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Business Management BSc(Hons) with business experience and choice of specialisms

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N221 2018
2019
4 years full time including foundation year N222 2018
2019

Why choose this course?

This unique course is specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. It combines a degree, a Business Readiness programme and professional qualifications.

You can also choose between undertaking a work or research internship and studying overseas. Alternatively if you'd like to be your own boss, with support from us, you can start your own business. You'll be in excellent company as Kingston University is rated the most successful UK higher education institutions for graduate start-up companies (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey). All this is within the same three years as a traditional degree. However you'll gain more practical experience and develop the skills employers value most.

In your third year you can chose to specialise in an area of business that interests you most. Specialisms include human resource management, entrepreneurship, finance, or service operations.

What you will study

In Year 1 you will learn about organisational behaviour, business statistics and information management, and business economics. You'll also study the principles of marketing and learn how to appraise and develop clear marketing plans for a range of organisations. You will choose between a work placement (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid) or a period of study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively, you may choose to start a new business (with support from us) or take a research work placement – suitable if you are considering an academic career.

Other modules you will study include Human Resource Management, Operations and Project Management, Business Accounting and Entrepreneurship.

During Year 2 you will undertake your work or research placement, study abroad or start your own business. You will also undertake professional training to enhance your CV.

In Year 3 everyone studies strategic management, and leadership. You can then specialise in human resource management, entrepreneurship, finance, or service operations. If you stay on the general management track, you will be able to choose from a range of options such as a dissertation, business psychology, professional selling and sales management, marketing communications, or some of the specialism modules.

You will make the best use of your time at University on this course. In year one you study from September to July, and then have time for yourself. In year two, formal studies end in December. From January to July (or later if you like) you will be on the work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up. You will graduate at the same time as those choosing traditional degrees, but with greater learning and experience.

Foundation year

If you are thinking of returning to education after a break you could apply for our foundation year course. This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. At Kingston these include Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Advertising, Digital Business and Accounting & Finance.

Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a business degree that you're particularly interested in. The foundation year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • This module is about managing business information. This not only requires various mathematical techniques such as statistical measures, but also is highly dependent on information technology (IT) for the gathering, summarising and communicating of this information. Mathematics and information technology are mutually dependent business topics. One would not use mathematics in business without the support of IT, and application software such as spreadsheets and databases are only used effectively with an appreciation of their underlying mathematical dependence. The module will be delivered using a problem-centric approach emphasising the application of mathematical techniques with the aid of information technology, and the employability skills associated with these. 

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  • This is a core module in level 4 for all BSc Business Management students. The module introduces students to core topics and concepts about the behaviour and management of people in work situations. It is organised into three main parts so that there is a traditional progression from the individual to the group and, finally, to the organisational levels of analysis. Based on theoretical understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, students are given the opportunity to reflect on and learn from their own and others' experiences and behaviour in the group. Throughout the module students engage in activities that enable them to develop their academic and other relevant skills, which can be applied throughout their time at the university and taken into their future work and organisations.

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  • This module introduces students to the external context in which organisations operate and in which they will eventually work. As potential managers of the future, defined as someone involved in assisting and directing members of an organisation to achieve their organisational objectives, students need to be equipped to understand the component parts of the external context within which organisations function. The variety and complexity of the external environment and interactions with organisations has a significant impact upon the way organisations are structured, the way their managers behave and the performance of the organisation in achieving its objectives. Consequently this module will equip students with the skills and knowledge of economics for business that is essential in the current business environment.

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  • This module is designed to provide students on general business courses with a broad understanding of the natureof the marketing function and of what marketers do. While underpinned by marketing theory, the module focuses on the practical application of marketing in organisations, its relationship to other business functions, and the impact that marketing can have on an organisation. Consequently this module will equip students with skills and knowledge that they will find useful for their later employment in a marketing-related job. The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, case studies and guest speakers. Students are expected to prepare work outside the classroom prior to participation in the scheduled sessions. 

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Year 2 (Level 5)

  • This module introduces students to accounting in small and large businesses. The module emphasises the understanding and interpretation of financial information. It provides the skills needed to analyse the financial statements of public listed companies. This module also considers the fundamental concepts of management accounting and builds on them to provide an explanation of the diagnostic skills necessary to make many short-term, medium-term and long-term operating decisions within an organisation. Numerical aspects are balanced by the need to understand the usefulness of the information to users.

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  • This module introduces you to the principles of operations and project management and provides you with a set of tools and techniques to plan, control and monitor operations and projects. You will have the opportunity to apply operations and project concepts and techniques to case study organisations and make judgements about the operational effectiveness of service and manufacturing operations within the public and private sectors.

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  • This module provides you with an in-depth understanding of human resource management (HRM) policies and practices and an understanding of the relationship between organisational strategy and HRM theory and practice. You will apply theoretical concepts and frameworks to HR management in different organisations and be able to contribute to current debates and issues in HRM. You will also develop key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

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  • This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in developing a business plan for starting up a new venture or launching an innovative product/service. You will find out what it takes develop a business plan from idea generation, feasibility analysis, marketing strategy, business model development to making financial analysis for a business plan. Students will thus learn about the different aspects of entrepreneurship and business planning. 

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Year 3 core modules

  • This module considers how organisations can grow and compete successfully. Students will develop an understanding of the environment and industry in which organisations operate, and an appreciation of how organisations use internal resources and competences for competitive advantage. The module examines the role of stakeholders and culture in an organisation, and the options an organisation has for its growth and development.

