BA (Hons) Business and Management
Our Business and Management Bachelors degree online enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the strategic and international dimensions of business and management. The course will provide you with the necessary expertise to critically evaluate business models and concepts and apply them to real-world situations.
Why study this subject?
Studying BA (Hons) Business and Management will prepare you for a wide range of careers as you develop knowledge of markets, customer behaviour, corporate strategy and project management. Opportunities exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors, not to mention the possibility of running your own business. If you are already working in your chosen field and looking to develop your career, the course includes flexible options that allow you to specialise in an area of business studies, for example marketing communications or business finance.
The Bachelors degree in Business and Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.
Level 4 modules:
Fundamentals of Effective Learning (15 credits) Business Environment (15 credits) Fundamentals of Marketing (15 credits) Business and Management Skills (15 credits) Introduction to Finance (15 credits) Human Resource Management (15 credits) Core Skills and Employability (30 credits)*
Level 5 modules:
Project Management (15 credits) Business Planning (15 credits) Marketing and Sales Management (15 credits) Operations Management (15 credits) Leadership and Managing Teams (15 credits) Financial Decision Making (15 credits) Work-Based Learning 2 (30 credits)*
Level 6 modules:
Business Strategy (15 credits) Global Business Environment (15 credits) Strategic Human Resource Management (15 credits) International Marketing Strategy (15 credits) Business and Management Project (30 credits) Business Finance (15 credits) Business Law (15 credits)
Teaching methods and style
Unlike a traditional university environment, our online degree courses utilise a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments.
You are supported throughout your business and management course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.
Methods of assessment
We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Business and management assignments are based on real life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.
You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.
We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:
- showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
- the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
- assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
- ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser;
- the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism. On successful completion of your Bachelors degree in Business and Management, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
A business and management degree will equip you with a wide range of skills making you highly prized by employers in a variety of industries and professions.
The in-depth understanding our graduates gain in their studies has led to careers in areas as such as consultancy, human resources management, operations management, marketing, finance and accounting, as well as general management.
We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our BA (Hons) Business and Management degree programme:
1 - Academic Entry Route
In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our BA (Hons) Business and Management degree programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
- Two A-levels, or equivalent; plus
- If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.
2 - Open Entry Route
We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.
Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.
Students admitted via this route will be allowed to start the course and make an assessment of whether it is right for them during the first three weeks. All applicants must pass their first assignment set during this time in order to continue with their studies.
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Last updated October 26, 2016