BA (Hons) Business and Management

The BA (Hons) Business and Management course has been designed with student graduate employability at its core. Accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute, as well a national Higher Education guidelines, means that students are developing real skills which employers value and expect a business graduate to possess.

This degree is aimed at applicants who have aspirations to become the business managers and leaders of tomorrow, and have a keen interest in finding out what makes a business tick. Students will be stretched and challenged to think critically about theories, frameworks and ideas related to business and management, in a supportive and progressive learning environment.

In addition to their BA (Hons) Business and Management degree, students completing the course will graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, taking graduates a step closer to being recognised with Chartered Manager status. Students also get a minimum of 10 weeks of work experience in industry during their second year of study with a range of fantastic employers in the region - maximising their employability.

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N201 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
N202 Sandwich 4 Years September Newport City C
N202 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N201 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
N202 Sandwich 4 Years September Newport City C
N202 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

The course is structured based on two 10-week blocks in each year, with immersive learning events happening at the beginning and end of each block of study at each level

Year 1 Business and Management - Introduction to Contemporary Management Challenges

The first year of study focuses on management and looks at the different functions of business and how they inter-relate.

In the first teaching block in year 1, students will study the following modules:

People, Work and Society

Students will look at the experience of people in the workplace and the impact this has on wider society. The module looks at some of the historical and more modern approaches to management in the workplace, including the advent of technologies (for example automation and artificial intelligence) which are reshaping the workplace and the skills people require. This also leads to the impact of new workplace technologies on society in general.

Economics, Law and the Business Environment

The module helps students consider the internal and external environment and how it impacts on the current decision making and future direction of business. Looking at the importance of economic and legal factors, students will assess the impact these key external pressures, building scenarios of how this can force change in business. In addition, the internal organisational environment will be considered to understand the capabilities of companies to deal with change.

Becoming a Professional; Critical Enquiry

Students will be assisted in the transition to learning in Higher Education with the first of the skills based modules which will provide an introduction to thinking critically and crucial research skills which provide the foundation for the next 3 years of study.

In the second teaching block in year 1, students will study the following modules:

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module assesses the importance of recognising and managing the holistic supply chain as being increasingly seen as a key constituent of any organisations' ability to deliver value to its customers and stakeholders.

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour

Marketing is the management process used to identify, anticipate, and satisfy the requirements of customers both efficiently, and profitably. At the heart of marketing is the idea that your customer is your best asset. This module teaches you how to understand and market to your customer. These are fundamental skills in the diverse and fast paced marketing industry.

Becoming a Professional; Enterprise Project

Students will evaluate the key traits and skills required to manage a new enterprise and will self-reflect on their own entrepreneurial competencies by evaluating their own traits, characteristics and current skill set. This self-reflection will enable students to identify skills required for employment/self-employment and recognise further training and skill development to enhance their self-employment/employability potential. The module content will also draw upon the theories and models presented in the other level 4 modules e.g. marketing, HR, management to enable students to understand the inter-disciplinary nature of their course and collaborative working. 

Year Two Business and Management - Developing Industry Practice

In the second year of study, students will be developing key skills which the CMI outlines are crucial for managers and leaders in the workplace. The year also provides the opportunity for students to complete a 10 week internship in a graduate level role or to engage in a live business case study through the South Wales Business School Business Clinic.

In the first teaching block in year 1, students will study the following modules:

Project Management

This module aims to critically explore and examine project management skills in a business context enabling students to understand, explore and apply key project management techniques and principles and assess the impact that they have on operations and business processes.

The Digital Workplace:

Many organisations are becoming increasingly more ‘digital’, in order to capture value from new innovations, by cutting costs, enhancing performance and delivering new services. Future managers need to be able to appreciate the capabilities of digital technologies, but also the organisational contexts in which they will be embedded. 

Business Analytics for Decision Making

The ability to make informed decisions is crucial for the success of any business. Through the analysis of financial and statistical data and information, students will be guided through the interpretation of figures to make sense of data and inform decision making. 

In the second teaching block in year 2, students will study the following modules:

Managing People

If we want to become future managers and leaders, there is no getting away from having to manage people! Having difficult conversations, negotiation skills, recruitment and selection and managing performance are just some of the areas which the module will concentrate on to develop key employability skills.

Employment Experience 1 & 2

These two modules are delivered simultaneously and are where students can engage with a real business with the option of completing a 10-week internship or a live business case through the Business Clinic. Either option provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the development of their own personal skills and behaviours which employers most require from Business Graduates, in addition to creating a report which links an issue in the workplace to the previous academic theories studied, providing a bridge between theory and practice.

