BA (Hons)

Business

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  • UCAS code(s): N101 / N100
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Developed with companies and reflecting the changing corporate world, this highly relevant course covers a broad range of management functions, processes and techniques associated with running a business. It is the ideal choice if you want to keep your options open and shape your career aspirations during your studies.

This course will equip you with an understanding of business theory and practice in today’s domestic and international business environments. It follows a broad curriculum and covers key disciplines at all three levels.

During your studies you will learn about the key facilities within business such as operations, marketing, accounting and finance to provide you with a comprehensive overview of how each of these functions impact real-world businesses across the globe.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) providing our students with a dual-award status.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, and offers all students the opportunity to gain some industry experience or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

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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. 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).

  • Year One

    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    During this module you will develop the skills and competencies needed to make effective use of accounting information especially for control and decision making purposes. You will explore how business organisations are financed and the constraints and limitations that financing imposes on them. You will also learn about the calculation of accounting profit and its importance to an organisation. You will develop skills that will allow you to identify relevant cash inflows and outflows of a proposed business project, and learn about utilising the techniques of break-even analysis in project decision making.

    The importance and use of budgeting for forward planning, communication, coordination and control within an organisation will be covered, as well as the importance of cash and liquidity within an organisation and the construction of cash and working capital budgets. You will learn how to use cash and working capital management models and techniques and how to construct financial statements. Other areas covered in this module include financial appraisal of long term capital investment proposals and valuation of company shares.

    Economics for Business and Management

    This introductory module will introduce you to a range of approaches used by economists to analyse the resource allocation process undertaken at all levels of decision making. You will gain insights into how markets for goods and services operate from the point of view of consumers and producers as well as why the provision of some commodities can be subject to government intervention.

    The module will also introduce you to how economies as a whole operate both individually and within their wider international context. Business confidence and firms’ willingness and ability to produce goods and services are determined by the economic environment. Thus the module stresses the importance of understanding the trade-offs that can emerge with respect to competing government policies as well as the impact of global economic change.

    Foundations of Managing and Organising

    Both work and management are carried out by people, the human resources of the organisation. The focus of this module is on the management of work in organisations, and will provide you with a holistic understanding from the viewpoint of both the worker and management. You will be introduced to key applications, policies and practices that are involved in the management of human resources, and will analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

    Principles of Marketing

    Marketing is an essential part of any successful business. The Principles of Marketing introduces the fundamental theories and concepts that are useful for making business and marketing decisions. The importance of the customer and their place at the heart of all marketing decisions is a key theme running through the module. It will look at the changing needs of the customer with products and services that are important to them, at a price that represents value and a place that is convenient. In addition, it will consider the options for communicating with the customer. It will also prepare you for the marketing modules studied in the second year of your course.

    Enterprise and Business Development

    This module combines business, enterprise with operations management theory in the context of organisations developing. Consideration is given to the ways in which enterprise skills are used to design, deliver and improve the services and products during business growth. The module is at the centre of many changes taking place in the business world today, these include changes in the preferences of customers for customised product, changes in global supply chains, use of internet based technologies and challenges of sustainability.

    Quantitative Methods for Business

    Whenever you buy something with a credit or debit card, use a loyalty card, connect with a retailer's app or visit their website you leave an electronic footprint that becomes part of the bank's or retailer's database. They use the data they accumulate from you and their other customers to take decisions about their products and services, and how they market them. This means that the ability to glean information from such data is a key management skill, one that employers and organisations like the Confederation of British Industry identify as vital to business success.

    This is why the role of the Quantitative Methods for Business module is an important part of the course. In taking this module you will learn how to use cutting edge software to analyse business data and how to interpret the results, thereby acquiring a valuable asset for building a successful career.

  • Year Two

    First half of Year Two – Core modules

    Managing and Organising for Human Resources

    This module aims to develop an understanding of the human aspects of managing and organising work. It draws upon ideas from disciplines such as work psychology, organisational sociology and human resource management to provide insights into possibilities for managing and organising work. The module considers the nature of the changing context of managing and organising and examines the central issues and contemporary concerns that this presents for HR.

    Throughout the module you will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective which encompasses views from both those managing and those managed, as well as a consideration of the wider impact of choices taken in regards to managing and organising work activities. Whilst exploring classic studies in managing and organising, these ideas will also be examined in the context of the contemporary changing international workplace. The module is relevant to a broad range of careers given that HR issues are a concern for all.

