Business and Management (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Bristol Business School
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Study abroad:
- Programme leader:
- Dr Craig Whittaker
- Key fact:
- This course is for those who want flexibility to design their own programme and the option to switch to specialised courses like Business Management with Marketing or Business with Economics after the first year.
Page last updated 19 November 2018
Why study business and management?
Businesses have to constantly challenge and re-invent themselves to compete in the increasingly competitive global market.
Employers need graduates who can go beyond business theory with real-world experience of how the business world works.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Business and Management is driven by the needs of organisations, with an emphasis on skills development. It equips you with knowledge and experience you need to hit the ground running.
As such, employers need graduates who can go beyond business theory with practical skills and real-world experience of how the business world works.
It's accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you complete the final year 'Coaching in Organisations' module you'll also be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Coaching.
You'll learn about organisational functions like marketing, finance and human resource management from enthusiastic, research-active experts and supportive tutors.
You'll gain real-world experience through placements and internships and get access to guest speakers, case studies, competitions and online simulations, ensuring you graduate ready for work.
Where can it take me?
Business and Management at UWE Bristol is a broad, practical degree with many potential specialisms and a range of career pathways.
Our graduates hold management roles in retail, marketing, HR (human resources) and recruitment.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You usually need to pass your foundation year before going onto Year one.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- 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:
- Introduction to Business and Management
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
- Understanding the Business and Economic Environment
- Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
- Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
- Contemporary Business Issues
- Business Decision Making for Management.
You will study:
- Managing People
- Management Skills (Business and Management)
- Accounting Information for Business (Business, International and Management)
- International Business
- Research Methods for Business
- Introductory Research Project
- Operations and Supply Management.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Market Analysis for Private Investors
- International Trade and Multinational Business
- Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Employment Relations OR Equality Law and Diversity Management
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business
- Digital Business Management
- Credit Management: Theory and Practice
- Design Thinking.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
- Managing Organisational Change
- Integrated Business Management Simulation.
Plus one from:
- Work Integrated Learning
- Cross Cultural Learning and Development
- Placement Learning
- Learning and development on Study Year Abroad.
Plus optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):
- International Financial Management
- Investment Management
- Personal Financial Planning
- The Economics of Developing Countries
- Sustainable Business
- Events and Festivals Management
- Global Marketing Management
- Public Relations
- Interactive and Digital Marketing
- Competing Through Quality
- Project Management
- Coaching in Organisations
- Organisational Leadership
- HR Development and Knowledge Management
- International HRM
- International Business in the Emerging Markets
- Business Innovation and Growth
- Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practice
- Virtual Business
- Accounting for Managers
- Brand Management
- Retail Marketing and Management.
Plus, one major project from:
- Critical Business Enquiry Project
- Enterprise Project
- Applied Business Project
- Business Project.
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
You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, online exercises and simulation activities. You'll be expected to read independently to broaden and strengthen your learning.
You'll become a reflective learner and begin developing skills you'll need later on, such as self reliance and collaboration.
You'll develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills throughout. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.
You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters.
You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
If you complete the 'Coaching in Organisations' module you'll also be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Coaching.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
A placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.
We have a strong, growing network of placement organisations. Past students have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, the NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl in marketing, recruitment and other business areas.
Study year abroad
You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.
Students are selected for this through a competitive process.
In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to modern learning spaces and facilities.
In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated Business Librarian to support your research.
Study Skills will help you develop information literacy skills so you can find and evaluate resources.
The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book.
You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Developing crucial skills
This course helps you develop crucial skills to give you an edge in the graduate market.
From day one, you'll take part in skills workshops and employability sessions.
You'll learn how to present, write reports, critically analyse, evaluate and self-reflect. Find out how to interpret data, work in teams, deal with conflict and manage time. Become flexible, resilient and self-motivating.
This ability to adapt to different situations and work settings will make you attractive to future employers.
Careers / Further study
This course opens up a diverse range of career pathways. These include management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment.
Bristol has a strong labour market and employers highly value our course and students. We have good links with organisations and past graduates have secured roles with multinationals, small to medium enterprises and the public sector.
Many students take up graduate management schemes, go onto further study or progress to teaching and research careers.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to find out about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full time course
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years||945|
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement||1260|
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years||1260|
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement||1575|
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||315|
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 48
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Business and Management course.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333