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Business Administration BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU069

Study options:

3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018
September 2018

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927)

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


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Overview

For an all-round business education try a Business Administration degree. Coventry has one of the largest business schools in Europe.

Aimed at students who have a passion for business and an aptitude for organisation and management, this degree prepares students for a wide range of roles in the dynamic international business environment. It offers a solid grounding in core business and then allows the flexibility to specialise in key areas. 

We offer an outstanding student experience – achieving 100% satisfaction overall and with both the teaching and enthusiasm of lecturers in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). Our students benefit from opportunities to study, work and visit in UK and overseas organisations, developing a useful range of professional skills that are attractive to future employers.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

As a mark of our quality and international perspective, Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), as well as being signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative. Our experiences and involvement with these organisations will enhance the quality of your educational experience.


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

What our students say

The course has given me a great insight into all business aspects and has helped me determine which aspects are most suitable for me.

Jawad Azimi, 2nd year student

Course information

The course reflects business thought and practice with an emphasis, where appropriate, on the application of theory to real business situations, challenges and issues.

Case studies will be used to give you an in-depth understanding of how the different parts of an organisation support one another. Previously, for example, students have considered the project management issues involved with festivals like Glastonbury, the ethical concerns in the supply chains of cut flowers and the challenges of managing mega-events, such as the Olympic Games.  

Our aim is to provide you with a business degree qualification that equips you for careers in local, national or international markets, encouraging you to go beyond an understanding of management theories to also be able to apply them confidently to real life situations. We strive to create a study environment which will encourage you to build up your awareness of the dynamic business environment and how current events impact this with real life case studies and current events analysed in seminars and used to explore the challenges of putting theory into practice. In addition, our strong focus on providing opportunities for gaining work experience, supported by both our careers service and our Faculty Employability Tutors, helps you gain the skills, knowledge and networks that build the exceptional profile employers are attracted to.

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, all of our students study core modules to provide a really solid overview of how businesses work and the key business functions of human resources, marketing and finance.

Modules

  • Continuing Professional Development

  • Quantitative Methods for Business

  • Internal Business Relations

  • Economic Environment of Business

  • Marketing Essentials

  • Managing People

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you will delve into subjects in more detail and are able to select two optional modules.

Modules

  • Supply Chain and Operations Management

  • Continuous Professional Development 2

  • Exploring Business Strategy

  • Accounting for Business

  • Optional modules

    2 of the following:

    • Buyer Behaviour 
    • Contemporary Issues in HR Service Delivery
    • Financial Services
    • UK Work Placement Year
    • Study Abroad Year

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your final year, you can select three optional modules to allow you to tailor the course to your interests and the subjects most relevant to your career aspirations.

Modules

  • Project Management

  • Contemporary Business Strategy

  • Continuous Professional Development

  • Optional modules

    3 of the following:

    • Business Dissertation
    • Critical Issues in Globalisation
    • Managing Business Responsibly
    • Supply Chain Management Strategy
    • Exploring Entrepreneurship
    • International Finance
    • Services and Retail Marketing

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • £350m investment in facilities, a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all in easy walking distance.
  • Provides a very relevant and natural progression path to study for an MBA in subsequent years following appropriate experience of work.
  • Regular input from industry and commerce with recent guest speakers from HSBC, Manchester Airport Group, NFU Mutual, TNT, Jaguar Land Rover and Severn Trent.
  • Placement opportunities to apply for with organisations that in the past have included Volvo, Bosch Group, Coventry City Council, Eon, Faurecia, National Grid and Barclays Bank.
  • Strong international focus with direct entry offered to international students in Years Two and Three, when appropriate prior learning can be evidenced, enabling you to study in a diverse and cosmopolitan environment, building networks across the globe.
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of being a recruiter; they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.
  • Wide range of international experience opportunities, including study abroad at Montpellier Business School, Budapest Metropolitan University and UC Leuven-Limberg or placements in European organisations, with past students having working in countries such as Germany, USA and Ireland for Airbus, Audi and Fiat.

Placement opportunities to apply for with organisations that in the past have included Volvo, Bosch Group, Coventry City Council, Eon, Faurecia, National Grid and Barclays Bank.

Our main study themes are:

  • Markets: Markets for resources, goods and services, including considerations of customers, customer expectations, service and market orientation
  • Business policy and strategy: The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment, to meet stakeholder interests
  • Finance: The sources, uses and management of finance, as well as the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications
  • People: The management and development of people within organisations.• Operations: The management of resources and operations

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of work experience or study abroad at a partner Institution. We offer a main September intake and an additional one in January, where students undertake two semesters in Term 2 and 3, then join the September intake for their remaining years of study.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placements Unit will assist you in finding a suitable placement, which will enable you to put your studies into practice, gaining valuable experience of the world of work on a much more significant scale than vacation or part‐time work. 

