The programme will be attractive to those to those who prefer study of a more vocational nature and are interested in innovative teaching and assessment approaches. It is also relevant to those who wish to further develop through work based learning. This programme suits those who prefer to consider business organisations, and combines skills relating to business management, and will be involved in developing solutions to commercial problems through community engagement and internships to develop the industry based skills. The modular structure is integrated with other business and management awards offered by the Faculty and allows maximum flexibility to students to gain work experience, transfer to other business award programmes or to change their mode of study e.g. to transfer to part time study.
You will develop a broad repertoire of business skills, rather than focusing on one specialism. Students undertake a range of tasks applied to organisations and enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to business problems. Given the broad range of skills learned, graduates have many career opportunities in a diverse range of business roles in a wide range of sectors, including the government and not for profit sectors.
The degree welcomes applicants who have previously studied business for a natural progression. Those who have studied other subject areas will transfer well. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A level and Ed-excel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies are respected.
This program is delivered flexibly, two evenings a week. Please contact us for exact days and times.
The programme integrates theoretical study and application to real world cases, in each module's teaching strategy but also in direct interaction with the University's external partnerships, including employers' organisations, professional associations, international partners and spin off entrepreneurial activities. In particular our business management graduates have analytical, research, information technology, interpersonal, cross cultural communication and empathetic skills.
The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students' progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate to a wide variety of levels.
All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels. The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives opportunities to students to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.
Year 1 provides an introduction to the key business disciplines and development of vital skills. Students will work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.
Year 2 further develops the students industry and key skills through application of work-based learning in order to develop skills and experience within a business environment. It also covers finance, human resources and marketing. It includes an entrepreneurship exercise and study data management and business intelligence.
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to study business and management in action is a rewarding intellectual experience which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development.
The University's international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities both subject related and social, further enhance the student experience
- Will Fleming
- Dr Sandra P L Dettmer
- Richard Dunstan
- Vic Saunders
- Huw Thomas
- Chris Thomas
- Jayne Williams
The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, management reports, industry presentations, field study work, development portfolios, exams, reviews, and blogs. Assessments are designed to focus on employability skills required by the industry. Wherever possible vocational based assessments aim to support critical thinking, the development in managing ICT, communication, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership.
Graduates exit with significant subject knowledge and up to date skills designed for the modern workplace. Possible careers are very diverse including entry to the management professions, management trainee programmes in financial institutions, services or manufacturing, management in public and 3rd sector organisations, self-employment or further study at higher degree or postgraduate level.
The programme's interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work outside the UK and EU for international companies.
The friendly approach of the University allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive active learning environment.
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