This course is part of Southampton Business School’s undergraduate management portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of dynamic and innovative programmes that 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 your interest that will enable you to follow your chosen career path.
This programme encompasses the comprehensive education of the business management course, but also provides students with a particular focus on understanding continuity and change. Specifically, the programme provides an emphasis on how historical processes are central to understanding how a variety of organisations function. The modules reflect a mix of approaches to the study of business and management in different organisations and national contexts. The programme mirrors the latest theoretical and practical developments placed within their historical context. You will also have the opportunity to study a range of optional modules relevant to history from other subject areas within the University. The rationale behind the range of history modules is that the study of the past involves the interpretation of a variety sources and approaches to understand the human condition – the social, economic, cultural space in which we exist. Using the historical approach prepares students across a variety of topics, regions and time periods. Such variety provides the student with an appreciation of how theory and evidence combine, alongside an understanding of how the components of society relate to each other. This hinterland will aid the application of business and management techniques within specific social and cultural contexts as well as the traditional economic. In the first year you will be introduced to business calculation and the skills associated with a university education. The second year will develop the direction of your learning through parallel study of history and business. This is then tied together in the third year with a dissertation on a business history topic and a compulsory module in business history.
The programme is highly relevant for students considering embarking on a managerial career in a range of private, public and third sector organisations. The range of topics studied will enable students to appreciate the diversity of organisational structures and decision-making processes. The programme makes use of current theoretical frameworks and case studies, while being alert as to how they inform ‘real-world’ settings.
The range of bespoke optional modules will help you to develope and deepen your knowledge knowledge in areas that are relevant to your interests and future career plans. The final year core module and associated dissertation provides the opportunity to see how theory connects to practice in real-world environments using the lens of history.
View the programme specification document for this course.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||GCSE 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.|
AAB or ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Most subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies.
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
- Film Studies
- Health & Social Care
- Home Economics
- Hospitality and Supervision
- ICT/IT (excludes Computing & Computer Studies)
- Leisure Studies
- Media Studies
- Music Technology
- Outdoor Education
- Performing Arts
- Public Services
- Sports Studies/Science
- Theatre Studies
- Travel & Tourism
|International Baccalaureate||34 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.
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 that 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.
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.
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.
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
See a complete list of the other English language qualifications we accept.
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.
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. Find out more about the Foundation Year.
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
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
View the full list of course 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.
Explore funding opportunities
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
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.
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
|Books||Where 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.|
|Stationery||You 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.|
|Other||Approved 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 copying||In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and 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. For more information about University printing costs visit: www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing|
|Travel||Some modules may include optional visits. You will normally be
expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise
specified in the module profile.|
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.