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BA (Hons) Business Studies and Finance

The programme combines the multi-disciplinary nature of business studies provision with an additional focus on finance. Key themes developed over the course include management accounting, human resource management, marketing, strategic management and financial accounting. Additionally, there is a focus on the development of students’ intellectual and practical skills that will support them both as learners and as future managers.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS NN13

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - 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

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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

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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Student view

Carly Smith
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.

Course content

The Business Studies and Finance programme gives students an overall knowledge of all of the crucial factors within the business sector, as well as a focus on accounting and finance. 

Modules are designed to be active and experiential so that the skills and knowledge you develop can be implemented in realistic settings. By its nature, Business Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme that will explore a range of areas.

Throughout the degree you will follow subject themes in marketing, people management, finance, and information systems.

Students are encouraged to take a placement in the third year of their studies and have the opportunity to undertake a 10 week placement as part of their final year studies.

Our facilities

The Business School is located in an historic Georgian building, based at the University's Bognor Regis campus, that has been transformed with a modern interior purpose-built to reflect our approach to learning, and provide a relaxed yet professional working environment for students and staff. 

The campus is located in a park land setting close to the sea, and its contemporary, sunny learning resource centre provides both a social and work hub to the University community. 

Where this can take you

A key advantage of the multi-disciplinary nature of our Business Studies and Finance 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, and the significant focus on finance and accounting based elements also makes the degree ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in accountancy. 

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 students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

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."

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 our students 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 the students 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 Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their 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

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

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Accounting Skills
This module aims to provide students 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.

Business Information Systems
This module is designed to introduce management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. The course begins with an introduction to information systems and fundamental concepts, ideas and critical components. This is followed by an introduction to the role, application and management of information systems in supporting business processes.

Enterprise Awareness
This module aims to provide participants 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. 

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

Management and Organisations​
It is highly likely our careers will involve working within an existing organisation or will lead us to form our own. This module aims to provide you with an introductory level of knowledge and understanding of organisational behaviour through exploring the issues and processes of management. 

Entrepreneurial Mindset
In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and 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. This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’ to solve a real social enterprise case study problem.  Students will normally work in small groups to develop ideas and a proposed solution to the problem.  The module will also enable students to further develop and reflect on their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills and understand where they can develop further.

  • APS 1
  • Marketing Principles & Practice

Year 2:

Financial Reporting
The primary aim of this module is to provide an overview of the corporate financial reporting environment and to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards that impacting on the production of financial statements. In addition, an important element of the module covers the analysis of financial statements.

Professional Graduate 
This module is specifically designed to assist students in developing understanding and skills that will enable them to approach potential summer placements, part-time roles, one year placements and graduate job application opportunities with confidence. The series of ‘hand-on’ workshops and activities help students to explore key areas of personal skills auditing and development, prepare suitably targeted professional documentation, and develop strategies for finding a placement or subsequent graduate level work.

Human Resource Management
This module builds upon the first year Management and Organisations module, and aims to develop students understanding of key issues concerning human resource management (HRM). It outlines the theory and practice of HRM 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 HRM within both the context of organising and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective.

Financial Management
This module aims to introduce students to areas of key financial decision-making and to provide an understanding of equity markets as they relate to listed companies. Corporate decision-making topics include: setting corporate objectives; funding corporate operations; and appraising potential investments.  The course will also look at the choices for working capital management and methods of dealing with movements in foreign exchange currency.

Research Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study.  The module will take the students 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, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies.  The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS.  Whilst students 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.

  • Management Accounting for Control

Year 3:

Management Project
The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students 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 the professional and intellectual development of students. Many students will choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and will be working within that organisation for a ten week period over the course of their final semester.

Business Strategy
The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students 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. Learners 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.

Strategic Human Resource Management
This module builds upon the second year module, Human Resource Management.  The module starts from a “macro” perspective where particular strategic business and the associated HRM issues are identified.  The focus is then on the operational consequences that follow from these strategic issues and goals.  Towards the latter part of the module the focus is on the micro issues of strategic HRM.  The module focuses on the integrative nature of Strategic Human Resource Management and how it can be put into operation with a range of management tools and techniques.  The importance of the subject area is maintained through the identification of current HRM issues and themes, and the practical application and consequences of such developments. In addition the spotlight is placed on the role of the HR specialist and the skills and abilities required for such a role.

Corporate Finance
This module aims to give students an insight into the practical implications of key areas of corporate finance. The module will commence with an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance and progress to focusing on specific areas related to e.g. corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. More complex aspects of finance theory will also be introduced including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. A key aim of the module is to encourage students to examine “corporate finance in action” essentially linking theory and practice. With the nature of the module students work is likely to be influenced by current developments and occurrences in the corporate world.

10 Week Work Placement
This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of their final year. Students will typically be conducting their Management/Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills.

  • OR Two from the following;
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business
    • Small Business Enterprise
  • Global Branding
  • Advanced Financial Accounting 

 

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