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Southampton Business School

N202 BSc Business Management (3 years)

Drawing from economics, history and the social sciences, this degree offers an interdisciplinary perspective that you won’t find on similar courses elsewhere. You will develop an integrative view of today’s business world, and a holistic understanding of contemporary business and management challenges, enabling you to take forward change and drive initiatives to enhance business and society.

Introducing your degree

Designed to create innovative thinkers who can take forward change and drive initiatives within organisations, this degree will encourage you to think differently about business and management. As well as covering contemporary concepts and practices, modules in year one offer an interdisciplinary perspective on business and management that you won’t find on similar courses elsewhere. Drawing from economics, history and the social sciences, these modules will give you a more integrative view of today’s business world and enable you to put your learning into a wider context. In the second and third years you can design your own course by choosing modules that interest you. The wide range of options includes areas such as accounting and finance, strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing and project management. Whichever modules you choose, you’ll be taught by research-focused academics who are leaders in their field, as well as benefiting from the Business School’s close links with industry.

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This comprehensive and flexible business management degree will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organisations, including start-ups, large corporations, social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Programme Structure

This is a full-time, three-year degree course. The first-year modules are shared across a number of our degrees, giving you the flexibility to move to another business programme after year one should you wish to.

In year one you’ll study a set of distinctive core and compulsory modules that introduce you to current concepts and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on business. You will learn about core management accounting and financial accounting, and develop practical management skills. You’ll also study the development of commerce, industry and technology, enabling you to understand today’s business world within a broader social and historical context.

Years two and three include core and compulsory modules on management and organisation theory, strategic management and project management. You’ll also gain the research skills you will need to complete your dissertation in the third year.

You can shape the rest of the course by choosing from a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to explore your interests.

  • The optional modules cover a wide range of business topics, including human resources management, risk management and digital marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • You could choose to advance your studies in financial and management accounting.
  • Modules on programming, computer science and Web design provide an opportunity to develop your technological skills.
  • There are also modules examining ethical, philosophical and historical perspectives on business.
  • You can study a language or choose from a diverse range of innovative interdisciplinary modules, also modules offered by other faculties.

In your final year you’ll also undertake independent research on a topic of your choice for your dissertation, supported by an academic supervisor. Throughout your degree course you will have a Personal Academic Tutor allocated to you.

Self-managed learning

The first-year modules incorporate a self-managed learning approach. This will encourage you to ask questions and conduct your own research, equipping you with independent thinking skills that will be invaluable for your studies and your future career. Business School academics are at the forefront of developments in self-managed learning.

Industry links

Many of our modules include guest lecturers from the retail, manufacturing and financial sectors, as well as from the public and charity sectors, so you’ll hear first hand about current business issues. Recent speakers have included representatives from JP Morgan, Southampton Football Club, Grant Thornton, Kitson, and The Big Issue, as well as a Southampton MP. There are also field trip opportunities.

In addition, many of our academics have close links with industry through collaborative research projects. They bring their expertise and research insights to your education.

Research-informed learning

Your education will be informed by the expertise of our academics. Their active involvement in research enables them to bring the latest ideas in business and management to their teaching.

For example:

  • Research by programme leader Dr David Baxter 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.
  •  Dr Maxwell Chipulu's research focusses on the development and application of effective data analytics models for inference, prediction and performance evaluation that take into account all types of available data.

Key Facts

Learn about contemporary business and management concepts and gain insights into emerging markets and current trends.

Unlike most business degrees, this course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on business and management, enabling you to put your learning into a broader context.

A high level of flexibility enables you to shape the course to suit your career goals or explore different areas to help you decide on a career path.

Specially created first-year modules, co-designed by students, offer a valuable integrative view of business and management, offering fresh perspectives and the chance to put your studies into a broader historical and social context.

Our innovative use of self-managed learning develops independent thinking.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in first-year field trips.

The Business School is now fully AACSB accredited and all programmes are aligned with these standards.

Programme Leader

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I feel like my course relates well to the real world and the lecturers are well-experienced teachers.
Emma TaylorBSc Business Management

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). However a grade 5 in the reformed GCSE is acceptable if at least a B grade has been achieved in one of the following A-levels: Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.
GCE A-Level AAB
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: ABB and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to 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 allows us 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, as follows: ABB
 Further A-level information Offers typically exclude General Studies 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
Communication and Culture
Creative Media
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Dance
Drama
Film Studies
Health & Social Care
Home Economics
Hospitality and Supervision
ICT/IT
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Outdoor Education
PE
Performing Arts
Public Services
Sports Studies/Science
Theatre Studies
Travel & Tourism
World Development
Please note: Computing, Computer Studies, Product Design and Applied Business (single and double awards) are not considered to be restricted subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAB from 3 A levels
or
AA from 2 A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit. Offers typically exclude Social Care/Healthcare pathways
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 M2 in three Principal subjects. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels. DD in the Business BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level. DDD in the Business BTEC Extended Diploma.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels. DD in the Business BTEC National Diploma plus A from one A-level. DDD in the Business BTEC National Extended Diploma.
European Baccalaureate offer 79-85% overall
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components  

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE Southampton 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 ugapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.
GCE A-level AAB or 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
Communication and Culture
Creative Media
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Dance
Drama
Film Studies
Health & Social Care
Home Economics
Hospitality and Supervision
ICT/IT
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Outdoor Education
PE
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 Baccalaureate requirements 34 points, 17 at higher level
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 (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

See a complete list of the other English language qualifications that 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 web page.

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. 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 equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

  

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory

MANG1016 - Realising Success (0 credits)

MANG1024 - Peer Learning SBS TT (0 credits)

MANG1025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MANG1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG1022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
MANG1017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

MANG1016 - Realising Success (0 credits)

MANG 1024 - Peer Learning SBS TT (0 credits)

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
MANG2060Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ENTR2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2073Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG2064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ENTR2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2066Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2069Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 3

Semester One
Compulsory
MANG3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
MANG2071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3054Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
MANG3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MANG3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MANG3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Business Management BSc2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Business Management BSc2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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 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
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and private study. At the start of the course you’ll be introduced to self-managed learning, an approach that encourages you to take ownership of your studies and think independently.

Our academics ensure that the course is interactive and engaging, for example through the use of simulations, problem-solving exercises, group assignments and discussion of case studies. In addition, you’ll benefit from guest lectures from industry leaders, a field trip opportunity in year one and innovative activities developed by the staff and students.

The different teaching and learning methods are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject matter, but also to enhance your employability by developing essential skills such as team working, planning and communication.

We use a range of different assessment methods; these include exams, individual assignments and group coursework. The dissertation is also an important part of your final mark.

Student support 

Every student is assigned a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters and pastoral care throughout your degree. For more informal support, the Business School runs a 'peer assisted learning scheme'. You can talk to trained, friendly second-year or third-year students who can direct you towards any additional support services you might need.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study24%23%20%
Independent study76%77%80%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment41%41%69%
Practical exam assessment0%4%0%
Coursework assessment59%55%31%

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