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Clearing 2017 via Kingston University
Clearing 2017 via Kingston University

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

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N221 Clearing 2017
2018
4 years full time including foundation year N222 Clearing 2017
2018

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 placement 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. Or, you can stay on the general business management path.

You'll also get free membership of the Chartered Management Institute, through which you'll gain access to additional learning materials and valuable networking opportunities. You'll also receive its professional qualification on graduating. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development accredits the human resource management pathway.

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 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.

Years 1 and 2

  • This module outlines the environmental influences faced by organisations, including key issues such as supply and demand, industrial structure, economies of scale and investment in human capital. You will examine the basic features of a market-based economy and develop an understanding about economic and industrial policy, including the creation of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will learn about the different types of legal businesses that can be set up, their implications and their advantages and disadvantages. You will also develop an appreciation of how globalisation, corporate social responsibility and achieving a sustainable environment affect how organisations operate.

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  • This module will enable you to appreciate, understand and use mathematics and IT to solve business problems. It will help you appreciate how an understanding of different interrelated mathematical topics is essential in business. It will also help you understand how the use of common business software packages is essential in solving business problems.

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  • In this module you will develop an in-depth understanding about marketing in modern businesses and non-profit organisations and how it relates to other business functions. You will learn how to appraise and develop coherent marketing plans for a range of organisations and develop your intellectual and research skills.

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  • This module introduces you to the behaviour and management of people in work situations. The theories you will learn and apply are focused on the individual, the group and the organisation as a whole. Throughout this module you will engage in activities that enable you to develop your academic and other relevant skills, applicable to both your time at Kingston University and the future organisational environments you might work in.

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  • This module introduces you to accounting in small and large businesses financial and and how to understand and interpret financial information management accounting in a business context. It provides the skills needed to analyse financial statements of public listed companies and an introduction to using and managing financial information in real business situations.

    The module explains the principles and construction of the key financial statements that measure financial performance and financial position. It goes on to explain how the financial statements of public listed companies can be analysed.

    This module also considers the fundamental concepts of management accounting, and builds on them to provides you with the analytical skills necessary to make many short, medium and long term operating decisions within an organisation.

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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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  • In this module you will develop a business plan to launch a new product or service, or to start up a new venture. You will cover all aspects of the plan from generating ideas, carrying out a feasibility analysis and producing the marketing strategy, through to developing the business model and conducting the financial analysis.

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  • This module is one of the options available to students during their work placement. Each of these options allows students to develop their skills and knowledge, and learn about the business environment and the world of work, linked to their main interests, in this case, the entrepreneurial environment.

    Students taking this module will be working on their real business start-up from the first day. In teams, students will validate their proposed business idea using iterative lean start-up methodology principles, which will gain them their reference customers and help them complete their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a culmination of the first start-up stage. The experience can be extended into the second stage in which the start-up team will focus on growing the business. Student taking this module will be provided with physical working space, coaching, utilities, and networking connections and opportunities, as well as some capital (subject to progress).

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  • This module is one of the options available to you during your work placement/business experience. Each of these options allows you to develop your skills and knowledge, and learn about the business environment and the world of work, linked to your main interests; in this case, the opportunity to gain experience in research work on one or more business topics under the direction of a Principal Investigator and/or co-invest.

    During your period of placement, you will be introduced to business research and how research is conducted and used in business and in academia. In addition, you will learn about the skills and knowledge required to become a researcher.

     

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Year 3

  • This module considers how organisations can grow and compete successfully. You 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. This module examines the role of stakeholders and culture in an organisation, and the options an organisation has for its growth and development. The module includes an individual capstone project giving you the opportunity to consolidate your learning and experience from across the programme.

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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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  • 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:

    • 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 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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    • 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. This module incorporates theoretical and conceptual considerations with the operational aspects of the 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.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • 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 analysing general developments in employee relations, the module examines 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 module addresses the need for learning and development (L&D) to be a strategic business function in order to enhance both individual performance and organizational success. 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:

    • Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors in terms of growth and financial performance. Innovation management requires special knowledge and skills, which are different from standard strategic management theories and practices. This module introduces you to the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities within organisations of all sizes. It presents the main instruments in support of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as business incubators, accelerators, crowdfunding platforms and venture capital finance. It also examines international, national and regional policy measures in stimulating the innovation ecosystem.

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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 business accounting and is designed to give you an advanced course exploring the provision and use of accounting information in internal management decision-making.

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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.

Find out more about where you can study abroad:

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