Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Do you aspire to start your own business? Do you see yourself working as an entrepreneur or an innovation manager? If so, this course is ideal.

You'll gain knowledge of business strategy, project management, start-up creation and growth, and finance and accounting. You'll also practise and implement innovative management, technological change, and entrepreneurship to gain first-hand experience of managing and leading entrepreneurial teams.

With the full support from the University, the course also enables you to launch a business. We've been consistently rated as the most successful UK university for graduate start-up companies (HE-BCI, survey 2016/17).

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N212 2020 (Clearing)
2021
4 years full time including foundation year N213 2020 (Clearing)
2021
4 years full time including sandwich year N214 2021
Location Kingston Hill

2020 entry

If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston Business School has received a business accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), earned by just 5% of the world's business schools. This officially confirms you'll receive an excellent business education.
  • Kingston Business School also holds the Small Business Charter Award, highlighting the School's expertise in supporting small businesses and student entrepreneurship.
  • Kingston is also home to the Small Business Research Centre (SBRC), a pioneer in business research, providing recommendations for policies in Parliament, OECD, and the European Union.

What you will study

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

Year 2

Year 3

In your first year you will become familiar with a wide range of entrepreneurship related concepts. You will be introduced to the concept of innovation management and how this is different from standard strategic management theories and practices. You'll gain an understanding of the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities within organisations - from small to large.

Core modules

Innovation Management

30 credits

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 to standard strategic management theories and practices. This module introduces you to the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities within organisations - from small to large. The module develops a deep understanding of the role and relevance of innovation within all kinds of organisations and you are asked to identify critical issues, skills and knowledge needed to implement innovation activities or projects.
The module will use a combination of learning and teaching strategies, such as case studies and practical examples of latest examples of innovations. Within this module you are required to carry out a practical innovation audit within an established organisation, actively engaged in innovation.

Market Analysis and Big Data

30 credits

Effective market analysis is the starting point for any new venture. Accurate assessments of market size, value and of the scope for competitive advantage are required to determine new venture viability and to secure finance. This module introduces students to the principles of market analysis and provides them with an understanding of market analysis procedures. Effective market analysis is predicated on sourcing and interpreting data and the module introduces students to the types of data which are used in market analysis (primary and secondary). The use of big data as an enabler for data-driven decision making in entrepreneurial ventures is one of the most recent phenomena that is allowing start-ups to compete with large established firms. The sheer volume and variety of data available to today's ventures is daunting. This module will enable the students to learn about all aspects of big data: acquisition, storage and management, techniques for effective analysis of big data, and the application of big data to facilitate entrepreneurial decision making. Students will also learn about the issues arising from the highly temporal nature of big data; the velocity of change poses considerable challenges, in particular for data management and analysis.

Business Design Thinking I

30 credits

This module aims to give students the knowledge and understanding of creative and business behaviours necessary for developing a product/service and establishing an innovative multidisciplinary business enterprise. Students will work in teams to set up a business. Business mentors will be available to coach the teams. The module will enable students to understand the importance of using local and international networks to acquire the critical resources needed to create new ventures.

Business Design Thinking is taught in three consecutive modules (Business Design Thinking I, II & III). In Business Design Thinking I, students generate new business ideas through opportunity identification and problem framing. In Business Design Thinking II, students progress to concept development and test the portfolio of ideas generated during their first year of their studies. Finally, in Business Design Thinking III, students progress into the implementation of their selected and tested idea(s).

In Business Design Thinking I, students learn to identify problems, customer needs and business opportunities through the use of creativity and new ideas generation techniques such as brainstorming, scenario building, attribute listing, mind mapping and role playing. Students also exposed to various case studies of successful cases of structured ideation within a corporate environment.

 

Enterprise Finance and Accounting Principles

30 credits

This module focuses on the specific accounting and financial management issues that affect entrepreneurial and smaller enterprises. There are special legal and accounting requirements for smaller businesses as well as unique financing opportunities which are considered. By using industry tools to track the financial health of an enterprise, students will develop the necessary skills to budget and forecast as well as to track profitability and monitor cash flow, expenses and income. Their ability to apply theories and methodologies of cash management will be assessed using a written exam and an assignment that will require them to apply practical tools and techniques to real business situations. Formative feedback on their performance will be given in tutorials and lab-based sessions

In your second year you will develop the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to respond to the challenges involved in managing technological developments. You'll take a look at technologies which underpin solutions to the problems encountered by startup companies such as issues related to website design, web development and mobile app development.

Core modules

Building Digital Systems

30 credits

This module introduces the principles of Information Architecture (IA), equipping students with the knowledge, skills and technologies required to design a typical information architecture solution. Students will gain experience in designing and implementing a prototype solution; understand the difference between mobile and web applications; learn about the importance of modelling data using tight, loose and social classification systems; and the way that navigation and search have changed the ways that information is used.

Entrepreneurship and Strategic Growth

30 credits

The potential for growth is a defining feature of entrepreneurial SME's. This module is concerned with the issues and decisions that the entrepreneur must consider in successfully managing the growth and development of a new venture. The module is designed to cover four broad and interrelated issues: a) the process of business growth of SMEs, b) barriers to business growth of firms; c) internal strategies for the growth of firms, and d) external strategies for the growth of SMEs. The module will draw on the literature on entrepreneurship to provide the basis for a critical understanding of the concepts and strategies for entrepreneurial venture growth and development.

Operations and Project Management

30 credits

The module aims to enable students 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. Their 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.

