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Business Management (BSc)

Entry year


Our flexible programme will help you develop the professional knowledge and skills to make your mark in a competitive global business environment.

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Course overview

Organisations are constantly having to reinvent themselves, by evolving the way they operate, in order to stand-out in an increasingly saturated international business market.

This means graduates with the ability to put theory into practice, and with experience of the modern business workplace, are in high demand.

Our BSc Business Management focuses on organisations of all kinds from multinational corporations to social enterprises and charities. This holistic approach ensures you develop the skills to respond to the evolving needs of all businesses, irrespective of sector.

You’ll develop management expertise from our team of international researchers and business practitioners. They’ll introduce you to disciplines like accounting, digital technology, marketing, human resources and employment, management, and economics.

With their support, you’ll build a skill set to respond to current developments and challenges in business and society, while preparing to launch a successful career or pursue further postgraduate study and research.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to study in a School that was ranked 6th in the UK for research quality and joint 1st for research environment in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • An emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • A wide variety of modules available in a School committed to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship.
  • Progression through core and specialist option modules.
  • The opportunity to study abroad with or without a language component.
  • The opportunity to undertake a year on Professional Placement.

Accreditations

UCAS codeN201
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications.

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Entry requirements

AAB-ABB. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDD-DDM in Business.

IB 34-32 or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE Maths grade B or 6. GCSE English Language Grade C or 4. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs. 

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a three-year full-time programme, consisting 120 credits a year.  All Students, regardless of route, take a common Year 1, which does not count towards the final degree classification.  At the end of Year 1, you have the option to either stay with the general BSc Business Management degree or to move to one of the named routes if you have developed an interest in a particular area.

In Years 2 and 3, compulsory modules are determined by the choice of route but you also choose optional modules from an approved list enabling you to further tailor the degree to your interests.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

You will study seven compulsory modules in your first year which provide a solid grounding the disciplines necessary for a Business Management graduate. All students on the Business Management programmes pursue the same first year modules which provide a common basis from which the specialised routes develop in the second and final years and allow you to experience a range of different subject specialisms prior to entering your second year.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Society and EconomyBS100120 credits
Operations ManagementBS100210 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Management: Theory and EvidenceBS151120 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Technology and the Digital AgeBS153210 credits

Year two

In Year two you will take five compulsory double modules and either one double module or two single modules from the optional list.

Year three

In the final year you will undertake two core double modules and the remainder of the programme is made up of optional modules (either double or single). This gives you a degree of flexibility and allows you to tailor your studies to your interests.

A range of optional modules are offered each year but the specific modules on offer may change from year to year enabling the programme to remain up to date and relevant to current and emerging issues in business and management.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Internationally recognised faculty, who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field, bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

22%

Guided independent study

78%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

23%

Guided independent study

77%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

22%

Guided independent study

78%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; they will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Feedback

We will provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

10%

Year 2

Written exams

68%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

32%

Year 3

Written exams

67%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

33%

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the internal aspects of the structure, governance, functions and processes of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the dynamic interaction between organisations and the social and economic business environment within which they operate.
  • Knowledge of various processes, procedures and practices for the effective and responsible management of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the importance to organisations of understanding and managing their markets.
  • Understanding of how people interact within organisations and how they can be led, managed and developed.
  • Knowledge of different systems and processes for the effective management of operations within and between organisations.
  • Awareness of appropriate policies and strategies to meet stakeholder interests, manage risk and maximise achievement of strategic objectives.
  • An appreciation of how organisations can create social as well as economic improvement.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Competence in exhibiting balanced and informed critical arguments.
  • Capability to apply relevant theories and approaches to practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Skills in People Management.
  • An ability to use research to take an evidence-based approach to management.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective self-management and a propensity for personal development.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through a variety of media, and to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • A capacity to exercise co-operation skills and work effectively with others.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2016/17, 9% of our graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

In addition to the central University Careers Service, you will benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help you find internships, job opportunities and to access business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Placements

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placement Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from our in-house Careers Consultant.

As a student on one of our Business Management programmes, and if you achieve a 60% average in your first year (with no fails), you will be invited to apply for our BSc Business Management with Integrated Work Placement.

This unique and innovative programme provides a combination of theoretical ideas and practical techniques which gives a thorough grounding for a variety of careers in a range of management functions such as marketing and human resource management, as well as in general management. 

The programme offers:

  • 20 week work placement in the second semester of year two (affording you the opportunity to explore and evidence the core business management disciplines in a real life work setting)
  • Local business experience in organisations such as Admiral, Transport for Wales, Deloitte, HSBC, Barclays, Wales and West Utilities, NHS Wales, and the DVLA.
  • Credit-bearing experience
  • Paid placement (£250/ week on average)
  • Practical work-based experience
  • A contract that can be extended by mutual consent

If you decide that you would like to undertake a year-long placement, you can either apply to one of our with Professional Placement Year programmes or transfer into one at any time up until the end of your second year of study. The placement is undertaken in the third year of a four-year degree programme. 

International Study

Our four-year degree programmes with a Year Abroad provide you with the opportunity to gain a global perspective. You may apply during your second year for a place on these programmes and if you are successful you will transfer in to the four year degree scheme. The Year Abroad will become an integral part of the degree.

In addition, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria (overall average mark of 60% or higher in the first year and a successful interview with the Director of International Exchange) you may transfer to the three-year Semester Abroad programme. On the semester abroad programme you take six compulsory single modules in the first semester of year 2 before spending the Spring semester of year 2 at one of our partner universities abroad studying relevant modules in English.

We have exchange agreements with high ranking Business Schools and universities worldwide where you will study modules taught and assessed in English at the partner university. A list of partner institutions, all of which offer modules taught in English, can be found on our website.

Our Exchange team and the University Global Opportunity Centre work closely with you in preparation for and during your studies abroad.

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