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Business and Management BSc (Brunel Business School)

Subject area: Business School Undergraduate Open Day How to apply
Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

N100, N221 with Placement Year

Start date

September

Business and Management BSc (Brunel Business School)

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option
Available in Clearing Call our hotline on +44(0) 1895 272273

Overview

To discuss your qualifications for 2016 entry call our Clearing hotline on +44(0) 1895 272 273.

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

About the course

Brunel's Business and Management degree will equip you with a broad knowledge and appreciation of business and management as well as the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required to understand, analyse and address the problems that today’s companies face.

The general Business and Management pathway covers all the fundamental elements of Business and Management with a range of optional modules to choose from.

The course offers:

  • Highly innovative programme with quantitative content.
  • Emphasis on globalisation issues generated by multi-national enterprises (MNEs).
  • Teaching that focusses on real life data analysis skills.
  • Management study that offers a wide choice of job opportunities after graduation.

The Business and Management general pathway will cover all the fundamental elements of Business and Management with a range of optional modules to choose from. The core components of this degree will offer you the widest range of skills in business and management (see Course Content) including: fundamentals of marketing economies; theoretical and practical characteristics of organisations; various business models and frameworks; the challenges of coping with future uncertainty, and managing change.

Emphasis in this pathway is on globalisation issues generated by multinational enterprises (MNEs) that account for over fifty percent of global output. A deeper understanding of the commercial power of MNEs will help students to position themselves strategically in a competitive job market.

This pathway will broaden your knowledge of business concepts as you work on real business issues and live case studies, to develop managerial skills and enhance career opportunities. You will also learn valuable technical skills along the way: numerical methods and statistical software packages such as SPSS and EXCEL without the need for 'A' level maths or the overseas equivalent.

Aims

You will learn about the world of business and management and develop the skills to get a good job when you graduate. You will enhance your ability to communicate your ideas and to take responsibility for your learning The general pathway would be most suitable for those who would like to develop a general business and management perspective.

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Course Content

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

Introduction to Management Enquiry

Managing Information with Technology

Organisational Behaviour and Analysis

Introduction to Accounting

International Business Environment

Principles and Practice of Marketing

Level 2

Compulsory

Marketing Communications

Critical Perspectives in Management

Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations

Project Management

Human Resource Management and its International Dimensions

Operations Management

Level 3

Compulsory

Strategic Management

Business Ethics, Environmental Sustainability and Governance

Issues and Controversies in Management Project

Optional

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures

Gender and Organisations

International Marketing

Innovation and Knowledge Management

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

  • Management study that offers a wide choice of job opportunities after graduation.
  • A module on Management Enquiry to help you adapt to university study through active learning sessions on topics such as working in groups, report writing and time management.
  • Employability focused initiatives through the Business School’s unique Business Life Employability Programme (see Employability).
  • Student Pastoral Care that goes beyond the assignment of a personal tutor to offer continuous help and assistance on non-academic and social issues.
  • You will benefit from high quality teaching from lecturers with 'hands-on' experience in consultancy and training.
  • Tutors that are active researchers in one of the School’s six centres of business research – who bring up-to-the minute findings to course content.
  • Brunel graduates enjoy the 13th highest graduate starting salaries in the UK.

Work Placement

  • The Work Placement offers the opportunity to gain a year's paid professional work experience working for a company or organisation. Many placement employers are prominent national and international names and several students have been offered full-time graduate posts with their placement employers.

Accreditation

Brunel Business School's Business and Management degree programmes are accredited by a number of professional bodies. Accreditation attests to the relevance and rigour of our curriculum. Equally importantly, it also means our graduates are exempt from having to take a number of the examinations needed to qualify as an accountant or a chartered marketer.

The following professional bodies accredit our Business and Management degree programmes.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

See details of the accreditations and exemptions.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Staff expertise

Many of our lecturers are:

  • Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research.
  • Work as consultants for major companies worldwide.
  • Have practical and personal experience in business or have run their own companies.

Lectures

These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Seminars

Small seminar groups allow students to make individual contributions. You will undertake in-depth analysis of issues as you exchange and explore ideas with other students.

Workshops

Workshops in the Business School labs give students the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on experience of industry software, computing equipment, business design and multi-media packages.

One-to-one Sessions with Tutors

In your first year you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to help with academic or personal issues. In your second year this support will be continued through the Business School’s Pastoral Care programme – BBS Student Support – a team of specially chosen personal tutors who are available throughout the working week. Additionally, if you choose a four-year sandwich course, you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide support during your work placement. In your final year you will receive one‑to‑one supervision for your major project.

Availability of Tutors

Academic staff are available for a number of hours each week for students who need to get advice. Their availability will be displayed on their office doors so that students can make an appointment or drop by to see them if they have any concerns about their studies.

