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Business Studies - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our Business Studies BA (Hons) degree is an exciting and innovative business course without traditional assessment structures, more in-tune with the modern business culture. The course prepares you for either graduate employment or self-employment and is a great way to build on previous business study at BTEC level. At the end of the course you’ll have developed a professional video CV profile and gained valuable work experience.

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The Business Studies BA (Hons) degree will fine-tune your approach to business, helping you prepare for your professional career. The broad areas this degree covers includes finance, accounting, management, marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship, and will provide you with a good understanding of how a business is run, from operations to people management.

Studying this degree gives you access to the University’s Bloomberg terminals where you’ll use real-time data to analyse, model and inform your decision making, preparing you for the challenges of the real world. You’ll also use Synergy technology and a "flipped learning" approach to enable collaboration and group work, building interpersonal skills and encouraging communication.

Our teaching staff includes award-winning, research-active and practising professionals, all ready to guide you with their experience and knowledge of the industry. We also invite visiting professors from the industry to further enhance your lectures and seminars.

The course places a strong emphasis on employability and you'll develop a wide range of skills to take with you into your business career. The knowledge you acquire will constantly be linked to real world business situations, giving you extensive experience of the industry. This is built through practical projects and our work-related learning module where you'll experience all aspects of working life in a business environment. You'll also benefit from The Accelerator, our business incubator in Shoreditch which provides you with support, guidance and valuable networks to help you turn your business ideas into reality.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through coursework, presentations, practical projects and seen time-constrained assignments.

You should have:

  • BTEC Level 3 in Extended Diploma business or related subjects
  • Level 2 English and Maths

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    Understanding and Managing Marketing Information introduces students to data-based marketing decision making and provides students with the practical experience of using Excel and SPSS to analyse, present and interpret marketing data. The module adopts an applied, problem-solving approach and aims to equip students with the relevant quantitative and information management skills required by employers within the marketing industry.

    The module examines how market, consumer and transactional data can be transformed into information to aid marketing mix decision making and improve the effectiveness of the marketing effort.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The focus of this module is business. What is it? What drives it? What makes it successful? Are there ideal environments in which businesses start, grow and mature? Are there ideal types of businesses?
    The turbulent and disruptive upheavals of the twenty-first century, including natural disasters, corporate failures, financial crisis, recession and austerity have prompted a review of the traditional view of business and enterprise as encompassing large organisations in a steady state of long-term planning. Today the dynamic of how business is conducted is changing. Recent research (DfBIS, 2011) has shown that 50% of private sector turnover is generated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition, the DfBIS, (2011) suggests that, “60% of private sector jobs (almost 14 million) are provided by SMEs”.

    This module provides students with an insight into the world of business. It examines various types of businesses and how they work. It explores the environment and its impact on the survival, success and growth of an enterprise. It covers the practical functions of business and enterprise such as sources of funding; marketing; communication; the theory and practice of selling; supply chains; the highly competitive global marketplace and e-business. It provides an underpinning of the operations function and an introduction to the concept of quality.

    The module is cognisant of the increasing contribution of SMEs to the economy and provides a focus on the knowledge and skills students need to qualify them as employees of choice in high potential small dynamic businesses. The module seeks to foster students’ embryonic seeds of ambition to be enterprising employers of the future by setting up and running their own company.

    The module features an interactive business simulation designed to replicate the multidimensional nature of business and management. It encapsulates fundamental cross-functional disciplines such as sales, marketing, operations and finance. Student teams are progressively led through major decisions including human resources through to strategy as they manage their own virtual company. Student teams compete against each other in an online multiplayer environment.

    This simulation provides invaluable hands on experience for students, requiring them to analyse data, collaborate with each other, and make managerial decisions. By bringing concepts to life it also encourages them to engage with the theoretical material they are learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    The module introduces students to key aspects of the corporate environment. It focuses on the economic and legal context in which modern corporations operate. An understanding of the economic environment for businesses is crucial as the market place becomes more globalised and competitive. Hence, a comprehensive overview of topics such as demand and supply, market structures, consumer behaviour, international trade, economic growth, foreign exchange market will be discussed. Similarly, students will study a range of topics designed to introduce them to the essential aspects of business law including the classification of law, sources of law, dispute resolution and elements of a contract. Where relevant these topics will focus on issues from a domestic, European and international perspective.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces data collection and presentation skills in the context of Business Management. It provides underpinning skills required to deal with numerical information and to make effective use of mathematical and statistical methods of data analysis and interpretation. In other words it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods necessary for business. The module also introduces the principles of accounting and finance, preparation and interpretation of cash flow and other financial statements and methods of investment appraisal. Overall, this module provides analytical and communications skills relevant to understanding business Information with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of Business Management.
    The module provides the skills and knowledge required for later modules that develop the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Business Management.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module introduces students to the key quantitative and qualitative techniques that are used to solve problems in the business world. The module picks up the knowledge and skills provided at level 4 in Understanding Business Information. It expands on the fundamentals and basics to enhance students’ understanding of the role of data and the use of statistical techniques in business.
    The module also provides a grounding in research methods which prepares students for their level 6 research and dissertation.

