The current industry requirement of graduates is that not only are they able to manage business processes, but continuously identify opportunities, solve problems and develop growth avenues. This course will equip students for a future career as corporate entrepreneurs within a large and growing organisation or as an entrepreneur running his/her own business.
The Course includes an ‘Enterprise Based Learning’ module, whereby students will manage a real micro-business thereby augmenting the theoretical element of the course with a practical and hence experiential learning opportunity.
In addition to business acumen, the course aims to develop valuable and transferable skills and knowledge in enterprise management, project planning, opportunity development, creative thinking and innovation.
This course runs for a single season and enables students with level 5 pre-requisite qualifications to ‘top up’ to a full BA degree award with honours. The Course comprises six modules, each of which has an academic value of 20 credits. These modules include the following (note that there are no optional modules in this course):
This comprehensive module addresses many facets of management practice and aims to provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in middle management.
Business Research: Principles and Practice
This module equips students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake a research project. Students will therefore be introduced to the tools and techniques they will need to conduct a real investigation into a business problem.
This module aims to develop a conceptual and critical understanding of the internal and external factors that affect the development of a business strategy within an organisation.
This module focuses on the role of creativity, product and service design and development, knowledge and technology innovation at different levels of business.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
This module introduces students to the particular problems and opportunities experienced in adopting or ignoring business ethics and corporate social responsibility. The module also aims to develop a critical understanding of sustainable business issues and how they can be managed, promoted and developed in a business context.
Enterprise Based Learning (Project)
The module provides the opportunity for students to synthesize their learning from previous studies and apply their knowledge and skills to support the sustainability and growth of a social enterprise that will be launched and managed at the University campus.
The course is delivered as a blended approach with a balanced mix of face-to-face and online learning activity.
The course includes a field visit to a real organisation that promotes experiential learning opportunities.
Students will be expected to fully engage with the course and attend lectures, workshops and tutorials.
The assessment process is varied in order to enhance learning potential and includes portfolios, essays, presentations and reports.
There are no formal examinations in this course.
The University campus includes a large and modern library facility with extensive learning resources with many quiet areas for study. The course also provides students with a vast range of additional learning resources that are accessible online.
The Course Leader is Paul Peachey, who is proud to boast an outstanding team of lecturers. Each lecturer is highly knowledgeable and very friendly, and all put the student foremost in their minds.
All lecturers on this course operates an ‘open door’ policy. In most cases, there is no need to ‘book’ an appointment to meet a lecturer – unless they are particularly busy at the time, they will meet you there and then.
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
Successful completion of a HND in Business Studies or Business & Accounting, a Foundation Degree in Business Studies, Service Sector Management or Retail Management, or an equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma in Higher Education or ILM Leadership and Management (Level 5).
Consideration will be made on an individual basis for alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience providing students can demonstrate sufficient related knowledge and understanding to equip them for level 6 study in a business discipline. Applicants will need to demonstrate 240 credits (or equivalent) and the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy may feature in the decision to offer a place on the course.
For international students, information can be found on the University’s website and international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. If you wish to study an individual paper/s please state which paper/s in the Personal Statement section of the application form.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The course is highly beneficial to those who may wish to work for an employer that focuses on innovation and/or corporate entrepreneurship.
The course does not offer placements. However, the Enterprise Based Learning module requires students to manage a real social enterprise from the University campus and therefore promotes leadership, analytical, organisational and management skills in a real-life setting.
Once graduated, students may decide to start a business of their own or engage in corporate entrepreneurship, i.e. apply entrepreneurial activity within an organisation. Graduates that possess such entrepreneurial skills, attitude and approaches are increasingly sought after by employers in the highly competitive modern business environment.