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BA (Hons) - Business Management (Integrated Foundation Year)

Make a difference and join a course created with industry and professional bodies, where you’ll learn to manage a range of departments and develop the skill set needed to stand out.


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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a business management foundation course that’ll enable you to discover your own personal leadership skills and that of others around you, then this course is for you.

Your introductory year has been designed to support you in developing essential university skills and the confidence needed to progress on to our degree level programme.

You will study management from a range of perspectives and address the big issues facing modern business. Industry-active tutors and resources will ensure learning stays current. You’ll become business-ready through access to the latest technology. Classroom activities, including leading lectures and mock office environments, will build managerial confidence. Our employer network will provide a strong practical insight, while challenge and creativity will develop your problem-solving, decision-making and team-working skills.

On this course you will...

  • Develop the skills to bring change to organisations.
  • Learn how to meet the diverse needs of employees.
  • Learn how to shape an organisational vision.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively.
  • Develop confidence to lead others.

Course Structure

What you will learn

We’ll provide you with a firm grasp of operations management, economics and business management, while enabling you to develop core skills in problem-solving, decision-making, team-working and communications.

But you won’t just learn theoretically about business management - you’ll be doing it, thanks to our innovative teaching. From leading a lecture to turning the classroom into an office, you’ll get every opportunity to become the confident and effective manager that employers demand in today’s dynamic business environment.

Year one
  • Essential University Skills 1
    Develop the academic and professional skills required for effective learning and successful progression through your chosen course.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    Explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to your subject area.
  • Business Innovation
    Develop your own business idea and explore the interaction between different business disciplines to ensure success in profit and non-profit making organisations.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    Further develop the skills acquired in Essential University Skills 1.
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
    An introduction to key concepts in leadership and management.
  • Individual Case Study
    Undertake an individual given case study using a problem based approach.
Year two
  • Managing People and Organisations
    Gain the necessary skills and confidence to be successful within a business and management setting.
  • The Business Environment
    Develop an understanding of the nature and formats of business organisations in the modern, market type economy and how they operate within the legal and economic framework.
  • Introduction to Business Finance
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic financial accounting information.
  • Fundamentals of Business
    Learn about business; its scope, nature, types, management functions, systems, leadership, range and challenges and how they relate to stakeholder responsibilities.
  • Principles of Marketing
    Learn about the importance of marketing’s role in driving success and delivering results.
  • Management Accounting
    Develop knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic cost and management accounting information to support management in planning and decision-making in a variety of business contexts.
Year three
  • Organisational Behaviour
    An introduction to the study of human behaviour within organisations, evaluating and analysing the impact on organisational behaviour in a range of geographical contexts.
  • Responsibility, Ethics And Sustainability In Practice
    Develop an understanding and command of the linkages between environmental, economic and social sustainability issues, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the global business environment.
  • Human Resource Management, Theory and Practice
    Develop an understanding of the major theories and practices of HRM.
  • Sandwich Placement (As appropriate for your target award)
    Develop your professional skills and aptitude in a work context.
  • Services Marketing
    Explore the theoretical development and underpinning of marketing as related to service sector industries.
  • Managing Operations
    Explore the principle, nature and scope of the operations and functions in both services and products organisations.
  • International Economics
    Develop an understanding of how global forces can alter and shape an economy, and how international organisations can control these factors.
Year four
  • Strategic Analysis
    Develop an understanding and command of strategic concepts related to organisations, including strategic choices, analysis and formulation.
  • Business Psychology
    Learn to apply psychological, OB and HRM theories and principles to organisations and individuals in their places of work as well as the individual's work-life more generally.
  • Global Business
    Critically analyse how global businesses and globalisation impacts on the way companies operate.
  • Digital Marketing
    Analyse how macro- and micro-environments can enable organisations to assess the impact of the disruptive digital landscape in delivering objectives and developing strategic recommendations.
  • Applied Business Research and Analysis (optional module)
    Explore and evaluate a range of research methods for business management.
  • Independent Project (optional module)
    Initiate, plan, research, sustain and evaluate an extended piece of independent intellectual work based on individual initiative.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional module)
    Understand the nature and significance of small businesses within different sectors, and analyse the entrepreneurial nature of successful small business development.

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