About the course

The degree is designed to prepare people for active participation in the management of business. It includes building a wide range of personal skills and the experience demanded by employers. Studying for a higher education award in business will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a career in business. BSc (Hons) Business is a full-time programme offered with Canterbury Christ Church University. It is a three-year programme, with the first two years of study taking place with us and the final year either with us or at Canterbury Christ Church University.

How to apply

  • UCAS Code 5T11
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths
  • Or Business Level 3 Access to HE Diploma
  • Or Business Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Or other business-related Level 3 qualifications
  • You will require a minimum of 72 UCAS points

Additional Entry Requirements

Mature applicants, without the normal entry requirements, are encouraged to apply and will be accepted if there is evidence of their ability to succeed.

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

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

You will study a range of modules that will give you a board and balance knowledge of business. Students will develop their own interests as the course progresses, with these interests potentially forming the basis of your Year 3 Dissertation Research Project. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.

  • MODULE INFORMATION

    Year 1

    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

    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). 

    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. 

    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. 

    Year 3

    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.

     

  • ASSESSMENT

    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.

  • 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 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) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Students will typically have around 12 contact hours per week with additional academic tutoring outside of these hours.

    Our classes are delivered in smaller groups, enabling students to learn and develop understanding using more formative assessments.

    Modules are split over two semesters with 60 credits studied on each semester, with the exception of modules that 40 credit bearing, such as the Dissertations Research Project.  Delivery of most modules will typically consist of a 4 hours in total, with one hour interactive lecture and a two hours seminar/workshop, and one hour follow up tutorial per week.  There is also contact time allocated to provide students with further tutorial support outside of the classroom.

    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.

    Specialist features

    The college recognises the additional support needs required by some students.  Support and guidance is available to students to assess their learning needs and eligibility.  

    Our students with ALS (Additional Learning Support) needs benefit from personalised learning support to help them successfully progress through their programme of study.

  • CONTACT HOURS

    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.  

    You will use industry-standard software. You will have access to specialist facilities throughout your course.

    In year 2, you will undertake a 12 week placement with an external organisation. Your final year project will based on a live brief from a relevant industry.  

    Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

  • 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. 

  • INDUSTRY LINKS

    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.

  • ACADEMIC INPUT

    The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. 

    All our team members hold teaching qualifications. They have experience in delivering student centred teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

    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.

  • PROGRESSION

    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.

  • Full Time (Bromley) Starts 9 September 2019
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    Key Facts

    Level:
    Higher Education / Degree
    Location:
    Bromley
    Start Date:
    9 September 2019
    Type of study:
    Canterbury Christ Church University BSc (Hons)
    Delivery:
    Day

    Fees

    16-18
    Must be Aged 18 or above on the 1/8/19
    18+
    TBC

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