Business Management* BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

UCA Epsom - 2020

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS code:

N200

UCAS code for course with Professional Practice:

N201

Course overview

Whether you're looking to start up your own business, or forge your way as a leader in a small or large organisation in the creative industries, our BA/BSc Business Management course will equip you with the practical skills, entrepreneurial attributes and creativity required to make an immediate impact on global business organisations. 

Based on techniques that have produced world-leading creative professionals in a sector that is undergoing substantial growth, each unit of the course will prepare you for a range of career opportunities in the creative business sector. 

Our close connections with a diverse range of businesses within the creative sector will provide opportunities for exciting and challenging live briefs, offering you the chance to showcase your talents and ensure your learning is tuned to the needs of the commercial world. 

This practice-based course is taught at UCA’s unique and dynamic Business School for the Creative Industries, at our Epsom campus, alongside a wealth of other creative and business focused students.

You also have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course, see below for more details.  

*BSc pathway of course is subject to validation


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Course details

  • Year one

    You'll be introduced to the fundamentals of business enterprise in your first year, learning the skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore other areas of activity.

    Marketing Fundamentals
    You’ll be introduced to the concepts, theories and models utilised in marketing, providing the basis for further study within the course. Specifically, it introduces you to the objectives and theory of marketing as a business function. It explores the role of marketing within organisations and how marketing can be used in the achievement of an organisation’s goals and objectives.

    Introduction to Finance and Accounting
    After learning the basics of accounting terms and concepts, you’ll gain knowledge and skills in understanding the recording, processing and reporting of business transactions and events. It is structured to familiarise you with the accounting process as an information system of business, and enhance you to apply the principles and processes to the preparation and presentation of accounting information.

    Project and Operations Management
    You will investigate the intricacies of managing operation processes and projects and its impact on shaping the competitive strategy of an organisation. Moreover, the unit introduces you to the tasks and challenges fundamental to project management, the vital function of managing complex projects across multiple functions. You will be able to learn the skills and tools of project management with a practical, hands-on approach.

    Management and Organisation Behaviour
    You’ll be introduced to the concepts, theories and models utilised in management and organisation studies, providing the basis for further study within the course. It is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop and gain management skills and knowledge about yourself, about others and about organisations.

    Enterprise Project
    You’ll learn the process of launching and building a new venture and research the relationships between this and entrepreneurship. You’ll be expected to explore a range of case studies, and identify and evaluate to what extent success of entrepreneurs could be based on their traits, styles and behaviours. With this knowledge you will apply business innovation as well as how to create value in firms, through new product or services, technologies, business concepts, transaction mechanisms, distribution channels, etc.

  • Year two

    You'll be encouraged to find your own way of working in your second year, focusing on specialist areas of business. You'll also develop an understanding of contract law and the underlying principles relating to business in the international environment.

    E-Business and E-marketing (Digital Business and Marketing)
    Throughout this unit you will have the opportunity to develop conceptual knowledge needed to develop your understanding of eBusiness and eMarketing strategies. The unit explores a diverse range of activities that comprise digital business and digital marketing strategy management to enable you to appreciate the major differences between traditional and digital business and marketing activities at a strategic level.

    Law for the Creative Industries
    With the challenges of changing media trends and the digital environment that most businesses within the creative industries are facing, it is more important than ever that you are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of contract law in relation to business and those in the creative industries in particular. Emphasis in this unit is placed on introducing managerial knowledge and skills required to understand legal requirements for effective business management for projects, products and services. 

    Professional Practice and Business Placement
    The aim of this unit is to provide you with business management acumen and practical skills in becoming a business and management professional. Ideally, you will have the opportunity to conduct an internship in a business organisation, or you will be participating in a set project which will enable you to achieve your learning objectives and outcomes.

    International Business
    This unit will help you develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to doing business in the international environment. You will be exposed to the understanding of issues and challenges of contemporised international business.

  • Professional Practice Year (optional)

    If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

    While on the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

  • Year three

    Your third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice. You'll demonstrate your knowledge from previous units studied and apply it to a business plan.

    Business Strategy
    The terminology of strategy and its relevance to strategic decision-making in business is covered in this unit. You will learn the fundamental decisions made in the field of strategy covering three strategic dimensions i.e. strategy process, strategy content and strategy context.

    Business Research
    You’ll develop your skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to the course you’re studying and your professional development. You will be expected to address the elements making up formal research, including a research proposal, research methodologies, action planning, carrying out research itself and presenting both primary and secondary findings.

    Enterprise Sustainability and Business Ethics
    Ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility can bring significant benefits to a business and, as sustainability now forms part of the everyday consciousness of the consumer, its presence will be permanent. We will present you with the concept of business ethics and develop your abilities to examine its relevance when considering business objectives and responsibilities.

    Final Business Management Project
    You’ll demonstrate your knowledge and understanding developed from previous business management marketing units, and apply academic and practical knowledge at a strategic level, often valued by business and management consultancy organisations and employers. This is a negotiated project, which can either evolve from your experience working for an organisation, or can be delivered as a business plan or a business management consultancy project.

  • Fees and additional costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Professional Practice Year

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course.

You’ll spend two years learning with us, before putting what you’ve learned into practice through a year-long industry placement.

Our Professional Practice placements give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students nationally are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Throughout your placement, your course team will support you, making use of our extensive industry connections to help facilitate you to find about the right placement for you. On conclusion of the placement, you’ll return to complete your final year of study – applying what you’ve learned on the job. 

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.

Facilities

The UCA Business School for the Creative Industries, based at our Epsom campus, is the first of its kind in the UK. There’s dedicated studios and study areas, digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs which are programmed with specialist software including Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver and After Effects. There’s a modern library with a wealth of books and thanks to its location, many collaborative opportunities with students from other courses.

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On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Careers

    Our BA/BSc Business Management will enable you to pursue a range of careers including:

    • Graduate Schemes
    • Entrepreneur
    • Product Buyer
    • Junior Manager
    • Production Team Lead
    • Postgraduate Study.
  • Further study

    Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We offer postgraduate opportunities in our Business School and we will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. We may invite you for an Applicant Day and interview so you can visit us, meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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