The BA Rural Enterprise Management programme provides the skills and understanding for graduates to help shape the changing nature of business within a rural context. Students study traditional business areas from a new perspective which takes account of the challenges of rural enterprise. The rural economy has the potential to significantly contribute to economic growth and entrepreneurial activity; a study by the Federation of Small Businesses noted that ‘the entrepreneurial spirit is alive in our rural communities. There are more businesses per head of population in most rural areas compared to the majority of urban areas’. The majority of rural enterprises are SMEs or microbusinesses which have specific characteristics and face different challenges from urban business and larger corporations. Our BA Rural Enterprise Management programme aims to develop your understanding of the specific concerns of rural enterprise within a wider business context. The programme has sustainable and ethical thinking at its core and as a learner you will challenge existing paradigms, interrogate new paradigms and debate business solutions which will focus on developing and sustaining rural enterprises as part of the wider rural economy and community. As a student of the programme you will experience a flexible, transformational learning approach which aims to increase your employability not just today, but for the rapidly evolving workplace of the future. A report by the World Economic Forum notes that by 2020 35% of the skills that are considered important for today’s employment will have changed; according to the report, the top three skills required by the workforce will be complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. By studying BA Rural Enterprise Management with us you will gain the skills and abilities to creatively solve the problems of the future by engaging in problem based learning which aims to transforms your thinking about rural enterprise, makes you question the accepted and immerses you in collaboration.
Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, HND & BA) • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Contemporary Management Approaches (20 credits; compulsory) • Distinctiveness and Regeneration (20 credits; compulsory) • Financial Management for Business Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory) • Global Business Challenges (20 credits; compulsory) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module). Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BA) • Business Inquiry and Research (20 credits; compulsory) • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • International Independent Study Abroad (60 credits; optional - this module can replace 60 compulsory credits at Level 5 for BA awards only) • Rural Business and Diversification (20 credits; compulsory) • Rural Resilience (20 credits; compulsory) • Technological Change and Innovation (20 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BA) • Globally Responsible Business (20 credits; compulsory) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Project Management for Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory). • Social Entrepreneurship (20 credits; compulsory) • Strategies for Resilience and Prosperity (20 credits; compulsory).
The Rural Enterprise Management programme is assessed by a combination of innovative and more traditional methods which are designed to develop students’ understanding, problem-solving and creative thinking during their three years of study. Assessments are closely linked to learning activities, where students build understanding and skills in weekly sessions, and are able to learn from formative assessment throughout the programme.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|