About this course
Accreditations and partnerships:
- Entry year: 2013/14
- Course code: N100
- Applications: UCAS
- Level: Undergraduate
- Tariff points: 300
- Department: Bristol Business School
- Campus: Frenchay
- Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich
- Delivery: Full-time, sandwich
- Study Abroad: Yes
- Programme leader: Dominic Page
This course provides a comprehensive and current business education, equipping you with the essential business knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in a fast-paced, complex and ever-changing business world. At Bristol Business School (BBS) we offer a curriculum that aims to challenge your ways of thinking, learning and behaving, with a focus throughout your studies on key contemporary business issues, such as ethics and ethical decision-making, sustainability and global citizenship.
Practical courses designed for the real world
Our courses are developed and designed with employer input, using guest speakers, real-life case studies and linking between subject to allow you to see the bigger picture, all of which will help you to develop attributes essential for the world or work.
A focus on developing your employability starts from the very first term, with each course offering modules that requires students to start thinking about their future aspirations, what it means to be a professional in a given area of business and to develop a strong sense of 'self', supported by access to personal development workshops.
Integral to all our courses is the development of transferable skills which facilitate the transition into higher education and underpin employability and lifelong learning. You will have access to employability support through the UWE careers team, the placement office and a series of employer talks.
In your first year, you will study modules which are common across a number of Business and Management courses. This offers you the flexibility to switch between courses at the end of the first year as your interests develop and change.
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You will study three modules in each of the two semesters. The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for future success.
In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, including a range of specialist module options, and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.
All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year provides support in securing this placement.
The final year will include a major project, modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and a number of advanced business module options which allow you to further develop your specific interests. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.
- Meeting the Management Challenge including 'Understanding the Role of the Manager and Management'
- Understanding Business and Financial Information
- Understanding the Business & Economic Environment
- Understanding Organisations and People
- Understanding the Market Process
- Engaging in Critical Business Enquiry
- Managing People
- Accounting Information for Business
- International Business
- Methods of Enquiry
- Managing Business Processes
- One option module
- Final Year Project: choice of Business Enquiry or Enterprise or Work-based
- Strategic Management
- One option module OR placement credits
- Managing Organisational and Individual Change
- Two option modules OR Placement credits and one option module
- Management Communication and Decision Making
- Market Analysis for Private Investors
- Tax and Tax Planning
- Employee Relations
- Law and Equality at Work
- International Trade and Multinational Business
- Emerging Economies
- Good Business, Bad Business & Sustainability
- New Venture Creation
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business
- Business of Tourism Management
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- HR Development and Knowledge Management
- International HRM
- Events and Festivals Management
- Global Marketing Management
- Public Relations
- Sales Management
- Interactive and Digital Marketing
- Competing Through Quality
- International Business in the Emerging Markets
- Project Management
- The Economics of Developing Countries
- Sustainable Business
- Business Innovation and Growth
- Entrepreneurial Management
- Entrepreneurial Family Business
- Virtual Business
- International Financial Management
- Investment Management
- Personal Financial Planning
- Coaching in Organisations
- Organisational Leadership
* Students who complete a placement year do one fewer option module in their final year.
Level 3 - January start final year top up
- Business Project*
- Strategic Management
- Organisational Analysis
- Business Project *
- Two options chosen from: Investment Management, International Human Resource Management, Organisational Leadership or Marketing Communications.
*The Business Project runs over both semesters, early content covers preparation for business research, critical thinking and advanced academic writing skills. The substantive work on the project is completed over the summer.
Teaching and learning
The course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, exercises online and simulation activities. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but also to develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.
Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.
For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.
We strongly recommend that you spend your third year undertaking a work placement in order to gain valuable work experience and have the chance to put theory into practice in a real business environment - as well as earn a salary.
On this programme, students can obtain placements in any area of business (including sales and marketing, finance and human resource management), and we encourage students to seek work which matches their career aspirations. Your placement will enable you to obtain valuable work experience and to apply the knowledge and skills developed during your first two years of study in a practical situation. Students in previous years have undertaken placements in organisations ranging from large multinational corporations to small businesses. Usually students work in the UK but occasionally students can obtain employment overseas.
The School's placements team will support you in finding a placement, providing guidance on CV writing, applications and interview skills, as well as access to an extensive database of placement opportunities. Whilst working, the placements office continues to support you and your progress is monitored by both your employer and the Business School. The portfolio you complete whilst working is a valuable resource to support your future employability and evidences your achievements in your placement. In your final year, you will complete a project based on your placement experience.
The fee for the placement year for 2012/13 starters is £1,125. The final year fee will then be £7,875.
Study year abroad
As an alternative to a placement year, there are opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Students are selected for a study year abroad through a competitive process. Employers look favourably upon those students that have studied abroad as they are able to gain a global perspective, which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.
Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities: an excellent library, with a dedicated Business Librarian, and online support to help you develop the information literacy skills essential in identifying and evaluating resources. We also have flexible learning spaces in the Business School with wireless internet access and study areas, complete with sofas and areas for group working.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Almost three-quarters of UWE Bristol Business School undergraduates from the UK who studied on full-time and sandwich courses went on to secure graduate level employment in 2010. This was in a very competitive job market and demonstrates the high level of employability of our students.
Further study is also an option open to UWE Business School graduates and graduates have gone on to study Masters courses in areas such as Financial Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Economics, as well as professional qualifications studied alongside working, such as Accountancy professional body qualifications like ACCA and CIMA.
Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.
Creating employable students
UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.
See great graduate prospects for further information.
This degree provides a broad business education, covering a range of subjects in accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing and entrepreneurship. It is an ideal launch pad for a career in any area of business, management and enterprise, and in any sector of the economy.
Our graduates are employed in a wide range of roles, such as Financial Analyst, Commercial Manager, Marketing Executive, Events Manager and Human Resources Coordinator. They work across private and public sector organisations including Lloyds TSB, Intel, Airbus, BBC and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Read how Nick's work placement experience helped him secure a job after graduation.
UWE - graduate occupations
Prospects - careers in business and management
The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.
- Tariff points: 300
- GCSE: Maths and English Language at grade C or above required.
- Relevant subjects: Business, Management
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; achievement of level 2 credits in Maths and English Language.
We welcome applications from students who do not have the entry requirements outlined. The university will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.
Students not meeting this requirement may be allowed to join the course having studied a pre-sessional course from September through to December.
Level 3 January start final year top up
We welcome enquiries from international applicants. For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages or contact your local British Council Office, visit or e-mail your CV to Admissions office giving us details of all the qualifications you hold, examining boards and grades or scores obtained.
Please note that the English Language requirements for IELTS are:
- Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component OR
- Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in each component
Tuition fees for new Home/EU students studying this course full-time in 2013/14 will be £9000 per year.
For information on part-time and international fees as well as funding and scholarship opportunities see our fees and funding pages.
How to apply
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