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Business Management (BA)

This course is an ideal insight into the fast-moving world of business today. The course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed within the public, private or third sector.

This course is available to Home and International applicants. This course is also offered as WEEKEND study.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below. This course is also offered as WEEKEND study.


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Institution Code: T80
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course?

  • Internationally recognised degree
  • Develop the key management, business skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • UWTSD ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies – The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BA Business Management programme is a three-year full-time course designed to provide students with all the necessary business skills to excel in their chosen field or carry on with postgraduate studies.

Students who wish to study this programme may come from a wide variety of subject backgrounds, including, but not necessarily business management. This programme suits those who prefer to learn a broad repertoire of business skills, rather than focusing on one specialism.

This involves learning core business skills relating to, for example, marketing, human resources, information systems/e-Business, accounting and finance. Students would undertake a range of tasks associated with business organisations and would enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to business problems and opportunities.

Given the broad range of skills learned, graduates would have many career opportunities in a diverse range of business roles (e.g. marketing, HR, project management, etc.) in a wide range of sectors. This programme is also suitable as a stepping stone for those who wish to develop a specialism after a general business education and for those who wish to become business teachers or as a route to self-employment.

Classes taught 3 days per week.

Module Topics

Level 4

  • Academic Skills
    • Provide the student with the underlying study/research strategies and software skills that can accelerate that learning process.
    • Encourage the development of a reflective, active, positive approach to learning, and to take responsibility for their own learning.

  • Accounting Fundamentals
    • Gain a broad understanding of the concepts, techniques, and methods, of modern cost accounting and the role it plays in business organisations.
    • Enable the student to gain an understanding of the significance and use of financial information in business, and to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of accounting.

  • Introducing the Modern Workplace
    • Cultivate student knowledge, and understanding, of the nature of behaviour within organisations, through the application of a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of people at work.
    • Comprehend concepts of organisational design, functions, and processes of management, as well as recognising the importance of ‘management’ as an integrating activity.

  • Community Engagement
    • Provide a practical experience - to help prepare for employment and to understand the relationship of theory into practice.
    • Allow the student to create, evaluate, apply, and assess ideas and solutions, it will also generate an increased awareness of personal skills and the importance of continuous learning and reflection.

  • Marketing Fundamentals
    • Provide the student with knowledge of current activities and trends in marketing.
    • Encourage the student to explore the range of possibilities and future opportunities in this field.

  • The Global Business Environment
    • Provide the student with the knowledge of basic economic concepts and business models which are considered relevant in understanding the role of international businesses in the global economy.
    • Introduce the student to environmental forces and business factors that shape the micro and macro environment for international businesses.
    • Examine how these forces may influence business decisions, and shape business strategy and operations in the modern global economy.

Level 5

  • Data Handling & Business Intelligence
    • Provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of how data systems work, how their benefits can be optimised.
    • Analyse and evaluate the information in the systems in order to obtain maximum benefit.

  • Entrepreneurship
    • Introduce the concept of entrepreneurship and gives the student the theoretical and practical knowledge to engage in the entrepreneurial process.
    • Critically evaluate current and emerging entrepreneurial themes, and through an investigation of a specific market with the production of a professional business plan.

  • Management Accounting
    • Develop a critical understanding of the principles, concepts and applications of cost and management accounting.
    • Encourage and develop the student’s ability to generate information for product and service costing, budgeting, and performance measurement and evaluation.

  • Management Economics
    • Enable students to analyse the internal and external economic forces acting on management decision making.

  • Managing People
    • Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the strategic approaches organisations take to attract, develop, and retain key talent, in a way which supports the sustainability of an organisation. This module will also explore strategies and methods used by employers to create an advantage over their competitors, through the effective management of Human Resources.

  • Project Management
    • Enable the student to critically evaluate current and emerging project management methodologies, and recognise how to apply them to real-world situations.

Level 6

  • Dissertation
    • The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to produce a substantial body of work which has been instigated, developed and produced as a consequence of their own initiative. The dissertation normally arises from individual interest, or from a professional internship period, but will require the student to undertake an independent research investigation. In this context, it will also aim to allow the student to apply a range of analytical skills and techniques and to develop research-based skills by undertaking structured and methodical research.

  • International Business Communications
    • Develop a greater intercultural awareness in international business contexts.
    • Develop more effectiveness in business communication in international scenarios, in English.

  • Leadership and Management Theory and Practice
    • Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the dynamics involved in leading people within an organisational context for the success of a business.

  • International Financial Management
    • Provide the student with an understanding of fundamental international financial management techniques;
    • Enable the student to develop an analytical approach to financial strategy and the attainment of international corporate objectives.

  • Strategic Management & Sustainability
    • Enable students to focus on the techniques involved in the formation and implementation of a strategy within an organisation.
    • Provide an understanding of the nature of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and its implementation.
Assessment

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students are expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This course is available to Home and International applicants.

A wide range of international qualifications which are equivalent to two A-Level passes, including International Baccalaureate and European Baccalaureate are recognised. The University will normally accept students who have completed a recognised International Foundation Programme, for example, those offered by UK Further Education Colleges, Universities, and Colleges of Higher Education.

English language proficiency at or exceeding an average IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent in any other approved test), with no score less than 5.5 in any components of the test.

Career Opportunities

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. Graduates will apply their knowledge and skills in the following fields:

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Financial Services
  • Public, private or third sector management
  • Business Consultancy
  • Postgraduate study/research
Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.