From digital marketing and social media, to traditional print, studying for a Business and Marketing BA can lead to an exciting career.
Within our fiercely competitive and global economy, marketing is now central to commercial success. Businesses and organisations across every sector – private, public and non-profit – need to determine and differentiate their brand, communicating effectively who they are and what they do to past, present and potential customers.
This professionally accredited course is designed to help you the confidence and business acumen necessary to develop, position and build businesses in the most strategically effective way. We aim to provide a solid understanding of business analysis, planning, and management, alongside specialist marketing skills, such as understanding customer behaviour, developing creative solutions and how to promote competitive advantage.
Our status as a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) accredited Study Centre means this degree provides exemption from the CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing, as well as the first module of the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing via the Graduate Gateway scheme.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The study of marketing is grounded in understanding customer needs, the environment that a company is operating within, the competitors and their offerings and then developing the most appropriate marketing mix to satisfy customer needs profitably. By integrating the two disciplines of business and marketing, we aim to provide a solid foundation of business knowledge with a clear marketing focus.
There will be opportunities to develop your expertise in key areas that underpin business and marketing, such as consumer behaviour, financial management for business, digital business and responsible business strategy. As the course develops, you will be able to tailor your studies by choosing from the optional modules available which may suit your interests or career aspirations.
One of the major attractions of studying business and marketing is the broad range of practical and transferrable skills you can develop – creative, analytical, interpersonal and communications. For example, the ‘Marketing Management’ module will give hands-on experience of developing marketing plans and strategy, whilst the ‘Digital Business’ module focuses on responsible decision making and the range of tools and techniques that are used to support this.
A business and marketing degree provides you with a critical and reflective understanding of marketing and its relationship with the wider international business environment. It could lead to specialist careers in advertising, digital marketing and project coordination, as well as more general roles in business analysis, project management or sales management.
Our course is accredited by the CIM for the Graduate Gateway. This means that in the final year of your degree you can also work towards achieving the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing so can graduate with two qualifications, significantly enhancing your career prospects.
Designed to prepare you for work, the course offers lots of opportunities to participate in live cases with clients, work experience (short and long-term as part of a sandwich year) and paid internships. We have strong partnerships with a number of employers, including Coventry Council, Jaguar Land Rover, Millward Brown and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Field trips are embedded into each year of study, some industry-focused to provide first-hand experiences of marketing in action, others designed to build your professional or interpersonal skills, for example, to encourage team bonding initially and then develop team working skills.
In addition, careers-based modules in digital marketing, brand communications, services marketing and creative advertising and a range of other areas are embedded into the course to help build transferrable skills which will enhance your employability.
You will have the support of dedicated Personal Employment Tutors, who are industry trained, and our well-established Employment Unit with an extensive network of employers with a wide range of internship possibilities. The employment unit also supports you with workshops and guidance on the various aspects of the employment process such as preparing your CV, interview practice and mock assessment centres. In the final year, we also host an Employment Dinner inviting a range of guest speakers from industry and professional bodies.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Some of our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand management, Marketing Research, Digital Marketing, sales and general management with a wide range of large and small organisations such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, Rolls Royce, Procter and Gamble, Jaguar Land Rover, Silverstone, McCann Erickson, Volkswagen, South African Airlines, Millward Brown, Chime Communications. Other students have gone on to postgraduate academic study.
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