This programme is designed to provide the essential skills, knowledge and understanding of business which will enable students to progress to the honours top-up BA in Business Administration programme or enter employment. The programme offers an education in general business which puts emphasis on personal development and employability.
The programme structure enables students to experience a comprehensive range of business topics, including marketing, human resource management, accounting and international business. The programme has been designed to reflect the real-life experience of working in a business context, developing the students to work independently, in teams and for themselves.
This course is offered in partnership with, and validated by, University of Hertfordshire.
What will I study?
This programme aims to:
- prepare students for a career in business and management
- provide students with a thorough understanding of business and management practices in local, national and international contexts
- develop students’ practical, transferable, intellectual, study, employability and enterprise skills
- enable students to apply their learning in work-related contexts
- equip students for further academic study and progression to the business administration degree programme at USP College.
You will be exposed to the application of Business and Management skills and knowledge in the workplace through work-based learning. You will study work-based learning modules in year one, culminating in a work-based learning project, negotiated and agreed with an employer, in year two. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures by guest speakers from industry, relevant to your career goals.
Principles of Marketing
Accounting for Managers
Methods and Systems for Management Decisions
Economics for Business
Introduction to Human Resource Management
Introduction to Research Methods
Developing the Business Professional
Exploring Business Ethics
Management Accounting for Business Decisions
Work-Based Learning Projects
How will I be taught and assessed?
Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, and whole or small group discussions. Students will have access to a dedicated Academic Support Tutor who will support students in the classroom and offer individual support as required. Our class sizes are kept small, to around 20 per class, to enable individual support.
Assessment is predominantly coursework, with some modules combining coursework with unseen examinations or practical activities. Each module has one or more assessment tasks which are detailed in the Module Guide. Students are required to pass all modules before proceeding on the Programme or graduating.
Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.
What could I do next?
- Progression to vocational courses with professional qualifications offered by various professional bodies in the business sector
- Progress to self-employment and new business enterprises
- Enter a variety of careers in areas such as Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Law, Tourism and Event Management.
- On graduation, graduates could follow a career in business or could use their Foundation degree as entry into the BA (Hons) Business Administration at USP College.
Typical entry requirements
- 96 UCAS points in a relevant Level 3 BTEC qualification or A-Levels
- GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths
- A successful interview with a teacher.
The programme is subject to the University of Hertfordshire's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).
How to apply
To apply simply use online application form, although this is a degree programme, you do not need to apply through UCAS.
When we receive your application we will email or write to you to let you know your application has arrived safely.
We will invite you to an interview where we can get to know you a bit better and you can ask any outstanding questions you have about the course. As well as any support you might need.
After your interview, we will write to you to confirm the outcome of your discussion.
You will be invited to enrol on your course, this is typically the first week of September. You will then be informed of your start date.
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