Business Management with Communications and Year in Industry BSc

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Business trends in social and digital media are influencing how organisations engage, operate and market themselves.This “revolution” in the way businesses communicate requires a skill set which this programme works to achieve.

Year in Industry business graduates are highly sought after. This programme develops knowledge, experience and a distinctive, sometimes creative, specialism; helping business to meet many of its challenges both now, and in the future.


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Our BSc. Business Management with Communications and Year in Industry degree programme builds knowledge to understand Business, Marketing and Communications, whilst equipping you with skills which graduate employers value.

This degree has been developed from the flagship BSc. Business Management with Communications programme and the highly successful Year in Industry pathway. It responds to the need for technology-driven business relationship management, marketing communications and the high value employers place on both industry experience and professionalism.

Anchored within the Business Management suite of programmes, this degree seeks to evolve with the business environment, whilst maintaining the philosophy that future leaders and business managers need to understand all aspects of business and be able to communicate well across all platforms to different audiences.

As well as studying modules as a part of the general Business Management degree, this programme adds some smaller group teaching, experiential workshops, and practical assessments to the mix. The Year in Industry allows students to further build on their portfolio of demonstrable skills in an extended placement.

First year

In your first year, you obtain the foundation for the study of business and management. Study includes introduction to the key areas of Marketing, Management, Economics, Analytical Techniques. This year complements, but does not duplicate, the content of the Business Studies A level.

Second and final years

In the second year your degree programme becomes more specialised, offering greater choice, including modules in Internal and External Communication, Creative Campaign Production and Public Relations. You will earn how to produce content, including video for the web. Following a Year in Industry placement, your final year allows a continuation of a Communications and Marketing specialism with modules including Digital Marketing and Strategic Stakeholder Communications, alongside a wide choice of modules from the Business Management and Marketing mix. There can sometimes be changes in modules this is because the programmes we deliver must evolve to meet developing business needs.

Why study this course

This programme combines a broad-based business degree with a strong marketing and communications theme, emphasising the importance of relationships within and between businesses and the communities they operate in. You’ll examine the importance of business communication and the growing number of channels used to achieve it, developing practical and analytical skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge of corporate communications processes and strategies.

Communications modules are taught in intensive, small-group workshops. You’ll also study a wide range of topics from the Business Management programme, allowing you to keep your career options open, and to demonstrate a broad understanding of business and a wide range of transferrable skills.

  • 95% of our graduates go on to work or undertake further study
  • 84% of those going into professional or managerial careers
  • Average graduate starting salaries of £20,000 

Modules

First Year


Core modules

Take one of the following modules, depending on your prior qualifications:

Choose one of the following modules:

20 credits of Widening Horizons Modules (WHM) must be taken in year 1.

Second Year


Core modules

Optional modules

Students must choose a further 60 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester, unless approved by Programme Director.

Third Year


Fourth Year


 Core modules

Optional modules

Students must choose a further 80 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester (40 credits in each semester), unless approved by the Programme Director.


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2017-18
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2017-18

Overseas students entering in 2017-18
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £16,740

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics and English at grade B
General Studies:
not accepted as one of three A2s, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer and have General Studies as a fourth A2

Additional information:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is accepted with grades DDD, other BTEC subjects are considered on a case by case basis.

BTEC Diploma in Business accepted in combination with an acceptable A level.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business accepted in combination with two acceptable A levels.

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.


Standard English language requirements apply 
Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code N190.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

How will I be taught?

During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.

Contact hours

With the exception of your placement year, undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.

Learning Settings

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

You’ll find academic and professional staff involved in the delivery of your BSc Business Management with Communications degree here at Birmingham located in University House. Set in landscaped gardens this multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings, with lectures and teaching taking place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms.

Support

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. 

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Virtual and enquiry based learning

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.

Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams.

During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University.  You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.

The University of Birmingham produces enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world with us.” Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Work experience

The BSc Business Management with Communications degree enables you to undertake unique work experience opportunities to enhance your employability and rise above the competition. Work experience provides an ideal opportunity to gain invaluable skills and knowledge that will help further your career plans. With generous support from Alumni, undergraduate students (excluding those in their final year) can apply for funding to cover their incurred costs whilst they are working:

  • Global Challenge Bursary (apply for one of our sourced opportunities) - up to £9000 available
  • Gateway Bursary - up to £2000 available
  • International Bursary - up to £800 available
  • UK professional Bursary - up to £800 available
  • Research Experience Bursary - up to £500 available

This funding can help you pay for accommodation costs, travel expenses and living costs.

Birmingham Business School also works closely with top graduate recruiters, hosting careers fairs, interactive skills sessions, workshops, presentations, specialist skills programmes and events in conjunction with employers such as Deloitte, Accenture, PWC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and many more.

Your Birmingham degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Networkcan help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunitiesto help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award(PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.