BA Business Management with a Year in Industry (2020 entry)
Prepare for a career getting the best out of people with a degree in business management. You will learn how to combine an interest in people with an interest in numbers, becoming expert in both business strategy and human behaviour. This degree, offered by Norwich Business School (NBS), in the Social Sciences Faculty at UEA, will prepare you to work within businesses, start your own company or work as a consultant. This is a highly flexible course that you can tailor to suit your interests and goals as they develop. If you know you want to work in business and to explore the different options within the field, this course lets you deepen your understanding whilst keeping your options open. You’ll begin with a broad first year and in your second and third years you’ll have freedom to choose optional modules. You don’t need to have studied business before to excel on this degree. You just need to be interested in business, have a curious, entrepreneurial mind, and be ready to work hard.
At NBS we believe that exceptional management is all about balancing hard and soft skills. That means understanding numbers and how to use them, and how to finance an organisation. It also means understanding people, how they behave and why they behave as they do. On this course you will become adept at this difficult balancing act. We also believe that anyone can become a great manager, no matter what their background is, so our course is inclusive and welcoming to all.
You’ll begin with a broad first year where you’ll explore a wide range of business roles and skills. In your second and third years you’ll have a lot of freedom to choose optional modules that let you delve deeper and specialise in the areas that fascinate you most. For example, modules such as Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management will prepare you to start your own business or continue on to Master’s level study.
You will have the chance to hone your qualitative and quantitative capabilities, at the same time as learning how to work with people, building your reflective skills, and your ability to look at yourself and your own work critically.
At UEA we focus on evidence-based management. You’ll learn to pose questions and challenge assumptions, as well as how to use evidence to make your own decisions and then back them up. You will develop quantitative and qualitative skills, learning how to deal with numbers and accounts, and how to interpret statistics, as well as how to manage people and resources. You’ll also gain experience working with others and presenting your findings and ideas – invaluable practice for your career, when you’ll need to not only develop solutions to problems but also persuade people of their validity.
NBS is a friendly and supportive school, with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that’s safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our world-leading research and real-world business experience. That means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.
We were in the top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for Finance, Marketing, Management Studies and Business Studies in the National Student Survey 2017. We were ranked top 10 for Marketing in the Complete University Guide 2018. Analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked UEA ninth in the UK for the quality of its research output in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).
Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.
All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and that are most relevant for your career goals.
Across six fascinating core modules you’ll explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding – not just in management areas such as organisational behaviour, human resources management, supply chain management, and operations management – but also in economics, marketing, accounting and finance. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation of your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business. Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these disciplines so this understanding is extremely valuable – being able to communicate with and understand other disciplines is a crucial part of management. And should you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.
After a first year spent discovering the fundamentals of business, you will focus on core business management functions like HR management (managing people), operations management (managing technology and processes), and managing information systems. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose optional modules, allowing you to try different things, explore your interests and discover where your talents, interests and ambitions lie. For example, if you’re interested in marketing you could take the Marketing Communications module, where past students have visited BBC East to learn how to make TV ads. Or if you are interested in the legal side of the business then you could study Business and Company law or Practical Law for Management.
In your third year you will spend a year working in industry.
In your fourth year, you will develop your understanding and strategic analysis and study Strategic Management. You will also complete a Final Year Project that can take the form of a dissertation or more applied work-based project.
Beyond that there are no compulsory modules, giving you even more flexibility to build a degree that suits you. For example if you’re interested in starting your own business you could take the Entrepreneurship and Small business module or if you’re interested in consultancy, either working for a consultancy firm or learning the skills of how to be an effective internal consultant, you could take the Management Consultancy module. The annual NBS Modules Fair will help you choose the right options for you. Some third year options are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules, but we can advise you on this.
Teaching and Learning
Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.
All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Many of our lectures are interactive, and across all our teaching you’ll use using a rich selection of source material, including text books, articles, academic research papers, videos, and business articles from publications such as the Financial Times and the Economist. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.
You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. You’ll undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also have the option to take part in various projects, including solving a live business problem for a real company. In addition you can choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the various student-led, extracurricular business related societies.
Team work and communication
During your first year and some of your second and third year modules you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. You’ll also have the chance to deepen your understanding of topics through discussion with your peers in seminars. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as helping you gain insight into other business disciplines. To be a successful manager you must be able to understand and work with the whole spectrum of business specialists. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We also attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here are invaluable if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multi-national company.
During your time at UEA you’ll have the chance to gain unique perspectives from leading industry figures, with opportunities to hear guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. Past speakers from Goldman Sachs, PwC and EY have given students valuable insights into the transition from student to business life, sharing their unique experiences and advice about how to succeed in business.
Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations and exemptions from key professional bodies, to our flagship Employability Week. During this annual event you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.
Throughout your course you’ll be assessed through a mix of presentations, reports, essays and written exams. The balance is approximately 50/50 between examination and coursework, depending on the optional modules you choose.
Year in Industry
You will spend your third year working in a reputable organisation in a relevant sector. This will give you valuable work experience and the chance to build your professional skills and confidence, which is a great advantage in today’s competitive job market. You will return to UEA in the fourth year to complete your studies.
After the course
In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world one thing is certain, Norwich Business School is where great business careers begin. Our degrees have a proven track record of leading to successful careers in management.
Whether you want to excel within a large organisation or bring big ideas to a small business, your business management degree will provide you with the grounding of hard and soft skills required for a successful career in any number of management roles.
You could work in any industry, from manufacturing, to retail, to the service industries, media, arts, entertainment, sport and more, at multinational and major companies such as Sky, Unilever, Manchester United and British Airways. All businesses need the skills you will develop here, so the list is endless.
Graduate Trainee Management Scheme
After you graduate you could secure a nine-month paid graduate trainee placement as part of our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). Created in partnership with local employers, every year the GTMS features a number of exciting placements that are ring-fenced for our graduates. Our best students are then put forward for those positions. This is your chance to gain industry experience in a salaried position. Placements often lead to employment, so it’s also a chance to kick start your career. All students that are eligible to work in the UK and meet a certain level of academic achievement during their studies are eligible to apply for the GTMS.
Career destinations related to your degree include:
- HR manager
- Operations manager
- Supply chain manager
- Marketing manager
- Project Manager
- Business Analyst
Course related costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.
Course Modules 2020/1
Compulsory Modules (120 credits)
When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. You can only choose 20 credits worth of PPL modules per year. You can only choose 20 credits worth of level 4 modules in Year 2.
Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)
Options Range A
Options Range B
Options Range C
Compulsory Modules (120 credits)
When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. You can only choose 20 credits worth of PPL modules per year. You can only choose 20 credits worth of level 5 modules in Year 3.
Compulsory Modules ( 20 credits)
Options Range A
Options Range B
Options Range C
Options Range D
Options Range G
Options Range H
DisclaimerWhilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- A Level ABB excluding General Studies or BBB excluding General Studies with an A in the Extended Project
- International Baccalaureate 32 points
- Scottish Highers AABB
- Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
- Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
- Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
- BTEC DDD excluding BTEC Public Services and Business Administration
- European Baccalaureate 75%
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to a degree within Norwich Business School:
International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
The annual intake is in September each year.
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
Course Open To
UK and overseas applicants.
Fees and Funding
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support
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Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
How to Apply
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