The Business Entrepreneurship programme looks at developing businesses from a practical perspective. You will gain a grounding in business management and build your competence in management functions such as basic accounting and business modelling.
Being in business has never been so exciting and rewarding; entrepreneurs have the ability to work across a variety of business disciplines, whether specialising in industries, consulting in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or setting up in business.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
Optional trip to New York.
Optional placement year.
Regular input from entrepreneurs, guest speakers, and business specialists.
The three stages of the course are built around an entrepreneurial stream, exploring key learning in business start-ups, business growth and development, entrepreneurial skills, managing opportunities and entrepreneurial marketing and strategy.
You will learn about the theory and the practice of operating in the modern business environment and will obtain the skills required to work in the industry of your choice.
Experiences are central to this course. As well as guest speakers, industry experts and experienced staff, you will engage in real projects where you will be pitching for real funding to enable you to carry out your business proposal.
New York Study Tour
You will have the opportunity to join the annual New York Study Tour, to network with a variety of businesses and large organisations, plus get a behind-the-scenes experience with business and marketing professionals. Previous visits have included CNN, a film production company, a branding company and a start-up food delivery company.
The cost for the 2016 trip will be £915 per student which includes flights, accommodation, breakfast, guided study tours, travel insurance and a trip hoody.
Most assessment tends to be coursework based, which is likely to include business reports, group projects, essays, consultancy projects and presentations.
Stage one will give you a thorough grounding in business entrepreneurship including enterprise and innovation, entrepreneurial skills development, marketing and social enterprise. You will gain an understanding of the nature of the entrepreneur and how they play such a vital role in the modern business world. You will develop creative thinking skills which will then enable you to create distinctive approaches to real business problems. You will pitch for social enterprise funding to address issues identified to then carry out your business idea.
Your understanding of Business Entrepreneurship will continue to expand and you will develop techniques which will allow you to explore the practicalities of business planning. You will undertake your own individual business idea, allowing you to create your vision of your chosen new business, whilst appreciating the knowledge, detail and understanding required to fulfil such a task. You will discover current concepts in small business and develop your skills in understanding and managing clients. You will also deliver a live-client consultancy project to an entrepreneur’s small business that will give you valuable hands-on experience that can be transferred in your future career.
Optional Work Placement Year
You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.
At Stage Three of the course you further increase your focus on the study of Business Entrepreneurship to a visionary perspective. Entrepreneurial strategies and innovations are explored across a wide range of opportunities and you will look to the opportunities of the future and the megatrends that are emerging. This enables you to further explore your own enterprising ideas through your dissertation or to further understand small business practices through a consultancy project with an existing small business.
Admission to this course is normally DEE in A Levels or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course that you wish to study.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.