BA (Hons) Business Management

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    Enhance your understanding of the world of business with our popular degree.

    This course provides you with a sound background in all areas of the world of business, providing students with an understanding of organisations, their structure, management and culture within the changing external environment in which they operate.

    Students will develop an understanding of business functions, their relationship to each other and how these functions contribute to the success of organisations.

    Across the three years you will study a range of topics that may include:

    • Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting
    • Managing Human Resources
    • Mentoring, Training and Development in the Workplace
    • Applied Marketing
    • Strategic Management and Leadership

    We place particular emphasis on research and analysis through project work with external organisations. In addition, a ‘learning
    contract’ module enables you to develop an area of research of your choice, and produce a dissertation. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in information management, prioritising, and interpersonal relationships.

    During the first year you will cover the following:

    • Elements of Business Finance
    • Introduction to the Legal Environment
    • The Organisational Environment
    • Marketing Practice
    • Managing Customer Relations
    • The External Environment
    • Professional Practice and the Workplace 

    In the second year, the following modules are covered:

    • Managing Business Strategy
    • Introduction to Macro-Economics
    • Managing Human Resources
    • Managing Training and Development
    • Financial Planning and Managing Accounting
    • Project Management
    • Developing Marketing Practice
    • Management and the Law - optional unit 

    In the final year, the following modules are covered:

    • Financial Management
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Strategic Management and Leadership
    • Management of Change
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management Project

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  • Teaching and Assessment

    The course is assessed by means of 80% coursework and 20% tests or exams. Continuous assessment processes mean that individual and group assignments count towards your final grade, as do projects and formal written exams.

  • Progression Opportunities

    On completion of the BA (Hons) programme you may wish to progress at a post-graduate level, for example, a Masters programme
    at the University Centre Somerset. You may also choose to continue to study for a professional qualification such as those offered
    by the CIPD, AAT and CIM. Alternatively you may wish to enter employment – this course opens the door to a variety of jobs in the private or public sectors, specialising in administration, management, personnel, marketing or finance.

  • Career Progression

    This course opens the door to a variety of interesting jobs, in a range of industries. You could work in the private or public sectors, specialising in administration, management, personnel, marketing or finance. You may choose to set up your own business, or join a graduate trainee scheme with a national employer. Our graduates have gone on to do all of these things - and more, besides.

    Aligned with the Association for Project Management (APM).

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma - MMP/Diploma - DM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or

    Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.