Business Studies (General Route) BA (Hons)





About the course

Business touches on almost every aspect of modern society, and graduates with relevant skills are in demand worldwide – with a huge range of career options.

This degree is designed specifically to meet the needs of business, offering you a thorough grounding in key disciplines.

Making extensive use of up-to-date technology, you will produce business plans and market analyses, gaining the kinds of problem-solving skills and analytical abilities employers seek.

You will also develop presentation skills, team-working skills and the ability to effectively evaluate your own work.

This varied, challenging and fun course will help you gain the excellent communication skills needed in business and the confidence to tackle the kinds of projects you can expect in your first job.

This course is part of a suite of related degrees which starts with a common first two years and then gives you the opportunity to specialise.

Pathways available: Business Studies (general), Business Studies (international), Business Studies (Marketing), Business Studies (HRM), Business Studies (Finance), Business Studies (Decision Modelling), Business Studies (Business Analytics), Business Studies (Project Management)

My course involved a lot of group work and because of the number of international students at Bedfordshire, I found myself working with students from China, India and Nigeria. Being able to study with students from different backgrounds really opened my eyes. Charlie Hughes - graduate



Business Studies (General Route) - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N100
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Business Studies (Sandwich Pathway) - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N101
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 4 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Business Studies (General Route) with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Business Studies (General Route) with foundation year

Business Studies (General Route) with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

This course combines practical and applied education with general business knowledge. It will particularly appeal to students who like practical real life projects.

Your course builds up over three years to ensure that you have a sound academic base over a wide range of business subjects and that you have the experience to apply this knowledge to a wide range of businesses.

You will enjoy a strong practical educational experience which combines academic theory with real world business projects.

The course will develop your understanding of how to tackle business problems, and the kind of roles you might take up in the future in an organisation. Together these areas of learning and self-development will help you become a rounded and capable potential manager.

  • Learn in Business Pods, designed to simulate a modern office environment and introduce you to what it’s like in employment
  • Study a general business pathway, or if a particular aspect of business excites you, choose to specialise in your final year
  • Develop an understanding of how to tackle business problems and the self-awareness to fit into a future employer’s organisation
  • Gain practical experience on an optional placement (sandwich) year – which gives you both experience in an organisation and academic credit, taking the pressure off in your final year
  • Explore opportunities for further postgraduate and professional study
  • Benefit from a degree that gives you the academic theory, practice-based experience and opportunity to work on real-world business projects to help you become a rounded and capable future manager



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

First Year
  • Business Pod
  • Management and Economics
  • Financial Accounting for Business
Second Year
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning
  • Marketing
  • Management and Development of People
  • Management Accounting for Business
  • Research Skills
  • Business Systems and Operations Management
  • Project Management
Third Year
  • Strategy and Creativity
  • Business Dissertation
  • Business Practice Portfolio
  • Specialist Business Project
  • Practice weeks: The future you

Practice weeks are periods of intense activity where you work on a major project for a real organisation and develop your employability skills.

We have worked on projects for charities, industrial companies and a local authority. These projects are open ended and deliver real value to the organisations we work for.



Discover the Department of Strategy & Management

We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

A wide range and variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course to give you the chance to maximise your chances of doing well by playing to your strengths.

In the first year 23% of your time will be spent in lectures and seminars dropping to 19% in your final year where you will be expected to spend considerable time in private study for your dissertation. In all cases, assessments are individual so it is entirely up to you how well you do.

Some of the different kinds of assessment are listed below:

  • Reports:
  • Presentations:
  • Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days.
  • Academic writing:
  • Appraisals:
  • Projects:
  • Project reviews:
  • Exams:

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.
  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completing this course you are likely to progress to a career in one of a wide variety of industries. Our aim is to produce all-rounders with practical knowledge who understand the demands and requirements of the commercial world.

The experience you will gain will equip you with both the knowledge and process skills to make you highly effective. This course prepares you for the world of work and you will find that you can easily fit into a wide variety of tasks and organisations.

Equally, you could decide that you wish to continue your studies and specialise in a particular area. Historically our students study for a wide variety of business related MSc’s both within the University of Bedfordshire and in other UK institutions.

This course is fantastic. We have recently launched it to be one of the leading undergraduate business courses which integrates conventional study with a radically new way of learning through real life projects. Students completing this course will have a headstart in understanding what the world of work is really like!
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    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.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 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.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

The Business Pods, where the majority of the first year teaching takes place - are a specially designed workspace design to simulate a modern office. 

This is all part of the concept of the degree which is to provide a realistic work experience whilst developing your academic knowledge.

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

Related Courses

  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) Marketing

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Business Studies (General Route) - BA (Hons)

Business Studies (Sandwich Pathway) - BA (Hons)

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