Business Management (Year in Industry) BSc

Graduates with both academic abilities and practical experience in a real business environment are much in demand and can have a significant advantage in today’s competitive employment market. This four-year programme offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a range of business topics, combined with a year in industry putting into practice what you’ve learned.

90% of our Business Management BSc students would recommend us as a great place to study (NSS 2017)Based on our successful BSc in Business Management, you’ll spend three years studying disciplines with direct relevance to the business world, such as finance, marketing and human resources management. You will also undertake a professional development and research skills theme which will put your academic studies into context, and of course you will have a chance to spend an additional Year in Industry.
What's it like to study on the Business Management with Year in Industry programme?
Watch our video profiles to hear from previous Business Management with Year in Industry students as they talk about their experience on the course and on their placement and how it has helped them to grow into successful young business professionals.


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James Ellis

Final Year, BSc Business Management (Year in Industry)

“As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum of twelve different modules each term has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities and processes which have now given my future a clear vision and pathway. I believe that by not limiting yourself to one discipline of business will make you a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.”


The BSc Business Management equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand business and management on both a national and global scale. It is structured to reflect the changing world of business. This degree combines the latest research and thinking with the philosophy that future leaders of industry need a sound and broad-based business education.

New modules around leadership and change management ensure future employers will recognise that you chose a degree from a premier UK institution that recognised these often overlooked skills. Placements and Internships are individually selected to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Students studying this course enjoy above average contact hours with academic staff. As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.

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Your programme of study

In your three years of study you will follow the modules offered on our BSc Business Management programme. Your first year is a compulsory foundation year, introducing you to key areas in the study of business. In your second and final years you will have considerable choice within the themes structure of the programme. The actual modules offered changes from time to time in order to best reflect changes in the world of business. 

In your second year you will work with the placements team who will assist you, through one-to-one support, events and workshops, in applying for your Year In Industry placement in your third year. Your placement search involves a lot of hard work, but many employers actively seek out our students and most students achieved well-paid, prestigious placements throughout the UK. During your Year in Industry you will write a placement essay, report and reflective diaries which counts towards 12.5% of your degree. Your placement year is conditional upon your achieving at least 2:1 (60%) in your second year. You can transfer to the three-year BSc Business Management if you decide not to do a placement.

Depending on the options you choose you may be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA.


The benefits of a Year in Industry

Joe Cane (BSc Business Management with Year in Industry, 2015) is now a Service Delivery Manager at Fujitsu UK. After spending his university placement year working at Fujitsu UK, he returned as a graduate and works in the Offshore Effectiveness Division at the global IT service provider. One of his most memorable experiences on the job was when he arrived in India on a work visit just as the government announced changes to the local currency. Joe had to overcome logistical challenges on the ground to make the trip a success and also got the opportunity to experience Delhi, Mumbai and the Taj Mahal.

Why study this course

Based on our successful BSc in Business Management, you’ll spend three years studying disciplines with direct relevance to the business world, such as finance, marketing and human resources management. You will also undertake a professional development and research skills theme which will put your academic studies into context, and of course you will have a chance to spend an additional Year in Industry.

The BSc Business Management course at Birmingham is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of business. This degree combines the latest research and thinking with the philosophy that future leaders of industry need a sound and broad-based business education. No matter what the sector – public and commercial organisations all require good leaders and this degree is aimed at students looking to take up leadership roles.

  • Birmingham Business School is consistently found in international ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group. 
  • Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students.

Modules

First Year


Core modules

Choose one of the following modules:

One of the following modules must also be taken, depending on prior qualifications:

A Widening Horizons Module worth 20 credits must be taken.

Second Year


Core modules

Optional modules

Students must choose a further 90 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester.

Third year

Fourth Year


Core modules

Optional modules

Students must choose a further 100 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester.


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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2018-19
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2018-19

Overseas students entering in 2018-19
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £18,360

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

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 6/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.

The year in industry is conditional upon an acceptable level of performance in your first-year examinations. If you do not achieve this, you will be transferred to the BSc Business Management.

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 N201.

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.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

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 you'll learn

The main way you’ll learn is by attending lectures, but in some modules these are supplemented with classes which allows you to meet with a tutor in small groups to further your understanding of the material covered in lectures. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in groups and make presentations – both skills that are highly valued by employers.

The timetable for lectures and classes covers around 22 hours a week, allowing time for you to do your own reading and learning.

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Contact hours

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.

How you'll be assessed

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including reports, essays, group presentations, class essays and computer assignments. Exams are held in May/June. You must achieve satisfactory results to proceed to the next year. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff. He or she will take an interest in your general wellbeing and academic progress, meeting you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

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Resources and facilities

The Business School has a number of PC clusters with wireless connectivity and data projection. We also use a virtual learning environment to support our teaching, which can be accessed from any internet-connected computer and is used to provide electronic copies of lecture materials, links to online resources, multiple choice quizzes and discussion areas. It’s also used for a range of administrative tasks such as online submission of assignments and the provision of programme news.

The University Library houses over 2.5 million volumes and boasts extensive data retrieval services. The Library offers a range of valuable services to help you during your degree programme, including library-training sessions, subject guides and database skills. You’ll also have access to e-Library, a vast online collection of text books that can be accessed free of charge from other libraries.

Assessment methods

We constantly talk to existing students and BSc Business Management alumni to ensure the right balance of assessment tools and techniques are available.

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.

We feel proud and privileged that our students have chosen to put their fledgling careers in the hands of Birmingham Business School. So we want to make sure you achieve your full potential throughout your studies and gain the best career opportunities to fulfil your ambitions. We pride ourselves on our graduates high levels of employability and will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.

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Our business degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. There is no single type of business that our students go in to.

The nature of our degrees is such that you’ll be prepared for and capable of adapting to a diverse range of jobs, such as advertising, banking, law, accounting, marketing, management consulting, telecommunications, personnel and distribution. Many employers visit the Business School to run seminars for our students. In fact, companies such as Procter & Gamble, BP, Deloitte and L’Oreal see these sessions as an opportunity to look for suitable candidates for their summer internship programmes and graduate training schemes. 

Careers Network

The University offers advice through our award-winning Careers Network. They have specialists who can advise you on what the possibilities are on graduating. Joining one of the Department’s student societies is also a good way of finding out about future careers. Local firms often sponsor events for our students (such as business games, seminars on interview techniques and how to write a CV, and, of course, more social events) so that they can get to know you and vice versa. This is a further indication of the attractiveness of our students to prospective employers. 

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

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Work experience

The BSc Business Management 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.


Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with Birmingham Business School every year to create and deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. All our undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to take part in the unique Capgemini Community Challenge in your first or second year. This takes place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned client-solutions facilities, with students carrying out tangible solutions-based consultancy projects for actual third-sector clients. Participation will enhance your CV, professional development and work experience. It’s also an amazing opportunity to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you’re assigned to help.

Learn more about the challenge here

Professional accreditation

Depending on the options you choose, you may be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as CIM, CIMA and ACCA. This will depend on the options chosen in your second and final years.

Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

Shape your academic experience

Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future. Find out more on the Guild of Students website

Accommodation

Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.

Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.