BA (Hons) Business Studies with Internship

Course summary

We were ranked in the top ten modern universities in England for student satisfaction with our Business Studies courses in the National Student Survey 2016.*

Overview

This course has been designed to help you meet the many challenges of the complex, dynamic and exciting world of business. We have developed this course in partnership with public and private local business organisations to give you real-world understanding of the contemporary business landscape. 

You will gain practical experience through a one year internship. With this combination of knowledge, skills and experience, you will be in a position to build a successful career in business and management.



Why choose this course?
We mix academic learning with an emphasis on real-world experience, ensuring that our in-class teaching is informed by the latest research and cutting edge global practices.

You will develop a critical understanding of ethical principles and practice, and an awareness of effective management practice. You will also gain an understanding of the many contexts in which businesses operate.

We’ll give you the information, tools, techniques and experience you need to devise creative solutions to the full range of business problems. The knowledge you will gain during this course is a real opportunity to start a rewarding career.

Career and study progression
When you graduate from this course, you will be in a position to apply for a variety of roles in business, in the UK or abroad. We give you all the knowledge, experience and skills you will need to go out and start a rewarding career in one of many fields, such as finance, marketing or consultancy.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

*Modern universities are defined as those higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides/surveys cited.

Course detail

Modules

Year one (Level 4)

  • Professional Skills for Business and Finance
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Researching Business Data
  • Business Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)

Year two (Level 5)

  • Business Economics
  • Enterprise and Business Development 
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Research Methods 
  • Business Ethics
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Learning Through Work (for Internship students only)

Year three (Level 6)

  • Strategic Management 
  • International Trade, Finance and Investment
  • Research Methods*
  • Final Project (Dissertation)*
  • International Business
  • Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

*Sept intake students will do Research Methods in semester 1 and dissertation in semester 2. Jan intake students will do Research Methods in semester 2

Module summaries

Year one (Level  4)

Professional Skills for Business and Finance
The material covered in this Module will help you to become more critical, evaluative, self-aware, self-confident, skilled and capable in the use of information and resources.  These are essential skills required for effective research and study in Higher Education.  It will also help you to improve your ability to make sense of new information and improve your skills in questioning, data-gathering, reasoning, drawing valid conclusions and spotting bad arguments.

As with any other module on our degree course there will be regular participation and contact with your community of peers, contact sessions, active participation in class discussions, regular visits to the Blackboard site for Module information guidance and support and completion of homework assignments for each weekly session.

Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM)
The module is designed to provide you  with an introductory knowledge of Human Resource Management and the approaches that can be taken to the management of human resources in a variety of business settings. This will be achieved by discussing the nature of human resource management. Functional aspects of managing people are selected to illustrate how contextual factors influence managerial behaviour. The major contexts considered are economic, legal and technical.

Researching Business Data
This module deals with the collection, analysis and interpretation of business data. One of the requirements of an effective manager is the ability to handle numerical information. The aim of the module is to help you make sense of numbers in order to arrive at meaningful conclusions and make informed decisions.

You will be provided with a range of research and analytical methods for:

  1. gathering primary and published data
  2. summarising data
  3. measuring change and
  4. measuring association.

Business Accounting
Business Accounting consists of two broad basic areas – Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.

Financial Accounting is concerned with recording the day to day activities of a business and producing periodic summaries. The module will involve producing final accounts for an organisation and interpreting them.

Management Accounting is concerned with the supply of accounting information to internal management thereby enabling management to plan and control its future business activities. At this foundation stage the module will involve areas such as cost classification, break even analysis and preparing cash budgets.

Principles of Marketing
This module introduces you to the environment in which marketing operates and to marketing as both a business philosophy and a set of operational tools.
Most business organisations have a goal of making profits for their owners; marketers seek to help them to do this. Marketers believe the route to organisational success is through keeping customers happy and doing this more effectively than the competition.

The module aims to introduce you to this idea and show how marketers can do this by:

  • designing and making products which customers want
  • informing customers of the products' benefits
  • selling the products in a convenient location
  • Offering the products at a price which customers are prepared to pay and enable the organisation to fulfil its profit objectives.

Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)
Information is a valuable asset for any business and if collected, organised and used in an efficient manner, it can give a business a competitive advantage. This module introduces information systems and technology which can assist businesses to achieve this. It also provides the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in software applications commonly used in office environments.

Year two (Level 5)

Business Economics
This module enables you to develop an understanding and awareness of the environment in which business operates, particularly from the economic perspective and develop the ability to use a range of skills to diagnose and solve problems.

Enterprise and Business Development
This module provides an introduction to entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and the enterprise culture both in the UK and in an international context. It defines and develops the personal and professional skills and abilities required for success in new venture creation through the development of a detailed business proposal with supporting operational and financial planning for a business start-up.
The module develops analytical, planning, and presentation skills relating to personal and business development as follow:

  1. You will identify and analyse potential opportunities for enterprise and innovation.
  2. You will apply concepts drawn from different business disciplines to develop a cohesive Business Plan. This will extend your commercial awareness and deepen your understanding of the concepts underpinning business theory.
  3. You will be introduced to the key features of work and Career Planning and Management.

