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BA (Honours) Business and Enterprise Management

Learn how to start your own business or become a manager in an innovative organisation.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS NN12 Course code

Course description

What you study

Learn how businesses can thrive and grow even in tough economic climates. Understand how to apply the principles of enterprise and innovation that are becoming crucial to competitiveness in all organisations, including private, public and not-for-profit.

Throughout the course you gain a solid and up-to-date grounding in business and management, building your knowledge and skills and developing your ability to succeed in the increasingly complex, competitive and dynamic business environment.

The course has a practical focus on developing the enterprise skills that employers look for, such as problem solving, creative thinking, team-working, communication, leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as • 3M • BAE Systems • Hoya Lens UK • Microsoft • River Island Clothing • Asda.

Some students choose to trial their own business idea during the placement year by starting and then running their own business. If you choose to do this, you are supported by the University’s Research and Innovation Office which provides a monthly bursary, business centre facilities and free business advice. This support is also available for up to five years after graduating.

If you do not complete a placement, you learn from other employment experiences in the work-based learning module.


You are taught by lecturers with considerable industry experience in a wide range of roles, including some with experience of running their own business.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of business or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies .


• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• customers and markets • data analysis for business decisions • people in organisations in context • enterprise in action 1 • perspectives in enterprise and creativity

Year one options

One from • global business environment • foreign language

Year two modules

• strategic planning: shaping the future • financial fluency for management decision making • skills for enterprise • enterprise: theory and practice • enterprise in action 2: learning by doing

Year two options

One from • managing international business • planning your own business • business law • services and retail marketing • essential IT skills for business • performance measurement and operations • leading and managing teams • foreign language

Year three

• optional paid work placement or optional placement year enterprise scheme (PYES)

Final year modules

• implementing strategy and change • enterprise in action 3: enterprise project - making a difference • creative problem solving • critical and contemporary issues in enterprise • action learning for managers

Final year options

One from a wide range of modules including • consultancy skills for organisational change • financial performance management • contemporary issues in marketing • individual customer psychology • managing the digital enterprise • operational project management • sustainable and responsible business in the C21 - contemporary challenges • contemporary issues in international business • business in the european economy • financial fluency for decision-making • managing for success • foreign language

  • coursework
  • examinations


Studying enterprising and innovative perspectives on business prepares you for a range of career directions, including • starting your own business • working in innovative companies and industries, or areas where there is rapid change • working with and managing creative people later in your career.

Career options include junior management positions in smaller organisations or management training schemes in large companies, such as • Toyota • Marks and Spencer • NHS • Barclays Bank • BAE Systems • GlaxoSmithKline.

There are career possibilities in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors or self-employment. You can also go on to postgraduate study.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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