Business and Management and Education Studies
Top class Business and Management courses at Bath Business School
Business and Management at Bath Spa University is ranked as number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction and joint number 1 for teaching by the Guardian University Guide 2014.
This demonstrates how our supportive academic staff and close knit student community creates an exceptional learning environment for students studying at Bath Spa.
Students also have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships. This coupled with the excellent course structure and teaching methods ensures graduates have high employability prospects.
- Friendly and supportive academics
- Great learning environment
- Close knit student community
- Innovative Business and Management course offering a choice of specialist pathways
- Choice of work placement length: 10 month or 10 week
- Ranked highly in The Guardian League table
- Very strong student satisfaction scores
Our Business and Management degree (UCAS code NN12) offers a diverse programme that will equip you with the business skills to work in a range of business sectors. You can choose a specific pathway through your Business and Management degree. This could be in:
- Accounting (UCAS code N400)
- Entrepreneurship (UCAS code M362)
- Festivals and Events (UCAS code N285)
- Marketing (UCAS code N500)
- International Business (UCAS code 0T6Y)
- Human Resource Management (UCAS code N600)
- Tourism Management (UCAS code N832)
Why study Business and Management?
Our course is designed to develop you as a person to achieve your potential through teaching you about business and how it works. Once you graduate, you'll be looking for employment in different businesses. This could be in an organisation, in the private or public sector, a charity or possibly your own business. We aim to give you the skills to apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations in any sector.
Year 1 ensures you have a broad and grounded knowledge of business today, giving a platform to develop specialised knowledge as you progress through the course. You'll explore how organisations work, how they are managed and how they interact with the business environment. You'll gain an understanding of economic thinking. You'll develop management skills in gathering and assessing information and data, in making and communicating decisions and in evaluating their effect.
In Year 2 you’ll get to know about the functions of a business and how these interrelate. You’ll start to form opinions about how businesses manage the challenges that are presented to them on a daily basis. You'll have the opportunity to work on projects and to use business techniques to solve problems, and you’ll start to develop your employability skills before seeking a placement at the end of this study year. There is a compulsory module on financial accounting, and a range of other modules related to business and management functions.
At the end of Year 2 you have the option to choose a ten month business placement or a shorter ten week placement during the summer break. This is an invaluable chance to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world, making you even more attractive to employers.
In your final year, when you finish your placement, you'll practice, develop, challenge and explore all your business learning, and examine management as an integrating activity. In your business-related dissertation you'll explore in depth a topic of business that really interests you. You’ll also have the opportunity to work individually or with colleagues to develop and set up a business. A choice of modules allows you to pursue specialist areas such as marketing, human resources, or management accounting.
There's an exciting range of modules on offer. Some of our modules are compulsory but most are optional and will allow you to pursue areas of interest.
- Organisations and the Business Environment*
- Economics and Globalisation*
- Managing Data*
- Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace*
- Financial Accounting*
- Human Resource Management
- The Marketing Business
- Information and Operations Management
- International Business
- Reasoning with Research: Social Sciences Research Methods
- Destination Management
- Work Placement - 10 weeks or 10 months work placement taking place at the end of year 2 (this will count as one of your final year modules)
Final Study Year: Year 3/Year 4
- Business and Management Research Project *
- Marketing for Managers
- Management Accounting
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Managing Sustainability
- Business Strategy
- Cross Cultural Management in International Business
- New Trends in Management
- Enterprise: Creating and Developing your Business
- Tourism: Contemporary Issues
* compulsory modules
You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your business knowledge and management skills. These will include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based tests, podcasts, examinations, essays and business reports.
You’ll be given personal support in your study – we are a friendly team of academics who are committed to helping students achieve their goals.
Our library offers a wide range of business materials. There is also a wealth of material available via electronic sources. These include Business Source Premier, Mintel, Newsbank and an increasing range of e-books. This on-line material can be accessed on and off campus enabling you to work at times that suit you.