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  • In this module you will analyse the concepts and theories of leadership and its application to contemporary organisations. You will reflect on the nature of change and the leader's role in managing through change in today's complex and uncertain environment. You will also examine the role of leaders and managers in developing a social conscience and learn how to recognise and address ethical issues.

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Year 3

  • If you wish to remain on the general management programme, you will be offered a range of option modules either from the specialisms (timetable permitting) or from a range of general business options. The availability of these modules is subject to student numbers.

    These may include:

    • This module is an elective offered on the BSc Business Management with Business Experience programme. The module allows the students to pursue in depth a topic of their choice. The students have to identify a business related topic and develop an empirical research question informed by theoretical concepts. The students will develop the independent study skills required to manage a substantial task to completion and enhance their intellectual and critical analysis skills to enable them to produce a carefully researched produced and concise report. Core material is provided via Canvas with interactive workshops used to support learning.

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    • Business Psychology is the discipline of applying knowledge of psychological principles to the world of work. It explores real-world business issues associated with the efficiency, well-being and satisfaction of workers, by focusing on the fit between individuals, their job role, the teams they work in and organisational structures. Business Psychologists work closely with organisations to make recommendations for improving people's work experiences.

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    • This module concentrates on the core features of the marketing communications function within the wider context of marketing planning, with a specific focus on the advertising, sales promotion, public relations and interactive marketing communications elements of the mix.
      The module incorporates theoretical and conceptual considerations with the operational aspects of marketing communications planning to ensure that students develop the skills that are essential for a career in marketing communications, whether on the agency or client
      side. A combination of lectures, workshops, case study analysis and student presentations support the learning experience.

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    • This module builds on your marketing knowledge by developing your understanding of the theory and application of professional selling and sales management. Effective selling adds to shareholder value and enhances the return on investment of marketing expenditure. You will understand how to recruit, motivate and manage sales people as the key professional selling resource, including how to balance people with finance and other resources. This module also develops the understanding of the role that IT plays in informing sales strategy development and in the structured sales planning process. This module will be of particular benefit to those aiming to develop a career in this area across business, professional and consumer contexts.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • Note: There are elements of commonality and codelivery with BH2221/ BH5221 Employee Relations, but differences in learning outcomes and assessment strategies etc. make the two modules distinct. See module handbooks for further information. No student who has taken BH2221/ BH5221 can take this module.

      The focus of this module is the relationship between employers and employees. We examine the nature of this relationship and the significance of its key features for the relative power and position of the two main parties. We consider how the employment relationship is regulated and controlled and the resulting outcomes for employers and employees alike. In this regard, the role of trade unions, new employment relations actors such as Citizens Advice, and internal company human resource management systems are scrutinised and discussed. The impact of government legislation on employee relations outcomes and processes is also examined, as are other contextual influences such as the business environment, labour market and technological trends.In addition to analysinggeneral developmentsin employee relations, the moduleexamines specific themes and aspects such as the management of discipline and dismissal and health and safety, and the employment experience of particular groups of workers (for example women and migrant workers). 

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    • This capstone module addresses the need for learning and development (L&D) to be a strategic business function in order to enhance both individual performance and organisational success. Drawing upon knowledge acquired from a range of other modules (eg. Introduction to HRM, Organisational Behaviour; Strategic HRM and Strategic Management) students will learn how to provide development opportunities that have been carefully analysed, designed, delivered and evaluated, supported by an understanding of learning theory. The module will also enable students to contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within organisations. 

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • Innovation acts as a key driver for economic growth providing social and economic benefits for local, national and international communities. Without innovation, our social and economic systems do not function! This module encourages you to understand how innovation actually happens by carrying out a practical innovation audit within a large established organisation. You will identify critical issues and skills needed to achieve entrepreneurially driven innovation. Since employers are seeking creative students who are able to initiate and participate in innovation activity, this module will enhance your employability in the wider world of work.

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    • This module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will also gain experience of choosing modes of entry for small business internationalisation, assess international markets and produce financial projections for the business plan.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

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    • This module introduces you to the key terminology and techniques of financial management that are regularly used in business today. It lays the foundation for a proper understanding of more complex financial issues and is designed to equip you with knowledge of business finance required for making informed business decisions in a management-related career. It explains the company's goal of value maximisation, how it can make investment and financing decisions that add value, and also considers competing sources of finance available to companies and the main features of capital markets, with particular emphasis on the private sector of the UK economy. Graduates with financial management skills continue to have a competitive advantage in the job market, an edge that may become even more significant in an economic downturn.

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    • This module develops the topics studied in Managing Financial Resources and is designed to give undergraduate business students an advanced course exploring the provision and use of accounting information in internal management decision making. You will be involved in an active learning approach and will be expected to reflect on the purposes and uses of management accounting information, evaluate case study scenarios, discuss theoretical accounting concepts and utilise a range of practical techniques to solve practice questions. 

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • International Business Operations is designed to develop students' ability to assess the business environment faced by an international company and evaluate opportunities and risks in international marketplaces. This module will help students develop decision-making skills in operational issues for international companies. Classes will be delivered as a combination of lectures and tutorials.

      This module will include the following topics: global market environment, international market entry modes, international trade, risk management, culture and international human resource management, global operations, international marketing, international finance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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    • This module explores the concepts, tools and techniques associated with service operations and focuses on service evaluation, enhancement and improvement.

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Business Readiness module

  • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of employability and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your placement and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible placement, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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