This course allows you to study Business & Business TE as a single honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject.
If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.
Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss and owning your own company? Then our Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme could be what you are looking for. This Team Academy style degree programme adopts a ‘learning by doing’ approach where you’ll not only be enterprising and productive, you’ll also learn about building businesses within a social enterprise context and within a global business network.
|Academic School:||School of Humanities|
|Mode of Study:||Full-time|
|Awarding Institution:||Bishop Grosseteste University|
Entry Requirements for Foundation Year
Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.
Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.
The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L).
About The Course
Studying business at BGU offers you a doorway into the inner workings of organisations in a local, national and international way. Our central philosophy is to embed your learning about business into real-world contexts while also supporting your developing academic knowledge and understanding of theories and models of business practice.
This applied business degree programme is structured into three years, all of which are based on your learning by doing. From the very beginning you will be establishing a team company, trading as a functioning business and finding, keeping and growing customer and client networks, locally, nationally and internationally. In this degree you take full responsibility for your learning, running your business with your team colleagues, but we will support you throughout with a team of coaches, not teachers.
To help support your developing understanding of setting up, running and growing your team company there will be a series of professional workshops, seminars and creative laboratories during the course. Throughout the rest of the programme, there will be no taught inputs, lectures or seminars. Instead, you will be guided and supported through your learning by coaches who will work with you during training sessions each week and in action learning groups.
You will also have access to a wide range of learning materials including books, journals and online resources which you will use to support your developing entrepreneurial, business and team knowledge. You will be expected to apply theory to practice in the form of reflective logs, creative presentations and project work and you will gain valuable feedback from peers, coaches and your clients which will inform your business development.
From your first day and during your first year, you will begin to form your team company and get to know your own strengths and development needs along with those of your team colleagues. You will create your business, working through the legal and technical requirements for this process, and you will begin to develop creative and innovative projects to support your emerging client/customer needs. You will begin to engage in local, national and international networking.
Throughout your second year, you will develop the experience you will have gained through working as a team company for a year. Your client/customer base will grow as you expand your local networks to take in regional, national and international connections. As your knowledge, skills and aptitudes in business and teamwork grow you will gain confidence in identifying your learning needs and leadership of projects and teams will become a focus for you.
At the end of year two, you will have begun to think about a significant project with your team which has a focus on social enterprise and sustainability in an international market. As your third year begins so too does the planning process for your international project. As this takes shape you may get the opportunity to head abroad, or alternatively, you could link in with a global company from the UK. You will also be working individually and as a team to forward the plan for continued success post-graduation as you map out your future ventures.
The BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) degree has also been mapped to a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership giving you the chance to augment your degree with a professional qualification if you choose to do so; for more information on costs for this please contact the programme leader.
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.
This applied business degree programme is structured into three years, all of which are based on your learning by doing. From the very beginning you will be establishing a team company, trading as a functioning business and finding, keeping and growing customer and client networks, locally, nationally and internationally.
To help support your developing understanding of setting up, running and growing your team company you will be invited to engage in a range of useful professional activities both on and off campus. These could include professional workshops, seminars or business networking events during the course. Throughout the rest of the programme, there will be no taught inputs, lectures or seminars. Instead, you will be guided and supported through your learning by coaches who will work with you during training sessions each week and in action learning groups.
Foundation Year 0 Modules
Self As Learner
In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.
You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.
This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.
Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.
The Digital Learner
The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.
This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.
Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.
Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.
We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.
During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include, short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.
Assessment of our Business (Team Entrepreneurship) course is done through a continuous process and not through exams. Key points in the year will require submission of particular pieces of work and you will be assessed in a variety of ways – through presentations, workshop creation, written pieces, visual work and also through your participation and leadership of training sessions and client engagement. You will reflect critically on your learning through the process of running your business and your ability to function individually and also as part of an entrepreneurial team. Your customers/clients will form part of the assessment process as you deliver projects to them on time, on budget and to quality. Your peers and coaches will also form a vital part of your assessment feedback and you will be expected to seek out ways of understanding your learning progress.
