Management & Entrepreneurship BA (Hons)
This course is for creative and innovative students interested in leadership and organisation
Full of ideas for a new business or for developing opportunities within an existing business? Are you a budding entrepreneur? Whatever your aspirations, our BA (Hons) Management and Entrepreneurship degree will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice behind entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial flair.
- UCAS Code – N113 | With placement year N108
- Duration – 3 years full time | 4 years with placement year
- Start date – September 2020, September 2021
- School – York Business School
Minimum Entry Requirements
96 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year
International 2020-21 £12,750 per year
York Business School
This course will develop you into a confident, enterprising and creative graduate, able to cope with the ever changing business environment. You'll get a thorough understanding of workplace behaviours and the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age. You'll be able to understand and analyse data to help develop strategy and you'll be prepared to thrive as an enterprising employee.
Throughout the course, you will be given opportunities that enable you to learn the practicalities of being an entrepreneur. You will look at varying topics including the changing practice of management, how to understand data and use it to your advantage and how businesses are created. You'll develop your own entrepreneurial qualities and build a personal brand. Critical to your success will be the ability to be innovative and creative in your thinking and approach to business development.
You’ll graduate with the potential for employment in a range of different businesses. This could be an organisation, the private or public sector, a charity, or developing your own business through self-employment. We aim to give you the skills to apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations in any sector.
- Accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) giving you a professionally recognised qualification(Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership) alongside your degree
- Throughout the course there will be opportunities to engage with a range of practising managers, organisations, employers and entrepreneurs and take part in work-related experiences and internships
Year in industry
All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.
You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.
Organisational Behaviour in the Digital Age
The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess a number of key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of the key characteristics of work organisation, the context of organisational behaviour, and how a number of different organisational variables affect individual and organisational performance. This module discusses the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age. It seeks to consider the changing role and nature of business and how it influences society and the way business is conducted.
Practising Responsible Business Behaviours
This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on.
Entrepreneurship and the Business Environment
The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the internal and external business challenges facing managers today. Students will be introduced to the theoretical underpinning of the business environment which will further develop their abilities to analyse and address managerial issues posed by the drivers that influence organisations The module exposes students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.
Business analytics and the Blockchain
The aim of this module is to give you a practical grounding in the skills and techniques necessary to conduct data analytics and anticipate the effects of the blockchain on both short- and long-term strategy. The module introduces the blockchain and the scope of the blockchain industry. Basic statistical models are introduced in this module. As future business leaders, students will learn to understand blockchain, explore blockchain trends, investigate the market disruptions caused by technology and the impact of blockchain in industries worldwide. The module is designed to get you over the basic hurdles you will face when beginning to learn the data analytics and management techniques, and will cover some of the basic tasks that you face as a data analyst and will put you in a position to extend your knowledge of applying your analytical techniques.
Creating Business Ideas and Opportunities
Entrepreneurship is fuelled by ideas. Ideas require creative skills to interface with practices of innovation. In this module we will consider a range of societal and business issues and explore possible responses to these. Students will network with a variety of people and experience a range of products and services, which began with moments of creativity.
Financial Concepts and Control
This module aims to develop students understanding of the financial environment. It will look at key sources of information for decision makers and look at the decision maker’s needs. Students will gain an understanding of the key statements in published financial accounts and how to analyse and interpret the information presented. It will also look at key information for financial decision makers inside organisations. This will include budgetary control, short term and long-term decision making.
Management Practice in Disruptive Times
This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.
Management Research Methods
Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services. This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.
The Challenge of Innovation
New ideas and their application are a critical aspect of an organization’s ability to succeed in today’s extremely competitive and uncertain business environment. Many world leading organisations now invest a lot of capital and resources in innovation to gain competitive edge in the market. To stay innovative, businesses need to rapidly create new products, services, and processes to respond to market changes. The core focus of this module is on innovation and its ability to create a competitive benefit for firms in today’s market. This module gives students the platform to obtain knowledge and understanding on the concept of innovation in general. Students will learn the basic principles of managing a company effectively through innovation and business development
Contemporary Issues of Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop confident, enterprising and creative graduates who will be able to cope with the ever changing business environment, recognise opportunities and to take responsible and measured risks. This will stimulate enterprise and encourage individuals to consider self-employment and just as importantly, to develop enterprising employees who can contribute to the success of the organisation in which they work through intrapreneurship. This is a very practical module. Starting with the initial idea students will explore and assess a business opportunity and present a feasible business concept.
