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BA (Hons) Business Studies and IES

Business Studies covers a range of inter-connected subjects that include marketing, finance, human resource management, information systems and strategy; but what is the value in studying such a breadth of disciplines?

The range of core business subjects explored on the course will enable you to understand how companies function, and how you can develop successful approaches to decision making that will enhance an organisation’s performance and efficiency.

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Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Student view

Luke Steward
I choose to study a business degree at Chichester because the lectures are run in small workshop style sessions with more “facetime” with the lecturers, and I felt that I would learn more in this environment.

Course content

The prosperity of business is reliant upon the innovation and creativeness of its employees, and our BA (Hons) Business Studies programme is designed to enable you to acquire the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging commercial environment. You will encounter a variety of practice-based topics across a full range of business and management disciplines, including: marketing, accounting and finance, human resources management, law, information systems, operations management, business strategy, and research skills.

The first year of study focuses on providing the foundation to the rest of the degree through introducing you to the key subject areas, in parallel with allowing time to focus on your personal and team development skills.   As you progress through the degree you will also have option modules that will let you specialise further in key business areas.  In your final year of study you will undertake a management project.  This allows you to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context, and is designed to make a major contribution to your personal development.  Many students will undertake this project on a 10 week internship based with a client organization.

Our facilities

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the camaraderie, and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a face in the crowd.

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities. The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Chichester campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

The prosperity of business relies on the innovation and creativity of its employees. This programme will give you the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging business environment.

Over the course of your degree studies, you’ll encounter a range of practice-based topics across a full range of business and management disciplines. A business studies graduate might typically expect to work within a commercial environment, but the skills you’ll develop through the degree will be equally applicable to employment within the public and not-for-profit sectors of the economy.

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a four year professional placement programme by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.  The internship is typically salaried and, if you choose this route, you will receive professional placement recognition as part of your degree title. A few placements are listed below:

  • Hays Recruitment
  • Europ Assistance (now Aria)
  • Sussex County Football Association
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Enterprise Rent a Car
  • IBM
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars
  • West Sussex County Council –Employment and Skills
  • Porsche

Indicative modules

Year One Module Information

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Working with Others and Developing Self

Year Two Module Information

  • The Economics of Business
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Operations Management
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Accounting for Control

Year Three Module Information

  • Business Strategy
  • Your choice of two of the following modules:
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Project

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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