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BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance

Discover business, management and finance topics vital to employers today

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3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 10

University in the South East

1. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

12th

in the UK for Business

2. National Student Survey 2021

14th

for teaching quality

3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Overview

This BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance degree gives you an overall knowledge of crucial factors within the business sector with a focus on accounting and finance and improving the financial performance of a business.

Business is brought to life on our business management and finance degree with focus on current real-world business and financial scenarios. You will work on live business projects and case studies to develop your confidence, business knowledge, financial acumen, entrepreneurial mind-set and resilience.

You will explore a range of topics such as finance, accounts, taxation, management, enterprise, information systems, market research and marketing to provide you with a strong foundation of both finance and business management needed by employers today.

Many of the jobs you will hold in the future don’t exist yet and this degree will teach you management fundamentals to deal with today’s complex and changing business landscape. It will also develop your financial focus, should you decide to progress your career in accounts and finance or extend your studies further to gain full Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accreditation. Some of our modules have ACCA exemption.

On this course you will:

  • Explore various business management topics, tactics, opportunities, challenges and solutions.
  • Specialise in finance and accounting.
  • Complete projects with real business clients.
  • Be able to complete a 1-year and/or 10-week placement providing valuable work experience.
  • Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication, time management and problem solving.
  • Have the opportunity to take part in events and activates including trips, events and business forums.

Accreditation

We have recently obtained Chartered Management (CMI) accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance which provides you with assurance that our degrees meet current employer requirements of aspiring managers. In addition to your degree, you will be eligible to achieve the Level 5 Diploma or Certificate in Management on graduation at no extra cost or work, if you satisfactorily complete mapped modules. Research shows that CMI accreditation improves your employability within a graduate level job and if you are interested in a management career, this qualification can improve your potential of securing a first level management position. You can apply for ‘Chartered Manager’ status on graduation to improve your management career potential.

The Accounting and Finance programme is accredited by the ACCA, the global professional accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. If you decide to specialise more on the financial elements of your degree, there are eight possible exemptions available out of the fourteen papers on the ACCA qualification. This means you don’t have to start at the beginning of becoming ACCA registered and have already passed some of the modules required to pursue a financial career.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

Throughout your degree you will learn business and management disciplines from industry experienced lecturers and business guest speakers. The majority of the course is taught by applying business and management theory to practical scenarios where you can develop your problem solving, idea generation and entrepreneurial mindsets. You will also be able to work with real clients and business on current commercial and business opportunities, challenges and projects. Some of these projects will provide the basis for assessment and enable you to apply your learning to authentic commercial situations and increase your work resilience.

To ensure we provide a ‘professional’ environment this course is taught in small, interactive workshops of up to 30 students. You will discuss a specific business topic in these workshops and have opportunities to work on tasks, have group discussions and feedback your views in a supportive and stretching environment.

As a result of our teaching approach, you will develop confidence and interest in the business environment as well as a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication, planning, organising and leadership.

Our assessments aim to reflect work-based scenarios. As a result there are minimal exams, with a larger focus on action and problem-based assessments. Most assessments are based on presentations, portfolio work or reports. Where there are exams, the majority are ‘timed assessments’ and ‘open-book’.

Carly Smith

Student
"I knew selecting Chichester was right for me as soon as I attended an open day. The lecturers have all worked in industry and provided us with first-hand knowledge. You also get to know them very well, I wasn’t just a number."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

Most of our business degrees share core modules during the first year. This means that you may choose to move from a joint honours degree to a single honours option at the end of year one if you find another subject you are particularly interested in.

Your first year focuses on understanding the fundamentals of business management, how decisions are made and affect other business areas. During this year you will develop your employability, enterprise awareness and build a foundation of business knowledge for the rest of your degree through key subjects such as accounts, taxation, auditing and corporate finance, or leadership, project management and operations management.

During year two you will further develop your knowledge in financial reporting and management in core modules and start to build your own specialism through optional modules. You will also start learning research skills that prepare you for your research dissertation in the final year. During this year you will consider whether to go on a one-year placement or study exchange at the end of year two; or continue straight to year three.

In your final year your research dissertation will be your main focus. In this module you will research articles about a particular topic and issue, carry out primary research to investigate further, analyse your data, and come up with some relevant recommendations and conclusions. You will also have the opportunity to specialise further and select modules that most interest you and prepare for your career.

