Course summary

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.

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.

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Key facts


BA (Hons)

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4 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

Our BA (Hons) Business degree programme will enable you to develop a deep understanding of the wide spectrum of business-related subjects through a coherent range of modules that enable you to enhance and build your knowledge, skills and understanding as you go through each year.

You will learn about how businesses develop strategic thinking, how they operationally function and what they need to consider in order to ensure that they are profitable and productive. Each year of the degree builds on the one before; in year one you focus on understanding the fundamentals of business including economics and finance, leadership, the development of business ideas and how businesses run. In year two you deepen your knowledge of particular elements of business practice such as human resource management and marketing. In year three the focus is on extending your knowledge and skills to the wider world, and you will consider the psychology of organisations and what leadership for a changing world, as well as how businesses of all sizes need to develop their corporate strategy. You will also extend your understanding of the international perspective through considering entrepreneurship in a wider context.

In this course, you have the chance to develop real-world experiences through taking ownership of your own learning and designing and managing business projects focused on areas of interest that you have. As each year of the degree progresses you have the opportunity to carry out this work locally, nationally, or internationally with a range of BGU business and academic networks.

The BA (Hons) Business 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.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

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 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.

This module effectively sets the scene for the rest of the course by introducing the fundamental ideas, concepts, principles and operations of the business system. What is a business? What does the business environment embrace and how is it evolving? You will compare and contrast the legal models and governance of the most common business forms, and gain an appreciation of the role and importance of effective management, Management Information Systems, finance and funding, marketing and HRM.

This module will provide a sound understanding and ability to apply the basic principles of accounting and economics. It aims to provide ideas about labour markets and the structure, inflation and deflation, growth and stagnation of payment issues and exchange rates, along with exploring simple cash flow models and how to set budgets and budget accordingly within the resources available.

This module focuses on two main areas of learning; your personal and professional development, supporting you to make the transition into academic study within the context of your chosen business programme, and the concept of self-leadership and leadership of others. Throughout the module, you will focus on the personal and professional learning you will have gained from the various practical and academic experiences you will have engaged in throughout the year.

This module introduces the concept of design thinking and innovation within a business context, and has been designed to give you the practical tools as well as the theories behind them which will help your idea generation and problem solving. Design thinking is a problem solving process that combines creative and critical thinking to allow information and ideas to be organised in order to solve problems and gain new knowledge.

This core module provides introductory knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of entrepreneurial thinking and action - entrepreneurship can be taught and you will learn through doing, experiencing and reflecting about others and yourself. The module will, through a series of contexts, introduce you to entrepreneurship relating to start up situations and explore specific areas including youth, family, female, ethnic and silver entrepreneurship.

This module provides introductory knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of project based learning. It supports the notion that project based classrooms allow you to investigate questions, propose hypotheses and explanations, discuss your ideas, challenge the ideas of others and try out new ideas.

This module will explore equality and inequality in the global economic context, considering how the UK as an economy fits into this overall landscape. Through the module, you will start to explore the challenges of, for example, public spending, and whether it can survive within the current financial climate.

This module will set out the role and contribution of entrepreneurs in the start-up process and provide you with the knowledge and skills to take forward an idea of your choice. Specifically, this module aims to provide you with the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and business planning both individually and in groups using videos, podcasts, entrepreneurs as guest speakers, and potentially field visits.

This module will introduce the you to “Human Resource Management” (HRM) and take you on a journey through the ‘employee life cycle’ which will help you to understand how to effectively map out the management of people within organisations and to understand the continuous nature of this cycle. It explores the relationship of resourcing, relations and development to the wider HR function and the contribution they make to organisation strategy and performance.

Through the module you will become familiar with digital marketing principles including search engine optimisation, content marketing, paid search and online advertising, focusing on the return on investment for digital marketing. Web technologies are explored, from brochure websites with CMS and open source technologies through to advanced functionality and app development, including the use of mobile and geo-specific tech.

This module provides you with a more in depth critical understanding and knowledge of well-established theories and principles of project based learning as well as project planning and management. It provides a platform for you to develop your skills, using a range of enquiry and problem solving strategies through the execution of small, authentic projects, both independently and with others.

This module is offered to develop an understanding and awareness of how entrepreneurs create and manage ventures across national borders and cultures. The world is now the potential marketplace and resource base for any entrepreneur and this module aims to develop an appreciation of the key opportunities and challenges that this rapidly changing landscape offers.

This module will introduce student to the psychology and sociology of organisations, and the important organisational foundation stones needed to build resilient and sustainable organisations. The rationale for this module is to enable you to think more critically about how culture, development and design affects an organisation’s ability to be resilient and sustainable during challenging economic times.

This module aims to provide multiple perspectives on corporate strategy and the place of understanding and managing risk in strategic business thinking. It will introduce a range of contemporary issues associated with the formulation and implementation of corporate and business strategies with an emphasis on identifying and implementing strategic change within the organisation, building dynamic capabilities and developing coherent strategies.

The current and future geo-political landscape of leadership will be considered in order to extend and challenge your understanding of competing leadership paradigms. Drawing on cutting edge theory and research into the behaviours, attitudes and practice that will inform the creative, dynamic and ethical leadership of the future, you will explore your own innovative capabilities in order to practically understand how self-leadership and the leading of others is connected to the development of professional competences.

Within contemporary business contexts, individuals are increasingly required to provide employers, or similarly in the case of self start-ups, with a set of highly adaptable, marketable and transferrable skills. This module builds on two previous project based learning modules at levels four and five to provide you with knowledge, understanding and a set of skills to help meet these needs.

Entry requirements

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GCSE 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.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

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.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Academic staff

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 the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

Careers & Further study

The BA (Hons) Business degree aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to develop a career, locally, nationally or internationally, in the business sector. Potential destinations could include retail, public sector management, or project management.

Some graduates might choose to start up their own venture as a result of this programme and our enterprise area, BG Futures, could help to support that process.


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

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.