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Business Management (Accelerated) BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): N203
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course is designed to provide you with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to business and management that will enable you to excel in a wide range of jobs once you graduate.

The accelerated nature of the course means that within three years you both complete three years of academic study and, through a compulsory internship, achieve a year of work experience.

This course allows you to learn more about the broad area of business and management and the specialist occupations such as marketing, operations management, human resource management and finance and so is readily adaptable and flexible to a wide range of business and management orientations.

Your first year of study will incorporate traditional modes of learning such as lectures and seminars, alongside business simulations, enterprise and project work, company projects and development plans and reports.

During your second year you will study your academic modules alongside working full time. You will attend study support days at NBS and will be supported face-to-face and at distance by tutors. You’ll have access to resources and feedback throughout and will be further supported by an academic mentor. As you will be working in a company, the majority of your assignments will be based on your own work, learning and development and the activities and practices of your placement company.

In Year Three you will return to Nottingham Business School and, in addition to core project and subject-based modules, you will be involved in mentoring first year students and running a student-led conference.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Find out more about Nottingham Business School in our undergraduate course brochure.

  • Each student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and will meet with them regularly throughout their studies. Academic Mentors help students make the most of their time at NBS.
  • This fast track course enables you to complete three years of academic study while also achieving a year of work experience.

Course accreditation

  • EQUIS logo

What you’ll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course begins in September 2023. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

Personal and Professional Development One

This module will support you in your transition to university and lays the foundations for success in your degree and future career.  You will begin to learn the tools required to manage your own continuous professional and personal development so you can realise your full potential. Throughout the module you will be supported by an academic mentor.

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Designed for non-accounting managers, this develops the skills and competencies necessary to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision-making purposes.

Economics and Data Analysis for Managers

Raises your awareness and proficiency of economic and quantitative techniques to instil a confident and positive approach to using economic principles and quantitative tools in your future studies and career.

Foundations of Managing and Organising

Focuses on the management of work in organisations, introducing you to key applications, policies and practices involved in the management of human resources.

Principles of Marketing

Provides you with an understanding of the essential marketing concepts and frameworks, including the role of marketing within businesses, segmentation, targeting and positioning, creating customer value, satisfaction and loyalty.

Business Management in Practice

This module prepares you fully for your internship in your second year by familiarising you with different types of organisations and key management functions and processes. You will be supported to develop relevant professional skills and behaviours to enable you to secure a suitable internship role and take full advantage of the integral work experience feature of the course.

Managing Human Resources

Develops your understanding of the human aspects of managing and organising work, considering the nature of the changing context of managing and organising.

Business Analytics for Managers

This module explores the role of information systems in organisations and provides an analysis of their impact on marketing, the management of information, and their contribution to competitive advantage.

Marketing Management

This module explores the role of marketing management and its interaction with other business functions. You will study marketing management concepts that are used during the development of sound marketing strategies, and will develop effective group and personal skills that are valued highly by organisational employers. You will learn about the application of marketing tools to different contexts, as well as segmentation, targeting and positioning.

Business Management Extended Internship

This module is introduced just before you start your internship and is designed to guide you throughout your 36-48 week period within the workplace. You will acquire business management knowledge and understanding within your internship role / organisation and be supported to develop, and practice, a range of skills including the ability to prioritise, plan and manage your workload, work collaboratively with others, give and receive feedback, solve problems within the workplace and reflect systematically on your working experiences.

Managing Change

The module will further develop your understanding of managing and leading strategically.  The module concentrates on the strategic processes organisations use to identify and evaluate opportunities for change and/or improvement and subsequently how change is managed in an organisational context.

Developing Professional Impact

This module is designed to expand your horizons and challenge your attitudes and behaviours both in relation to subject specific issues and wider business concerns such as global citizenship and sustainable business practices. It will encourage you to build on your strengths and explore a range of possibilities as you embark on your next steps.