We offer variety in the way we teach: sometimes we will set you problems so you can find the answers for yourself, sometimes we will lecture. Most modules use a mix of lectures and small group seminars. There is a good blend of on-line activities using our virtual learning environment. We invite business leaders in to talk about their experience and we arrange visits to local businesses. All of our teaching methods facilitate your development as a self directed learner.
All undergraduate applications are handled by UCAS.
Please contact our Admission team (see above)
260–300 UCAS Tariff points.
International Students - please check specific country requirements for this course.
You’ll have many opportunities to explore your career aspirations and you will be encouraged to take up work placements and internships. You’ll also work alongside real businesses on project based assignments, giving you useful insights to a range of businesses and possible career choices.
Employers such as Logica, NHS, Liberty, American Express, Sky and Numatic International have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Business Analyst, IT Services Analyst, Project Officer, Business Development Manager, Account Executive and Brand Planner.
What students say...
Business and Management Student Reviews
Graduated in 2012
Now: Content Editor & Head of Public Relations
Stagweb - www.stagweb.co.uk
"I was originally hired in an admin role by StagWeb, realised my interest in marketing and writing, and promoted me to Content Editor and Copy Writer. Following that, I was put in charge of the company's Public Relations (which had drawn directly from lessons I learnt on the marketing module) to finding a 'lad' calendar for our newsletters, to talking to leading journalists in the wedding industry."
"I would highly recommend studying Business and Management at Bath Spa University. All of the tutors and lecturers have been wonderfully friendly and really are there when you need them. The hands-on experience and help every step of the way is superb, especially when it comes to leaving University and trying to establish yourself in the job market. The University itself is beautiful and an inspiring place to study and Bath is one of the safest and most exciting cities around. Overall, if you're going to BSU you're guaranteed a friendly atmosphere, terrific staff and an excellent set-up for the world of employment."
Graduated in 2012
Now: Newstrade Marketing Executive, Bauer Media - www.bauermedia.co.uk
"I now have a job working for a company called Frontline, which is one of the largest magazine distribution companies in the UK. They employ me to sit in house with Bauer Media (one of their several London based publishers). Bauer Media publishes Celeb Weeklies such as Heat, Closer, Grazia and other titles such as FHM, Zoo and Empire."
"BSU Business & Management is a course that I would recommend without a doubt. There is constant support and the course is not overcrowded by any means. There is room for everyone to shine and build strong relationships with both lecturers and colleagues. If you want to learn all aspects of the business world, have constant support and build strong relationships then I would highly recommend the Business & Management course."
Now: Business Consultant at Nine Feet Tall - www.ninefeettall.com
I chose to do my Business degree at Bath Spa University because of the quality of education it provides; an achievement which can be attributed to its brilliant lecturers. The University
benefits from being quite small so it can concentrate on its core function of teaching and
educating its students.
The Business and Management team are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated to helping you achieve your potential. When deciding what career path to take my lecturers were very willing to offer their advice and expertise on various industries and job roles. Since graduating in 2012, I went straight on to a graduate scheme with a Bath based Business Consultancy called Nine Feet Tall, whom I met at a careers event at the University. From day 1 I was using many of the skills and business principles that I learnt on my degree and have found many of topics covered on the course to be very practical and transferable into business consulting and the commercial world. One of things I love most about my job as a consultant is that it allows me to work in a wide range of management disciplines, which is also one of things I loved most about my degree. My degree and development at Bath Spa University has been essential to me achieving a place on a graduate scheme and career in consulting.
Now: Area Sales manager, Batemans
"The Enterprise module enhanced my entrepreneurial spirit and enabled me to explore numerous possibilities including working for myself. One extremely important lesson I took from this module is: If you want something, go and get it."
"I highly recommend Bath Spa University to prospective students due to the support provided from the tutors. They provide informative, clear and encouraging guidance with whatever route you choose to pursue."