We have a range of partners where you can undertake a study abroad year. These currently include: Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Lazarski University, AMOS Sport Business School and East Asia Institute of Management, with students going to countries such as China, Belgium and France. You also have the option to undertake a shorter Summer Placement Module for a minimum of six weeks over the summer before or during your final year of study. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to add an international dimension to your course by experiencing the teaching and learning environment of an international institution. You will appreciate the language and culture of another country, enhancing your interpersonal skills and, in turn, your employability.

Some teaching methods will be taught by guest lecturers from industry or experts in the field, which in the past have included Calor Gas and Worcester Bosch talking about the particulars of their business environment and the challenges they face. You will have access to a wide range of field trip opportunities, with many of these being overseas. Trips are advertised regularly and provide opportunities to understand business within different cultural environments and to develop networks with a wider range of students and organisations. Examples of past trips include New York, Peru, China and Belgium, such as the trip to Leon last year which incorporated a visit to an innovative web design business and a manufacturing plant. 

In addition, your academic personal tutor (APT) will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice throughout your time on the course. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 100% of our students were satisfied with the advice and support they received during their studies and had been able to contact staff when needed.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and workshops, incorporating case studies, problem‐centred learning, practical exercises, surgeries, electronic business resources and databases, ICT packages.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, with each year of study usually including: some examinations and time constrained tests; some course work in the form of reports or essays; attendance at events, such as field trips; group work, such as presentations or reports; and practical work and phase tests. Some of this will depend on the options selected, but clear information on assessment techniques will be available before you make a choice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations 40%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 30%
  • Practical or project work 10%
  • Group work etc. 10%
  • Presentations, posters 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits"

40% assessed by formal examinations

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the business environment, business strategy and the main functional areas of business organisations.
  • Apply a wide range of relevant skills and competencies in order to be productive in a graduate level role in an organisation.
  • Formulate, suggest and communicate solutions to business problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to act as an independent learner (in both educational and business settings) as well as the ability to play a full role when working and/or learning in teams.
  • Appreciate the importance of developing a global outlook.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the business environment, business strategy and the main functional areas of business organisations.
  • Apply a wide range of relevant skills and competencies in order to be productive in a graduate level role in an organisation.
  • Formulate, suggest and communicate solutions to business problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to act as an independent learner (in both educational and business settings) as well as the ability to play a full role when working and/or learning in teams.
  • Appreciate the importance of developing a global outlook.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time.

The course has a diverse student body, as well as faculty from over 100 countries represented in the Business School, providing a multinational learning environment. We also have dedicated teams to help promote and support internship, study and work abroad planning; students are encouraged to consider these opportunities from the moment they join the Business Administration programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

The course has given me a great insight into all business aspects and has helped me determine which aspects are most suitable for me.

Jawad Azimi, 2nd year student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU069
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDM 31-30 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English, Maths and Science

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say

The course has given me a great insight into all business aspects and has helped me determine which aspects are most suitable for me.

Jawad Azimi, 2nd year student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


May 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


May 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


May 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

What our students say

The course has given me a great insight into all business aspects and has helped me determine which aspects are most suitable for me.

Jawad Azimi, 2nd year student

Career prospects

The structure of the course, the experiences and support made available to you are all designed with a view to developing the skills, competencies and understanding necessary to contribute in the rapidly changing work environment.

Whether you require support and guidance in relation to long or short-term placement desires, or the needs and expectations of external employers, we have employability and careers tutors as well as your own academic personal tutor on hand to help you make these decisions and develop your own career plan. 

The flexibility of the degree means that you can shape it as your career plans become clearer. You could go on to work in a diverse range of industries and jobs, from the civil service to large multinationals, working in anything from management and HR to advertising and marketing. We also have students who go on work in family businesses and are able to bring new insights and experiences.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work at organisation such as Ark Housing Consultancy in London, Smart Assessor in Rugby, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership in London, PLP Lift Trucks in Sheffield and Fastenal in Coventry.

£21K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £21,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

BABA (as we like to call it) has helped me to identify the significance of versatility in the workplace. This is reflected in the course content as I was able to learn different aspects of business – a huge advantage! From Finance to HRM, it was evident that these areas would help me to increase the prospects in my career.

The lecturers and tutors were also supportive and accessible as they shared their experience or expertise with us to familiarise with real-world contemporary issues. The most enjoyable aspect of the course is being able to improve my transferable skills as this would help to transition to a new role or even build on my personal development.

Ruby Duku, BA Hons Business Administration
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.