Transformative Business Models

Examines the factors that characterise transformative business models, drawing on examples of organisations who have successfully devised new business models and reshaped and disrupted the industries and sectors within which they operate. As a result of studying the module you will be able to critically evaluate the ways in which new business models transform customer experiences, supply chain relationships and work and employment.

Research Project

You will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques.

Plus two optional modules from:

Strategic Marketing

You will examine key concepts and frameworks that are involved in the strategic marketing process, as well as challenges encountered in the implementation and control stages.

Managing Creativity, Design and Innovation

The development of successful products and services is dependent on how well the research, design and innovation activities are integrated within an organisation.

Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

Explores the nature of strategy and knowledge, looking at areas such as the neglect of data, the role of information and communication technology (ICT) today, and the organisational responses to the changing needs in this area.

Corporate Governance and Risk Management

Highlights the importance of control and risk management when implementing strong governance measures by studying current recommendations and developments in corporate governance, in both the UK and overseas.

Global Supply Chain Strategy

Working at a strategic level, this module clarifies how marketing, design, distribution, logistics and project management may be integrated, and help you to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how supply chain performance can be strategically improved.

Comparative and International Management

Influences of culture on management, and managing within and across diverse cultures, have become increasingly relevant in today’s business world. This module aims to address the issues of cultural differences, and practical implications of the internationalisation of management.

How you’re taught

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures, seminars and similar (25%) and independent study (75%).
  • Year 2 lectures, seminars and similar (24%) and independent study (76%).
  • Year 3 lectures, seminars and similar (22%) and independent study (78%).

Staff Profiles

Sarah Ward

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Sarah Ward is currently Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management (Accelerated) course and the BA (Hons) Business Management (in company), also teaching across the Management Division of NBS with…

How you’re assessed

This course comprises a broad range of assessments including examinations, business reports, presentations/posters, digital outputs, theoretically focused papers and reflective pieces. Class-based assessments might include individual or group presentations, phase tests and seminar tasks, while individual assessments will include on line self-tests, written responses to case studies, short articles and essays.

Many of your tasks will be experiential in nature, drawing on real world business issues and problems in the form of case studies, workplace simulations and other work-like experiences such as consultancy exercises. Whilst you are on your internship the majority of assessment points are work-based in nature.

Assessment methods:

Year 1 coursework (52%), written exams (35%), practical exams (13%).

Year 2 coursework (85%), practical exams (15%).

Year 3 coursework (86%), written exams (7%), practical exams (7%).

Careers and employability

Through your internship, industry interventions such as guest lecturers, project work and national competitions, and a vocational curriculum, you will leave with practical skills to enhance your employability. Your practical experience and knowledge of the industry will prepare you for a career in business and management, consolidating your theory and understanding.

This course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in business and management in the UK or internationally. Graduates build careers in specialist roles such as logistics, human resources, marketing and finance, as well as entering graduate training schemes in a range of multi-national organisations. Graduates also excel in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) due to their broad experience.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

Our School is based in the impressive Newton building on NTU's City Campus. The building was recently involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. The Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex while keeping its historic beauty.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor zero of the Newton building.
  • Access industry-standard software in our specialist Business Lab facility, as you work with live financial data from across the global markets.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres and a variety of social spaces.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • A new City Campus Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities. Our SU has been named Higher Education Students' Union of the Year 2015 by the National Union of Students (NUS).

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services
  • the University’s main resource room in the library which is available 24 hours a day.

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within business, Marketing, Finance, Economics and HRM. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • Books.

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAB, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English grade C / 5 and Maths grade B / 5

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAB, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies;

and

  • GCSEs – English grade C / 5 and Maths grade B / 5

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

During the course, you will go on a two day residential trip in year one and potentially a one to four week international summer school between year two and the final year. Travel and accommodation arrangements are provided during these trips/tours but learners will be required to cover certain elements of travel costs themselves. There will be a requirement for learners to contribute towards their own food provision/costs during the trips/tours.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. Visit our fees page for more information.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students completing the four year degree may choose to apply for a study abroad option instead of a work placement (or a mixture of study abroad and work placement) during the third year of the course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on study abroad/placement. Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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