"Overall, Bath Spa University provides everything from friendly, motivational support through to beautiful grounds to help inspire your creative imagination."
Now: Associate Director, Traded Products Legal at UBS Investment Bank - www.ubs.com
"Upon graduating from Bath Spa I was offered a year’s internship with UBS AG Investment Bank based in the USA, which I’ve just finished. I’ve now returned to the UK and am working for the bank in London as a Legal Negotiator for Traded products."
"Attending Bath Spa University was the best decision I have made in my life."
"The lecturers offer a wealth of knowledge which is communicated to students in a simple yet effective style, which not only enables students to take in the information but also challenges the students’ thinking. Lecturers are always happy to offer support and further help when needed. A friendly and welcoming atmosphere from both staff and students alike made the University a joy to visit each and every day."
Key features of the courses are:
- Education Studies at Bath Spa University is rated highly by students, with 91% satisfaction with teaching in the 2010-11 National Student Survey
- All our awards are very flexible and can be tailored to your personal interests and ambitions
- You will be able to choose from more than 45 modules which explore a wide range of subjects and issues
- All modules are taught by experienced and respected staff
- You will be able to take a placement in a school or other educational setting in each year of your programme
- You will have the opportunity to study overseas in each year of your programme
- You will be able to apply (in year three) to stay with us to take a PGCE primary or secondary : OfSTED has rated our teacher education courses as 'outstanding' in 2011
Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of the world of formal and informal education in the UK and around the world. Education depends on an essentially optimistic view: that through learning we can change the world for the better.
Why study Education Studies?
There are a number of options available for studying Education at Bath Spa University.
Single honours awards in Education Studies are ideal for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the world of education and education around the world. Four single honours awards are available:
- Education Studies
- Early Years Education
- International Education
- Youth and Community Studies
It is also possible to combine Education with another subject in our modular programme to achieve a joint honours degree.
- Education Studies: Combined Awards
See the Course Structure tab for more information.
Please be aware that the above degrees do not lead to a reserved place on a PGCE Primary course, although you may apply for a place on our PGCE in year three.
If you choose to study for the Combined Award, please be aware that there is a separate Student Handbook.
Education is a large subject at Bath Spa University so we are able to offer you various study options:
1. Education Studies (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X300)
Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of formal and informal education.
2. International Education (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X392)
These routes allow you to concentrate your study on either Education or International Education, but in your first year you will be able to take two modules from a selection of other modules related to your subject. This gives you a broader outlook on Education and its many related topics.
These routes are for those of you who are interested in the study of education but not yet certain about the professional route you are interested in developing beyond your degree.
If, however, you know at this stage that you would like to study a second subject alongside Education for all three years of your course (perhaps because your goal is to become a secondary teacher of that subject) you should look at Option 5 below – Education as part of a Combined Award.
You can also choose from two courses that are more directly linked to possible employment options;
3. Early Years Education (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: X312)
4. Youth and Community Studies (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: L590)
These awards offer you opportunities to both follow your academic programme and engage directly with professional practice in the relevant field which may give you an additional vocational qualification. You have a wide range of modules to choose from, but your module choices will be directly related to the specialism you have chosen (either Early Years or Youth and Community work) in order to prepare you for careers in these professions. There will be some core modules which you must follow on both these Specialised Awards which will be linked to possible professional occupations in either Early Years or Youth and Community. There will be opportunities to undertake some professional practice in your area of interest and your third year dissertation will be linked to your degree focus. As part of the Early Years Education specialised award, you will have the opportunity to gain a professional accreditation certificate in Childcare, Development and Learning.
5. Education as part of a Combined Award (with a second subject)
This option allows you to choose two subjects for all of your degree by taking two subjects throughout your three years and you can choose from a wide range of modules in both subjects. It is a suitable route for students who may wish to progress to a career as a teacher in a secondary school (for this you would need to apply to start a Secondary PGCE once you have completed your degree).
