BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Business Studies 2020/21

Year of entry


This programme is designed to equip you for a range of professional roles in industry, commerce, the service sector and selfemployment. You will gain the specialist knowledge you need to enter into your chosen business field, as well as a range of transferable skills essential for any career in business.

You will be part of a dynamic and flexible course where you will build a solid foundation in key areas such as management and financial accounting.

You will have the opportunity to select modules appropriate to your own career aspirations. You will also have the chance to take advantage of our excellent professional links, getting your career off to the best possible start.

You will explore areas including:

  • accounting and finance
  • business analysis
  • marketing principles and practice.

The aim of this course is to provide a sound and relevant educational foundation for a range of professional roles in industry, commerce, the service sector and self-employment. Professional body accreditation of modules gives you the option to gain qualifications from professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). We believe this enhances our programmes, linking academic achievement with the requirements of leading professional bodies. It will also develop the knowledge necessary for postgraduate study, and career development within the business and management field. The aim for undergraduate on all programmes within the Business School is to gain a sound understanding of the theory of business and management, and its application in practice. There are many opportunities for students to undertake work experience to help prepare them for future employment. Many students also undertake placements which give them excellent insight into work and business that helps them enter the job market.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are looking to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills of contemporary business to enable you to enter into your chosen business field. You will develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and team-working skills, which are essential for any career in business. On successful completion of the course, you will gain the required academic and professional knowledge, skills and values to enable you to work independently and collaboratively to promote effective business solutions, within a changeable business environment.

“Well-informed lecturers. Variety of assignments (essays, reports, presentations) to get lots of real world experience.”

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You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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You will be able to select modules appropriate to your developing interests as the course progresses. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the business environment in the key areas of management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole programme whilst allowing flexibility to choose a variety of pathways in the second and third years.

All students study a number of core modules, including Management and Leadership, and Project Management; which are respectively accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and Association for Project Management. All core and optional modules prepare you for a professional career and provide you with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the business world.

You can opt to spend the third year of a four year degree in a full­time, paid work placement, supported by the University’s career development service and receive tutorial support from an academic member of staff throughout the year. This valuable opportunity enhances your professional development by giving experience in a real environment. You can register on the programme at the end of your first year.

Work experience

The programme provides you with the opportunity to take a work­-based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three. Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

Other information

The Business School is organising a student exchange project with Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, The Netherlands. This fully funded exchange will give a maximum of 15 undergraduate students the opportunity to explore what it is like to study abroad, work on a business project in The Netherlands, experience a different place and culture, and make new friends.

Core modules

Year One

Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)


Accounting and Finance for Business introduces students to key accounting and finance topics. They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Business Analysis (20 credits)


This module is designed to help students to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programmes and in their future careers in business. Although there are not pre requisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)


This module prepares students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Economics (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro - economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. Students will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)


This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Year Two

Management and Leadership (CMI) (20 credits)


The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy and may cause ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. It explores a range of different perspectives on management and leadership and focuses in on particular managerial/leadership issues that lead to ambiguities and problems.

Project Management (APM, CMI) (20 credits)


This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Work Based Learning (20 credits)


The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Year Three

Strategic Management (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable students to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Financial Management (20 credits)


The module will consist of a review of financial techniques which will need to be employed in assessing corporate performance, and introduce new methods of assessing corporate success. The consideration of financial risk management and the various instruments and techniques that are available to business executives will be covered in some depth. Another key area of study will be the workings and implications of the stock exchange, both in relation to the shareholders and to the business organisations and financial markets. Sources of appropriate funds will be identified and evaluated. The cost of equity capital will be calculated using the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Accounting for Business (CMI) (20 credits)


Accounting for Business extends the scope of financial accounting for professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)


The aims of the module are to introduce students to the complex relationship between business and sustainability management; and to develop the capacities of students to be future generators of sustainable values for business and society.

eBusiness (20 credits)


The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.

