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Southampton Business School

N106 BSc Business History with placement year (4 years)

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

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Introducing your degree

This course structure is consistent with other undergraduate programmes in the pathway portfolio. You will study eight modules in each year of the degree, divided equally between the semesters. In Part 1, you will study a common year, to provide you with a basic overview of analytical techniques, skills, theory and knowledge relevant to a business degree. In Part 2, you will be able to choose three optional modules each semester to provide you with flexibility in your study. The remaining modules will include one compulsory module that focuses on business management and a core module which focuses on research methods to prepare you for the dissertation.

In the final year of the programme, you will submit a double-weighted project that gives you scope for investigating in depth a business history topic of your interest. This covers one compulsory module in the first semester and one compulsory in the second. This final year provides more of a specific focus on the pathway topic, with a dedicated module in business history.

There is also the opportunity for you to choose modules from the University’s Curriculum Innovation initiative, where you can undertake some interdisciplinary modules from other subject areas. You also have the opportunity to choose selected options from other subjects that are relevant to your degree, subject to availability.



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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 your interest which 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. Students 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 will provides you 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 ensure students will be able 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 develop your 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.

As part of this programme, you will spend a minimum of 32 weeks on a placement in year three. This placement may be in any area related to business management, 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.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

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
A Levels:
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



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 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

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

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.

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.


Typical course content


Year 1

Semester One

Either MANG1019 Foundations of Business Analytics OR MANG1007 Management Analysis (if no A level Maths)

Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society
Financial Accounting 1

Year 3

Students can refer but not repeat the placement year, hence any student failing the placement will be offered a transfer to the BSc Business History three-year programme.


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.

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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:

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. For more information about University printing costs visit:
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.
TravelSome 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

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 both in the UK and internationally, it is expected that students will be attracted by the industry soon after graduation.

Learning & Assessment

 You will learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures and seminars
  • group assignments
  • case studies
  • class debates and discussions
  • private study
  • use of online materials
  • assignments involving ‘real world’ case studies
  • simulations
  • use of archival material
  • placement

Class activities and problem-solving exercises will enable you to gain feedback about your knowledge and understanding, prior to any formal summative assessments. Learning activities that involve the acquisition of management skill and technique, together with historiographical method, will inform your understanding of business and management. In addition, all students have the opportunity to contact academics during term time to discuss matters relating to the learning, teaching and assessment on a module.


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