    In addition, the module provides students with the key concepts in management accounting including management budgeting, prediction and forecasting, risk assessment, working capital, and capital investment.

    Skills taught on this module will include advanced use of Excel as well as the use of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The Management of People is a vital aspect of any manager’s job, whether they are Entrepreneurs; Line Managers; Operations, Marketing, Production, Logistics, Human Resource or Managers of any other specialist discipline. Successful Management & Leadership can make a huge difference to the well-being and thus the performance of an individual. This ultimately assists the organisation to meet its strategic objectives. This module seeks to introduce the Non-HR student to the field of Organisational Behaviour (OB), Human Resource Management (HRM) and related People Management (PM) activities & interventions from a generalist perspective. It is intended that this will give them the vital insight into various aspects of people management regardless of their professional outlook.

    The module provides a thorough grounding in the essential elements of organisational design (OD) and HRM within contemporary organisations. In such contexts, people management policies and practices delivering innovation, adaptability, creativity, change and quality are seen as essential elements in organisational effectiveness and in helping to meet the needs of a diverse range of stakeholders.

    The challenges to organisations and to effective people management presented by developments in markets, technologies and by social and political change are explored in detail and through examination of a variety of material: case studies, e-enabled HR examples and academic and practitioner literature. The module considers options available to managers in responding to and in some cases, anticipating these challenges.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    In the current global climate it is imperative that marketers keep pace with the dramatic and far-reaching changes of the digital age. This module introduces students to the fast-moving world of digital marketing technologies and their applications. It presents theoretical frameworks and models which are relevant to digital marketing practice. It examines the development of supporting technologies for digital marketing and examines digital channels and their suitability for inclusion for effective integrated online and off line marketing programmes and campaigns. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), customer acquisition and retention, display advertising, advergaming, mobile marketing, email marketing, viral marketing, online PR, affiliate marketing, social media, video and etailing, are all explored in detail. It introduces students to digital marketing metrics and related legislation, regulation and codes of practice related to digital marketing. LMBS PRME objective ethics and entrepreneurshipwill be addressed in this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module introduces and explores a range of key topics related to organisation studies. A broad range of organisation theories are drawn upon to encourage students to develop a critical approach towards their understanding and analysis of key issues within contemporary organisations.

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Year 3 modules include:

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The module equips aspiring managers with the skills and techniques required to critically analyse contemporary organisations and to develop realistic, creative, and informed proposals for future strategic direction and change implementation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 140 hours can be completed in 20 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    • Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    • The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with School teams to provide this support. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module is offered as an option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.
    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module introduces most of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), as defined by the Project Management Institute – PMI, http://www.pmi.org/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module therefore includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and teams.

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  • Selling is an essential function of business. This module provides students with the opportunity to gain and develop essential selling knowledge and skills. Students who successfully complete this module and Strategy Choice & Impact, will also achieve the ISMM Level 6 Certificate in Strategic Sales Management.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Business and Enterprise
  • The Dynamics of Business Economics
  • Introduction to Finance and Accounting
  • Using Business Data

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Business Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Funding Businesses
  • Work-based Learning module (option)
  • Marketing for the Digital Age
  • Accelerator module (option)
  • Business modules (option)
  • Professional Experience Year Placement (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Strategy in Action
  • Finance in Action (option)
  • Accelerator module (option)
  • Work-based Learning module (option)
  • business modules
  • Project or Dissertation

As a graduate of this degree you’ll be placed in the best possible position after graduation to pursue rewarding and successful careers in business and management. The transferable skills this degree offers also opens up careers in marketing, media, advertising, finance, accounting, human resources and sales. Graduates can also launch their own businesses or go on to postgraduate study in a specialist area in business.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Visit UCAS for more details.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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