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Why study this course

Support linked to academic writing and settling into degree level study

Subject specific modules taught by industry experts

Be fully prepared to undertake your BA (Hons) in Business

Alongside a traditional degree achieve a CMI level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Marketing

Course summary

If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain, the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction to what it means to be a university student and prepares you for effective undergraduate study. In your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary academic skills and knowledge to progress successfully in your chosen subject. You will also engage in a series of bespoke subject sessions delivered by experts, designed to introduce you to your chosen subject area.

Find out more about our Foundation Year programme.

The BA (Hons) Business programme provides a thorough grounding in a range of business subjects including marketing, finance, management, entrepreneurship and leadership, the chance to work with a wide variety of organisations through our links with industry and the opportunity to develop projects and expertise in areas that you are interested in.

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BA (Hons)

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4 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

The BA (Hons) Business programme provides a thorough grounding in a range of business subjects including marketing, finance, management, entrepreneurship and leadership, the chance to work with a wide variety of organisations through our links with industry and the opportunity to develop projects and expertise in areas that you are interested in.

This programme equips you for both employment and self-employment and gives you the confidence to succeed in the business world. Modules are contemporary in nature and tackle key issues facing organisations and society head on.

Modules are taught and assessed using a variety of active learning techniques where you are encouraged to take charge of your own learning through engaging with academic knowledge and research, tutors, external organisations, and your peers. Your assignments are developed in conjunction with industry experts and throughout the duration of your programme you will be given live briefs to fulfil for your clients. You will have the opportunityto undertake a work placementas part of the programme,and an international field trip(extra-curricular) (that you will be required to self-fund) in the second year of the programme.

This programme is best suited to individuals with a ‘can do’ attitude who want to go the extra mile to develop their business and professional skills throughout the duration of their studies.

What you will study

As a student on this course, you may study some or all of the modules listed below.

In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practise and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.

You will learn about a range of resources and practise locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.

This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.

Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.

The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Environment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.

This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.

Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models.

Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.

This module will explore the environments in which organisations operate and will equip you with the ability to understand and analyse the interrelatedness of organisations and their environments. You will explore the dynamics of the modern business environment and links will be made to business planning and achieving competitive advantage. Factors impacting on an organisation’s internal environment including the impact of legal status on the governance of an organisation, the purpose of mission and vision statements and the impact of organisational values and ethics on decision-making will be explored. This module will further explore the determinants of supply and demand in the marketplace and an understanding of market structures. You will be challenged to explore how internal and external organisational environment(s) can influence stakeholders to act and behave. You will also be introduced to the concept of stakeholder management and will develop knowledge regarding the management of stakeholder relationships. This will provide the foundation to build and develop a wider understanding of the business environment as you progress through the programme.

This module seeks to develop your understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing environments. The role and function of marketing within organisations is explored as are the factors that influence consumer behaviour. The influence of stakeholders on an organisation’s approach to marketing will be evaluated within this module through a scenario-based approach. You will be introduced to the key components of the marketing environment and will be actively encouraged and enabled to collect and utilise relevant information about the marketing environment within this module. Individuals will learn to confidently apply tools such as a SWOT analysis in order to understand the factors in an organisation’s marketing environment which impact on the marketing of a product or service. You will thus develop an understanding of the concepts and elements which make up the marketing mix and how these are applied in context to market products or services. Furthermore, you will develop an understanding regarding the strategic importance of marketing and the role of marketing in supporting the achievement of organisational objectives.

This module equips you with a firm basis of academic and professional skills required for success at university and in the graduate career market. This module assists you to transition into Higher Education and to develop your own performance in terms of the skills / competencies and behaviours used within twenty-first century organisations. The module will introduce individuals to reflective practice, personal and professional development planning, team work and professional behaviour including business etiquette. Developing you as an academic scholar will form a key part of this module and you will have the opportunity to develop skills in reading, researching, referencing, writing and presenting. You will also be supported to develop your digital capabilities and to use appropriate technical software. Working styles will be nurtured by pinpointing development needs through individual and group work to cultivate intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Your role as a new professional within a team will be examined and you will explore theoretical models, management and leadership styles and approaches designed to promote a culture of mutual trust, respect and support. You will develop an understanding of how to develop, manage and lead teams and furthermore will understand approaches to achieving a balance of skills and experience in teams.