If you feel that you would like to gain more work experience specific to your career pathway, or, you went on the one-year placement and would like to gain further work experience, you could select the short work placement option in the final semester and carry out your research dissertation whilst on placement for the organisation.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.

Business Information Systems

This module will introduce you to business information systems and how business to uses them to support businesses effectively. You will be introduced to a wide range of enterprise systems covering, for example, supply chain management, knowledge management, customer relationship management, security and ethical issues around managing data. You will be assessed through an individual 2,500-word case study.

Introductory Law for Managers

This module will introduce you to law in the commercial world. You will gain a sufficient understanding of the law as a manager and be able to recognise the existence and effects of the law in commercial activities and the key legislation organisations need to follow operationally and with customers. You will explore when you may need to seek appropriate professional assistance in business. You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.

Accounting Skills

In this module you will explore fundamental accounting concepts and develop the skills and techniques you need to collect and record data and transactions to prepare accounting statements and management accounts which are key to managers. You will focus on the requirements for internal use of single entities. You will be assessed through an online exam and 45 minute in class test.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

Enterprise Awareness

This module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.

Taxation 1

This module will introduce you to key taxation concepts and the underlying principles the UK taxation system. You will gain an understanding of the principles behind taxation, and the sources and types of taxation. You will also cover an overview of calculations in relation to value added tax and an examination of the scope of national insurance contributions and Capital gains tax. You will be assessed through an essay and an online examination.

Marketing Principles and Practice

This introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment. You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing, and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a business report.

Key HR Practices

This module aims to develop your understanding of key practices concerning human resource management. It outlines the theory and key principles and practices of recruitment, selection, retention of talent, performance management and reward; and reviews the skills that are needed to manage people within various types of work organisations. The workshop learning activities and literature provide a structure through which to locate these key HR practices within both the context of different organisations and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by case study HR portfolio and time constrained exam with question focus provided in advance.

Financial Reporting

This module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards. You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single company. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.

Management Accounts

This module develops your understanding of a range of management accounting techniques and how these can be applied to support decision-making. You will be required to solve problems that require you to demonstrate thoughtful and effective reasoning in proposing solutions or responses to a given set of circumstances. Assessment is by in-class test and exam.

Financial Management

This module will introduce you to areas of key financial decision-making and related underlying theory. This includes decisions about setting corporate objectives, the funding of corporate operations and the appraisal of potential investments. You will examine the choices available to companies regarding their capital structure and dividend policies and gain an understanding of the operation of equity markets and related implications for listed companies. You will be assessed through an essay and a two hour exam.

Professional Graduate

This practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.

Data Research for Business

This module introduces you to the concept of data and market research for decision making, with the dual aim of providing you with the necessary research skills to make informed decisions as business managers, and to prepare for your final year research dissertation, or equivalent study. The module takes you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for the research processes required for business decisions. You will use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies specifically applied to your degree route or area of study. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by market research analysis and recommendations report.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the Prince2 and Agile methodologies. You will explore techniques for change management and version control. You will have the opportunity to explore Project planning and use Project Management software. You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Operations Management

Operations management means the way organisations produce goods and services, with a focus on the activities directly concerned with making and delivering products. Operations management uses a series of processes. Organisations use inputs (including materials, money and human resource) to perform operations such as manufacturing and service provision. These operations give outputs (the finished goods and services). This module explores how organisations effectively manage facilities, assets and resources for the efficient delivery of consistent quality goods and services. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through a case study.

Sustainable Business and Circular Economy

Businesses are increasingly recognising the range of stakeholders who may be impacted by or have an influence over their business, increasing the need for greater social corporate responsibility. This module explores this principle and focuses on businesses and their environmental impact and sustainable development. You will explore the concepts of the ‘triple-bottom’ line and ‘circular economy’, where not only economic but also social and environment issues are regarded as important in business planning. You will critically explore the concept of sustainable business management by applying the topics to a range of case studies including tourism, events and the wider business environment, at a national and international level. You will be assessed by creating sustainability videos and presentations.

Employee Development

This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of developing a skilled and talented workforce and benefits. It explores the factors which influence workforce development and reviews the scope of learning and development in organisations. It also considers different approaches and frameworks for measuring the impact of workforce development and management across different organisations from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. Assessment is by individual essay and case study report.

