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BA (Hons) Business Management

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Institution C58

UCAS N101

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years (4 years with work placement), Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Fees:

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Luke Seward
BA (Hons) Business Management
I chose 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

TOP 25 UK UNIVERSITY FOR BUSINESS

25th out of 123 UK institutions for Business, Management and Marketing courses (The Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course Overview

This course is designed to train you for the jobs of the future; you’ll be taught the fundamentals of business management in the wider context of the contemporary business landscape, ensuring your skills will remain flexible and adaptable as the world changes.

Our Business Management degree is an engaging and interactive course where you will develop the skills and understanding you need to succeed in a wide range of business careers.

The course combines practical professional experience with creative approaches to enterprise and innovation that will develop your entrepreneurial spirit. We incorporate as much hands-on experience and professional training as possible; you’ll learn from guest speakers, and study work-based projects, with opportunities to take up work experience either through undertaking a one-year paid placement or through a ten-week placement in your final year.

During this degree you will explore a variety of practice-based topics across a full range of business and management disciplines, including: 

  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management 
  • Business Strategy 
  • 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. 

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in a placement setting either through undertaking a one-year paid placement or through a ten week placement in their final year.

Why this degree?

Our programmes support you to become confident and enterprising whilst also helping you master a range of soft skills valued by graduate employers, such as teamwork, communication and time management.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Business School team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

Where this can take you

Careers

Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Business Adviser
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chartered Management Accountant
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Data Analyst
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Teacher

A key advantage of the multi-disciplinary nature of our Business Management degree is that it does not confine you to a specific job within a specific business sector. Employers will value the breadth of your experience and the employability skills that you will have developed, such as effective communication; team working; leadership; problem solving and creative thinking. 

Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give you the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during your time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop you employability skills.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with you and businesses to help you find your perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for your degree routes. You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of placement:

  • Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

  • 10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement you will focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Providers

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

Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Huhtamaki, NHS, GuildCare, Virgin Active, Goodwood, Citibank, Natures Way, PWC

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

What our students think...

"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."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Management and Organisations

You will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and yourself as a manager. Management will be defined and the role of managers discussed. You will be encouraged to develop your self-awareness in relation to your values and potential role as a manager. Group structures and processes will be introduced and the structures, functions and cultures of an organisation will be addressed. You will explore how people are motivated, and relate this to job design factors. Power in organisations will be discussed, including theories of leadership and techniques to manage conflicts will be identified.

Enterprise Awareness

This module aims to provide you with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. The interplay between decisions around an organisation’s operations, sales, marketing and finance is explored through developing an understanding of business models. A primary module focus is about understanding how value is created (in particular the revenue streams and cost structures that underpin value creation) and then being able to develop and present business proposals and solutions clearly and concisely using ‘business language’. This requires a level of financial literacy, and a key learning outcome will focus on enabling you to construct, present and interpret financial information to support decision making.

Due to the nature of the module covering different areas of the business, this means that individual participants will have different experience through their previous studies and/or work experience. This provides the opportunity for you to ‘pool’ your experiences together and develop a wider understanding of the different types of decisions business make, but also how decisions in one business area affects others.

For you to get the most out of this experience, the tutor will support you in developing individual skills gaps and abilities to work in teams. You will also be required to take responsibility for your own continuous learning

Business Information Systems

This module is designed to introduce all management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. It is the first part of an information systems theme running through the course that will be undertaken by all IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Computer Science students.

Introductory Law for Managers

This module aims to introduce you to the subject of law relevant to the commercial world. It is not intended to make the you an expert in the subject, but to provide you with sufficient understanding of it that as managers you are able to recognise its existence and effects within commercial activities that may require you to seek appropriate professional assistance.

Accounting Skills

This module aims to provide you with the fundamental accounting concepts, skills and techniques to enable the collection and recording of data and transactions for the preparation of accounting statements and management accounts. It will concentrate, primarily, on requirements for the internal use of single entities.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge through applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a social enterprise case study. You will normally work in small groups to develop a proposed solution to the problem, and in parallel with this the task will enable you to develop further (and reflect upon) your confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills.

In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and be the ability to be entrepreneurial. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole.

Marketing Principles & Practice

This introductory marketing module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment and familiarises you with the core tools and concepts of marketing, introducing the marketing priciples of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. The module will also explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. The content is structured around real world examples, in class discussion and marketing briefs & activities that will enable participants to understand the principles of marketing and consider these in practice whilst developing problem solving and analytical skills.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

The module aims to assist in managing the initial transition to a university undergraduate degree programme with a particular focus on the development of skills relevant to underpinning your academic and professional skills development.  The module encourages reflection on and planning for personal development, with an emphasis on taking responsibility for your learning in parallel with valuing the learning to be gained from, and support that can be provided to, peers. Two key themes underpin the module: support for the development of academic skills; and focus on the development of personal, interpersonal and team working skills.

Year 2:

Professional Graduate 

This module is designed to support you in developing a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. A practically led module that will support you in advancing strategies that enable you to articulate and market effectively the skills, knowledge and experience that you have developed both within and outside of University.

The module is of particular value to those seeking to undertake a placement as part of their programme of study although it is relevant to all as a means of enabling you to reflect on, and subsequently develop further, your employability skills.

Human Resource Management

You will look at the philosophies of Human Resource Management (HRM), current trends and developments, perspectives on HRM and the line managers role and also the impacts of globalisation on HRM practices e.g. structural workforce changes. Focus will also be on performance management, employee engagement and participation, employee recruitment and employee development.

Finance for Managers

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to, and the development of, several key financial concepts and tools necessary to the understanding and evaluation of business performance from a primarily financial perspective. The module assumes minimal prior accounting knowledge and aims to provide a practical understanding and conceptual awareness to those who typically will not be intending to follow an Accounting and Finance degree pathway.

Research Skills

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing you for your final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process. Within this part of the module, you will be introduced to qualitative methodologies. The second part of the module will introduce you to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS. Whilst you will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. You will also work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Operations Management

This module provides a survey of the operations management function. The module reviews the development of operations management chronologically with an emphasis on the impact of increasing specialisation, system analysis, and process-based approaches to work on society and across different economic sectors, and especially the service sector. Key managerial decision areas for operations managers are discussed: system resources, planning and control, quality, and innovation management.

Economics for Business

The 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.

OPTIONAL MODULES:

  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Business and Circular Economy
  • Consumer Buyer Behaviour
  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation

Year 3:

Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for you to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to professional and intellectual development. You are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. You will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in your chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for you to demonstrate the extent to which you have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by the yourself, with the support of a supervisor. It enables you to demonstrate your capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For those undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For those remaining in the university it is expected that you will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that you must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study in relation to a management issue.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

Business Strategy

The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for those that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. You will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

OPTIONAL MODULES:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Global Branding
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Global Business Today
  • 10 Week Work Placement 

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Contact Us

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