Human Resource Management (CMI) (20 credits)


This module aims to equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits)

The module will consider the role and definition of innovation in organisations of all types and sizes, including the concept of Intellectual Property and its contribution to competitiveness. It will explore the concepts and theories of innovation, the tools and techniques for innovation management and review how these are used in practice.

Research Methods (Pre requisite for Dissertation) (20 credits)


This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research. This module is a pre-requisite for any students wishing to undertake a dissertation in year 3.

Retail Marketing (PR) (20 credits)


The module introduces students to the background and context of the modern retail business. A history of retail development will be reviewed and an analysis of its impact on current activity will be undertaken, including an exploration of prevailing trends in consumer retail marketing environments. The module will examine the practical applications of the elements of the retail marketing mix. Decision making processes and strategic choices will be evaluated in respect of a number of areas, such as retailer organisation, structure and size, location, logistics, store design and layout, in store communication and merchandising. Special consideration will be placed on retail buyer behaviour and the influence of the store and the brand on intention to purchase. This module is a pre-requisite for any students wishing to undertake Retail Strategy in Year 3.

Year 3

Business Ethics (20 credits)


The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. Students will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism & integrity, ethics & technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Individual Study (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study of a particular line of enquiry related to a business issue selected by the student.

Knowledge Management (20 credits)


The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

New Venture Creation (20 credits)


The module aims to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation. It will explore the fundamental building blocks of a business model, the interrelationships between the building blocks and the links to the external business environment, and aims to arrive at a detailed operational and financial feasibility study that assesses the real potential of the new venture creation project.

Public Relations (20 credits)


This module aims to develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Retail Strategy (PR) (20 credits)


This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the strategic factors and operational implications a retailer needs to achieve in order to establish a clear market position in a competitive market. Students wishing to take this module will be required to take Retail Marketing in Year 2.

Service Management (20 credits)


The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Taxation (20 credits)


The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the taxation system as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies in the United Kingdom. Understanding the theoretical framework and the ability to apply core taxation laws are essential.

Dissertation (40 credits)

(SEMESTER 1 & 2)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills. Students wishing to undertake a Dissertation will be required to study Research Methods in year 2

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles. Graduate employment has included accountancy, financial service, retailing, leisure management, marketing, human resource and public sector management. The Erasmus exchange programme provides opportunities for students to study in Europe for part of the degree. The Business Studies degree opens up career routes into any sector and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully completed Business Studies degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that are transferable and valued by many organisations.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


You will be taught over two Semesters, taking three modules in each. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. Seminars and workshops are organised in smaller groups to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic personal tutor. Where necessary, you will use industry-standard software such as Sage in Accounting. Between year 2 and year 3 students can opt to undertake a 12 month placement with an external organisation. Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Students taking the 40 credit Dissertation module in year three, will undertake independent research and work under the supervision of a member of the course team with whom they will meet with regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours but you will undertake independent learning and assessment activity.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. All our team members have industry experience and many are research-active and all deliver research-informed teaching.

You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

Academic Support

You will have full access of the University’s Academic Development department who provide help and advice on ways to improve you learning and your own work.

You will be assessed by a number of methods including essays, reports, business simulations, presentations, reflective logs, computer based assessments, examinations, and case studies. Some modules include group assessments to help students become familiar with working as a team; often a key aspect of professional and graduate level work.

The nature of the assessment depends on the modules you take. This mixture is intended to build individual knowledge and skills in the application of theory and best practice to realistic business scenarios. It also provides valuable experience in the importance of effective teamwork and leadership in achieving goals.


You will receive feedback on your work which is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You will receive online feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework and submitted online. In many cases you will receive feedback online, by e-mail or in person. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission

Pass Marks

Normally you must achieve a pass mark of at least 40% in all modules to proceed to the next year. Certain modules, for example a 40 credit Dissertation, require you to pass a pre requisite module before being allowed to undertake the module.

Christ Church Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications. This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

You will have access to our Christ Church Trading Floor. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements. A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.


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UCAS course code

  • N100 Business Studies
  • N103 Business Studies with Professional Placement (4 years)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years (or 4 years with Professional Placement) full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2020

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