BA Business Management
This established general business management programme provides a broad-based study of core business concepts to develop skills relating to marketing, human resources, information systems/e-Business, accounting, finance and many other career opportunities.
This year Swansea Business School celebrated its best ever NSS Results, with our Management courses scoring 94% Overall Student Satisfaction. This score ranks our management programmes as the best in Wales, and in the top 15 in the UK for Student Satisfaction.
Our portfolio scored highly in nearly all areas, with graduating students leaving a glowing report of their experiences at Swansea Business School. More information regarding our NSS stats for this year can be found in the Course Overview.
You will develop a broad repertoire of business skills, rather than focusing on one specialism. Students undertake a range of tasks applied to organisations and enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to business problems.
Given the broad range of skills learned, graduates have many career opportunities in a diverse range of business roles in a wide range of sectors, including government and not-for-profit sectors. This programme is also suitable for those who wish to develop a business management specialism after a general business education, to become business teachers or to start their own businesses.
All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels. The flexibility of the programme allows students opportunities to specialise or to maintain their general studies to keep their options open depending on the trends in the job market.
2016 NSS Results:
91% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied with the teaching on their course – NSS 2016.
98% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2016.
96% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching – NSS 2016.
Assessment and feedback
91% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied with assessment and feedback – NSS 2016.
94% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that the criteria used in marking has been clear in advance – NSS 2016.
96% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair – NSS 2016.
92% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that they have received detailed comments on their work – NSS 2016.
96% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied with academic support – NSS 2016.
97% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that they have received sufficient advice and support with their studies – NSS 2016.
98% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – NSS 2016.
94% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices – NSS 2016.
Organisation and management
93% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied organisation and management – NSS 2016.
96% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that the timetable works efficiently as far as their activities are concerned– NSS 2016.
92% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively – NSS 2016.
92% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly – NSS 2016.
91% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs – NSS 2016.
94% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied with personal development – NSS 2016.
94% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that the course has helped them to present themselves with confidence – NSS 2016.
96% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that their communication skills have improved – NSS 2016.
92% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students agreed that as a result of the course, they feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems – NSS 2016.
94% of UWTSD’s Management Studies students were satisfied with their overall experience – NSS 2016.
Year 1 provides an introduction to the key business disciplines and development of vital skills. Students will work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.
Year 2 covers finance, human resources and marketing. It allows a choice of options in current business management developing areas. It includes an entrepreneurship exercise and study data management and business intelligence. An internship opportunity exists which will be assessed for credits.
Year 3 develops the themes of strategy, leadership and management, with the opportunity to choose options. Students will also study either a dissertation in a contemporary business management topic or an organisational consultancy project in which they will simulate the management consultant’s role developing advice for an organisation.
The programme integrates theoretical study and application to real world cases, in each module’s teaching strategy but also in direct interaction with the University’s external partnerships, including employers’ organisations, professional associations, international partners and spin off entrepreneurial activities.
In particular our business management graduates have analytical, research, information technology, interpersonal, cross-cultural communication and empathetic skills.
The skills of managing ICT, communication with peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem-solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students’ progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate at a wide variety of levels.
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.
88 UCAS points.
Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis. Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.
The degree welcomes applicants who have previously studied business for a natural progression. Those who have studied other subject areas will transfer well. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A-Level and Edexcel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies are respected.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The programme boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree. A significant number of graduates also progress to postgraduate studies at this and other universities.
Our BABM is attractive to those interested in innovative teaching and assessment approaches. It is also relevant to those who wish to join the professions. It is mapped against professional qualifications of management associations to ensure exemptions and relevant employability skill development. Those applicants interested in application of business and management ideas have a number of opportunities on the programme for community engagement and placement or internships.
Final year International Direct Entry Mode
Students who choose this mode will study the International Business Communications module in block delivery format, at the beginning of their study time. They will benefit from personal counselling and support to establish a foundation for their continuing studies. They will study the remaining five modules (all at 20 credits, level 6) and always benefit from full integration into the wider activities of the Faculty e.g. Enterprise and Industry Weeks, guest presentations, opportunities to enter industry/management competitions or develop business plans to start their own enterprises.
The friendly approach of the University allows early identification of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates nurtures a positive, active learning environment.
- Swansea Campus: N100
- Carmarthen Campus: N200