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Course summary

The University of Buckingham is:

  • Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.
  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.
  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.
We do things differently with our BSc Business Enterprise BBE programme Our innovative BSc Business Enterprise BBE programme is perfect is you are entrepreneurial but also want to study for an honours degree, You can start the programme in September or January each year. If you start in September, your studies will last 27 months, whereas those starting in January can complete the programme in just 2 years. Launched in January 2006, our BSc Business Enterprise was the first undergraduate Venture Creation Programme (VCP) at a university anywhere in the world. This means that our students must start and run a business, as an integral part of their degree. This is not your typical degree programme, as it is split between real world application and theoretical knowledge. The BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) Programme will interest you if you want to: • Start and develop your own new business at the same time as studying for an honours degree. • Make a positive contribution to the strategic development of a family business or other small or medium enterprise. • Develop an entrepreneurial or “can do” approach to life to enhance your future career anywhere. This course provides the opportunity for you to ‘pitch’ for ‘seed-corn’ capital of up to £5,000, enabling you to start and run your own business as an integral part of your honours degree. We offer a range of business subjects that will help you to establish your business and develop your qualities of entrepreneurship, management and innovation. In the first semester, you will learn how to create an effective business plan. This will form the basis of your ‘pitch’ to obtain your ‘seed-corn’ capital from our investment panel ‘Buckingham Angels’. During the following 18 months, you will be establishing and ‘growing’ the business, at the same time as developing your academic knowledge in-depth across the range of business subjects needed to obtain an honours degree in Business Enterprise.

Modules

In the first semester, you will learn how to create an effective business plan. This will form the basis of your ‘pitch’ to obtain your ‘seed-corn’ capital of up to £5,000 from our investment panel ‘Buckingham Angels’. The funding for the “seed corn” capital was kindly donated by Legal & General and a private donor, the late Mr John ‘Jack’ Desborough. During the following 18 months, you will be establishing and ‘growing’ the business, at the same time as developing your academic knowledge in-depth across the range of subjects needed to obtain an honours degree in Business Enterprise. During the second, third and fourth stages of the programme, you will also have to prepare and submit Quarterly Business and Personal Review Reports and in the final term a Final Business and Personal Review Report. These are all assessed as part of your honours degree.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of the Business School faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students. Business Enterprise is unique in offering practical workshops, as well as an open-door policy with the course tutors, whom students can always approach to ask for help or advice. External entrepreneurs are invited to make presentations to BSc Business Enterprise students in the Winter and Summer Terms to help inspire, as well as inform, the students on the programme. The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.


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

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent).

Additional entry requirements

Interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £25704 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25704 Whole course
Scotland £25704 Whole course
Wales £25704 Whole course
Channel Islands £25704 Whole course
EU £40968 Whole course
International £40968 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £40968 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

Business Enterprise (BBE) at University of Buckingham - UCAS