• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: January & September 2018

Course Overview

In a rapidly changing business world, our degree course in Business Management prepares you with the right knowledge and skills for a career in management throughout the UK and internationally. This course is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry. The world of business can be full of surprises, so we make sure you'll cope with any challenge that gets in your way.

Gather a cluster of skills to take with you into your career

Whether you plan on starting your own business or develop skills for a management career in local or global organisations, you'll need to be well equipped with a number of skills, and to be able to apply those skills. At the Bucks Business School, you will learn these skills through our exciting and dynamic modules.

In year one we run modules that cover key functions such as marketing, human resources, finance and the business environment.  We will help you to develop employability skills and understand the industries you may be interested in working in from year one, and get involved in business challenges with your peers.

In year two you will develop your knowledge and skills, including project management, selling and negotiating, operations management and economics and start to focus on key areas within marketing, HR or finance, or running your own business.  Additionally you will work on live projects with local businesses as a consultant, to apply your knowledge and further develop your skills.

In year three you will study the strategic elements of business and focus on a dissertation which will demonstrate your interest, knowledge and passion for a subject of your choice.

Make your mark on the world of business

Business and management is important today because it provides the majority of employment in the UK. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified managers; having this degree will help you stand out in front of employers.

We work closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) who have accredited our Business Management degree programme, so not only will you receive a degree from us, you will also receive a qualification from the CMI.

While you're studying with us, many businesses ask our students to help with live projects. Before you even graduate, you'll have the opportunity to be known by businesses in the area and have many connections to make the most of when looking for work.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: N202

We have a bustling business department packed with expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.

Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links. You’ll have the chance to gain experience with different businesses. Our emphasis on real world experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.

Make the most of our industry links

Our focus on recreating the industry on campus gives a boost to your employability. Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla, Dow Chemicals and the NHS but also local businesses such as Wycombe Radio and KVA Digital. We have a strong practical element to our business courses with live briefs that our contacts in industry trust our students with. We’ve had students consulting major companies and helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.

Learn about Business from well-seasoned experts in management

Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We get many guest speakers visiting, some of which are former students. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.

Some of our lecturers have their own interests in the business world, some with their own businesses. Their main interest is your teaching and they are on call, ready to support you through your studies.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 363 hours
Independent learning: 837 hours

Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 289 hours
Independent learning: 911 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Please note: The percentages below do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Year 1

80 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

65 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 3

70 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 2 Modules

  • Business Analytics (optional)
  • B2B and Service Marketing (optional)
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (optional)
  • Cross Cultural Management (optional)
  • Economic Analysis
  • Enterprise Projects
  • Future of Work (optional)
  • International HRM (optional)
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Selling and Sales Management
  • Small Business (optional)
  • The Media Business (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Negotiated Work Based Learning (optional)
  • Business Information Systems
  • Consultancy Project (optional)
  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Enterprise and New Business
  • Financial Reporting and Management (optional)
  • International Marketing Management (optional)
  • Managing Innovation in Business
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (optional)
  • UK Taxation (optional)

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

What are my career prospects

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with a broad understanding of business practice and have developed a range of personal skills that will support you throughout your career.

This qualification opens doors in management in just about every sector, and you will discover career opportunities across national and international businesses. You may even decide to start one of your own. Additionally, there are opportunities to continue your studies with a range of academic and professional postgraduate courses.

You can further your career in professions such as:

  • Project manager
  • Commercial manager
  • Sales and Marketing manager
  • Business Owner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Customer relationship manager
  • Finance manager

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.