BA Business Management with a Year Abroad (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.
About the Course
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, a skill that is highly prized in the business world. 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 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 developing your ability to look at yourself and your own work critically.
At UEA we focus on evidence-based management. So you will learn to pose questions and challenge assumptions, and use evidence to make your own decisions and 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. This is great 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.
In The Guardian University League Tables 2020, we were ranked in the UK's top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing. We were also ranked top 15 for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2020 and 9th for the quality of our research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which looked at 101 institutions across the UK.
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.
The BA in Business Management is part of our family of BA degrees which 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 contemporary business. You’ll study themes about the business environment, principles of marketing, accounting and finance, managing data in the digital world, and managing organisations. You’ll also undertake an applied business project which will give you your first experience of independent learning and an opportunity to explore a topic that interests you.
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.
After a first year spent discovering the fundamentals of business, you will focus on core business management functions like managing people and managing information systems, and will develop your strategic awareness and analysis. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose optional modules, allowing you to try different things, explore your interests, and discover where your talents and ambitions lie. For example, if you’re interested in marketing you could take the Marketing Communications module, during which past students have visited BBC East to learn how to make TV ads. Or if you are interested in the legal side of business then you could study Practical Law for Management. There are options for the more creative among you with modules such as Employability, Creativity and Personal Development. And there is the opportunity to develop your awareness of the ethical dimension of decision-making through the Business Ethics module.
In your third year you will study at one of a range of institutions abroad.
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 that you’ll benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Many of our lectures are interactive, and across all our teaching you’ll use 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 current leading theories, you’ll also 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. Depending on the modules you choose, you might undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also do various projects, including a project in which you’ll solve a live marketing brief for a real company and present your work to that business. We’ve worked with organisations such as Adnams Brewery and the East Anglian Zoological Society on past projects. You can also choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the student-led, extracurricular Accountancy Society and Business Society.
Teamwork 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 also great practice if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multinational company.
During your time at UEA, you will be able to gain unique insights from leading industry figures. For example, Mark O'Hagan (Joint CEO of the East of England Co-Op) and Natasha Evans (Team Lead for Customer Success at LinkedIn) spoke to our second-year Human Resource Management class, and Professor Andy Wood (CEO of Adnams) spoke to first-year Organisational Behaviour students.
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. During our flagship Employability Week each year you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.
We have close links with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and all students in years 2 and 3 have the opportunity to sign up for membership, which gives you access to a large range of resources to support your studies and future careers. The CMI have a dedicated career development centre where you can get expert advice on CVs and access to a careers mentor from relevant industries.
You will be assessed through a mix of essays, presentations, reports and online tests. Our assessment methods have been developed not just to measure your skills, but also to aid your learning. For example, when you’re writing an essay you’ll receive feedback on a formative exercise first. You’ll then have a chance to make revisions and improvements before handing in a summative essay for assessment. This helps you identify and focus on areas for improvement.
There are numerous opportunities to take this further with engagement in our employability prizes, sponsored and judged by industry and business specialists. In previous years Adnams, the famous Suffolk Brewer has sponsored a prize for students on the Marketing Communications module, and the Alan Boswell Group (independent insurance brokers and financial planners) have sponsored a first year prize.
You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, Australia, North America or Asia. This will add an international flavour to your studies, build your contacts, and show future employers that you have what it takes to succeed on an international stage. You will return to UEA in the fourth year to finish your degree.
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.
- HR manager
- Operations manager
- Supply chain manager
- Marketing manager
Course related costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
There are plans to investigate dual accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to further strengthen our relationship with them, and to be able to offer students the opportunity of completing the level 5 CMI qualification in leadership and management, which demonstrates to employers your professional competence.
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 AAABB
- 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, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration
- European Baccalaureate 75%
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
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:
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InterviewsMost 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 convenient time.
Gap YearWe 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.
IntakesThe annual intake is in September each year.
Alternative QualificationsUEA 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.
GCSE OfferYou are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
Course Open ToUK and overseas applicants
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