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BSc single honours Business Studies with foundation year 2019/20

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Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Our Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to a related undergraduate degree.

Our Business Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degrees, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance. The foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree. The course aims to help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

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 Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

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 self­employment. 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 students on all programmes within the Business School undergraduate suite, to gain a sound understanding of theory in business management and its application in practice. There are many opportunities for students to undertake work experience to help prepare them for future employment.

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.

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

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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 work­based 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.

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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.

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Core modules

Communication and Academic Skills for HE

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Personal and Career Development

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing

To prepare students for the academic study of business, management and marketing 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. This will be achieved through addressing key questions concerning current business issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and begin to use tools of analysis to discuss important contemporary issues. The module further aims to help students to understand the importance of issues around work and people in organisations by looking at basic HRM functions, activities and issues.

Contemporary Issues in Law

The aims of the module are to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary issues in law. Students will be introduced to a number of contemporary issues through the perspective of different areas of legal study. Students will be able to look into a range of contemporary issues that require the application of legal rules and structures to develop their awareness of the implications and limitations of different areas of law in regards to specific issues.

Individual Project

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate, under supervisory guidance, a particular topic or issue related to material covered in the subject-specific modules. A major aim of the project is to help students prepare for their chosen subject-specific study at Level 4.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Business Foundation Years

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and so prepare them for degree studies in Business Studies and Accounting and Finance. The module also aims to help students to understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and the contemporary issues that are currently affecting these disciplines.

Year one

Core modules

Accounting and Finance for Business (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 2)

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

Core modules

Management and Leadership (CMI) (Semester 1)

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) (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 1)

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.

Optional modules

Accounting for Business (CMI) (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 1)

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges.

e-Business (Semester 1)

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) (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 2)

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.

Retail Marketing (PR) (Semester 1)

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.

Year three

Core modules

Financial Management (Semester 2)

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).

Strategic Management (Semester 1)

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.

Optional modules

Business Ethics (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 2)

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.

Marketing – Culture and Communication (Semester 2)

This module develops your understanding in relation to the importance of an appreciation of how the cultural context(s) for global marketing activities can be regarded as similar, or dissimilar to their home-country situation. Emphasis is given to language (spoken and ‘silent’) as a barrier to effective communication across the full range of marketing activities, but with particular emphasis on its value in relation to both personal and non-personal marketing communications activities such as face-to-face personal selling, and advertising and packaging, respectively.

New Venture Creation (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 1)

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) (Semester 2)

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.

Service Management (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 2)

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.

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 team­working 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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Fees

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

CategoryDescription
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

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Professional Body Registration Professional Body qualification is optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

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.

Each of your modules is typically taught concurrently (‘short and fat’), meaning that you will be studying three modules simultaneously for half of the academic year. This will enable you to become accustomed to the demands and expectations of university in the first term, and then move onto increasingly complicated subject-specific content in the second semester. Consideration is made within the module delivery to ensure that foundational content is taught at the beginning of the module, and that increasingly complex concepts and processes will be encountered as the year progresses. This body of study, twinned with the academic support module that is core to this programme, will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto L4 of your named programme with a sound foundational knowledge of core subject principles, and with essential study and research skills for undergraduate progression.

This programme consists of six modules that run concurrently, enabling you to see the connections between them and to apply your growing skills with increasing confidence. These modules will adopt a range of techniques appropriate to the subject matter and stage of module progression. Typically, core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including Lecture & Discussion; Student-led Seminars; Tutorials; Individual Oral Presentations; Problem Solving Exercises, Case studies and Projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars. Therefore teaching on the Foundation year is focused on preparing students for the methods employed at L4 study.  Throughout the Foundation Year degree, your will receive academic and personal support from your module lecturers and Programme Director who will act as your Personal Tutor.

TUTORIALS AND PERSONAL ACADEMIC TUTORING

Personal Academic Tutorials will be provided by lecturers delivering the modules on the Foundation Year. You will be provided with scheduled slots for your Personal Academic Tutorials, which you are expected to attend. You may also contact the Programme Director for an Academic Tutorial additional to scheduled slots.

Attending Personal Academic Tutorials is a vital component of the Foundation Year and these are set up to review your academic progress during the Foundation Year.

You will have Personal Academic Tutorials in Induction week and as part of your modules.  You will be provided with a tutorial appointment slot which you must attend. You can also request a tutorial in a lecturer’s office hours. Your lecturers will provide you with these.

 

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical project work, group and or individual work, Oral presentations, Computer based assessment, Seminar presentation, Paper presentation, Seminar papers, Case study and Audio or video presentation. Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer-based assessment), presentations and examination.

As a student within the Business School, you will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. 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.

As an accounting student, you will have easy access to historical data, asset prices, macroeconomic data and financial statement information. You will also be able to develop your own trading strategies and portfolio management styles tailored to your riskprofile as part of your hands­on learning experience here in the Business School.

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.

We closely collaborate with external organisations, such as CIPD, Fujifilm, Discovery Park, Dreamland and Shepherd Neame.

The 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.

Accounting at Christ Church holds all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post­graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers.

We also offer 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, Management Accounting 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.

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 successfully­completed Business Studies degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that are transferable and valued by many organisations.

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