In the increasingly competitive business environment, there is rising demand for creativity, innovation and uniqueness. This in turn has created a growing demand for businesses to be enterprising. Our Business Enterprise course has been developed in close partnership with industry experts to give you the business knowledge and work experience you need to advance in management positions throughout the enterprising service sector or set up your own business.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of core business functions and activities and to appreciate how they work together in a contemporary global and digital business environment.
As it explores the basis of entrepreneurial activity, this course will develop your essential business and management skills so you can identify and respond to any type of business opportunity. It also allows you to apply theory to practice by undertaking live projects for local industry partners.
An important part of this course is giving you the opportunity to develop your own business plan as an option for your final year research project, with our industry partners contributing to your business development process.
Additionally, the course is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a recognised professional management body. If you successfully complete the Business Enterprise Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Degree, you will also be eligible for a Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the CMI. You also gain CMI membership for the duration of your course which allows you access to a wide range of additional CMI learning resources to further support your studies. More information can be found here.
One of the highlights of our course is the optional 48-week paid placement, giving you the opportunity to gain extensive industry experience before you graduate. This will give you a distinctive advantage in the business management job market by developing your work-ready skills. Placement opportunities are available throughout the UK and around the world – and what’s more, you won’t incur any tuition fees during your placement year.
Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons).
What our staff and students say
I chose UCB because of its central location in the city and the outstanding resources available to students. UCB is exceptional in the way that it operates. The lecturers always made themselves available and were very helpful.
Why choose this course?
- Industry approved course - The course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), granting you a Level 5 CMI award in Leadership when you graduate
- Optional 48-week paid professional placement - You can undertake a 48-week paid placement to experience the industry first-hand and gain valuable work experience. You will not incur tuition fees during the placement
- Specialise your studies - Tailor your studies to develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, such as Brand Management, International Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship
- Enrichment opportunities - You will be learning from experienced lecturers and industry professionals through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, ‘real world’ simulations and guest lecturers
- Practical application - It will enable you to develop the business-ready skills that employers are looking for from future graduates
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Accreditations and Endorsements
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 5 hours
- Smaller group teaching - 7 hours
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)
- Graduate Advantage – 1 hour
- Subject related workshops – 1 hour, to enhance your understanding of the module should you need additional support
The programme includes a residential trip and various site visits related to the curriculum.
You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for lectures and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and industry-based assignments.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 70%
- Practical assessment - 22%
- Written examinations - 8%
Coursework could include: building professional portfolios; conducting situation and marketing analysis; and generating management reports and audits. Practical assessment could include: presentations (individual and group) and using creativity and problem-solving skills to generate business solutions.
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Business Enterprise BA (Hons)
A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Business Enterprise FdA
A Level: An A level grade profile of CD
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Apprenticeship: Achieve an advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact email@example.com to check your eligibility.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.
Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
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FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.
Optional Work Placement
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The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies. You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course but you have the option of undertaking a professional placement, gaining valuable work experience on a paid 48-week work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. You will not incur tuition fees during the 48-week placement.
Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.
All placements are dependent on the availability of the employer/role and also on you passing an application/interview process.
What our employers say
At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
I can clearly see the theme of employability being developed across all the levels. I think these days it is so important to offer curriculum and provision that embeds employability skills. The programmes being proposed have a very strong practitioner focus and the right mix of theory to produce business-ready graduates.
This programme has been designed with the need of today's businesses in mind. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that business needs to compete in today's globally-competitive world.
If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.
Upon successful completion of this course, previous students have started their own businesses, whilst others have developed careers in a wide variety of business sectors.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career path in:
- Business enterprise
- Sales and marketing
- Business development
- Small business consultation
- Product development
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. University College Birmingham offer a range of postgraduate degrees, including our MSc/PGDip in Enterprise Management and MSc/PGDip in Global Meetings and Events Management courses. You may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan.
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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