Year Three Business and Management - Critical Enquiry or Consultancy Project

Throughout the final year of study, students have the option to undertake a critical enquiry (dissertation) project or a consultancy based project. Both project options are double modules and will be developed throughout the whole of the final year of study.

In the first teaching block in year 1, students will study the following modules:

International Business Management:

The module facilitates a systematic, critical understanding of global business environment and enhances students’ ability to critically analyse emerging themes in international business and to link theory with business practice.

Business Ethics and Sustainability

In contemporary business, simply complying with the law is no longer seen as an acceptable way to operate. This module develops a critical understanding of the current ethical considerations for business which drive them towards being more socially responsible and sustainable bodies.

In the second teaching block in year 2, students will study the following modules:

Contemporary Global Leadership

This module will provide any student who aspires towards management in any industry (including SME’s), with a critical insight into contemporary discourses on leadership in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of the myriad of complexities inherent in managing or leading a diverse contemporary workforce. 

Strategic Management

This module is the ‘capstone’ module of the BA (Hons) Business and Management degree and draws on the student experiences from a number of other modules studied throughout their course. At the end of the module, students will work in cross-disciplinary teams on a full day, class-based simulation exercise which will require students to select and apply a range of tools, techniques, theories and frameworks to address a changing, dynamic business case study.

 

Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) Business Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Please note: The integrated foundation year will be studied in Treforest. For more information please email fbsfoundation@southwales.acuk 

Teaching

Modules are delivered over 12 week blocks.
One block between September and December, the other from January to May.

Through the accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute, as well as activities within the South Wales Business Clinic, students will be invited to attend additional workshops, seminars and guest lectures throughout their studies.

Assessment

A range of assessment tools are utilised to prepare students for the external world of employment including business reports, the planning and management of simulated situations, consultancy projects etc.

In addition, student assessment also takes the form of a variety of digital alternatives to traditional presentations, essays and reports.

Placements

If you decide to undertake a sandwich year, we’ll support you with any internship applications to help you get your foot in the door and we’ll monitor you during your placement – liaising with your employer and visiting you at your place of work. The new BA (Hons) Business and Management also offers all students a minimum of 10-weeks in Industry as a core part of your study where you will be embedded in an organisation during your second year of study with a range of fantastic employers in the region, maximising your employability.

You’ll also have the chance to undertake a work-based ’Business Internship’ module or you could opt to develop your skills in entrepreneurship through a module in planning, implementation and growth.

Lecturers

All staff are experienced qualified academics from a number of subject specialisms such as retail, marketing, accounting and finance, logistics and supply chain, strategy, leadership and management. The academic team have industry experience and are research active.

Your Course Leader will be Dan Taylor.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £13200 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Placement expenses: Work placement £0 - £500
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement during their second year of study. Students undertaking a placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Relevant Work Experience or Equivalent (RWE) £0 - £300
In Year 3 only, students may opt to take the Employment Practice and Employability module whereby 70 hours of RWE is required. Students choosing this option may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Internship £0 - £300
Students are offered the opportunity to complete an internship during their second year of study. Students undertaking an internship may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Sandwich year £0 - £1000
Costs may be incurred while completing sandwich year if chosen . Costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement. Year 3 only.
Placement expenses: Study Abroad £0 - £2000
Cost may be incurred while completing a "study abroad option."
Other: Text books £300 - £400
Text books are provided via the USW library but students may wish to purchase their own private copies.
Other : Sitting Examinations Abroad £50 - £500
Should students choose to sit exams abroad (in their home country for example) there will be a £50 admin fee and a cost of £20 per exam. Students are also responsible for any additional charges made by an overseas exam venue.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

The BA (Hons) Business and Management course has been designed with student graduate employability at its core.

Accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute, as well a national Higher Education guidelines, means that students are developing real skills which employers value and expect a business graduate to possess.

The Business Clinic: personal development opportunities are offered to students across all three years through engagement with the South Wales Business Clinic where students can become trainee business analysts engaging with a range of businesses in the region to provide evidence-based responses to contemporary business challenges. The Clinic aims to create triadic business relationships that encourages students, academics and organisations to collaborate.

The new BA (Hons) Business and Management offers all students a minimum of 10-weeks in Industry as a core part of your study where you will be embedded in an organisation during your second year of study with a range of fantastic employers in the region, maximising your employability.

Students on the BA (Hons) Business and Management will also experience our Ignite programme. This is an intensive five day programme and is to designed to take you on a journey towards becoming enterprising in your chosen domain; be this a business start-up, a social enterprise, the voluntary sector or within an established organisation.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Full-time