Business and Management and Philosophy and Ethics

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An innovative Business and Management course offering a choice of specialist pathways

  • High student satisfaction in the NSS – 89% (and 92% in the marketing pathway).
  • Choice of work placement length – 10 month or 10 week.
  • Exceptional learning environment – supportive academic staff with business experience and close knit student community.

“The Bath Business School team are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated to helping you achieve your potential.”
– Alex Appleton, Business and Management graduate

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:

Why study Business and Management?

Budding entrepreneur? CEO of the future? Marketing Director in the making? Whatever your aspirations, our Business and Management course will give you a good grounding in the theory and practice of modern business. Along the way you’ll develop the core skills you need to excel in all kinds of businesses and start to build a clear picture of exactly where those skills could take you.

Course structure

We’ll help you develop as a person to achieve your potential through teaching you about business and how it works. You’ll graduate with potential for employment in different businesses; this could be an organisation, 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.

You’ll have flexibility to choose modules that are of particular interest to you. You can also bring in modules from areas outside your course if you want to explore issues around a particular ‘theme’, such as sustainability or global affairs.

Modules

  • Year 1
    Gain a broad understanding of today’s business environment – from the context that organisations operate in through to trends in economic thinking and the importance of data in business. Modules will cover topics such as organisations and the business environment; economics and globalisation; managing data.

  • Year 2
    Focus on the inner workings of businesses, use business techniques to solve problems and start developing the skills that employers look for. Modules include a key module in creativity and innovation and a compulsory module in financial accounting.
    Optional topics include: human resource management; marketing, information and operations management; and international business. At the end of the year, you can choose to embark on a ten-month business placement or a 10-week summer placement – applying what you’ve learnt so far in the real world.

  • Year 3
    Develop and explore your business learning and focus on the role of management. Undertake an in-depth business research project in your specialist area. You’ll also have a chance to set up a business on your own or with fellow students. Other topics to explore include: managing sustainability; marketing for managers; new trends in management; and strategic human resource management.

Course assessment

You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your business knowledge and management skills. These could include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based simulations, podcasts, examinations, essays, videos and business reports.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programs in a variety of countries including Holland, Belgium and China.

Business community projects

We give you the opportunity to work with regional and national businesses in and around Bath. You’ll be working on live project briefs, helping organisations find creative solutions to their business issues.

Professional accreditation

Depending on your pathway and the modules you study, you can gain accreditation by professional bodies and get exemption from professional exams.

Work placements, industry links and internships

In addition to the business community projects, you’ll have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships.

Competitions/awards

Do you have entrepreneurial flair? Have you created a product that people will buy? BathSparks has given away over £10,000 in funding to student ideas in 2015/16 and we're looking to give even more this year. Stay up-to-date on our blog.

Teaching methods

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 online activities using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. 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.

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.

Application method

All undergraduate applications are handled by UCAS.

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admission team (see above)

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A level grades BCC - CCC with Grade C in Business or related subject preferred. Applicants without business studies A level can apply but will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Business in their personal statement.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a business or related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 26 points are required in addition to evidence of a strong interest in Business in your personal statement.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Access courses accepted in addition to evidence of

International Students - please check specific country requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Career opportunities

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.

List of current alumni careers

Employers such as Logica, NHS, Liberty, Ocado, IBM, Marks and Spencer, 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

Genevieve Flintham
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."

Zara Easton
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."

Alex Appleton 

Graduated 2012

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.

Paul Bartholomew
Graduated 2012 
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."

Joseph Cooper
Graduated 2009
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."

Truth, knowledge, meaning, reality – ask and answer crucial questions with this course.

  • Global – study philosophy from Western and Eastern perspectives
  • Contemporary – explore current debates, dilemmas and approaches
  • Applied – use philosophical concepts in real time, on real world projects

“I have been challenged, supported, and inspired during my time here ... My way of thinking has been changed by what I've studied, and I can happily say that I have become a confident critical thinker, and a more thoughtful human being.”
– Jessica Tamsin Milton, Philosophy with English Literature student

Why study Philosophy and Ethics?

