Business Management with Communications and Year in Industry BSc

Our graduates are in great demand because they have both communications and marketing knowledge, together with a demonstrated skills set. This established programme, with teaching from industry experienced staff, sees students gain graduate jobs globally, with alumni at Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays, Lloyds, Disney, PwC, Ogilvy, Edelman, Sky, Channel 4 and McCann.

The Business Management with Communications 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.
At the end of your placement year, you will have a better understanding of what employers are looking for, as well as an increased awareness of the world of work. You’ll have gained invaluable practical experience and you may even be offered a job by your employer to be taken up after you graduate.


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BSc Business Management with Communications offers an exciting mix of a solid business management programme with a twist of creativity. It equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand business, management, marketing and communication on both a national and global scale. This established programme benefits from Birmingham Business School’s strong links with global companies, with teaching from industry experts. Students enjoy hands-on application of theory in a series of workshops, supported by industry professionals.

Practical small group workshops facilitate experiential learning in a creative environment, allowing students to explore and devise communications and marketing collateral for business. 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 transferable skills.

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Your programme of study

Your first year provides a broad-based business management foundation with Principles of Marketing as a foundational module, including specialist communications guest lectures. In your second and final years you will study contemporary communications strategies with more Marketing options to suit, whilst uniquely building a portfolio via creative campaign workshops, including producing marketing video for the web.

The Business Management with Communications and a Year in Industry BSc will follow the same structure as the three-year programme, but you will complete a Year in Industry prior to the final year of study. You must achieve at least 2:1 (60%) in your second year to be eligible for a placement, which will usually be in a Communications, Marketing or PR role.


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

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.

  • Graduates with both academic abilities and the practical experience in a real business environment that comes with our Year in Industry are much in demand and can have a significant advantage in today’s competitive employment market.
  • 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

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 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.

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 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

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.

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. 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. 

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

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.

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.