The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N103 BSc Business Entrepreneurship with Placement year (4 years)

Gain the skills to start your own company or bring creative ways of working to existing organisations, and put your learning into practice on a one-year industry placement. This exciting BSc in Business Entrepreneurship is one of just a few specialist entrepreneurship degrees offered by a Russell Group university.


Introducing your degree

This degree is ideal if your ambition is to start your own business or bring entrepreneurial thinking to an established organisation. One of just a few specialised entrepreneurship degrees offered by a Russell Group university, it includes modules with a focus on entrepreneurship and its role in the economy and society. You’ll also learn essential practical skills such as business planning and pitching. A one-year industry placement provides an opportunity to consolidate your skills and knowledge while gaining essential professional experience. The course is informed by the expertise of our research-focused academics, who are at the forefront of a number of enterprise-related fields. In addition, you’ll benefit from their strong links with London-based companies and Southampton’s vibrant entrepreneurial business community. This will give you the chance to visit innovative enterprises and gain insights from experienced entrepreneurs.




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As well as covering theories that relate to entrepreneurship, this degree has a strong practical component, enabling you to gain the skills to plan, promote, finance and grow your business venture.

View the programme specification for this course.

Programme Structure

This is a full-time degree, taught over three years. During this time you’ll take a mix of core, compulsory and optional modules and complete a dissertation.

A set of distinctive core, compulsory modules in year one will introduce you to contemporary business and management practice, and enable you to explore business from an interdisciplinary perspective. The modules are shared across a number of our degrees, giving you the flexibility to move to another business management programme after year one should you wish to.

Core and compulsory modules in year two and three will introduce you to key aspects of entrepreneurship, covering topics such as entrepreneurial management, international entrepreneurship, new venture development and managing high-growth companies. You’ll also choose an aspect of entrepreneurship to study in more depth for your dissertation, which you’ll complete during the third year with support from an academic supervisor.

Optional modules in the second and fourth years provide another way to personalise your learning.

You could learn more about digital business models, technological innovation or digital marketing.
You might decide to develop your business management skills further in areas such as strategic marketing, project management, finance and accounting or operational management.
You can choose to take one of the University’s innovative interdisciplinary modules or study a language.  

Putting knowledge into practice

Our modules have a practical focus, enabling you to refine your business ideas and develop the skills you will need to achieve your career goals. For example, in the New Venture Development module you’ll learn how to develop a business plan and prepare a pitch to present to experienced entrepreneurs.

Your industry placement

In the third year you’ll spend a minimum of 32 weeks on an industry placement relevant to your course. The placement is a superb opportunity to apply your business entrepreneurship knowledge in the real world and enhance your CV. You’ll gain relevant work experience, learn new skills and have the chance to grow your professional networks. In addition, students currently earn an average of £17,000 on placement.

Our placement partner organisations, which range from large multinational companies to smaller, local organisations, include:

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • J.P. Morgan
  • L’Oréal
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Blue Chip Markets
  • Xerox
  • BMW Group
  • Nissan
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Panasonic
  • Fresh Relevance 

Industry links

The Business School has strong links with the University’s Southampton Science Park, a large cluster of innovative businesses, and with entrepreneurial companies in London. This means we can invite successful entrepreneurs, representing sectors from entertainment right through to new technology, to give guest lectures and offer feedback on student presentations. We also arrange visits to start-ups and innovative business so that you can hear about their challenges, issues and successes.

In addition, numerous organisations work with us to offer third-year placements and to develop our placement preparation programme

Research-led learning

The Business School’s academics include active researchers who are experts in entrepreneurship, innovation and small business leadership. Their expertise will inform your learning.

  • Research by programme leader Dr David Baxter interests include the application of novel methods within the innovation process, including the impact of agile methods such as Scrum. Recent research has examined customer insight methods (capturing hidden needs), and knowledge and learning in innovation.
  • Recent studies by Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan include research on the sustainable growth of high-tech companies, and corporate community involvement in developed and developing economies.
  • Professor Laura Constanzo’s research interests include social innovation and entrepreneurship, and the strategy and management of start-ups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). 
  • Dr Pelin Demirel specialises in issues related to digital entrepreneurship and small high-tech companies.
  • Studies by Dr Pawan Tamvada include an investigation of barriers to growth among small firms, and the relationship between religion and social class and entrepreneurial careers.

Additional enterprise opportunities

Alongside your course you can take advantage of extra Business School and University-run opportunities.

  • The student-led Entrepreneurship and Business Society, known as Fish on Toast, hosts conferences and guest lectures. It also runs competitions such as ‘The Student Apprentice’, which is judged by a panel of experienced innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • The Small Business Clinic offers advice to those interested in starting their own venture. Run by staff from the Business School and Southampton Law School, with input from local companies, it offers training and the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry to test out your ideas and receive expert feedback.

Key Facts

Learn the skills you need to start your own business, work for a start-up company or bring new ideas to an established organisation.

Gain hands-on experience of preparing business plans and presenting pitches to industry experts.

Put your learning into practice on a one-year industry placement, which offers invaluable experience and a chance grow your networks .
One of just a few specialist entrepreneurship degrees offered by a Russell Group university.

We have strong links with Southampton’s flourishing new business community, giving you the chance to learn from successful entrepreneurs.

Graduates have gone on to start their own business ventures or work for consultancies such as PwC and Deloitte.