Web-learning and Support

eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to participate in email discussion groups and engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard.

Other

There will be email discussion groups, research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers. Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations.

Assessment

Each subject is assessed either by a combination of continuous appraisal and examination or by coursework or examination alone. As a rough guide, the split is approximately 50:50 exam to coursework but the exact ratio varies depending on the modules you select.

Your results from Level 1 do not count towards your final degree classification, but you have to pass the first year to continue with the degree. Level 2 is worth a third of your final mark and Level 3 the rest. In your final year, you will undertake an assessed project of around 8,000 words worth a third of your Level 3 marks.

Employability

Business Management provides graduates with the knowledge, understanding and competencies for managing organisations, skills which are much in demand and valued by today’s employers. Graduates from this pathway are interested in a wide variety of business careers which is reflected in the outcomes of the leaver cohort. General management is a popular career choice in particular the graduate management schemes offered by many of the blue-chip recruiters. The financial sector, particularly banking, also continues in its popularity, with some students securing positions in major investment banks, as well as HR and Marketing.

Which jobs do they do?

• Business Consultant
• Campaigns Manager
• Digital Analyst
• Financial Analyst
• Loans Underwriter
• Marketing Coordinator
• Recruitment Consultant
• Reporting Analyst
• Researcher
• Risk & Regulatory Consultant
• Sales Executive
• Supply Chain Analyst

What do they study?

• MSc Human Resources & Management
• MSc Information Management
• MSc Sustainability, Entrepreneurship & Design
• PGCE Primary Education
• PhD Management Research

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

Placement leavers from Business and Management experienced the following outcomes:

  • 71.3% progressed into employment or further study
  • The average starting salary was £25,750. 

The graduate labour market remains competitive and relevant experience is increasingly required for graduate level jobs. For those without related experience job search strategy is often about getting a ‘foot in the door’ in order to compete for graduate positions later. As a result some Business graduates were working in entry level positions such as Finance, Marketing or Administrative Assistant in order to gaining the required experience. 

A growing national trend is for many students to delay their job applications until completing their studies, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible. This can result in some graduates initially continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. As a result some graduates were working in non-graduate level positions including sales and customer service occupations.

It is important to note that the DLHE survey provides a snapshot of a very short amount of time (six months) after graduating and while many have progressed into relevant graduate jobs others are taking time out, travelling, waiting to start a course or continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. Many graduates have moved on in their careers since completing the questionnaire.

Read more about employability.

Placement & Careers Centre (PDC)

Brunel’s award-winning Placement & Careers Centre (PDC) is your one-stop-shop when it comes to employment and career planning and is based at the heart of the university on the first floor of the Bannerman Centre. Business School students are supported by dedicated Placement Officers and Careers Consultants that work with you from the day you start until two years after you graduate.

Within the PDC is the Job Shop, which is visited by most students on arrival at the University. The Job Shop helps students find temporary or part-time work whilst studying for their degree which enables you to develop the transferable skills sought after by employers.

The Work Placement Year

One of Brunel’s most distinctive features is a commitment to include periods of work experience within ‘sandwich’ degrees – degree study that includes a year’s paid work placement as part of the course. Four-year sandwich degrees help students to develop the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate job market.

Placements are on offer at different sized organisations across the public and private sector, providing the opportunity to choose the type of experience most suited to you. In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to put what you have learnt in your degree into practice and to earn some much appreciated money, students find their work placement experience significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate. In fact many students are offered employment with their work placement company upon graduation.

How the Placement Scheme Works

Students undertaking a work placement spend at least 44 weeks in an organisation working for a particular department, performing a role relevant to their studies. Work placements are carried out at the end of a student’s second year at Brunel.

Whilst a student is out on placement, an academic member of Brunel Business School keeps in touch and all placement students and their employers are invited to attend a tutorial day at Brunel.

Most work placements are organised with companies based in the UK, but where a student has contacts overseas, it is possible to organise a placement outside the UK, subject to certain conditions being met.

Features

  • A sandwich placement is totally different from the kind of work experience you may have had whilst at school.
  • A work placement is a proper job with a proper organisation – quite often the organisation is a household name.
  • Work placement students earn proper salaries: currently students are generally being paid between £13,000 and £17,000 per annum, depending on the market sector and location – some have been known to earn considerably more than this.

Employers of placement students from Brunel include:

  • IBM
  • Adidas
  • Lloyds TSB
  • British Airways
  • Orange
  • Microsoft
  • Warner Bros
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Air France
  • Walt Disney
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • United Biscuits
  • Nissan
Read more about work placements.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2016/17 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,400 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Criteria 2016/17

  • GCE A-level AAB – BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Business.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Business with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Business or related subject course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction. Applicants must also have 4 years Management or Managerial work experience.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.