The course combines the study of innovative management practices with supportive teaching and exposure to real life experiences in professional settings. It is a programme in which theoretical and practical learning is enriched by input from successful industry professionals. This focus on industry practices within a Higher Education setting gives students the opportunity to sample, and prepare for, the work environment while completing their degree.
Whether you envisage your future as a project/commercial/marketing manager, or a business owner, it is a course which can contribute to you achieving such goals.
This dynamic and innovative course will equip you to manage a business successfully within an ever-changing business environment. Specifically, there is a focus on the role of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, to equip you to start up new business ventures and identify ways of solving problems in existing organisations.
The BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Applied Management offers you a personal, flexible and friendly route to the business destination of your choice. The programme will equip you with a rich understanding of how organizations work and develop the skills you need to investigate management issues, assess the options and then confidently make decisions that add value. These are the attributes that our research shows employers want and having a business degree or business management degree will boost your employment options.
The aim is to provide skills-ready graduates for all types of business sectors and a real-world practitioner viewpoint to the learning. A strategic partnership between University Centre Colchester and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) ensures each of the courses can be dual-accredited, so students will receive an additional industry recognised CMI certificate or Diploma qualification alongside their academic degree, in addition to being able to access the resources of the CMI.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Although designed as a three year full-time degree programme, there are three named routes into the qualification. The Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) allows for study of the first year of the programme. The Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) allows for study of the first two years of the programme and the BA (Hons) route allows students to study the full qualification.
Both the CertHE and the DipHE can be used as a stepping stones towards an Honours Degree with progression allowed following successful completion of each stage. All options are available to be studied either full-time or part-time.
80 UCAS points* plus GCSE maths and English (grades A*-C) or equivalent or Access to Higher Education Certificate. Mature applicants without the above criteria will be interviewed to assess academic suitability.
32 UCAS points* plus GCSE maths and English (grad
es A*-C) or equivalent or Access to Higher Education Certificate. Mature applicants without the above criteria will be interviewed to assess academic suitability.
24 UCAS points* plus GCSE maths and English (grades A*-C/9-4) or equivalent or Access to Higher Education Certificate. Mature applicants without the above criteria, but have significant experience or are employed within industry, will be interviewed to assess academic suitability.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
UCC University Centre Colchester School of Business and Management graduates are equipped to start management careers in a wide variety of industry and public sector settings. The combination of a University of Essex validated degree and a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute that you will receive on graduation will help you stand out from other graduates.
You will also be equipped to start a new business venture and, thanks to our close links with industry, will have started to build the ‘social capital’ of a network of business contacts. Other graduates move into specialist fields such as personnel, marketing or events management and career pathways in the banking and financial industry and global business management.
Credits gained for the successful completion of modules on the degree may be considered as part of the entry qualifications for a range of professional courses.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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