The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Business Management

Why choose this course?

This course is designed for students wishing to embark on a professional career in business and management. It will help you develop analysis and evaluation skills which can be applied to real-world situations. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance and operations management within a global context. You will also be equipped with the skills required to be successful in business, such as entrepreneurship, digital literacy, collaborative working and communication skills.

Having completed this course, you will be able to effectively apply a range of management and business theories and practices in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner.

All students have the opportunity to take an optional placement year which provides valuable workplace experience and significantly improves your employability on graduation. In addition, during your studies you will have the opportunity to meet with business practitioners through guest lectures and other special events.

The course offers you the option of specialising in your final year by opting for a bracketed award in one of the following areas: Economics; Enterprise, Finance; Human Resources and Marketing; Sport Management.

This degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in more specialist areas. For example, the Business School has a MA in Human Resource Management which builds on the Human Resource elements within the award.

You may also study Business as part of the following joint awards:

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

C

4BU006

Learning for Business Success

20

C

4IB004

Global Business Environment

20

C

4HR002

Introduction to People at Work

20

C

4AC005

Business Accounting

20

C

4MK002

Marketing Principles

20

C

4BU005

Analytical Skills for Business

20

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

C

5IB004

Managerial Economics

20

C

5BE001

Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation

20

C

5HR002

Leading and Managing in Organisations

20

C

5AC007

Business Finance

20

C

5MK006

Marketing Planning

20

C

5IB002

Managerial Systems and Operations

20

Option 5BU005 Supervised Work Experience

40

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core option

Module code

Module title

Credits

C

6BE003*

Strategic Management

20

C

6BU001*

Researching Business and Management Issues

20

C

6BU005*

Organisational Theory

20

C

6BU004*

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

20

O

6AC006

Corporate Financial Management

20

O

6AC005

The Financing and Management of Risk

20

O

6BE001

Creating and Starting a New Business Venture

20

O

6BE002

Strategies for Building Business Success

20

O

6BU003*

Structures and Organisation in Project Management

20

O

6BU002

Strategic Projects and the Organisation

20

O

6HR004

Sustainable Human Resource Management

20

O

6BU006

Managing Your Career

20

O

6IB002

Strategy, Technology and Change

20

O

6HR001

Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations

20

O

6IB003

Dynamics of Multinational Companies

20

O

6IB005

Business Internship Programme (Reflective Work Practice)

20

O

6IB006

Debating Globalisation

20

O

6MK002

Marketing Strategy

20

O

6MK001*

International Marketing

20

O

6HR003*

Strategies for People Management

20

O

6HR003

Strategies for People Management

20

Why Wolverhampton?

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering the following:

Internships -You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study. Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.

Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.

Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements.

Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.

Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award. Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.

Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering. Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.

Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.

Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:

Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme have experience as practicing managers, worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.

A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.

Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.

Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.

Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

What our students think

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Career path

On completing the course, you will be equipped with the background for a wide variety of positions in business. You will have developed skills and background knowledge needed for a wide variety of business areas, and learned the fundamentals of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance, including operations and management systems.

Whilst many of these careers are open to graduates in any subject, some employers may specify, or give preference to graduates in business-related subjects. A career in business is varied and can involve the functions such as management and marketing and there is an increasing need for business management skills in government, international commerce, health care, and non-profit organisations. Careers as entry-level manager, Human Resources specialist, Assistant Product Manager, Business Analyst, Market Researcher are some of the possibilities.

Students may decide to continue their studies at Master’s level. The University offers a number of different Master’s courses including Masters in Management and Masters in International Business Management.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  1. Develop and apply research, writing, numerical, digital and peronal skills within a business context.

  2. Develop skills of independent learning, analysis, synthesis and critical thinking through the application of business and management concepts, principles and the related underpinning theories appropriate to a wide range of business organisations and situations.

  3. Apply relevant transferable skills to a career in business and management, for example, managing projects, communication, working in teams, research and being able to critically reflect on the effectiveness of your own skills and knowledge.

  4. Examine contemporary and strategic issues through the application of relevant concepts, models and theories.

  5. Evaluate and demonstrate an informed understanding of the ethical responsibilities contributing to your professional values and role in an organisation and wider society - in the 21st century.

  6. Critically appraise relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and management theory when assessing and solving problems in different business scenarios.

Who accredits this course?

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The CMI have been established for over 60 years and are the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 100,000 managers use their services.

The programme gives you the option to apply for the CMI level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management and offers all of the benefits of being a CMI member. You can progress further to become a Chartered Manager.

Visit the CMI website for more information.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two 'A' Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • AAT Level 3 Accounting
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780
2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,050
Part time # £2,725

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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Telephone

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Email

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