Business Entrepreneurship joint honours looks at developing businesses from a practical perspective and focuses on issues and skills important to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). You will gain a grounding in business management and build your competence in management functions such as basic accounting and business modelling.
Attention is focused on the dynamic and visionary approach to businesses created by entrepreneurs and students are encouraged to explore for themselves their own entrepreneurial skills.
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.
Methods of Learning
If you are taking this course your taught study will be combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for six hours per week. We recommend that you should spend 12 hours per week in self-directed study time.
In this course you can expect for the majority of your assessments to be coursework-based. Coursework is likely to include business reports, group projects, essays, consultancy projects and presentations.
Stage one will give you a thorough grounding in business with subjects including opportunity and innovation, entrepreneurial skills development, marketing and social enterprise. The specialist entrepreneurship modules focus upon entrepreneurs and small business creation in the modern world.
The entrepreneurship stream continues to form the main focus of study. Here you will explore the practicalities of business planning via the New Ventures module, learn to manage customers and clients, develop your management skills and discover current concepts in the Issues in Small Business and Entrepreneurship module.
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.
Stage three further increases its focus on the study of entrepreneurship to a visionary perspective. Entrepreneurial strategies and innovations are explored across a wide range of sectors. This stage gives you the opportunity to further explore your own enterprising ideas through your dissertation or through a consultancy project with an existing small business that will help you understand their practices and help you to build valuable contacts.