opportunities and tailored mentoring from industry experts.

**What skills will I gain?**

As it explores the basis of entrepreneurial activity, this course will develop your essential business and management skills so that you can identify and respond to any type of business opportunity.

You will gain a thorough understanding of traditional and contemporary business functions and practices as well as the business environment as a whole, while you will also learn about enterprise risk management, leadership strategies and how to manage innovation and creativity through live case studies of existing business start-ups.

This course will also develop your ability to evaluate the success of business activities through a range of innovative assessments including e-debates, academic posters, action plans and management reports.

**What about the future?**

By completing this top-up course, you will be able to follow in the footsteps of our previous students who have started their own businesses and developed careers in a wide variety of business sectors. Potential career paths open to you include:

- Business enterprise

- Sales and marketing

- Business development

- Small business consultation

- Product development

Alternatively you can progress to postgraduate study, including UCB courses such as MSc/PGDip Enterprise Management.


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

**Choose one option from:**
- Financial Strategy
- Brand Management
- Strategic Human Resources Management
- Advertising and Media Management
- International Marketing
- Digital and Social Media Marketing
- Social Entrepreneurship

**Plus one option from:**
- Research Project
- Entrepreneurial Project

Assessment methods

- **Teaching - Full-time route**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 7 hours of teaching in smaller groups discussing topics relevant to the modules. This will also include computer-based activities
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)

**Individual Study**

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for lectures and for completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Teaching - Part-time route**

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three.

- Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
- Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

**Individual study**

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**

The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time routes and is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, with a variety of assessment methods used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and industry-based assignments.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

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

Course work could include building professional portfolios, conducting situation and marketing analyses and generating management reports and audits. Practical assessment could include presentations (individual and group) and using creativity and problem-solving skills to generate business solutions.

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

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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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

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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.

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