Business and Venture Creation
To stay competitive today, companies need to create novel ideas that would develop new products and re-engineer existing products to satisfy the growing demand of customers in the market. But, these ideas are generated by individuals or a group of people within companies who will usually be under the supervision of managers. Such ideas will usually need to be unique and well-thought, through a rigorous process, before it can meet the high demands in today’s market place. In this module, students will face similar real-world scenarios where they will be developing a niche business idea which would advance their understanding of running an enterprise. This module is designed to help students develop a theoretical and empirical perspective towards entrepreneurship and innovation. This understanding and knowledge will relate to the practical process of a new business start-up and growth. Students will be introduced to the key dimensions of the processes of new venture creation. This includes moving beyond the creative processes at the initiation ‘ideas’ stage, to the entrepreneurially distinct requirements in terms of sales and marketing, finance, human resources, operations management etc.
The overarching rationale for this module is for students to begin to understand and begin plan towards their own personal transition from university into the workplace. The module will provide the student with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing their future work readiness. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle applying for jobs, sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project, CV writing and action planning. Or
Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today
This module explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and the behaviour and skills required to 'think out of the box' to identify and pursue opportunities. You will establish what the behaviours and skills are of an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation, as well as ask why they are so important to entrepreneurs. We will explore idea generation and evaluation techniques and learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.
The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. You will be able to choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation-based project, a business research project and a business creation project.
- Dissertation: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in a written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.
- Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry on a small-scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in a written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.
- Consultancy Project: The aim of the consultancy project is to give students the opportunity to combine an investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates an understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.
- Business Creation Project: The aim of the Business creation Project is to support entrepreneurial students in their professional development as the business founders of the future. The module is intended to allow students to develop a full business proposal and plan which will be supported by primary and secondary research. This module will involve students in a demanding process of personal and professional developed, leading to an integrated and critically aware understanding of business creation from a pioneering industry and academic perspective.
Operations and Project Management
This module seeks to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management from a strategic and operations perspective. Students will develop a broad and critically understanding of the different aspects of organisations operations and the relationships between the various operational areas.
Taking your Business from Vision to Reality
Students will previously have generated an idea for a new product or service and considered the process required to create and finance a new enterprise to realise this. This module focuses on how that enterprise can be developed in order to ensure success and sustainability.
The Entrepreneurial Practitioner
This module focuses on understanding key aspects of entrepreneurship from a practical perspective. Students will work on identifying the behavioural traits of a successful entrepreneur, developing their own entrepreneurial qualities and building a personal brand.
Taking your Product or Service into the Marketplace
This module will focus on bringing your product or service to the marketplace and developing your marketing skills as an entrepreneur.
Teaching & assessment
All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities. You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in Level 1 developing towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in Levels 2 and 3.
Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example, in Level 1 you will undertake case based, practice based and enquiry based learning. Alongside your timetabled programme you will also be able to take part in our Grad 2 Director programme free of charge, which will provide you with a full a comprehensive online course, accessible to anyone, anywhere. With more than 120 video podcasts and programme materials to help you develop innovative ideas for new products and services. Furthermore, you will have access to workshops & support clinics, giving you the opportunity to work with Dr.John Park in person to develop your business ideas and transform them into viable start up opportunities. Furthermore you will be able to apply for investment opportunities, cash awards available for the best business ideas, as well as incorporation costs fully funded by the University.
12 hours contact time per module
As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning. In year one you will be provided with guidance to progress your learning and self-development. By the time you get to year 3 it is hoped you will have developed greater autonomy and independence.
The academic staff who deliver the BA (Hons) Management and Entrepreneurship programme bring a wealth of professional experience from the world management to York Business School. You will be taught by academic and industry experts who worked for global organisations such as Nike and JP Morgan. Your teaching staff also have many years of practical management and strategic work experience in the Not-for-profit organisations have served as trustee/director for housing associations, such as Housing 21, social arts organisations, such as Arts Care Gofal Celf, and York CAB. Additionally, our business creation expert Dr John Park, an international expert in product and service innovation. John brings nearly 30 years of experience developing new products and services in two of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo International. He has also run university wide business start-up programmes. The team have research profiles and you will be provided with the opportunity to join them in their research through our ‘Students as Researchers’ scheme. The course will also be supported the course at every level through professional accreditation, guest lectures, live projects work and internships and placements.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language
This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.
Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?
Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.
As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.
Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:
- Career plans
- Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
- Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
- Experience of work
- Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD
Terms and conditions
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