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Business (Team Entrepreneurship) (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time
Programme leader:
Adrian Rivers
Key fact:
Meet and learn from entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs from different sectors, whilst the network of Team Academies across Europe and beyond, provides international opportunities.

Page last updated 26 June 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship)?

What makes a successful entrepreneur? Research and experience suggest typically it is down to the creativity and culture of a nurturing team with common goals and aspirations, shared values and the passion to succeed.

Whether you are interested in social or business entrepreneurship, this course is perfect for those with an entrepreneurial mindset and an interest in working in teams, who are seeking a more practical, hands-on approach to learning and who have the energy and commitment to take charge of their learning.

Why study our course?

UWE is offering a ground-breaking, innovative and entrepreneurial degree which gives you the opportunity to set-up and run your own team company; to 'learn by doing' whilst gaining a broad-based business degree.

Inspired by the pioneering Finnish 'Team Academy' approach, UWE has led the way in introducing the course to the UK. Within the first few weeks, you will be put into team companies with up to 20 members, forming real companies, working on real projects with real organisations, earning money and gaining valuable entrepreneurial experience.

Referred to as a Team Entrepreneur, you will keep office hours, delivering and managing projects, attending meetings, managing budgets and building valuable contacts and networks. Training sessions with an experienced team coach and a series of professional workshops and personal development sessions ensure you have the knowledge and support you need to develop your entrepreneurial potential.

Real world experience

This cutting-edge course philosophy ensures you are confident, highly motivated, employable and resilient, knowing your strengths, interests and aspirations before you graduate and possess key business skills and valuable contacts to hit the ground running in your career.

You will study theory as you need it and apply it immediately in a real business context and, in doing so, acquire the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in the world of work.

Where it can take you

You will graduate with diverse and exciting career options. On similar courses in Finland, 91% are in graduate employment within six months of graduating and around half set up and run their own business within two years. The remainder go into more mainstream employment with successful careers in areas such as marketing, HR, coaching, education and development.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero) the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future, professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups. Teaching methods will be engaging as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation Year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) would require an A level in Mathematics.

This course is based on 'learning by doing' and the content and structure of the modules reflect this.

Year one

In the first year you will spend some of your time in formal teaching sessions as you begin to learn and develop the skills you will need to be an effective team entrepreneur and member of your team company. You will develop a good all round grounding in running a business, alongside developing your capacities as a team player with an entrepreneurial mindset. You will take modules in:

  • Creating a Venture
  • Working in Teams
  • Developing a Venture
  • My Learning and Development.

Year two

In years two and three, as you gain in experience, you will tend to complete your modules in a more flexible fashion, completing your module coursework as and when appropriate to support the learning from your projects.

  • Developing Performance in Teams
  • Growing a Venture
  • Developing Personal Effectiveness and Resilience.

Final year

  • Developing Specialist Knowledge and Understanding
  • Sustaining a Venture
  • Leadership in Practice.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

On this course you will learn by doing real work on real projects, alongside other members of your team company. You will read up on topics such as sales and marketing, leadership and knowledge management as you need to use these skills in your projects so that you develop insight and understanding into how ideas might work in practice.

During the first year there will be professional workshop and 'boot camp' sessions as you explore the basics of setting-up and running your own team company.  There are no lectures on this course, though you may choose to attend selected lectures offered on other courses.  You will be provided with an extended list of relevant books and journal articles to select from and will be expected to apply the theories and concepts from your reading in running your business and projects.

Instead of taught sessions, you will have regular training sessions with your Team Coaches who will support and guide your team company through the duration of the course. For example, where you need more specialist guidance, your coach will work with you and your team to help you discover a suitable source. You will demonstrate your learning by completing projects and project reports, making presentations and by writing book reviews and reflective essays.

Your learning will be enhanced by actively leading and managing projects and ventures, working with fellow team entrepreneurs and with support from your Team Coach. In recognition of this you will complete an ILM level 3 award in leadership and management by the end of your second year. ILM is one of the most widely recognised professional accreditations for managers.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You will receive eight hours of 'team coaching' per week over 36 weeks of the year and, as a member of your team company, you are expected to attend these sessions. As well as team coaching sessions, you and your team mates will be running your own company and you should expect this course to be a full-time commitment.


Assessment is by learning portfolio and written coursework assignments. There are no exams on this course.

The aim of the assessment is that you will demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired from reading and the application of the knowledge through your learning portfolios, which will typically include:

  • pre and post-project reports
  • book reviews
  • activity logs
  • reflections on your learning
  • and reflections on feedback from team coaches and peers.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



This course is part of the Team Academy Learning Network, an international network of universities offering similar courses in Europe, China and South America, offering opportunities to attend network meetings, or arrange a short exchange. In 2014, for example, a number of our students participated in events in Hungary, Madrid, Newcastle and Paris. 

Study facilities

A fully functioning Team Entrepreneurship Hub, where each team company has its own open-plan office space licensed from the University, gives you experience of running an office for the duration of your studies. It is well equipped with networked PCs, phones and presentation facilities. See pictures on our Flickr page.

There is also access to meeting rooms for scheduled meetings with external clients and library staff run tailored sessions specifically for Team Entrepreneurs. Team Entrepreneurs can, and do, also make use of the advice and support available through UWE's award-winning Careers and Employability Service.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Creative Conversations

The course offers regular contact with industry experts, business and social entrepreneurs and local organisations who deliver inspiring and valuable sessions every few weeks to share experience and learning and answer questions. They have included:

  • Recruitment agencies
  • Head Coach from the British Diving Association
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Masai Leader from Kenya
  • Speaker on electronic cigarettes
  • Angel Investor

With guests from such a wide diversity of backgrounds, you will have the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the real-life experience of others to speed your own development.


Careers / Further study

The applied nature of this course prepares you for work in the same way that a graduate development programme would. You are trained whilst on the job, developing vital skills in report writing, delivering presentations, form filling and managing cash flow and, by entwining this with academic work, you develop the habits of lifelong learners. You will get used to keeping working hours, managing day-to-day challenges, dealing with customers and clients and learning how a real business works.

You will graduate with excellent and diverse career prospects. On similar courses in Finland, 91% are in graduate employment within six months of graduating and around half set up and run their own business within two years. The remainder go into more mainstream employment with careers in marketing, HR, coaching, education and development.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Indicative additional costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) course.

International students

Please note that we are unable to accept applications for this course from students who require a Tier 4 visa.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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