The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N101 BSc Business Analytics with placement year (4 years)

Study BSc Business Analytics with a minimum 30 weeks on an industrial placement in a business organisation.

Introducing your degree

This course is part of Southampton Business School’s undergraduate management portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of dynamic and innovative programmes which seek to provide you with theoretical and practical insight into past, current and future business issues. The portfolio engages with contemporary global issues and provides you with the opportunity to develop your business skills to ensure you are well equipped to enter industry, and ultimately lead organisations in the future. The portfolio’s programmes share a common year to introduce you to core skills, analytical techniques, theories and perspectives. You then have the flexibility to select one of our leading programmes and to specialise in subjects of interest to you, which will enable you to follow your chosen career path.

analytics

Overview

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Business analytics is a relatively new discipline that helps organisations make sense of the huge amount data that is being collected through a variety of sources such as web and social media. It uses a combination of mathematics and data analysis techniques to uncover information in the data, enabling organisations to improve their operational efficiency and customise their products, services, and their prices based on customers’ priorities.

Hence, if you like maths, are interested in web and social media and would like to know how to use them to create value, this is the right programme for you. Many companies have already felt the need for business analytics and are recruiting people with the right skills; many more will follow. As such, there are high employability prospects for business analytics graduates.

This four-year programme will train you in using traditional and contemporary data management systems, in particular the widely used analytics package SAS, and give you the mathematical skills needed for decision making informed by data analysis. You will also learn a range of qualitative skills required for successful problem formulation and problem solving as well as strategy implementation. Due to the strong links that the management science group has with private and public organisations, the modules have strong practical focus, often using real case studies and databases. As part of this programme, you will spend a minimum of 32 weeks on a placement in year 3. This placement may be in any area related to business analytics, providing you with access to a wide range of organisations in which you can gain crucial business experience as part of your degree.

View the programme specification for this course.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEGCSE Mathematics minimum grade B and GCSE English Language minimum grade C or equivalent. If you are taking an alternative Mathematics GCSE please contact our admissions team via ugapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB or ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Most subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies.

Restricted subjects

The School has a list of restricted subjects and one subject on the following list can be accepted if combined with other academic subjects:

 

 

  • Applied subjects (single Applied Business & Double Applied Business are acceptable)
  • Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles (Product Design is acceptable)
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Health & Social Care
  • Home Economics
  • Hospitality and Supervision
  • ICT/IT (excludes Computing & Computer Studies)
  • Leisure Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Outdoor Education
  • PE
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Services
  • Sports Studies/Science
  • Theatre Studies
  • Travel & Tourism

 

 

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

If you are studying a Level 3 BTEC or OCR Cambridge qualification in Business then this can be accepted. However, if another subject area is being studied we would advise you to check with us prior to applying to ensure this is acceptable. A level Restricted Subjects list also applies to BTEC/OCR Cambridge Qualifications.

Contextual offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications (the restricted subjects above will still apply).

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

International Foundation programmes

We welcome applications from overseas students offering foundation programmes with a substantial amount of academic study. Less than half the programme should be English language tuition and you will be expected to reach a high standard in your programme comparable to our A level requirements. For more details on the suitability of you programme please contact the Admissions Team at UGapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.

Other qualifications

We welcome students with other qualifications eg European or Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant.

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. If you think this may apply to you, please contact the Faculty's Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Mature applicants

Age 21 and over: recent evidence of study in last two/three years - applicant could be interviewed.

Qualifications from other countries

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Language Requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.

The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands

For a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted click here.

Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.

If you do not meet the University’s English language entry requirements for direct entry onto our BSc programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

Selection process:

Your application will be carefully considered and we will weigh up many factors – not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your academic reference.

We make our decisions in most cases on the UCAS form alone. Candidates who require special consideration (eg on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications) may be invited for an interview.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the International Foundation Year course page.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

   

Year 2

Semester One
Core
MANG2062
SAS Base Programming
Compulsory
MANG2006
Principles and Practice of Management Science
Optional

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS)

MANG2015
Financial Management
MANG2010
Information Systems Management
MANG2058
Digital Business Models
MANG2039
Strategic Marketing Decisions

COMP1202 Programming 1

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Semester Two
Core
MANG2065
Business Forecasting
Compulsory
MANG2002
Business Simulation
Optional

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS)

MANG2007
Problem Structuring Methods
MANG2021
Operations Management
ENTR2004
Innovation, Technology and the Environment

COMP1206 Programming 2 (Req COMP1202) or COMP1056 Web Design

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Year 3

Semester One
Core
MANG2063
Business Placement

Year 4

Semester Two
Compulsory
MANG3013
Optimisation
MANG3073
Analytics in Action
Optional

Choose 7.5ECTS (15CATS)

MANG3032
Risk Management
MANG3034
Project Management
MANG3066
Managing High-Growth Businesses
MANG3075
Future Horizons for Enterprise

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
OtherApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects or dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. Find out more about University printing costs at: www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
PlacementsAccommodation/travel costs: Students will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs (including the costs of travelling to interviews, which some employers may reimburse). Insurance: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate insurance to cover both your travel and your work on placement. Medical Insurance: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate medical insurance cover. Immunisation/vaccination costs: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK you may need to pay for immunisations and vaccinations. Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: For certain placements, your employer may request you undergo a Disclosure and Barring check. Your employer may or may not pay for this.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities are wide and varied in this discipline, covering almost any organisation that is investing in data and data usage. In addition, many consultancy companies as well as government agencies need competent business analysts. Considering the shortage of skilled workers in the area of business analysis in the UK and internationally, it is expected that students will be attracted by the industry soon after graduation.

Learning & Assessment

A range of teaching and learning methods suitable for building a well-structured knowledge base will be used. The first learning outcome (A1) will be achieved through a series of lectures and case studies, while the second (A2) and third (A3) will be met though discussions, simulations, seminars, private study, individual and group exercises. Both real and illustrative case studies will be used to motivate topics, and facilitate learning and discussion. There will be high emphasis on formative feedback and student discussion assisted by education technology. The fourth learning outcome (A4) will be achieved through a mixture of online multimedia material, seminars and principally an individual final year project. A placement option is also available to develop extra skills and experience orientated around employability, which will also contribute to achieving A2, A3, and A4.

View the full programme specification in the Programme Overview tab.

 

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