About the course
This accelerated degree programme 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 and to get you into the world of work in a shorter time. It:
- Offers an intensive, fast track degree offering as much academic content in two years as conventional degrees.
- Allows you to start working and earning one year earlier.
- Allows you to make full use of the whole year
- Your degree will comprise a full 360 credit units, just like other Bachelor’s degree
How to apply
- You must apply directly to Canterbury Christ Church University for this course.
- To apply, click here: www.canterbury.ac.uk/online
You will need to ensure that you can study at an intensive pace as the degree requires you to undertake 180 credits of study each year.
To join the degree you will need to have at least:
- 112 UCAS points GCE A Levels: BCC/BBC *
- BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM *
- Access: Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be merit *
- OCR: OCR National Extended Diploma Merit *
- OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DMM *
- OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma – D*D*
** International * Baccalaureate: 26 points If you have relevant work experience, academic credit (e.g. from Foundation Degree or HND) it may be awarded towards your qualification or you may be able to enter into year two or three of a degree programme at London South East Colleges.
Additional Entry Requirements
GCSE: Maths and English grade C or above required
If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE 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.
What you will study
The first year is mainly in common with the BSc Business Studies programme, providing a solid grounding in managing the challenges of managing organisations, information technology, and analytical skills.
- You will study a range of modules that will give you a broadand balance knowledge of business. Students will develop their own interests as the course progresses, with these interests potentially forming the basis of your Year 2 Dissertation Research Project. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.
People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)
You will learn behavioural aspects of people management in organisations and effective decision making skills and how to make informed choices to influence organisational action to achieve organisational objectives.
Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction to business concepts and models. You will learn how to use information sources, research and analyse to apply these concepts to the practice of business.
Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)
The module provides an introduction to accounting and finance for those who are NOT majoring in accounting or finance.
Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
The module is designed to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. You will learn how marketing differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business.
Business Analysis (20 credits)
This module will help you develop a range of statistical and computing skills that can be used during the course of your academic programme and future careers in business. You will learn and engage in business and market research, statistics used in business, marketing, economics and finance. You will engage with published literature and various statistical techniques.
Economics (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip you with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation. You will analyse the operation of the individual market by means of demand and supply models.
Year 2 - Level 5
Management and Leadership (20 credits)
The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy, ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. You will explore a range of different perspectives on management and leadership with particular focus on particular issues.
Project Management (20 credits)
You will gain a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of the discipline of Project Management and will examine the role of project management through the application of a range of analytical models and tools as applied to a range of case studies. You will learn a range of topics in line with various project management methodology, such as the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BOK).
Human Resources Management (20 credits)
This module will equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts. The module is designed to introduce you to a broad range of issues and concepts in Human Resource Management (HRM). This module is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Program which gives you the opportunity to study particular CMI modules and gain qualification at * CMI Level 5 Units 6004, 5003 and 5011 on successful completion.
Research Method (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research. You will learn about the nature of academic research and the characteristics of an effective research plan. You will be introduced to a range of more complex statistical techniques that build on the understanding they developed in Year 1. The use of PASWS to input and analyse data quantitative data will be covered along with techniques for collecting and analysing qualitative data.
Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
What do we know about consumers and how can we manage our marketing activities to influence them to buy the products we take to market? The aim of the module is to develop a critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.
Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
Corporate and Business Law (CBL) develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary; and of compliance with the codes of ethics for professional accountants.
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.
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.
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.
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
Our teaching supports students in reaching your potential. We recognise a diversity of learning styles and techniques and offer a variety of means through which you can engage with the subject: lectures, seminars, and discussions, presentations, visiting speakers, digital materials, coursework and tutorials. We offer timely feedback from tutors and we also value the learning from students’ experiences with other work and organisations and support your reflections on your academic and personal development.
We encourage you 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. One of the key feature of learning and delivery of the programme is the development of digital learning thresholds (DLT). The purpose of DLT is to ensure consistency of the student learning experience and provide opportunities to use a range of technologies that are contextually-situated, with the Blackboard VLE being a major part.
Within the framework of programmes the teaching and learning strategy is designed to:
Recognise the diversity of learning styles and techniques of everyone and to employ a range of methods to build upon those currently comfortable to individual students but that also encourages practice and development in utilising other styles and techniques in order to increase your development toolkit;
Acknowledge your own experiences of business organisations and the learning as a result of these experiences;
Present a variety of activities through which you can become engaged with the subject, receive timely feedback on your learning and reflect upon your development;
Wherever possible meet the requirements of professional bodies so that future students will be able to claim exemptions from part of a professional qualification;
Encourage and support equality of opportunity across cultures, social backgrounds, gender and abilities;
Engage the contribution of experienced business persons to provide valuable case evidence;
Support the concept of student employability and general transferability across a range of careers through both formative and summative assessment of skills, and
Develop and enhance of a range of skills relevant to a career in business, management or accounting
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 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.
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 is informed by student feedback.
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.