Business and Management and Study of Religions

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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:

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.

Course structure

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.

Modules

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.  

Year 1

  • Organisations and the Business Environment*
  • Economics and Globalisation*
  • Managing Data*

Year 2

  • 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

Course assessment

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.  

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 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.  

Application method

All undergraduate applications are handled by UCAS.

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admission team (see above)

Entry requirements

260–300 UCAS Tariff points.

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

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.

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

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."

This course explores a wide range of religious traditions, from Buddhism to Christianity to Paganism, with a focus on living traditions. The approach taken is open and exploratory, with an emphasis on direct first-hand experience of religious communities.

The religious traditions studied are diverse, including major traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, and the less well known such as newer religious movements. Included in the programme are contemporary developments such as Paganism and Goddess spirituality. We range from the local, such as religions in Bath and Glastonbury, to the global, such as Japanese Religions. Crucial to the study of religions is direct encounter and experiential learning, and the course includes visits and a one-week placement in a religious community. There are opportunities to follow up your own interests or career plans in a variety of special projects, employment related placements and a dissertation.

Study of Religions is offered as a Major, Joint or Minor component of a Combined degree. If you want to combine it with Philosophy and Ethics you should take the Religions, Philosophies and Ethics specialised award.

Why study Study of Religions?

‘My stay at the Buddhist monastery was challenging, yet very rewarding. I learnt a lot about Theravada Buddhism, but about myself too’

Diverse range of traditions

We try to explore as many different traditions as possible, from Buddhism to Christianity to Paganism, with a focus on living religions followed by people you can meet today.

Open and exploratory

We stress that we are studying religions, trying to understand, rather than trying to convert, and we are equally welcoming of those who belong to a religious tradition and those who don’t.

First hand experience and community placement

‘There is no substitute for seeing the architecture, rituals and colours first hand as well as the account of the religion from a believer’

We think it is important to meet people from religious traditions, and the programme includes visit to religious communities, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and churches. You may visit the Goddess temple in Glastonbury, meet a Druid or have an opportunity to interview a Buddhist monk. In the third year all students have the opportunity to spend a week living with a religious or belief community: such as a Buddhist monastery, a Christian convent, the Hare Krishnas, the British Humanist Association or the Salvation Army. For further details see www.livingreligion.co.uk

Excellent teaching 

Our external examiners praised us last year for the excellent quality of our feedback to students on their work. Tutors think it is important to make time for individual students.

Appropriate for teaching RE

A popular career destination for our students is teaching RE in primary or secondary schools, or sixth-form colleges. Every year the numbers of pupils taking GCSE and A level Religious Studies is going up.

Chance to study abroad

One semester can be spent abroad, for example, at the University of Helsinki in Finland or the University of Sibiu in Romania.

Course structure

In Year 1 we offer a core module which explores the meaning of religion and spirituality, examines a variety of methods of studying religions and spiritualities, and illustrates these from a variety of contemporary traditions, from Druidry to the Bahá’í faith. There is also a field visit to Glastonbury. An optional module in global religions and philosophies looks at major traditions and movements, and key thinkers. 

The core module in Year 2 focuses on philosophies and religious or non-religious world views in Indian and Chinese traditions. Optional modules include philosophy, religions and the environment; and in depth study of major religious traditions including Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

There is also a Special Project in which you can explore topics of your choice, engage in a placement or project relevant to employment, or take part in a summer school in another country such as Korea.

In the third year, as part of a core module on religion in the contemporary world, you will undertake a fieldwork placement with a religious community such as a Buddhist monastery, a Christian convent, the Hare Krishnas or the Salvation Army. For further details see our website www.livingreligion.co.uk. Optional modules include religion, philosophy and gender; advanced study of pagan, new and alternative religions; and modules studying the Bhagavad Gita, Muslim migration and Islam in Europe, culture and counter-culture, religion and education internationally, Buddhism, and religion, culture and society in Japan. There is also a special Research Project (past students have helped to run a conference for year 12 students or to digitise an archive on contemporary religions), a Dissertation which allows for in-depth concentration on a topic of your choice, or an employment related project.

NOTE: You will need to study another subject to study with Study of Religions.