Careers & Further Study
The BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) degree aims to equip you with the experience needed to set up your own venture, or to carry on a venture from your team experience. Other potential destinations for graduates might be to work in organisations in roles focusing on business management, project development and management, and leadership.
Year 1 Modules
In this module you will be exploring how to innovate and refine new ideas so that you can carry out profitable business activities. You will develop a bank of tools and techniques that can enable creative working, including understanding the design process and how this is applicable to a coaching model of goal setting, exploring the creativity cycle and applying the process to design thinking, and researching how profitable and creative businesses have generated successful, innovative ideas.
You will learn about how and why you contribute to teams, how you can best use your skills as leaders, managers, collaborators and also how learning can be a life-long experience. Through building and sharing networks, you will extend your networking and communication skills as well as maximise your ability to link with other Team Entrepreneurs and businesses locally, nationally and internationally.
Learning to function as a learning organisation will be introduced using Team Academy methods such as Dialogue Sessions, during which your Team Company come together and work as a unit to problem solve and create opportunities. Presentation and performance skills will be developed through Business Challenges, during which your team will work together to generate new learning from real challenges and projects presented to you by customers or clients.
By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the key elements of business creation. These include selection of the appropriate legal entity and the establishment of good governance from the outset; establishing a sound financial base; establishing a brand identity and the development of an initial business idea covering the first year in detail.
Year 2 Modules
Throughout this module, there will be a focus on your ability to articulate your growing knowledge and understanding through critical responses to your own goal setting and academic and professional development plans. You will develop your leadership and management skills by assuming a range of roles within the Team, rotated on a yearly or half yearly basis to allow expertise to develop.
This module will have a focus on the way teams are characterised by complex interactions, and how having a developed appreciation of Emotional Intelligence (EI) will help you to better understand how to maximise effectiveness and minimise disputes between team members. As well as continuing to develop the theories and practice of team creation, development and team dynamics, you will develop an ability to assimilate and analyse effectively various types of information.
This module investigates the benefits and dangers of social networking as a communication and networking tool, highlights the importance of virtual and actual ‘image’ as a marketing and communication tool and requires you to progress entrepreneurial ideas through engaging with and running networking events and activities. You will require negotiation skills, the ability to influence and persuade and also the ability to have authentic and challenging conversations.
During this module, operations management elements will introduce you to a range of concepts and skills that are central to delivering customer satisfaction and improving the performance of the whole business, such as Quality Management. You will be able to apply knowledge in relation to managing the Team Company’s finances effectively to assist in utilising any funding received to the maximum, inform decision making, help to avoid cash-flow crises and maximise profitability.
Year 3 Modules
You will explore your own leadership practice reflexively, using examples of good and great leadership drawn from theory and current and recent events. Utilising work done in previous years on creative approaches to team working, self-reflection and business practice, you will be able to develop strategic and operational planning within your Team Company and also link to your own future planning goals.
This module builds on the international nature of the Team Entrepreneurship Programme, which will have been explored and developed organically throughout the course. Being able to connect to like-minded and educated individuals, teams, businesses and universities globally will provide you with a unique “portal” through which you can access information on specific operating environments unavailable to most businesses.
You will be guided, where necessary, through the process of winding up your business, and the legal and practical aspects will be considered to ensure that all relevant actions have been taken to close the Team Companies appropriately. Another key focus will be on planning ahead for the future and making very real short, medium and long term plans to ensure that there is an entrepreneurial focus on leaving the programme.
In engaging with this module, you will be able to explore your understanding of the challenges involved in the delivery of sustainable management practices across a range of operational issues relevant to your business. Concepts of sustainability, sustainable development, natural capitalism, environmentalism, corporate responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility and related perspectives as they affect business will all be explored.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
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