This module equips you with the basic financial management skills to enable the development of sound financial acumen needed to ensure decision-making in financial management. These basic financial management skills are essential for success in business regardless of whether an organisation has a dedicated finance department. The module will explore the role of the finance function, the benefits and drawback of various sources of finance, current regulatory compliance and key financial documents including budgets, cashflows, balance sheets and profit and loss accounts. The role of financial information for business decision-making purposes will be analysed.

This module is designed to introduce you to digital marketing. This module is applied in its nature and challenges you to develop a digital marketing plan that will aid an organisation to achieve specific digital goals through careful consideration of selected marketing channels such as paid, earned, and owned media. This module brings you to the forefront of modern practices: bridging the gap between theory and its practical application. You will thus explore a variety of current and emerging online and offline digital marketing tools and platforms in order to make recommendations to a client regarding your digital marketing strategy. This module enhances your understanding of Business 4.0 organisations such as Amazon, Google, Netflix and Uber and will encourage you to analyse how these organisations have optimised the digital advantage to create customer value. You will consider how Industry 4.0 has revolutionised marketing and led to marketing innovations including Artificial Intelligence, Conversational marketing in real time using chatbots, personal brand influencers, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), omnipresence, internet marketing, relationship and mobile marketing.

This module develops your critical awareness of the principles, techniques and methods of business and management research. This module equips you with the ability to analyse and manage data and information and to understand the use of data and information in decision-making. You will evaluate the use of data and information in decision-making, will examine the types of data and information used within this process and will become familiar with a variety of research methods and analytical techniques used in business and related research. You will determine the impact of stakeholder needs on the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and information for decision-making and will be able to justify the tools and techniques employed. Furthermore, you will become familiar with a variety of techniques that can be used to present data and information. You will also be able to analyse the impact of organisational and legal frameworks on the use of data and information in decision-making and will be able to evaluate the ethical issues impacting research and data management.

The module provides you with a thorough introduction to economics with a specific emphasis on macroeconomics. The module builds on the knowledge gained in the Organisational Environments and Behaviour module at Level 4. You are introduced to key economic concepts, theories and economic policies and will gain an understanding of how such factors influence the world of business. The module explores how the health of the macroeconomic environment and the decisions taken within it (by countries and governments) influences the subsequent actions taken within the microenvironment. You will develop an understanding of how to measure and define the health of an economy and will understand how monetary and fiscal policy can be used to influence and pursue economic health (stable/ rising GDP). The module will encourage you to critique and explore the notion that countries, organisations and individuals make decisions in your own interests and subject to constraints.

This module equips you with an understanding of CSR and sustainability in global and organisational contexts. This module will empower you to take positive action as informed global citizens in line with The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. The Agenda provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. These SDGs will therefore underpin the teaching and learning ethos of this module. Through undertaking the module, you will begin to develop the knowledge and skills required to develop practices for managing and leading Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability in an organisational setting. The approaches taken to manage and lead CSR and sustainability differ according to the genre and purposes of the individual organisations. Hence the critical exploration of case studies will help support you to develop a fuller understanding of CSR / sustainability in a variety of organisational contexts. You will take positive action within this module by working together as part of BGU's Enactus team to actively tackle global challenges. This experiential approach affords you the opportunity to engage with the world’s largest experiential learning platform. (Enactus is a global network of global business, academic and student leaders unified by one vision—to create a better, more sustainable world.)