Employee Relations

This module will explore unitary and pluralistic frames of reference, the role of the trade union, the history and development of trade unions, the main actors in industrial relations, industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes, the nature of industrial conflict. You will discuss different types of dispute, resolving conflict, collective bargaining and negotiation, employee participation, the shift from industrial relations to employee relations and the role of empowerment.

Leadership

This module invites you to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages you to explore effective leadership and encourages you to expand your thinking on alternative strategies as you look forward to your future role as potential leaders in organisations. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by individual presentation and report.

Consumer Buyer Behaviour

This module will equip learners with the fundamentals of consumer behaviour. You will critically appreciate the importance of psychology to decision making and the field of marketing, as well as analyse and evaluate individual aspects of consumer behaviour and social and group aspects of consumer behaviour during your studies.

Data Science and Analytics

This module will provide you with the background to the core concepts of Big Data and data mining with a focus on Business activity and decision making. In addition, you will be made aware of the fundamental difference between structured and unstructured data types. Assessment is by report, data analysis and visual data presentation.

Economics for Business

This module focuses on business decision-makers and the benefits of gaining a sound understanding of the subject of economics and the analyses of economic data. The module explores economic theories/concepts, their application to the real-world and their usefulness for explaining the changing mechanics of national and global markets and the processes of government policy formation. Assessment is by presentation and essay.

Auditing and Assurance

This module will introduce you to the key concepts of audit, assurance, and corporate governance. You will develop your understanding of ethics and professional conduct as you learn about the audit framework and regulation, planning and risk assessment, internal control, audit evidence and how discovered material is reviewed and reported. You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online examination.

Taxation 2

The UK tax system is continuously changing, specifically during and after periods of financial crisis. This makes UK tax an important subject area for business management students as well as accounting and finance students. This module will build on your understanding of personal income tax and introduce company tax including courses of income, adjustments and rules, chargeable gains, losses, and inheritance tax. You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online exam.

Research Dissertation (Business)

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application. You will be supported by a research supervisor during the different stages of creating a major piece of research work. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by creating an individual report of 10,500 words.

Business Strategy

This module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.

Corporate Finance

This module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance. You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. You are encouraged to examine 'corporate finance in action' and to link your theoretical studies with practice. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.

Advanced Financial Accounting

This module will develop your understanding of the previous Financial Reporting module by examining consolidated accounts, evaluating financial statements to provide an analysis of performance, comparing and contrasting alternative approaches to asset valuation, and examining current developments in external reporting. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in-class test.

Strategic Human Resource Management

You will consider practical and conceptual frameworks in a series of workshops. These interactive sessions will use learning methods including case studies, directed reading, presentations with feedback, self-reflection, guest speakers, workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups. You will take part in simulations and activities to reflect typical business scenarios as you analyse, problem solve and generate a justified solution to a problem. You will be assessed through an open book assessment, an individual report, a coaching session and an e-portfolio review.

Global Branding

You will develop your understanding of global marketing alongside your problem solving and decision-making skills. You will be able to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. You will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats and make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module uses a practical and analytical marketing perspective. You will be assessed through creating a brochure.

Work Placement (Short)

Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.

Entrepreneurship

The module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates on developing a small business idea and creating a one-year persuasive business plan. Sessions will focus on each aspect of the business that you need to consider in testing how it will be feasible and viable. Assessment is by presentation of business idea and creation of the business plan.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

In this module you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.

Global Business Today

This module introduces you to current global issues that we are hearing about in the news today that are vital for organisations to react to in order to successfully compete and grow. Organisations are operating in an increasingly competitive international business environment and this module broadens your understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in areas such as international trade during Brexit and political unrest, differences in national cultures, global inequality, operating sustainably and global consumer behaviour. You will be assessed through creating a conference paper and presentation.

Entrepreneurship in Action

This module provides an opportunity for you to start-up your own business within a supportive environment by implementing an already developed business idea. You will attend weekly 1:1 mentoring from the Module Tutor and specialist Business Hot House Programme staff. It may be that you are already running part-time business, or have a business idea and you would like to try and implement with support and already have a good understanding of business planning. If you’ve got an idea, but not feeling confident in creating business plans, you could take the Entrepreneurship module as well and this would be classed as taking an Entrepreneurship Placement where you spend the second semester focusing on developing your idea, writing a business plan and carrying out activities to implement it. You can also link your research dissertation to the business problem or opportunity your idea focuses on, or the sector you will be operating in, or you could keep the research dissertation completely separate. The experience provides real insight into the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities that small businesses face when starting-up. You don’t need to continue running the business afterwards and you will find the knowledge and practical experience gained through the module will equip you with entrepreneurial skills much sought after by employers. Assessment is by implementation portfolio and professional discussion on how the idea is/not viable.

