|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Start Dates:||september 2020|
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Our BA (Hons) Business with Management with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study Business and Management at degree level, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.
Our BA (Hons) Business with Management course is the broadest, traditional Honours degree in Business we offer.
The BA (Hons) Business with Management route does not focus on one narrow area of a business, but instead allows you to study a wider range of business practices, including marketing, finance, human resources and operations.
The Business with Management degree is designed for students who want to work in the fast-paced global world of private and public organisations, coordinating teams and using resources efficiently, or perhaps establishing and running their own business.
The Business and Management course aims to combine intellectual rigour with personal development, as well seeking to offer a grounding in the core principles of business such as marketing, finance, human resource management, operations and decision making.
You will develop powers of analysis, problem solving skills, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.
The degree is a modular programme which enables you to study a wide range of business related topics. Our supportive, qualified and experienced staff, together with accessible and interactive lecture/seminar formats, all help to ensure you will have a rewarding academic experience.
- What will I study?
When you study at Level 3 of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Business. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.
At Level 4 you will study a range of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with business topics.
As part of your course, you will develop employability skills across all modules. In particular in the ‘Career Planning and Personal Development’ module you will begin to consider your own career and personal development. This module complements the broader skills that you’ll gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.
At level 5, you develop these further to encompass all the skills necessary for a successful career in any type of organisation.
At Level 6, you will have a number of optional modules to choose from to enable you to focus on a topic which you find most interesting.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 3 Modules (there are 2 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules from a choice of 5 as indicated by *) include:
- Preparing for Higher Education
- Foundation in Business and Finance
- A World in Crisis? A Foundation in Social Science
- Foundation in Mathematics
- Foundation in English Language and Literature
- Foundation in Psychology
- Foundation in Modern History
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Introduction to the Business Environment
- Principles of Human Resource Management
- Understanding Organisations
- Introduction to Finance
- Business Study Skills
- Career Planning and Personal Development
- Business Environment : Economic Context
- Business Environment : Integrated Perspectives
Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Information Analysis and Decision making
- Understanding and Managing People
- Operations and Quality
- Research Methods
- European and International Dimensions of Business
- Business Marketing and Promotions
Level 6 Modules (there are 5 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by *) include:
- Business Operations and Change
- Research Development and Planning
- Advanced Leadership and Management
- Development and Evaluation (case study) Project*
- Business Project*
- Dissertation Project*
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
- Entry Requirements
Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 32 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 32 UCAS points overall.
Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
All applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:
- Individual and group assignments
- Time constraint assessments
- Professional dialogue
- Academic posters
This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals and they are actively sought after in a wide number of business related occupations and professions.
The skills gained on a business degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively.
Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Human Resources officer, Logistics and Distribution Manager, Marketing Executive, Retail Manager, Sales Executive and Systems Analyst and many more.
You may also choose to progress onto a Graduate Management Scheme or postgraduate study. Many of our graduates choose to progress on to a Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the course. You can continue your study of Professional Qualifications at University Centre at Blackburn College.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for Business with Management with Foundation Entry BA (Hons) The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.