This module provides you with a foundation in the theory and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM). You will develop a broad understanding of HRM and how its practices are applied in a business context. You will be challenged to engage with research and insight from the Chartered Institute of People and Development; the professional body for experts in people at work, and to develop an understanding of how HRM has evolved over time. You will come to appreciate that through the people professionals who work within it, the HR function helps an organisation deliver its corporate strategy and objectives by effectively recruiting and developing people and managing your performance. You will explore employment legislation and will develop an understanding of the factors that impact recruitment and selection. Furthermore, you will understand the rationale for workforce planning.

This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the meaning of equality, diversity and inclusion. Equality, diversity and inclusion are important drivers of organisational performance, benefiting staff and stakeholders. For you to be effective as future fit employees and aspiring managers and leaders it is key that your everyday sense of ‘normal’ and the lenses that impact on how you see and interpret the world around you are explored. These individual lenses through which a person sees, frame the attitude and response to a changing world brought ever closer by globalisation. Thus, through undertaking this module, you will come to understand that promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management and that it is about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. Furthermore, you will come to understand that in order to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it is vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone is encouraged and enabled to participate and achieve their potential. You will develop an understanding of UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others. You will come to appreciate that this sets the minimum standards, and that an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance seeking to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement. Through undertaking this module, you will be empowered to champion equality, diversity and inclusion and to challenge others to do the same if / where needed.

This module focuses on developing your knowledge and skills to manage projects successfully. Throughout this module you will be encouraged to reflect on how you have approached previous projects throughout the duration of your degree studies to date and to identify opportunities for further skills development ahead of completing your capstone project at Level 6. During this module, you will identify, evaluate and utilise methods and tools for planning tasks and activities, as well as extending your knowledge of how to implement and manage project activities, build stakeholder relationships, manage resources and risk, monitor progress and report on outcomes. The ability to manage projects and work as a wider project team member is a vital skill for all managers. During this module, you will work collaboratively in small groups adopting a project-based learning approach to develop the requisite skills to manage projects effectively in order to achieve results. A hands-off approach to formal taught delivery will prevail and you will be challenged to further develop your employability skills through adopting a self-starting and self-managed approach to achieving learning gain.

This module has been designed to assist you to further develop your understanding of the world of work and to bridge the gap between your academic studies and future employment. You are encouraged to personalise your learning experience from this module and will undertake a minimum of a 30-hour work placement. Regardless of the number of learning experiences that you select, the intent of the work placement experience should focus on identifying and developing a range of personal and employability skills. You are encouraged to complete the Graduate Attributes Excellence Award as part of this module. The experiential learning from this module culminates in a practical assessment where you showcase your skills development in readiness for employment / self-employment.

This module introduces you to the principles of managing and leading individuals, teams and organisations and provides an opportunity for you to evaluate and understand approaches for supporting, motivating and inspiring others to meet and exceed expectations. You will use case study examples to extend your knowledge and understanding and to review best practice in the workplace. An in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches to leading and managing effectively will thus prevail. Furthermore, you will analyse and evaluate the merits of various methods that can be used to monitor organisational, individual and team performance. Managing and leading in both physical and remote environments as well as in hybrid settings whereby individuals typically have more freedom to work when and where they choose will also be explored.

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to business plan for start-up. This module is practical in nature and provides you with the opportunity to create a business plan for a commercially viable product or service through a workshop approach. You will create a plan that will guide you in defining your unique selling proposition (USP) and give you clarity of the marketplace in which you choose to operate. You will be supported to seek out relevant enterprise guidance and support from outside agencies such as the local chamber of commerce and The FSB and will be encouraged to test start-up ideas in a safe environment using the facilities and expertise of the on-site business incubation centre BG Futures.

This module will enhance your understanding of organisational strategy and the resulting strategic management challenges in an ever-changing world. It will introduce a range of contemporary models and concepts for building a firm's competitive strategy and corporate strategy and will develop your ability to evaluate and select strategies appropriate to case organisations including strategies where profit is of secondary, or no importance. In today’s risk-filled business environment, it can be hard for organisations and managers to have confidence that their plans and strategies will play out as expected. Strategic risks can strike more swiftly than ever before, hastened along by rapidly emerging and changing business trends and technological innovations such as social media, mobile and big data. Thus; managing strategic risk has become a high priority for organisations and developing these skills is therefore essential for the next generation of leaders. In real terms; this module will help you make sense of the strategies and strategic management of organisations around you and will challenge you to develop your analytical and decision-making skills in order to evaluate and make strategic choices and options that balance risk with opportunity.