Business Trips

In your first year you can take part in optional business trips to highlight the skills you will need in the workplace. You will meet people in their place of work, ask questions and learn about the industry and work environment of various businesses .

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

This degree has a strong vocational focus which is enhanced by the work placement programme. Internships and short work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help to prepare you for the workplace on graduation. Placements improve your employability, enterprise skills, build confidence and help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate market and thrive in business after you leave university.

Whilst studying the business management degree, we offer two placement opportunities to help you gain work experience in your chosen career:

1. One-year Placement

This option takes place after your second year of study and is a 48-week internship where you will gain work experience in the career or sector you are interested in. This is particularly useful if you have limited work experience, or would like a career change. During this time, you will have a paid position with a company and be an employee as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice. Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you could travel overseas. Past students have worked in Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia. If you decide to complete an internship, you will graduate with a BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance (Professional Placement).

2. Work Placement (short)

If you are interested in gaining work experience, but would like to complete your degree in three years, rather than four, we offer a short placement in the final semester of year three. Placements usually begin in mid-January and last until late March and are full time, usually unpaid. This placement is assessed as a double module for your degree and focuses on employability and personal development. During your time on placement, you will focus on a specific project for the organisation and your research dissertation will explore a management issue within the placement organisation. If you have previously opted for the one-year placement, you can also take this short placement at the same, or different business to improve your employability further.

Some students will complete both placement options. Many placement students continue to work for the companies they completed placements with after they graduate, with some offered full time jobs before their results are published.

 

 

3. Entrepreneurship placement

Alternatively, you may be interested in starting your own business and being your own boss on a permanent, temporary, full-time or part-time basis. Or, you might want to experiment starting up a business, without too much commitment. If you aspire to be your own boss, you may be interested in the ‘entrepreneurship placement’ in year three, where you create a business idea, write a business plan and explore how to implement it with support from lecturers and Business Hot House mentors. Entrepreneurial talent is sought after by employers who are continuously operating in a competitive marketplace and needing to innovate. So, even if you decide that your business idea is not for you, having the experience of developing and implementing a business idea will provide valuable experiences for being an entrepreneur in the future, or an intrapreneur in the workplace. Plus, it provides an interesting talking piece on job applications, CVs and interviews.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office who will work with you and relevant businesses to help find the best placement match at an appropriate level and suited to your degree.

However, you are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, but can take advantage of the team’s business relationships and opportunities advertised by the placement office. Some businesses contact us to advertise their placements to students which are forward onto students.

Students find placements in all types of business, some recent examples:

  • AdAstra Information Systems
  • ADC (Finance)
  • Adobe Systems
  • Butlins Skyline Ltd (Finance)
  • Cap Gemini (Finance)
  • Citibank
  • Citizens' Advice Bureau
  • Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Goodwood
  • Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood (Finance)
  • Montezuma (Finance and Business)
  • NHS (Finance and Business)
  • Nature's Way Foods
  • Payment Sense (Finance)
  • Phillips
  • PWC Vietnam
  • RSPCA
  • Virgin Active
  • Yahoo

Jake

BA (Hons) Business Management
“My year out was with Enterprise Rent-a-Car on a management level role. It’s been hard work but very rewarding and I’ve learned so much. I feel much more prepared for graduate jobs now. Bring it on!”

Student

Business School
"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

Careers

Excellent professional level graduate employment results

This multi-disciplinary BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance degree gives you the skills needed to succeed across a range of business industries and job roles. Employers will value the breadth of your knowledge gained through the degree and your specific understanding of finance and accounting.

After graduating you could become a:

  • Account Manager
  • Banker
  • Business Advisor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chartered Management Accountant
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Data Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Teacher

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MBA
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Facilities

Use industry standard software and equipment

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points.
A Levels
BBC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
GCSEs
C or better
in English language and mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 15 Merit credits.
IB
28
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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