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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:N203
Campus Location: University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

About the course

You will gain a broad understanding of organisations on this vocational degree with a focus on managing people and processes in a large and small organisations.

From the beginning you will start to develop the high levels of professionalism that employers look for, along with the understanding of how organisations operate and the ability to apply theory to real-life situations – making you efficient and effective in any organisational, cultural or social context.

You will also gain an entrepreneurial understanding of bushiness and practical skills that will also prepare you to start your own.


You should study this course because it provides the practical skills and conceptual understanding required for managing in organisations. It provides a broad understanding of management under diverse operating conditions and builds for you a contextual and conceptual foundation to manage organizations undergoing dramatic change. All the basic functional areas that are deemed to comprise the business discipline Marketing, Operations, Information Systems, Finance, HRM, Business Policy and Strategy and Change, Economics, Law and Contemporary Issues are examined over the duration of the course and in the context of contemporary change.

A key feature of this course is the period of time gaining genuine employment experience through a work placement in the second year of your study. This placement will take place in the second semester of the second year and will give you exposure to the many facets of business and management action. The duration of the placement will be for a twelve week period and may be with one of the large multi-national organisations based within Milton Keynes or with a Small/Medium Enterprise (SME). Either of these placement opportunities offers considerable advantage to your education as organisations are continually challenged to meet the management needs of business opportunities. The placement element of this course is guaranteed and may take place entirely on the organisations premises or where this is not practical will be based for no less than three days at the organisation with a further two days spent on the UCMK campus site where you will have the opportunity to undertake relevant research to support your placement activity.

Placements will be monitored by our academic staff and dedicated placement resources to ensure that you have the best possible experience whilst working on behalf of an organisation during your study. Upon completion of your placement experience you will re-join the final year of your studies during which time the experiences gained during the placement will provide you with opportunity to apply this knowledge to your academic and practitioner based units.


Units

  • Accounting For Business (AAF016-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Communication (BBS003-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Management (BBS013-1) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Competence In Business (MAR013-1) Compulsory
  • Law For Business Managers (LAW011-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Marketing (MAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Enterprise Placement (BSS020-2) Compulsory
  • Human Resource Management (SHR018-2) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Management In Business (MAR015-2) Optional
  • Managerial Accounting And Finance (AAF037-2) Optional
  • Marketing Planning (MAR002-2) Optional
  • Sustainable Business Management (BSS017-2) Optional
  • International Business Management (BSS044-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods In Business Practice (BSS057-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project (Business Management) (BSS045-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project (Practice) (BSS046-3) Compulsory
  • Strategy And Change Management (BSS013-3) Compulsory
  • Digital Business Management (BSS041-3) Optional
  • Management And Administration Of Operations (BSS042-3) Optional

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, portfolios, individual and group presentations (individually assessed), research proposals and exams. Many of the assessments tend to be focused on employability thus tend to be based on real case studies, project work, and other employability focused activities. Most units include elements of individual and group work to reflect the type of work undertaken in business and management. Assessment focuses on tasks that develop vocational skills, underpinned by subject knowledge, requiring higher levels of cognition in the later years of the course. Assessment becomes more nuanced and more demanding in Levels 5 & 6 with the expectation that students will be increasingly able to create their own subject specific knowledge. The enterprise Unit is assessed via portfolio and reflection thus allowing for experiential learning.

Entry Requirements

To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator

For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries

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Entry Requirements


To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator


For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries


The strong focus of this degree on employability skills and the provision of units that cover all aspects of business opens up a great range of opportunities and possibilities for future employment: from mid-level management positions in a range of companies and within a range of industries, to more specialised positions in marketing, accounting or general business.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Milton Keynes campus

Our Milton Keynes campus is located in the town centre, very close to the main shopping centre and other amenities.

The campus has modern teaching facilities and social spaces to help our students prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree. Our degrees with placements also give you the opportunity to get real work experience as part of your studies.

Location

The Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with good local connections as well as excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and internationally.  By fast train you will be in London in 35 minutes. The campus is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with all the businesses and amenities Milton Keynes has to offer close at hand.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student