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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 2019
2020
4 years full time including foundation year N222 2019
2020

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.

Kingston University is rated the most successful UK higher education institutions for graduate start-up companies (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey).

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.

With business experience

This degree comes 'with business experience', which includes the following:

  • The Business Readiness Programme develops your business skills and qualities so that you hit the ground running on the first day of your work internship or graduate job.
  • Business Practice gives you the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life and hands-on experience.  In the second year, from May, you will gain a minimum of three months hands-on experience from a choice of:
    • Work internship
    A work internship where you will work within a business in a role linked to your degree or area of interest. This work experience is invaluable on your CV in helping to secure a job after you graduate.
    • Research placement
    A research placement in which you will support an academic in their area of research.  This is ideal if you are considering an academic career or would like to continue on to a masters course.
    • Real-life, project based modules
    A university based module, which brings a 'real-life' project into the classroom.  Through a 'consultancy in practice' or 'entrepreneurship' module you will work alongside your peers, with the support of your lecturers, to develop your own business or find solutions for a 'live' business project.

This course, 'with business experience', aims to increase your employability and future career success. You'll graduate from this degree with both the knowledge from a three year degree as well as three months direct business or research experience; helping you to stand out from the crowd in the future.

What you will study

In Year 1 and 2 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. Other modules you will study include Human Resource Management, Operations and Project Management, Business Accounting and Entrepreneurship. Additionally you will complete the business readiness programme in preparation for Business Practice. You will carry out your Business Practice in Year 2 from May, for a minimum of three months.

Optional year - You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad or to undertake a year-long work placement (or even a mix of both).

In your final year everyone studies strategic management and leadership. You can then specialise in human resource management, entrepreneurship, finance, or service operations. Or 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.

  Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept
Year 1 Core modules  
Business readiness programme  
Year 2 Core modules and optional modules Business practice*  
Business readiness programme  
Optional year Optional study abroad year  
Final year
Core modules  
Business readiness programme with a careers and employability focus  

* Business practice must be at least three months but with an option to continue up to September.

Foundation year

If you would like to study this business degree at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year.

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Module listing

Take a look at some of the content and modules that you may have the opportunity to study on this course:

Year 1

  • 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 you 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, you 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 you 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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  • This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 2

  • 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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  • The module aims to enable you to develop the analytical skills necessary to make a positive contribution to issues concerning operations and project management, and describe the strategic contribution that effective operations and project management can play within organisations. Your ability to apply theories and methodologies of operations and project management will be assessed using two assignments that will require them to apply practical tools and techniques to real business situations. Formative feedback will be given in tutorials and lab-based sessions.

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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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  • 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 consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 3

  • 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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  • 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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Optional year

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:

If you are considering studying abroad, read what our students say about their experiences.

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