Whichever route you decide on there’s a wide range of relevant modules for you to choose from, along with some compulsory modules.
In Year 1, core modules introduce key concepts and skills that underpin the subject as well as modules in, for example: learning through life, early years education, adolescence, primary schools and education in Europe.
In Years 2 and 3 you will consider more deeply the current issues in education and how they relate to your particular course. You will think critically about teaching, diversity, inclusion, social and educational policy and explore global and international perspectives in education. There are opportunities to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas.
There are also modules which give you the chance to work in schools and other educational contexts including early years settings and youth and community contexts where you can develop your understanding of the nature of children and young people’s development and teaching and learning.
Sample modules Include:
- Education for Change
- How Young Children Learn
- Young People's Sub-cultures
- International Perspectives on Education
Please note that if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should apply to our specialised course which offers you a route to a teaching qualification. This is known as our ‘3+1’ course because it is four years in length in total – three years for the undergraduate degree element and one year for the postgraduate PGCE element.
You will be assessed through course work submitted during modules. Course work includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We will provide you with prompt feedback on how well you are doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding. There are no examinations in Education Studies.
Bath Spa is a leading university in the field of Education Studies, and you’ll be taught by a very experienced and well qualified team of more than 50 tutors with different backgrounds as qualified teachers, academics, authors and researchers. At Bath Spa we believe in helping you understand the difficulties experienced by many children and young people for whom access to good formal and informal education is sometimes difficult. You’ll gain the knowledge, critical understanding and skills needed to explore the nature and functions of education in a rapidly changing world, and prepare for a range of professional employment.
As well as offering you an exciting undergraduate programme we also have full-time and part-time higher degrees which build on your undergraduate course and support you in professional development that will equip you to compete more effectively within the labour market. We have a flexible Education Studies Masters programme which allows you to develop further the focus of your undergraduate degree and includes modules such as Social and Education Policy, Education and Globalisation, Early Childhood Education, Work Based Professional Practice and Youth in the Community. From the moment you begin your undergraduate programme we will encourage you to think of yourself as maximising your opportunities by thinking of postgraduate options that will support your particular employment interests.
Whatever route you decide is right for you, we offer you the opportunity to become a committed, caring and creative professional- able to “make a difference”.
Teaching is through a mix of lectures (50 minutes), seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures - they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hrs per week. All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies - in years two and three they will introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests through a range of optional modules. We also have regular visiting speakers - these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.
Placements occur in each year of the programme. In year two there is a compulsory placement in an educational setting or school. Optional modules provide further placement opportunities for you to work with young people both locally and internationally. The School of Education Partnership Office will arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you are located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport.
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All full time applications are through UCAS.
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260–300 UCAS Tariff points.
Education Studies will provide the basis for you to work with learners – young people and older people – in different organisations: children’s centres, youth organisations and community organisations. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including community organisations, youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, museums, art galleries and libraries.
You will also be able to apply for PGCE courses in teacher training – but if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should consider our specialised ‘3+1’ course.
If you think you would like to work in early years’ settings or youth and community organisations you should apply for the specialised awards in these areas. This will ensure you undertake placements relevant to your course and have specialised modules that you must follow to ensure the right experiences and knowledge to help you work in these fields.
As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Notts Trent International College, Explore Learning, the NHS and many schools and Local Authorities working in Educational roles such as tutors, trainers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
What students say...
Student Profile: Kia Prescott, International Education
“The course has made me question all of my opinions I held before. Studying International Education has given me a better knowledge of geography, countries, cultures, global issues, politics and world history, all of which has given me a wider base and has helped in all my modules. This year there is a study trip to Zambia for students on the international module, and it will be the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience of education abroad.
Although the majority on the course want to be teachers it is understood that there are some who don’t, and this is catered for. I have a great interest in other countries and cultures, and I have not completely decided if I want to teach abroad yet – but Bath Spa are enabling me to keep my options open.”