Benefit from events organised by the student-run entrepreneurship society and start-up advice from the Business School’s Small Business Clinic.

Programme Director

Dr David Baxter

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSESouthampton Business School requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in English and B in Mathematics (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). If you are taking an alternative Mathematics qualification please contact our admissions team via
A Levels:
GCE A-level



ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

General Studies is not accepted.

The below subjects are considered as restricted. This means that we can accept one subject from the following list if combined with other academic subjects:

Applied subjects
Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles
Communication Studies
Creative Media
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Film Studies
Health & Social Care
Home Economics
Hospitality and Supervision
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Outdoor Education
Performing Arts
Public Services
Sports Studies/Science
Theatre Studies
Travel & Tourism

Please note: Computing, Computer Studies, Product Design and Applied Business (single and double awards) are not considered to be restricted subjects.

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.

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

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 accepted.

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 2

Semester One

Req Introduction to Management or Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society & Ideas that Shaped the Business World 2: Markets and Consumers if you take Entrepreneurial Management module:

Entrepreneurial Management
Organisational Effectiveness

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS) No more than 15ECTS across the year can be taken as level 4 modules

Req Financial Accounting 1& Maths [Management Analysis; Yr1 ECON Maths module; Maths A level] for Financial Accounting 2 module:

Financial Accounting 2
Digital Business Models
Digital Marketing

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

Semester Two
Business Research

Req Introduction to Management or Technologies that Shaped the Business World 1: Mechanical Age & Technologies that Shaped the Business World 2: Digital Age for Innovation Technology & the Environment module:

Innovation, Technology and the Environment

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS) No more than 15ECTS across the year can be taken as level 4 modules

Operations Management

Req Management Accounting 1 for Management Accounting 2:

Management Accounting 2

Req Management Analysis or Foundations of Business Analytics for Philosophy of Management and Organisations module:

Web Design
Philosophy of Management and Organisations

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

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 Entrepreneurship three-year programme.


Semester One
Business Placement
Semester Two
Business Placement

Year 4

Semester One

Req Business Research for Dissertation module:


Req Introduction to Management or Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society & Ideas that Shaped the Business World 2: Markets and Consumers for International Entrepreneurship module:

International Entrepreneurship
Managing Innovation

Choose 7.5ECTS (15CATS)

Strategic Management
Technological Innovation

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

Semester Two

Req Business Research for Dissertation module:


Req ENTR1002 or Entrepreneurial Management or Innovation, Technology and the Environment or Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society & Ideas that Shaped the Business World 2: Markets and Consumers for New Venture Development module:

New Venture Development
Managing High-Growth Businesses

Choose 7.5ECTS (15CATS)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business

Req MANG2039 for Digital Marketing: Engaging with the Customer module:

Digital Marketing: Engaging with the Customer
Project Management
Strategic Operations Management

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
N103 Business Entrepreneurship (with Placement Year)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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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.

Explore funding opportunities

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

Your specialist understanding of entrepreneurship, alongside a sound knowledge of core aspects of business and management, will open up a wide range of career options. Students who are seeking to develop their own venture after graduating will find this course invaluable. You will also be well placed to work in dynamic organisations that thrive on entrepreneurial behaviour. You could choose to embark upon a managerial career in the service, manufacturing, engineering or digital sectors, or work for a consultancy. Many of our graduates have started their own business; others have gone on to work for consultancy firms such as PwC and Deloitte.

Learning & Assessment

Most modules comprise a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study. You may also have sessions in our computer labs. You’ll learn through small-group activities such as the discussion of case studies, problem-solving exercises and hands-on training in management techniques, as well as industry guest lectures. There is also a field trip to a business in year one, on which you will be able to talk to managers about operations and strategy.

The development of transferable skills is embedded into our module design. You’ll gain valuable skills, such as team working, communication and time management, which are essential for your CV.

Assessment methods vary, but may include exams, individual and group assignments, multiple-choice tests and your dissertation, and a reflective learning report on your industry placement

Innovative learning approaches

In the first year you’ll be introduced to self-managed learning, an approach that will encourage you to ask questions and conduct your own research. This will equip you with independent thinking skills that will be invaluable for your studies and your future career. Our academics are at the forefront of developments in self-managed learning; recently Dr Stefan Cantore’s work in this area was recognised in the British Academy of Management education practice awards.

In addition, the first-year modules are co-designed by a group of students and academics. They collaborate closely, meeting weekly to discuss improvements to the course and develop initiatives to enhance your learning experience. For example, students have designed an interface through which you can personalise your online learning tools, integrating the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment with relevant social media feeds. 

Student support

You will receive all the support you need to get the best from your course. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor, who acts as a point of contact for any course-related and pastoral care queries. In addition, the Business School runs a ‘peer assisted learning scheme’ to help you settle in. You can talk to friendly second-year or final-year students who are trained to give advice about many aspects of university life and can guide you to the best place for academic support.

Supporting your placement

Throughout your first and second years you will complete our comprehensive placement preparation programme, which we have developed with input from top employers. You’ll be able to access dedicated support from our placement officers.

The placement officers will also support you during your placement year through regular visits, phone calls, emails and social media.


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study24%21%0%19%
Independent study76%79%0%81%
Placement study0%0%100%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment41%58%0%34%
Practical exam assessment0%4%0%16%
Coursework assessment59%38%100%50%

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