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Business and Management BA/BSc (Hons)

Business and Management BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

Course overview

Make an impact on global business organisations with the practical skills, industry experience and entrepreneurial spirit you'll gain on our BA/BSc Business and Management degree course.

Our course, taught at the Business School for the Creative Industries, aims to make you a world-leading creative professional 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, and you'll have the opportunity to specialise in one of five industry areas - Fashion, Games, Music, Cosmetics and Beauty or Lifestyle.

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of marketing, finance and accounting, and learn about project and operations management. You’ll also understand the importance of management and organisation behaviours, and learn about launching your own enterprise.

As well as developing knowledge and skills in e-commerce, you’ll gain an understanding of law within the creative industries in your second year, as well as international business practice. You’ll develop your own business management style and ideally undertake a work placement.

In your final year, you will learn about business strategy, conduct thorough research and gain a deep understanding of sustainability and business ethics. You’ll complete your studies with your final project, which will either evolve from your experience working for an organisation, or can be delivered as a business plan or consultancy project.

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course, for which you can find details below.

Length of study Three years full-time Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year
Campus Epsom
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021, Feb 2022, Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code N200
UCAS code for course with Professional Practice N201
Course details

Course details

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.

These are the Core units you'll cover in Year 1:

  • Business Bootcamp 1: Design Thinking
  • Managing the Creative Industries
  • Foundations of Marketing & Communications
  • Economics for the Creative Industries
  • Business Seminar 1: Understanding Consumers
  • Business Bootcamp 2: R&D
  • Creative People & Organisations
  • Understanding Trends & Forecasting
  • Business Seminar 2: Business Analytics

These are the Elective units you'll be able to choose from, depending on your specialism:

  • Cosmetics & Beauty: Business & Practices
  • Fashion: Business & Practices
  • Games: Business & Practices
  • Lifestyle Goods: Business & Practices
  • Music: Business & Practices

You'll be encouraged to find your own way of working in your second year, with more emphasis on your specialism. You'll also choose whether to make your degree a BA or a BSc.

Your Core units in Year 2 will be:

  • Business Bootcamp 3: Storytelling & Narratives
  • Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes 1
  • Financial Management
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Business Seminar 3: Professional Practice
  • Business Bootcamp 4: Exploring Innovation
  • Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes 2
  • Operatoins & Logistics
  • Professional Placement
  • Creative Innovation (open to those taking a Professional Practice Year only)
  • Industry Lecture Series (open to those taking a Professional Practice Year only)

Your Elective units will be:

  • Identity & Marketing (BA students only)
  • Supply Chain Analysis & Management
  • Behavioural Studies & Consumption
  • Influence & Influencers (A)
  • Fashion Buying (A)
  • Festivals & Cultures (A)
  • Digital Marketing Analytics (open to BA students) (A)
  • Arts & Culture: Robots & Heightened Reality (B)
  • Beauty: Robots, Technology & Service Automation (B)
  • Fashion: Robots, Wearable Tech & Automation (B)
  • Games: Virtual & Augmented Reality (B)
  • Lifestyle Products: Virtual & Augmented Reality (B)
  • Music Industry: Robots, Technology & Events (B)
  • Retailing: Robots, AI & Service Automation (B)

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 your 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.

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, focusing on your specialism.

Your Core units in this final year will be:

  • Business Bootcamp 7: Research & Methodologies
  • Business Seminar 4: Strategy & Decision Making
  • Business Bootcamp 6: Developing Enterprise
  • Creative Leadership Lab
  • Degree Project

Your Elective units in this final year will be:

  • Cosmetics & Beauty: Contemporary Issues (A)
  • Fashion: Contemporary Issues (A)
  • Games: Contemporary Issues (A)
  • Lifestyle Goods: Contemporary Issues (A)
  • Music: Contemporary Issues (A)
  • Cosmetic & Beauty: Global Industry & Futures (B)
  • Fashion: Global Industry & Futures (B)
  • Games: Global Industry & Futures (B)
  • Lifestyle Goods: Global Industry & Futures (B)
  • Music: Global Industry & Futures (B)
  • Creative Business Start-up (BA students only) (C)
  • Data Mining for Marketeers (C)
  • Predictive Data Analysis for Business (C)
  • Audience Evaluation (C)

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (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 2021 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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

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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Business School Studios, UCA Epsom

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Business School Studios, UCA Epsom

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Library, UCA Epsom

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Digital media suite, UCA Epsom

Course connections

Course connections

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.

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.

Find out more about UCA's Business School

Faris Hattab
Faris Hattab

"This is a course with lots of promise and it provides the perfect balance between the creative and theoretical aspects of Business Management."

Entry requirements

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 / BTEC National 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. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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

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

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

UK Applications

International Applications

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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