University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Business Enterprise

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Course summary

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Course snapshot This course is accredited by University of Birmingham, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, and is backed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Developed in close partnership with industry experts, it will give you the business knowledge and work experience required to advance in management positions throughout the enterprising service sector or set up your own business. Who’s the course for? Business Enterprise is a great fit for students who would like to understand more about essential business and management skills including analysis, communication, decision-making and planning. You will also study the full range of business functions from research to marketing, and human resources to law. We encourage students to choose from a wide range of module options (everything from sales management to advertising and website design) so they can develop specialisms. Entrepreneurial flair is encouraged. Why should I study the course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Complete our CMI-accredited course and receive a Level 5 award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your degree
  • PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT – Enhance your work-ready skills with an optional 48-week paid placement, with our past students having worked for the likes of BMW and trading companies
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – From Creative Communications to Advertising Psychology, tailor your course to match your career aims through our optional modules
  • ENRICHMENT – Learn from the experts through real-world simulations, guest lectures and workshops, as well as practical learning in our Financial Trading Suite
Great. Tell me some more You will learn how to apply the latest business enterprise theory to practice by undertaking live projects in commercial environments for local industry partners. You will learn about the business environment as a whole and gain a thorough understanding of both traditional and contemporary business functions and practices. You will learn how to evaluate the success of business activities through a range of innovative assessments including e-debates, academic posters, action plans and management reports. Teaching is delivered via a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, “real world” simulations and guest lecturers. What skills will I gain? You will feel at home in the contemporary business environment and gain a thorough understanding of management functions and practices. You will acquire a strong working knowledge of how key business functions work together and learn how to project manage and start a business. There are opportunities to devise your own business start-up plans in the final year of the course, as an alternative to an academic research project. What about the future? The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of areas in the business sector. Future jobs could include:
  • Business development
  • Product development
  • Business enterprise
  • Sales and marketing
  • Small business consultation
On successful completion of foundation degree, you could decide to take the final year of the BA (Hons) degree.

Course details



  • The External Business Environment
  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Marketing Dynamics
  • People and Organisations
  • Planning for Professional Development
  • Principles of Communication
  • Principles of Finance
  • Employability in Practice
  • Enterprise Start-up Studies
  • Finance for Enterprises
  • Leading People
  • Research for Enterprise
Optional work placement:
  • Professional Placement
Plus one option from:
  • Voluntary Initiative
  • Website Design
  • Creative Communications
  • Operational Sales Management
  • Business Innovation and the Environment
- Advertising Psychology

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 5 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 7 hours
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
  • Graduate Advantage – 1 hour
  • Subject related workshops – 1 hour
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework – 70%
  • Practical assessment – 22%
  • Written examinations – 8%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] 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. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Business Enterprise at University College Birmingham - UCAS