About the course
This is a one-year daytime top-up (day) course if you have already achieved either a foundation degree, HND or two years from an accredited university (240 credits) in a business related subject. It is designed to prepare you for active participation in the management of business. It includes building a wide range of personal skills and experience demanded by employers. It is offered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.
How to apply
- UCAS Code N105
- You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
- The institution code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10
What you will study
You will study a range of modules that will give you a broad and balance knowledge of business and develop your own interests as the course progresses, with these interests potentially forming the basis of your Year 3 Dissertation Research Project.
Foundation Degree or HND in Business, Management or related subjects
Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Additional Entry Requirements
If you do not have the above requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.
Level 6 Modules
Strategic Management (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate your suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change. The module will provide an overview of the concept of strategy and its management in organisations evaluating both the internal and external environments. An emphasis will be placed on helping you understand the competitive nature of business across all three sectors, and on the pragmatic application of tools and concepts in pursuit of organisational improvement.
Service Management (20 credits)
The module will provide you with an appreciation of the significant issues relating to management in the service sector and the management of the service provision in all sectors, focusing on the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.
Knowledge Management (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an understanding of the main concepts and theories of business and organisational knowledge and a practical perspective on its management in the private and public sectors. The module will cover the nature of knowledge, looking at epistemological issues impacting the typologies and sources of knowledge and exploring the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge.
Business Ethics (20 credits)
The module is designed to help you develop, an understanding of ethical theory, the ability to apply relevant theory to business situations, and to encourage you to develop your own individual perspective as ethical decision makers. The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, the traditional and post-modern ethical theories to develop an appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will examine and apply contrasting theories using topical examples from business practice and will evaluate the relevance of concepts in today’s business environment.
Dissertation (40 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills and the principles of research design. You will learn how to produce a brief research proposal and will benefit from individual and group tutorial support giving you the opportunity to discuss the nature, scope and suitability of the proposed study before it receives approval. You will undertake an extended research project in the area of your choice under the supervision of a member of the University Centre.
A wide variety of assessment methods are employed to develop both academic and professional skills. There is a balance of coursework assessment and examinations in this programme. Coursework will involve the use of essays, reports, presentations, computer- based projects, reflective and critical assignment, research activities and case studies. These will enable you to research and review a wide range of business practice and apply your learning. Examinations and Time-constrained assessments (TCA) are used to recognise end of module achievement, particularly where professional body accreditation is offered, and may involve unseen or open-book exercises.
The college takes a serious view on plagiarism. Student are introduced to ways to avoid plagiarism and are expected to familiarise themselves with the policy and guidance surrounding this area. Information can be found on the associated virtual learning environments (VLE) and learning resource centres (LRC).
You will receive feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your
Module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days from final submission.
COST AND LOANS
You can apply for a student loan for this course.
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.
You will be required to cover the cost of:
- Text books
- Travel to other sites - Where required
- Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable
- Printing and photocopying - Ypu will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning
- Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.
Our teaching supports students in reaching their potential in the course. We recognise the diversity of learning styles and techniques they will use and offer a variety of means through which they can engage with the subject: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, visiting speakers, digital materials, coursework and tutorials.
We offer timely feedback from tutors. We also value the learning from students’ experiences with other work and organisations and support their reflections on their academic and personal development. We encourage them to develop skills relevant to life and work as well as for academic study. Typically, teaching takes place in face to face mode and in on-line environments and is informed by student feedback.
Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) with 6 hours tutorial time available across the entire student cohort and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Our classes are delivered in smaller groups, enabling students to learn and develop understanding using more formative assessments. To enhance student learning your module tutor may direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For each 20-credit module, your study time away from the college is about 10 hours a week. On average, you should expect to study for 30 hours per week during term time.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 14 contact hours per week.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
INDEPENDENT LEARNING AND OVERALL WORKLOAD
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For the Extended Essay in year two, and the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.
Your overall workload typically consists of 14 contact hours. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be field trips.
For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.
A University Centre has close links with the college’s Business School and benefit from the Employers Advisory Board that has established partnerships with representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.
Our faculty staff have a wide range of industry and academic experience and deliver the vast majority of lectures and seminars. We recognise the importance of continuing professional development and the accreditation of awards relating to the HE Sector, such as HEA recognition.
A good BSc (Hons) Business award enables you to continue your studies towards a Master Degree or Membership of professional institutions in areas such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You will be equipped with skills to enter into a corporate business career, start your own business or enter into more creative industries. The good thing about a business degree is that it can open the door to many opportunities.