University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Warwick

Business Enterprise

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Course summary

OVERVIEW Standing out in the competitive modern business world demands a creative spark. Businesses need individuals who not only have the core knowledge and skills for the industry, but also the entrepreneurial spirit and ability to innovate – qualities that are all the more important for those who dream of setting up their own business. Whether you want to advance in management positions or start your own company, our Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship foundation degree will give you the tools you need to succeed. With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a major engine of growth for both the UK and wider global economies, this course focuses on the formation and growth of new ventures, managing small businesses and the creation and implementation of small business start-ups. It will give you the skills you need to set up your own enterprise or work effectively in small and early-stage business ventures. Developed in close partnership with industry experts, our course will expand your entrepreneurial mindset, behaviours and competencies as well as enhancing your understanding of core business functions and activities, and how they work together in today’s global digital environment. You will have the chance to create your own business plan and the option of a 48-week paid placement, with opportunities throughout the UK and around the world. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placement – Boost your work-ready skills with an optional 48-week paid placement, with our past students having worked for BMW and trading companies
  • Specialise your studies – From exploring e-commerce to big data or collaborative relationships, tailor your course through our optional modules
  • Enrichment – Learn from the experts through real-world simulations, workshops and guest lectures as well as working in our Financial Trading Suite and Digital Creative Studio
FACILITIES Our business courses offer students opportunities to develop practical skills in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. One of the largest among all UK universities and the first in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal, the suite features 21 workstations, large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information. You will also have the chance to develop new skills in our Digital Creative Studio, featuring state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology, audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as high-spec computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software and graphics tablets. If you want to set up your own business, our Enterprise Hive provides a wide range of start-up support, including incubation space, tailored mentoring from industry experts and networking opportunities. ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS We are an official partner of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and an Enterprise Educators UK Member. PLACEMENTS Our course offers you the option of a paid 48-week work placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. Employers we have worked with include BMW (Germany), Grant Thornton (Cambridge), Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (USA), Bella Italia (Birmingham) and Top Cashback (Stafford). CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Business owner
  • Business development manager
  • Management consultant
  • Product manager
  • Business adviser
  • Sales executive
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • The People Perspective
  • Digital Innovations
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behaviour
  • Finance for Managers
  • Market Research and Consumer Profiling
  • Venture I – Idea Generation
YEAR 2
  • Personal Effectiveness, Impact and Reputation
  • Social Enterprise
  • Brand and Media Management
  • Intellectual Property, Law and Business Practices
  • Venture II – Concept and Prototype Development
Plus one option from:
  • Big Data for Business Insights
  • Developing Collaborative Relationships
  • E-Commerce and Customer Experience Design
YEAR 3 Work Placement (optional)

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk 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 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

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.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
69%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, 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 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 Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
Business Enterprise at University College Birmingham - UCAS