Business Design Thinking II

30 credits

This module aims to give students the knowledge and understanding of creative and business behaviours necessary for developing a product/service and establishing an innovative multidisciplinary business enterprise. Students will work in teams to set up a business. Business mentors will be available to coach the teams. The module will enable students to understand the importance of using local and international networks to acquire the critical resources needed to create new ventures.

This module builds on Business Design Thinking I, where students generate new business ideas through opportunity identification and problem framing. In Business Design Thinking II, students progress to concept development and test the portfolio of ideas generated during their first year of their studies. The module is delivered in the Kingston Business Incubator.

The Business Design Thinking II module focuses on the core processes of testing and prototyping and their critical role in the successful commercialisation of ideas. It provides students with the knowledge necessary for developing a product/service and establishing and effectively testing the viability of the product/service through lean start-up methodology. Through prototyping, testing and experiments, students select one idea from their Ideas Portfolio (generated in the Business Design Thinking I module) to progress to implementation in the final year of their studies. Methods of testing and prototyping include stimulation, 3D printing and prototype design in a virtual environment. Students will also conduct market analysis to complement their decision to select a particular idea.

 

In your final year you will implement your tested idea(s) by launching your own business and learn how to finance your ventures. You will develop an understanding of how venture capital funds, business angels and crowdfunding platforms work; how firms become investment ready, raise external finance and how they finally exit. You will understand the importance of using local and international networks to acquire the critical resources needed to create your new venture(s).

Core modules

Information Architecture for Digital Business

30 credits

This module introduces a changing landscape of enterprise information architecture through practical work engaging with typical components and business processes. This will also involve studying the changes with commoditisation of IT and Cloud-based services. Other topics include business process management and the trend towards service oriented architecture. These form an important link between business strategy and IT and they will be covered through practical hands-on experience. The module thus provides an important foundation and background for employability especially in IT consultancy.

Entrepreneurial Marketing

30 credits

Undertaking the practice of marketing in an entrepreneurial setting is profoundly different to marketing in established companies. Extremely fast pace of change, lack of resources and people, undeveloped markets and product development problems are just some of the challenges entrepreneurs face. This module will prepare students for developing and implementing successful innovative marketing strategies for their ventures.

The module will introduce students to core marketing concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, which are as important to new ventures as they are to established companies. The principles of effective operational marketing will also be covered - pricing, distribution and marketing communications. Students will critically evaluate the role that brands play in delivering value to customers and competitive advantage to firms. The role and importance of sales is also closely examined. New tactics like growth hacking are revolutionizing how digital start-ups approach growth challenges. Therefore, a special emphasis will be on how digital technologies enable entrepreneurial marketing for new ventures.

 

Fundraising and Pitching

30 credits

Venture capital and Business Angel finance has been the driving force behind some of the most vibrant sectors of the economy. Companies famous for receiving venture capital or business angel funding early in their development include Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon. US and Western Europe no longer dominate the industry and emerging countries such as China, India and Russia are fast catching up. Recently, the explosion of Crowdfunding platforms has signalled a new era for the innovation finance industry. This module analyses all stages of the funding ladder for innovative companies, from Crowdfunding, Business Angels, Venture Capital, and Private Equity to IPO or M&A. It examines the main forms of innovation finance and the investment process; how private equity and venture capital funds, business angels and crowdfunding platforms work; how firms become investment ready, raise external finance and how to they finally exit. Students also learn about wider framework conditions that have a bearing on business innovation, including availability of finance for innovation, public policies and agencies promoting innovation.

Business Design Thinking III

30 credits

This module aims to give students the knowledge and understanding of creative and business behaviours necessary for developing a product/service and establishing an innovative multidisciplinary business enterprise. Students will work in teams to set up a business. Business mentors will be available to coach the teams. The module will enable students to understand the importance of using local and international networks to acquire the critical resources needed to create new ventures.

Business Design Thinking is taught in three consecutive modules (Business Design Thinking I, II & III). In Business Design Thinking I, students generate new business ideas through opportunity identification and problem framing. In Business Design Thinking II, students' progress to concept development and test the portfolio of ideas generated during their first year of their studies. Finally, in Business Design Thinking III, students' progress into the implementation of their selected and tested idea(s). All the occurrences of this module are delivered in the Kingston Business Incubator.

In Business Design Thinking III students will establish their own companies as individual founders or as part of a founding team. Business mentors will be available to coach the teams.

 

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation year - Business

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.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 112 for BSc (Hons); 48 for BSc (Hons) including foundation year.

Additional requirements

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes lectures, workshops in computer labs, small group tutorials and seminars.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study: 936 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 260 hours
  • Guided independent study: 940 hours
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study: 936 hours

 

  • Year 1 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework: 65%
  • Practical: 10%
  • Exam: 25%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 95%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Exam: 0%
Final year
  • Coursework: 77%
  • Practical: 13%
  • Exam: 10%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 20 students and lecture sizes are normally 15-20. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Student academic mentors also provide support during certain tutorials / seminars, under the supervision of the module leader.

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,500
Year 1 (2021/22): £13,500 
Year 2 (2022/23): £13,900
Year 3 (2023/24): £14,300

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,100
Year 1 (2020/21): £13,100 
Year 2 (2021/22): £13,500
Year 3 (2022/23): £13,900

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional course costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free wifi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

After you graduate

You'll graduate with key skills, ready to create a business or join entrepreneurial teams in large companies.

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students who will be starting the course in September 2020.

Course information (changes for 2020 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Accreditation

During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.

In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.

Additional (changes for 2020 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.

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