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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT BA (HONS)

UCAS Code: N200|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
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ABOUT THE COURSE

The world of Business Management is fast-moving and dynamic: Business organisations are facing unprecedented change and complex challenges both within the UK and globally. This demands that students who enter the business sector understand the dynamics of the business environment and how organisations operate in increasingly uncertain situations. The Business Management degree at Liverpool Hope University examines small to medium-sized enterprises to global multi-national companies – public, private, not-for-profit with a focus on business principles, organisational dynamics and management processes.

Liverpool Hope Business School has an enviable reputation for developing students with sound theoretical principles, thorough understanding of contemporary business practices and informed by the latest research. The strong links we have with professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) ensure you are well prepared for the world of work.

This in-depth degree gives you the opportunity to understand how businesses operate and the ethical and social impact they have on communities. An experienced, student-focused team will develop your understanding of this business context and develop the critical business skills that future employers will demand.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. The lectures will provide you with a general framework in Business Management, whilst the seminar activities and discussions, in smaller groups, help you to further develop your understanding of the subject. In weekly, small group tutorials you work closely with tutors to acquire greater confidence in your own abilities.

If you are studying Business Management as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which will decrease to approximately 10 teaching hours per week in your second and third years. If you are studying Business Management as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which decreases to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week. 

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments. Exams are normally held at the end of each academic year and you are required to complete a series of assessment tasks during each year. These typically include business reports, essays, and a portfolio. In your final year, you are also required to complete a dissertation.

In addition to this, you are given multiple opportunities for formative assessment where assessments are marked to enable guidance and development, but with opportunities to improve before a final mark is given.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

*Please note topics marked with a * are studied by Single Honours students only.


YEAR ONE

Introduction to Business Management

In the first year you will study a common core (together with students studying Accounting & Finance, and Marketing). This gives a sound introduction to the world of business; how businesses trade, how they function and how they understand and control their finances. Only with this appreciation of the relationship between marketing and the global business context can marketers contextualise marketing theory and practice and understand the dynamics of contemporary marketing management.

This year will equip you with the fundamental skills for employability. Group-based work will develop your ability to work as part of a team, whilst student-led tutorials will enhance your competence in relation to interpreting, producing and presenting information in a variety of formats. At the end of this year, you will have the ability to deliver multiple projects within given timescales. Topics studied in this year are:

  • Introduction to Business Management Theory & Practice
  • Evolution of Business Structures and Functions
  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing*
  • Business and Society*
  • Analysing the organisational external environment (PESTEL)*
  • Contemporary organisational challenges*

YEAR TWO

Explorations in Business Management

Building on the foundations of year one, you will begin to evaluate business issues in greater depth and consider some of the wider challenges faced by contemporary organisations. Not only will you engage in the Young Enterprise competition which allows teams to develop a Business Plan and trade as a legal entity, you will further develop your research and problem solving skills.

Single Honours students will build on their first year studies to examine business functions in greater detail and understand business alignment through Organisational Design, HRM and Operations Management. At the same time, you will be introduced to the past and present practices and appreciate how our understanding of Business Management has changed over the years.

Business analytics will underpin crucial problem solving and decision making skills, whilst the Young Enterprise programme will allow you to develop your entrepreneurial capability.

Topics studied in your second year are:

  • Entrepreneurship and Young Enterprise (YE)
  • Project Management 
  • Business analytics and decision making
  • Macro economics
  • Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resource Development*
  • Organisational Design*
  • CSR and contemporary business ethics*
  • Business Law*
  • Business Sustainability*

YEAR THREE

Advanced Studies in Business Management

In the final year, you will critically analyse contemporary issues and emerging trends that organisations face in a competitive business environments. Another significant area where you will develop your understanding is strategic management and allied topics. These will equip you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the theories and models that any modern organisation uses to make important decisions on a daily basis.

In addition, Single Honours students will be able to develop an understanding of key topics such as global competitiveness, international trade theories, economic growth, human development, poverty, inequality and human well-being. As the degree progresses, you will gain deeper insight and an appreciation of how globalisation touches the lives of countless individuals in a connected world.

Both academic and professional competence will be refined in your final year. Critical evaluation is a key component at this level of study and this will lay the foundations for reflective thinkers and practitioners. The undertaking of an individual research project or dissertation will help you develop a proactive mind-set that will prepare you for the world of work or further study.

Topics studied in this year are:

  • Business Management Combined Honours
  • Strategic Management and Planning 
  • Marketing Research 
  • Globalisation and Cross Cultural Issues
  • Organisational Culture and Leadership
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Strategy* 
  • Globalisation and Development*
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Third Sector organisations*
  • Evaluating strategies*
  • The strategy development process*
  • Final Year Dissertation*

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsABB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
BTECDDD-DMM
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

Recent graduates of the Business Management degree have gone on to have a variety of careers, including Marketing Manager, Trainee Manager, Commercial Product Manager Assistant, Facilities Management and Purchase Ledger and Accounts Technician.

Our Business Management degree is designed to prepare you for a career in any aspect of management and business, equipped to set up your own business or to work as a business advisor. It also equips you with those transferable key skills that are required in today’s industry sectors. You will have developed skills such as problem-solving, critical analysis, teamwork, giving presentations, report writing and reflective practice, all of which are demanded by top employers.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As well as the cost of your tuition fees, you will need to consider the cost of your core textbooks which we estimate to be around £100. There is also a voluntary contribution cost of £5-£10 for the Young Enterprise venture.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Opportunities to take part in a variety of Business Awards and International Business Games
  • Strong links with local, national and international organisations
  • Scenario-based learning approach connects theory, practice and the world of Business Management

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