 

 

Modules

Year 1

  • Beyond Belief: Introduction to the Study of Religions and Spiritualities (core module);

  • Truth and Value: Introduction to Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (core module);
  • Global Religions and Philosophies;
  • Spirituality, Culture and Civilisation: An Introduction to faith and Belief in Global Perspective
  • Philosophy and Thinking in Schools;
  • Medieval and Renaissance Worlds.

Year 2

  • Darshana, Dharma and Dao: Philosophy in the Indian and Chinese Traditions (core module);Exploring Global Christianity;

  • Exploring Global Christianity
  • Power, Duty and Desire: Life and Liberation in the Hindu Tradition;
  • Special Project;
  • Buddhism: Historical and Doctrinal Developments;
  • Saints and Soldiers: Mysticism, Militancy and Modernity in the Sikh Tradition;
  • Philosophy, Religions and the Environment.

Year 3

  • Studying Religions in the Contemporary World (core module);
  • Dissertation;
  • Employment related placement (alternative to Dissertation);
  • Buddhism in Practice;
  • Religion, Philosophy and Gender;
  • Life and Meaning;
  • Advanced Special Project;
  • The Song of the Lord: Hinduism, Religion, Scripture and the Bhagavad-Gita;
  • Spiritual Revolution: Pagan, New and Alternative Religions in the 21st Century;
  • Religion, Culture and Society in Japan;
  • Muslim Migration and Islam in Europe
  • Without Fear or Favour: National and International Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Education;
  • Culture and Counterculture: from Orientalism to the ‘Hippy Trail’.

Course assessment

Assessment is mainly by coursework such as essays, reports, projects, presentations, on-line discussion board participation, or even the production of a short film, and there are also some timed elements such as critical analyses or examinations.

Learning is encouraged through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and fieldtrips.

We teach with attention to individuals. We welcome non-traditional entrants and mature students.

Resources include a well-stocked library, on-line materials in our virtual learning platform and our many contacts with faith communities (and ethical associations) locally and nationally.

BACRA (the Bath Archive of Contemporary Religious Affairs) is an archive of ephemera devoted mainly to New Religious Movements and concentrated on the 1980s and 1990s before most movements had their own websites.

 

Teaching methods

Our lectures set out the broad themes and issues, often include visual materials and enable you to participate and raise questions.

Seminars are in smaller groups where you have more opportunities to participate and interact with each other. These might involve you giving short presentations, working in groups, debates and discussions. They help you clarify issues that you find in your readings and raised in lectures; some seminars may include viewing of brief documentaries.

One-to-one tutorials are an important part of our teaching, especially in giving individual feedback on your work.

To give you an experiential understanding of the subjects that you study, we organise educational visits and fieldtrips to religious and pilgrimage centres in Bath, Glastonbury, Bristol, London, etc. We also enable you to take part in a one-week placement in a religious or ethical community to see how religions and philosophies impact on people's daily lives. For examples see www.livingreligion.co.uk.

We encourage you to take part in the study abroad programmes by, for example, participating in the existing Erasmus exchanges in Europe (e.g., University of Helsinki and University of Sibiu).

Application method

Full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

Entry requirements

260–300 UCAS Tariff points.

Career opportunities

A popular career for our students is teaching Religious Education and/or Citizenship in secondary or primary schools, where there is a shortage of specialists. The combination of studying religions and philosophy is particularly good preparation for this, and one module is specially designed as preparation for a career in education. Others have gone on to further academic study and university teaching.

It is increasingly important for people in a wide range of careers to be able to mix with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, for example past students have had careers in the police, hospital administration, social work, and journalism. Study of Religions comes in useful when working overseas whether in tourism or other businesses.

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...

Student Profile: Alex Hyde, Year 3 Study of Religions

I chose my course because I have always been interested in the world and in people.  I am fascinated by the thoughts, needs, beliefs and knowledge of others who have been brought up outside of Christianity.

I really like the structure of the course because the first year enables you to study in breadth and then in the second year focus more deeply on some of the religions studied in the first year. I was enthralled by the prospect of going on a placement for a week in a religious community as part of the course in second year.  I am soon to find out whether I will be going to live with The Community of the Many Names of God or the Hare Krishnas.

The Department has a friendly ethos, with lecturers who are genuinely willing their students to do well and continually supporting them along the way. It is with thanks to this course that my understanding of people in the world is ever expanding and even when the pressure is on with assignments due, I continue to brim with enthusiasm for the knowledge I gain.