Business and Management BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

UCA Epsom - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2020

February 2021

September 2021

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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 and 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 and you'll have the opportunity to specialise in one of five areas: Fashion Industry, Games Industry, Music Industry, Cosmetics and Beauty Industry and Lifestyle Industries 

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.  


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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.

    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
  • Year two

    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)

     

  • Professional Practice Year (If undertaken)

    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, 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)
  • 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.

    Find out more about UCA's Business School

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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

UCA International Foundation courses

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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