Managing Business Operations
Every product or service you buy will probably have been created as a result of business operations. Managing Business Operations is about managing the processes that produce or deliver goods and services. This involves issues such as designing processes, making decisions about location, layout and capacity management, managing the supply chain, and managing quality. The emphasis will be on practical examples and case studies with assessments in groups and/or individually in the form of presentation of research findings and a written final exam.

Organisational Behaviour
This module provides you  with critical knowledge on how organisations work and how individuals and groups impact on organisational success or failure. It explores the emerging workplace realities of self-leadership, networks, knowledge management, and virtual teams, organisational learning and working within culturally diverse work-place communities. Theory will be linked to reality through analysis of students’ own experiences using specific sectorial issues such as employee motivation and retention, performance enhancement, intra and interpersonal development and developing effective teams and groups.

Learning through work (for Internship students only)
This module aims at filling the gap of 'hands on learning experience' in the business world and will make you 'fully ready to work'. Normally, a student on this Programme will exit with a degree of BA Business Studies with internship and are expected to achieve 380 credits.

During the work placement / internship you will gain valuable work experience and have the chance to put theory into practice in a real business environment. The placement can be in any area of business, including sales and marketing, finance and human resource management.

As a work placement/internship student you will attend a series of academic supervision appointments with a subject specialist to discuss the activities and tasks you have been involved in and will be encouraged to incorporate relevant theoretical content to the report. These appointments will utilise your student log as a basis for discussion in addition to providing evidence of correct attendance, standards of work and work place commentary and demonstrate effective self-management and personal learning.

Year three (Level 6)

Strategic Management
The purpose of the module is to build on the concepts and approaches to business policy developed at Level 5. The integrated nature of strategic management decisions will be emphasised and case studies will be used to show how strategic management applies to a range of business and not-for-profit organisations. The emphasis will be on strategic options, evaluation and choice and on the implementation issues in strategy. You will be encouraged to develop analytical skills, creative thinking and ability to present conclusions based on critical evaluation of information.

Research Methods
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are required to carry out a piece of research on a topic that you have chosen, where you decide (with some guidance) on the methodology and approach. In so doing you will take significant strides on the path to becoming an independent learner, and feel able to tackle other research tasks, with minimal supervision. You will also discuss and evaluate a range of research methods and approaches. The research proposal that you submit at the end of this module will form the starting point of your final year project–see Final Project (dissertation) at Level 6.

International Business
This module critically examines the major issues faced by companies engaged in identifying and developing their overseas operations. The study of International Business straddles a variety of different disciplines, and this module deals with the problems of international operations from the perspective of economics and politics as well as the functional disciplines of finance, marketing, human resource management and operations management. Most importantly, it seeks to show how the international economic and political environment serves to act as a very powerful influence over how company policies are set.

Final Project (Dissertation)
This module at level 6 is designed to further prepare you for the working environment you will be entering on completion of your course (or are currently in), where you will be expected to apply the academic knowledge you have gained to practical situations/problem solving in the workplace. The Final Project, whist challenging, will give you the opportunity to investigate and work on an issue/problem in a way that might be expected of you in the workplace.
This will necessitate the application of knowledge and a variety of skills you have learnt throughout the courses, applying theory to practice within a business context, thus offering another dimension to your  learning experience and expectation. The projects will offer concrete evidence of your research with outside organisations, and also an opportunity to work with experienced people and no doubt an addition to your CV.

Optional modules (choose one optional modules from the list below):

Project Management
The Project Management module provides grounding in the key skills used by project managers in order to manage projects successfully.

There are many examples of projects ranging from large projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Channel Tunnel through to medium sized projects such as reorganising a factory or developing new computer software down to small projects such as a new marketing campaign or putting on a rock concert.
The module is not specific to any one industry but covers the basic principles of project management that apply in all industries and to projects of all sizes.

The teaching sessions combine lectures with group discussions to enable the concepts to be fully explored and understood.  Individual practical exercises help consolidate the learning of specific Project Management skills.  All sessions involve Tutor led class discussions.

You will be required to produce a plan for a project of your choice that is assessed.  There will also be an examination at the end of the module.

Consumer Behaviour
To enable students  who have acquired an interest in consumer behaviour and marketing decision-making at Level 5 to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in this area. The module will allow you to focus on buyer behaviour and its marketing applications for specific marketing decisions such as those concerned with products, distribution, pricing and promotion.

Most business organisations have a goal of making profits for their owners; marketers seek to help them do this. Marketers believe the route to organisational success is through keeping customers happy and doing this more effectively than the competition. The module aims to show how an understanding of buyer behaviour ie: 'what makes customers tick' can help marketers focus more effectively on customers’ needs and wants.