    Survey Research and Analysis for Business

    This module draws on conceptual material in the area of Survey Methods widely used in business and the application of analytic methods to the data generated. One of the primary focuses of this module is to help you understand how to plan and conduct surveys but also interpret the results within the appropriate business context. With the aid of appropriate professional statistical software you will be encouraged to apply statistical methods of analysis to data. The module is designed to allow you the opportunity to analyse and interpret “real data” from various areas of the business world. In studying this module you will develop your knowledge and skills in conducting survey research within business.

    You will be given the opportunity to plan and execute a survey; design and implement a survey instrument; analyse survey results using applications software; and interpret and communicate analytical findings.

    The Financial Environment

    Every household and business exists within a complex, multi-faceted and fast changing global financial environment where the ‘business of money’ and ‘the management of money’ present challenges at every level. This module will provide you with the ability to understand the financial accounts of firms, by teaching you to use economics to analyse the activities of financial institutions.

    During the module you will develop an understanding of the sources of finance within the banking and financial system for firms and individual consumers. You will also explore the behaviour of financial institutions and markets both in a national and an international context and their impact on economies. You will also develop skills in analysing the performance of banks and how banks manage risk, and learn how the globalisation of economic activity has led to the globalisation of banking and financial markets.

    Second half of Year Two

    You can either select one of our Unique Opportunities Initiatives or continue with your taught modules listed below:

    Core modules

    Management Accounting for Decision Making

    The manager and entrepreneur of the future must have sound financial skills to enable them to take advantage of their environment. Critical to this process is understanding the environment in which you operate and the financial structure of your organisation. You need to understand the information that is required to successfully manage your organisation and how to interpret it. During this module you will examine a range of management accounting techniques that are used in business decision making, and explore how accounting and finance information could evolve to meet the needs of organisations operating in competitive markets.

    You will study the value and limitations of accounting information for managerial decision making, planning and control purposes within organisations, and develop your understanding of problem solving techniques that are frequently used by teams operating in an organisational context, and how these techniques could be used within the accounting and finance framework.

    Marketing Management

    This module explores the role of marketing management and its interaction with other business functions. You will study marketing management concepts that support the development of sound marketing strategies, and also have the opportunity to develop effective group and personal skills that are valued highly by employers.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Digital Entrepreneurship

    The aim of this module is to develop your critical awareness of digital entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship within a global marketplace. During the module you will examine the process of developing a digital business that is enabled and / or enhanced by internet technologies, smart and mobile phones and their applications, and other emerging technologies.

    Managing the Global Supply Chains

    Focusing on operations and marketing, this module your practical understanding of the structure and organisation of supply chains, including sustainability and ethical issues. The areas you will cover include operations, logistics and procurement, and the importance of the flow of goods and information in providing value through global delivery systems.

  • Year Three

    Placement year

    A vital component of our degree courses is the placement year. This time spent working in business provides our students with crucial work experience, which is highly prized and much sought after by employers upon graduation. We have links with a wide range of sectors, firms and organisations that offer student placements. If you have decided to undertake a placement year then this will last for a minimum of 48 weeks during your third year.

    Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

    Services they provide include:

    • finding placements, internships and part-time work
    • pursuing self-employment
    • taking gap years and time out
    • getting into volunteering
    • providing advice on further study.

    Or

    Taught modules

    If you have decided to continue with your studies please view the 'final year' tab for your list of modules.

  • Final year

    Research Project

    For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area. The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible, and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness.

    To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

    Leadership and Employability

    The module is designed to enable you to develop both personally and professionally as a business leader and for some of you as a prospective entrepreneur. The module will cover the fundamental concepts of:

    1. global citizenship including sustainable development education, preparation for active participation in a global multicultural society, and the ability to take thoughtful and responsible leadership and management decisions, locally and globally.
    2. career management including career decision making, personal development planning, reflection, goal setting and action planning.
    3. employability profile, reflecting on your skills and attributes, work values, preferences, emotional intelligence and political effectiveness to develop an overall picture of your personal brand.

    The module will mix practical work and personal reflection with critical analysis of the research base. In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs, and guest lectures from business and industry.

    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, the organisation and its people.

    Personal experiences of national and organisational cultures – either through work in multinational corporations or travel far and wide – provide a rich pool of experiences, stories and ordeals that can serve as important inputs into discussions and debates about management, organisations, people and cultural diversity.

    This module adds to this experience through theoretical and conceptual knowledge and frameworks concerning different management styles and philosophies from an International Human Resource Management perspective. It uses practical experience and current topical research and case studies to explore key debates and issues central to the international organisations. During this module you will examine and explore problems that arise from these matters and the solutions that are needed.