This module will provide you with an understanding of the environment in which international business takes place and an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges globalisation and international business presents. This module seeks to develop your awareness of the importance of a range of contemporary issues and developments in international business and to enable you to confidently evaluate the impact of such issues and developments on the conduct and performance of international business. The module will examine the international political, technological, social, economic, legal and cultural environments that impact on organisations and will further explore international competitiveness, regulatory regimes and international governance. Factors such as environmentalism, ethics and corporate social responsibility will also be explored, as will approaches to international recruitment and the implications for effective international management.

This module provides you with the opportunity to explore social innovation and entrepreneurship. You will review and analyse; the characteristics of social entrepreneurship, innovative, up-to-date research on the ecosystems of social entrepreneurship, the behaviour of social entrepreneurs, their ability to produce social innovation, social capital and social inclusion, and the role of stakeholders in fostering socially oriented businesses. You will be encouraged and supported to network with social entrepreneurs in order to explore first-hand the diversity of the social enterprise sector. In networking with social entrepreneurs you will consider the motivations and role of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in the modern world.

This module provides you with the opportunity to continue to develop and demonstrate the critical knowledge and understanding gained on your degree programme so far. The module will introduce you to the many ways in which researchers might choose to collect and analyse data and produce scientific and rigorous research. You will therefore gain an insight into research methods and the ethical considerations involved in conducting research. It will give you an appropriate base of knowledge by which you can start to make your own research decisions and complete a research project of your own design. The module affords you an opportunity to develop knowledge on how to create appropriate research aims, questions, and objectives, appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, and the ethics of research. This module is supported with a number of classroom-based activities (i.e. lectures, seminars, and workshops) introducing you to the types of research methods and issues identified above. A research and ethics proposal template will also be provided, the submission of which will form the culmination of this module.

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a research-based project, drawing on academic advice as well as your own interests and intellectual skills, to produce a substantial written dissertation. You conduct your research by addressing self-formulated questions, supported by the critical selection, evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary source material. By these means you will devise and sustain a core argument, and /or solve relevant business problems. The dissertation module affords you an opportunity to extend your knowledge in a topic area of your choice related to the programme and to produce an extended project that will provide a strong talking point for future interviews, or for applications to further study. Thus, this module offers the potential for enhanced employability through demonstrating a deep understanding of the application of business theory and skills to analyse and evaluate real world situations. This module is supported with whole class workshops at various intervals during the semester; these seek to guide the management research process and the successful presentation of a business dissertation. You also benefit from individual tutors (one-to-one supervision during the semester with your supervisor who closely monitor and advise on the development of appropriate, distinctive, and critical arguments in respect of the chosen subject of study.

Entry requirements

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GCSE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.

Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.

Further information

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The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year.

How you will be taught

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.


During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliographies, presentations, digital technologies, reflective journals, and academic essays. All modules involve early, small, and frequent informal and formal assessments so as to be supportive and build confidence, while ensuring development of the core academic skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, diverse, and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support comprehensive preparation for undergraduate study. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and personal reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

Formal exams are not used on this programme. Instead, a range of assessments are used which are relevant to the individual demands of the subject matter and enable students to participate in a varied and engaging educational experience.

Careers & Further study

BGU has a strong reputation for developing highly skilled, sought-after, employable graduates. The Business and Enterprise team are committed to developing employable graduates and the curriculum has been designed to enhance employability at all levels of study. Employability is seen as an intrinsic aspect of all degree programmes offered by BGU and Graduate Attributes are embedded within each undergraduate programme. The Business and Enterprise team, pride themselves on being able to assist students acquire the skills they need to foster their initiative and creativity as responsible global citizens.

Career paths directly related to this programme include:

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