Employee Relations
The module investigates the factors that lead to regulation of employment relationships. It evaluates the role and contribution the parties make in constructing, implementing rules and procedures designed to promote order, fairness and efficiency in organisations and the wider society.

Managing Small and Medium Enterprises
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) constitute the fastest growing sector of both the UK and European economies, a trend which is reflected globally. These organisations also now employ the majority of the UK workforce. SMEs however present a series of unique and specific management challenges which are addressed and critically evaluated in this module. The approach taken encompasses a range of business disciplines, and particularly examines the issues facing SMEs wishing to attract fresh investment capital.

The module investigates business development routes and methods for the entrepreneurial firm, and for organisations with an entrepreneurial culture. Paths to growth and methods of development are identified and appraised. The module also examines how a firm's structure, processes and values affect its capability to build sustainable growth and generate new business.

International Business Finance
The module explains and discusses the function and purpose of financial markets and corporate finance with a focus on the international environment. The following areas are explored: capital markets, sources of funds and market efficiency; business valuations and mergers and acquisitions; the management of risk in particular foreign currency and interest rate risk; International investment; The theoretical arguments and models relating to risk and return are examined.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points normally in a minimum of two subject areas plus Level 2 English and Maths.

This course particularly welcomes applicants with a Progression or Advanced Diploma in Business, Administration and Finance.

We also welcome applicants with no formal qualifications. These applications will be considered on an individual basis.
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

  • Complete the form in full and accurately.
  • Apply well in advance.
  • Submit all the supporting documentation we ask for, such as qualifications and references.
  • Write a strong personal statement.
  • Get the best references possible.
Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

Our teaching staff

The highly qualified and experienced University of West London Business School team brings together lecturers from a variety of backgrounds, providing expertise that spans both industry and business academia. Some members of the team are active in research, and can support and supervise research work through to Doctoral level.

Our staff's main expertise is in functional areas of business such as HRM, business operations, accounting and finance, marketing, strategic management, business ethics and enterprise.

They all bring a wealth of employment experience and knowledge into the classroom, and we pride ourselves on the strong links we make for our students between theory and practice.

Ranking

At subject level, Business and Management Studies is ranked 44th in the Guardian league table 2013.

Teaching methods

For over 50 years, our Business Studies degree has achieved a reputation for meeting educational and professional needs, both nationally and internationally.

UWL was among the first to offer a Business Studies degree, and the School maintains strong links with major professional institutes, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Direct Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Personnel.

Everyone learns differently, so we employ a range of teaching methods to get the best out of all our students. Our methods include:

Lectures, which introduce new concepts/models/theories and encourage participants to develop as independent learners.

Task-based learning to develop problem-solving skills and helps you relate theory to practice.

Group work, encouraging you to communicate, share ideas and experiences and learn from each other.

Discussion and reflection encourage inquiry, application and analysis, and help you take control of your own learning and experiment with the academic knowledge you have gained.

Seminar support is available through group and individual tutorials by arranged appointment.

Blackboard, the University's online learning platform, supports the more traditional teaching methods.

Student support

We offer support for all aspects of your personal and academic life while you are studying at the University of West London. We have course leaders, module leaders, personal tutors, administrative support, a careers and employment service, an international team, the University library, and student welfare. We can help you with any question you have relating to:

accommodation
general student advice
funding advice
immigration advice
disability support
health and wellbeing - including health, counselling and chaplaincy
learning support.

We will do all we can to help you to maintain your health and fitness for study and personal welfare.

What our students say

David Mackrory - Course Leader BA (Hons) Business Studies pathways

David Mackrory, Course Leader BA (Hons) Business Studies pathways

Deimante Valanciunaite, BA (Hons) Business Studies second year student (left)

“Starting something new is always nerve wracking so starting University was no different. However I found my fellow classmates very nice and especially the staff who never failed to help me if I ever needed assistance.

UWL has a many resources in the library and lots of e-books so I found it easy to get material for my assignments. Also there are many opportunities within the university, for example the chance to become a student ambassador which I was for the 1st year. It was very exciting and helped me to network. Moreover there are many societies which you can join or even create your own. Overall my experience was very good and settling in was very smooth.”

Emer Shepherd, BA (Hons) Business Studies second year student (right)

“I chose to study at UWL as it has a reputation for graduates getting swiftly into employment, and with the job market as it is at the moment this could only be a benefit. The support from tutors is very good and easily accessible- whether it is a one on one session after a seminar or going through assignments thoroughly. The student body at UWL does really feel like a small community, we know each other and we support each other.”

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

A Business Studies degree can open the door to many exciting and rewarding careers. Some of the most fields our graduates tend to move into include:

  • personnel management
  • marketing
  • business research
  • finance
  • sales
  • sales promotion
  • retail management.

Your degree can take you anywhere, but popular careers for our graduates include:

  • Junior Manager
  • Salesperson
  • Administration
  • Market Researcher
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Data Analyst
  • Marketing Assistant.

Study progression

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.

See our postgraduate courses page to view the full range of postgraduate degree courses offered by the Claude Littner Business School.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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