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University of Portsmouth

Business and Management

UCAS Code: NN21

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

Entry requirements


120-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

120-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Business studies

**Overview**
If you've got the ambition to become a successful business professional, and lead and manage teams and organisations, this accredited BA (Hons) Business and Management degree course will kick-start your career.

In your first year, you'll get a grounding in the essential topics that underpin the functions of successful businesses. You'll also develop the transferable skills you'll use throughout your degree and career in areas such as team working, prioritisation, planning, IT, entrepreneurship and communication.

In your second and third years, you'll tailor your degree to focus on the business subjects that match your ambitions and interests. You'll get to grips with overcoming the challenges global businesses face and have the chance to apply your skills in industry on a summer internship or placement year.

The course sets you up for a career across plenty of sectors and industries in the UK and beyond. You'll have the skills to get ahead as a business professional in areas such as business consultancy, marketing, finance and risk analysis.

**Accredited by**
This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:

- Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management

- Get a rich understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and leadership

- Tailor your studies in the areas you're most passionate about, by choosing from around 40 module options in areas such as business decision making, analytics, business sustainability, economics, team development, business law, and strategic management

- Learn leadership and management theories and apply this knowledge on group projects in scenarios that mimic what you'll experience in your career

- Hone your entrepreneurial skills, build your network and demonstrate your skills to potential employers by working with local businesses on projects that contribute to their success

- Develop transferable life and career skills in areas such as time management and prioritisation, planning, presentations and IT

- Study alongside students and teaching staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, giving you the ability and awareness to operate successfully in the global business environment

- Get lots of support from teaching and Faculty staff, including access to teaching staff outside of scheduled teaching activities

- Attend lectures and talks from industry experts and experienced professionals

You can also:

- Get industry experience on a placement year, taking advantage of our excellent links with local, national and international organisations including well-known companies such as IBM and Rolls Royce

- Bring your business ideas to life by setting up your own start-up on your placement year

- Learn a foreign language such as French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin as part of your studies

- Study at partner universities such as San Jose State in California and the University of Stockholm, experiencing different cultures and language that will prepare you for a career in international organisations

**What can you do with a Business and Management degree?**
Previous graduates have secured roles in areas such as:

- business development

- project management

- consultancy

- recruitment

- marketing

- publicity

- finance

- risk analysis

Graduates have gone onto work for companies large and small including Rolls Royce, L'Oreal and BAE Systems. You could also go onto study a postgraduate qualification in a specific business-related area such as project management, digital marketing or human resource management or join a graduate development scheme.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

- Business Accounting
- Business Operations and Systems Management
- Economics for Business
- Managing People in Organisations
- Marketing Principles And Practice
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Business Innovation Development Project

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

- Business Analysis And Decision Making
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
- Employability, Research And Professional Development
- International Business

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Business And Employment Law
- Business Venturing
- Developing Individual and Team Creativity
- Enterprise Systems and Process
- Human Resource Development
- Innovation Management
- Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply
- Managerial And Decision Economics

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

- Strategic Management

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
- Business Research Project (HRM)
- Business Research Project (Marketing)
- Business Research Project (Strategy)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- individual and group coursework
- examinations
- online tests
- practical exercises
- independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 32% by written exams and 64% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 24% by written exams and 76% by coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:
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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.

76%
med
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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

88%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate 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 & administrative studies

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

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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