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Business Enterprise Top-up

University College Birmingham

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


HND (BTEC)

P

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

3.0years

Variable | 2022

Subject

Business studies

**OVERVIEW**
**Standing out in today’s competitive business world demands that creative spark. Firms need individuals with not only the core industry knowledge and skills, but also the entrepreneurial spirit and ability to innovate – qualities that are all the more vital for anyone who dreams of setting up their own business.**

Whether you want to advance in management positions or start your own company, our Business Enterprise top-up degree will expand upon your existing skill set to help you excel. Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), this final year top-up course gives you the chance to show your entrepreneurial edge by creating your own business plan, as well as allowing you to tailor your research towards a sector of the market that matches your career aims.

Our business top-up degree is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a recognised professional management body. This means when you complete the course, you will also receive an industry-recognised Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the CMI, boosting your attractiveness to potential employers.

**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**
- **Industry approved** – Complete our CMI-accredited business top-up course and receive a Level 5 award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your studies

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

- **Business support** – Want to set up your own business? Get expert guidance and input from our Enterprise Hive team to make your start-up idea a reality

- **Enrichment** – Gain additional practical skills with opportunities to study 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**
This course is dual-accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

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

**PLACEMENTS**
We encourage students on our top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

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

- 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 top-up course:

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

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

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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