    Managing Creativity, Design and Innovation

    In a highly competitive and globalised market place with increasing expectations and demands of consumers, an organisation’s ability to develop successful products, services and processes is critical. The importance to business of understanding, supporting and managing creativity and innovation cannot be underestimated.

    This module will develop your understanding of the relationships between creativity, design and innovation, and explore and debate a range of perspectives concerning their nature. You will contemplate some of the issues facing organisations trying to harness the potential from their creative resources, and be encouraged to develop your own creative skills. You will develop a critical awareness of theories related to the origins and role of creativity at individual, team and organisational levels.

    Over the course of the module, you will study a range of topics including: approaches to creativity theory, creativity and innovation as complex processes, design and development in a product and service context, building and sustaining a culture focused on creativity and innovation.

    Strategic Marketing

    The overall aim of the module is to help you develop an understanding of strategic marketing and to apply this knowledge to contemporary and complex business contexts. You will examine the key concepts, frameworks and models that are involved in the strategic marketing process, as well as the challenges encountered in the implementation and control stages. You will also explore how marketing managers can best respond to a complex, dynamic and increasingly global marketing environment.

    The module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to conduct a comprehensive marketing audit, and will enable you to use the findings from a marketing audit to inform your choice of marketing objectives and alternative strategic choices.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

    Knowledge has become a key term in contemporary organisations. Such organisations are often said to be operating in a ‘knowledge economy’ and to be staffed by ‘knowledge workers’. In particular, an important argument has been that the key strategic tool for securing competitive advantage resides in the knowledge an organisation possesses.

    The task of this module is to subject such claims to critical inquiry. In particular, the widespread emphasis on knowledge has tended to understate the important role that information and data play in organisations and this will be a key focus of the module. In addition, the role of information and communication technology (ICT) is important but often either over-stated or under-estimated. We will seek to achieve a balanced assessment of its importance. Finally, the impact of these factors – the inter-related nature of knowledge, information, data and ICT – on the strategies that an organisation might adopt is an important part of the module.

    Global Supply Chain Strategy

    Working at a strategic level, this module will clarify 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.

    You will cover a number of areas during the module including;

    • looking at supply chains from a strategic and global perspective
    • key concepts in supply chain improvement
    • interpreting lean and agile supply
    • supply chain dynamics – Forecasting, information flow and bullwhip
    • design for the supply chain – postponement, mass customisation, product life cycle, sustainability
    • managing CSR in the supply chain – sustainability, environment and transport
    • managing risk in a supply chain.

    Corporate Governance and Risk Management

    By studying current recommendations and developments in the field of corporate governance both in the UK and in a selection of overseas countries, this module will show you the importance of control and risk management when implementing strong governance measures, and evaluate the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by those entrusted with these responsibilities.

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How you’re taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

You will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

Each module on the course is assessed in a variety of ways including written examinations, reports, essays, group work, presentations and research projects.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (28%), written (65%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 2 coursework (25%), written (60%) and practical (15%).
  • Year 3 coursework (62%), written (25%) and practical (13%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (28%), written (65%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 2 coursework (25%), written (60%) and practical (15%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (45%), written (42%) and practical (13%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%) .
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sixth in the UK for the number of students on year-long placements studying Business (HESA 2015/16)

Careers and employability

97% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, just six months after graduating from NTU (DLHE 2015/16)

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • business development executive
  • contracts manager
  • finance analyst
  • graduate project manager
  • consultant.

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Asda
  • Costco
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM
  • Superdry.

Students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £21,300 six months after graduation. (DLHE 2015/16)

Accreditation

Our BA (Hons) Business Management Joint Honour courses and BA (Hons) Business course have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In addition to your degree you will also gain a CMI qualification.

Notable Alumni

We like to keep in touch with all our past students to see what they have been up to over the years, a few notable alumni for our Business course are:

  • Crista Cullen – England Hockey Player,  Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 bronze medallist
  • Alastair Wilson – GB and England hockey player
  • David Lewis – Chief Executive of Tesco PLC
  • Warren Nash – Online Chef and owner of warrennash.co.uk

Fifth in the UK for number of students studying Business (sandwich / four years part-time) (HESA 2015/16)

100% of students were satisfied with the BA (Hons) Business course (National Student Survey 2017)

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBC, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see our website or UCAS course search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

100% of students found the teaching staff were good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017)

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

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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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

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Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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