Business Administration BBA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

N250

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

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Course code:

N250

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Course code:

FBLU030

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Overview

For an opportunity for you to develop an all-round business skillset try a Business Administration degree; with a focus on the application of theory to real business situations, this course reflects contemporary business thought and practice.

If you have a passion for business and an aptitude for organisation and management, this degree can help to prepare you for a wide range of roles in the local, national or international business environment. It focuses on developing a solid grounding in core business and enables flexibility for specialism in key areas, with the chance to study optional modules after your first year in topics such as accounting, marketing or international finance.

You will also have the opportunity to experience Coventry Business School’s Business Simulation Suite, which utilises the latest business simulation software to give you the chance to improve your business skills.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development.


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our Facilities

Business Simulation Suite

Business Simulation Suite

Coventry Business School's Business Simulation Suite utilises the latest business simulation software to give students the opportunity to improve their business skills.

DigiComm Lab Seating Area

DigiComm Lab

Designed to build creative minds, the DigiComm Lab is equipped with the latest industry-standard marketing and advertising software and devices to support your creative development.

Lecture talking to student in the trading floor

Trading Floor

Students have opportunities to practice simulated trading and other finance-related activities using the various types of demo software available in the Trading Floor.

Course information

This 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 help you develop an in-depth understanding of how the different parts of an organisation support one another. Past students have, for example, 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 support you in completing 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 and to 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 supporting you in identifying work experience opportunities, by both our careers service and our Faculty Employability Tutors, could help you to gain the skills, knowledge and networks that may be beneficial to you as you look for roles after graduation (please note, work experience and placement opportunities are subject to availability, a competitive application process and additional costs, while overseas placements are also contingent on meeting applicable visa requirements).

91%

student satisfaction

NSS, 2018

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will study core modules to provide a solid overview of how businesses work and the key business functions of marketing, managing teams, and analysing business performance.

Modules

  • Continuing Professional Development 1 (CPD 1)

  • Introduction to Business Administration

  • Economic Environment of Business

  • Marketing Essentials

  • Managing People

  • Business Analytics

  • Add+vantage

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 second year, you will delve into subjects in more detail and are able to select one optional module, which will allow you to explore either leadership or business accounting. You will also study a module dedicated to entrepreneurship, which may help you to learn the skills needed to set up a business or display entrepreneurial traits in future roles.

Modules

  • Continuous Professional Development 2 (CPD 2)

  • Exploring Business Strategy

  • Managing Human Resources

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Buyer Behaviour

  • Add+vantage

  • Optional modules

    Choose 1 from the following modules:

    • Leadership in Action
    • Principles of Business Accounting

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 third year you have the opportunity to apply for a placement, or study abroad year, which can be spent overseas (studying with one of our partner universities, or working) or on a placement in the UK. Please note that Study/Work Placement Abroad Year and UK Work Placement opportunities are subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs.

Modules

  • Study/Work Placement Abroad Year

  • UK Work Placement

Overview

In your final year, you will select two optional modules to allow you to tailor the course to your interests and the subjects most relevant to your career aspirations, be that focusing on the financial side of business, business in a global context, or understanding change and how to manage it.

Modules

  • Continuous Professional Development 3 (CPD 3)

  • Project Management

  • Business Project

  • Contemporary Business Strategy

  • Add+vantage Module

  • Optional modules

    Choose 2 from the following 6 modules:

    • Critical Issues in Globalisation
    • International Marketing
    • Marketing Psychology
    • Managing Change
    • International Finance
    • Advanced Accounting for Business

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021

In more detail...

  • Study at Coventry University, a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all in easy walking distance.
  • A relevant and natural progression path to study for an MBA in subsequent years following appropriate experience of work and successful completion of this course.
  • Regular input from industry and commerce, with past guest speakers from HSBC, Manchester Airport Group, NFU Mutual, TNT, Jaguar Land Rover and Severn Trent (subject to availability).
  • Strong international focus, with the course typically (in the past) welcoming students from across the globe, creating a diverse and international working environment, further supported by Online International Learning projects with partners in Europe and further afield (subject to availability).
  • Opportunity to study in our Business Simulation Suite, which can provide you with hands-on experience in decision making and business strategy through simulations.
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. All our current EPTs have previously worked in industry and some have experience of being a recruiter understanding the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.
  • A wide range of international experience opportunities, including study abroad at partners. In the past, study abroad opportunities have included Montpellier Business School, Budapest Metropolitan University and UC Leuven-Limberg or placements in European organisations, with past students having worked in countries such as Germany, USA and Ireland. Please note, international experience opportunities are subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs).
  • 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, subject to availability, being successful in a competitive application process and additional costs.

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.

The main study themes covered on this course 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 optional work experience or study abroad at a partner institution. We offer a main September intake, and may offer additional intakes in January or May, subject to successful applicant numbers for these specific start dates.

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

Some sessions may 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 (both UK and abroad). 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 - as an example, a trip to Leon last year incorporated a visit to an innovative web design business and a manufacturing plant. Further examples of past trips include New York, Peru, China and Belgium.

In addition, our Progress Coaches will be able to offer advice and support throughout your course. Based in the Business School, they are on hand to discuss your academic progress, and can be accessed through booking appointments with them directly.

Please note, guest lectures are subject to availability, while international trips are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which may vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work and presentation and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Within your first and second year, you will have up 12 contact hours of teaching a week which may include:

  • Medium group teaching: such as practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: such as lectures each week.

In your final year, if you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revision in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs or online activities.

In the past, this course has typically had a diverse student body, as well as being led by teaching staff from a variety of international backgrounds, helping to provide a multinational learning environment. We also have dedicated teams to help promote and support study and work abroad planning; students are encouraged to consider these opportunities from the moment they join the Business Administration programme.

We have a range of partners where you may 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 past students studying in countries such as China, Belgium and France. 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 have the opportunity to appreciate the language and culture of another country, which may enhance your interpersonal skills and, in turn, your employability. Opportunities for international experiences are subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: FBLU030
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDM 31-30 points Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including Mathematics, English or specified equivalents*

*Each application will be considered on its merits. For information regarding what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

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.

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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.

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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


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


May 2021

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


May 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


January 2021

£13,900 (per year)


May 2021

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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
  • All Work Experience, Placement Opportunities, Study Abroad and Trips will be subject to all/or a combination of the following – availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The structure of the course, the opportunities for 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 our Progress Coaches on hand to help you make these decisions and develop your own career plan. 

The flexibility of this degree means that you can shape it as your career plans become clearer. Upon successful completion of this course, 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 have also had past students who have gone on to work in family businesses and who have been able to take new insights and experiences with them.

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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career, beyond what is offered on your course.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work at organisations 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.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.