 This Philosophy and Ethics course explores the assumptions, beliefs and values which shape human behaviour and our responses to it. You’ll explore our relationships with the natural world and our attitudes towards the past and in the present.

The course addresses the key questions which underpin all academic disciplines and concepts, so combines well with other subjects, contributing to your confidence in tackling them.

You must study another subject with Philosophy and Ethics; it’s offered as a Major, Joint or Minor component of a Combined Honours award. You can choose from a wide range of disciplines and build expertise in a related area or from a different perspective. Popular combinations include Psychology, Geography, History and Creative Writing. If you would like to take this with Study of Religions, you should apply for Religions, Philosophy and Ethics.

Course structure

Rather than teaching philosophy primarily as a history of ideas – although we do explore this – we focus on the application of current philosophical thinking in contemporary settings and circumstances. You’ll consider our responses to environmental crisis, for example, or questions of identity, belonging, roles and responsibilities.

We consider Western philosophical and ethical perspectives, and introduce you to the systems of thought of India and China. This mix and inclusiveness makes our Philosophy and Ethics course particularly distinctive.

Modules

  • Year One
    We introduce you to the principles of philosophical and ethical enquiry. We’ll equip you with some basic methods to philosophically analyse and critically examine core concepts in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. There is an optional module in global religions and philosophy which looks at major traditions, movements and key thinkers.
  • Year Two
    You’ll focus on philosophy in the Indian and Chinese traditions. Optional modules explore ethics within humanist and religious traditions, medical ethics and social justice, and environmental politics and nonhuman rights.
  • Year Three
    You’ll bring together and develop philosophical ideas through the study of morality, identity, or gender. There are opportunities for in-depth study through a dissertation or an employment related project.

Course assessment

Assessment is mainly through coursework such as essays, projects, presentations, or online discussion.

Study abroad

Our students make good use of the opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus and other programmes, usually in the second year, with one of our many partner universities. You’ll be able to find out more about this during your first year, including meeting up with students who have already benefited from the experience.

If you opt to join one of the study abroad programmes, you might find yourself in Denmark, Spain, Australia or North America. We have developing partnerships with universities in China and the Far East.

Field trips

Fieldwork and visits are an integral part of the course. We visit religious communities, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and churches.

Teaching methods

Our focus is on ‘doing philosophy’ and developing your confidence and capacity for philosophical analysis and debate. We’ll support you through lectures and seminar work, as well as individual tutorials and support.

Special projects in years two and three and the dissertation in year three provide opportunities for independent work which builds on your own interests, adds new dimensions to your thinking, or relates to plans for future careers and personal development.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admissions team (see above)

Entry requirements

260–300 UCAS Tariff points.

Career opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics develops many skills valued by employers such as clarity and precision in thinking, the ability to recognise unnoticed assumptions, the expertise to present a strong case, and to see the ethical issues involved in everyday decisions. Graduate careers for which Philosophy is good preparation include: law, civil service, local government, journalism, financial institutions, management, and IT. Some of some of our students have gone on to teach Religious Education, Philosophy and/or Citizenship in secondary or primary schools, where there is a shortage of specialists. Others have gone on to further academic study.

Since 2010, employers such as Global Xchange. Ethicall, Citizens' Advice Bureau and Birmingham University have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Healthcare Assistant, Fundraiser,  Children's Home Activities Coordinator and Assistant to the Communications Director.

What students say...

Lindsay Horler, Philosophy & Ethics with Study of Religions, Year 3:

“I chose to study this particular course because I was interested in studying Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and Bath Spa is probably the only University in the UK which offers such an in-depth enquiry into Eastern philosophical thought. While studying Philosophy & Ethics with Study of Religions at Bath Spa I have not only enhanced my intellectual skills, but I have also developed as a person. By thinking critically about philosophical ideas from Anglo-American, European and global perspectives, I have been able to think critically about my own philosophical beliefs.

What I enjoy most about Bath Spa University is that I can speak to my course tutors whenever I have questions to do with my course, or anything else for that matter.”