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Global Business Management BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

LONU30 (3 years)
LONU031 (2.5 years)

Study options:

3 years full-time
2.5 years full-time (accelerated option) - January
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

October 2018
January 2019

Fees:

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Overview

This degree course has been designed as a springboard into an international business career, offering a broad range of skills which will appeal to employers and help you compete for the jobs you want.

You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to commerce, exploring the various functions found within almost all businesses – from operations to marketing, accounting and human resource management. You’ll develop your understanding of how and where businesses sell their products and services, who they sell to, how they make decisions, and what improves their chances of success.

This course can be studied full-time over three years, or four years if you add a placement year in industry. There’s also a two and a half-year accelerated option, and a part-time option. There are intakes in October and January.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

Your course in pictures

What our students say...

The opportunities that the University provides are almost endless, and the prospect of having a work placement during my third year – and graduating with work experience – was definitely a big incentive.

Mariana Sampaio (Brazil)

Course information

Our campus is in the heart of the City of London, so you’ll be surrounded by one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world – enabling you to benefit from opportunities to connect with employers and network with professionals.

You’ll learn to analyse the goals, functions and strategies which drive organisations, exploring financial and operations management, marketing, performance measurement, project management, and how to develop the workforce for competitive advantage.

You’ll also choose two of four optional taught modules, permitting you to focus on particular areas of interest such as international investment, marketing communications, corporate social responsibility or international trade.

The course will help you to develop professional skills such as entrepreneurship, business research and strategic decision-making. You’ll focus on your own leadership and management abilities, building on your intercultural, communication, negotiation, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

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Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your first year will consider the global nature of business, including the issues which impact on strategy and how organisations – and their people – behave and can be managed. Finance and marketing form two of your practical business disciplines, and you’ll develop skills enabling you to access, gather, interpret, present and communicate business information. You’ll also develop your own professional skills and explore entrepreneurship, a key theme of this course.

Modules

  • Working in Global Diverse Teams

    Multicultural working brings huge opportunities, but can also be problematic if you aren’t aware of the potential challenges.

  • Professional Practice (I)

    Professional/academic skills such as CV-writing, interviewing, presenting, academic referencing, researching and literature reviews.

  • Business Accounting

    Learn how businesses measure and record their trading, and about the statutory requirements to report on that trading.

  • Global Business Issues

    Explore globalisation, international trade, global financial practice, and ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • Principles of Marketing

    Evaluate marketing and brand strategies, and understand segmentation, targeting and positioning.

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurial skills are vital, even if you don’t plan to start your own business: they can drive innovation even within big organisations.

Overview

You will learn to create opportunities for future ventures, locally and internationally, through the gathering of information, the critical evaluation of options, and careful planning. You’ll explore the tensions which can exist between entrepreneurial leadership styles and more measured, traditional approaches to business opportunity. In all cases, you’ll learn to develop and recommend viable solutions to business opportunities and challenges.

Modules

  • Professional Practice (II)

    Professional/academic skills such as CV-writing, interviewing, presenting, academic referencing, researching and literature reviews.

  • Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

    Covering issues to consider when starting up a new business, expanding, or launching a brand-new product or service internationally.

  • Managing People

    People may be the most complex parts of an organisation, yet businesses depend on them – so it’s vital to be able to manage them effectively.

  • Consumer Behaviour

    Customers are increasingly savvy and demanding, and are always looking for something new: how can businesses respond?

  • Management Accounting

    Blending accounting, finance and management in order to support key decision-making, strategy-setting, and the management of risk.

  • Operations Management

    Operations deal with systems, processes, standards and KPIs – ensuring everything runs to plan, while always striving for better.

  • Optional Modules

    One from the following:

    International Trade

    Doing business overseas can take many forms: learn about FDI, export and multi-nationals, and all their governing frameworks.

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Develop your understanding of the organisation’s place in the world and its relationship to people, society and the environment.

Overview

Instead of going straight into your final year, you have the option to do an additional year either on a work placement or studying abroad. Both choices are likely to have a hugely positive impact on your personal and professional development, and will add to your CV in a way which will be very attractive to employers. Our Employability team can help you to find a work placement in the UK, or you’re free to arrange your own placement overseas.

Modules

Overview

In your final year, you’ll develop your strategic capabilities while also polishing the vital skills you’ll need for job applications and interviewing. You’ll focus on project management and research skills, which will be useful not only throughout your career but will also be particularly helpful as you undertake your 11-week final major project (your choice of an internship, a dissertation or a software-based business simulation).

Modules

  • Professional Practice (III)

    Professional/academic skills such as CV-writing, interviewing, presenting, academic referencing, researching and literature reviews.

  • International Business Strategy

    Looking at key issues such as import/export, expanding internationally, and sustaining the success of a multi-national organisation.

  • Project Management

    A key leadership skill is making sure that planned strategic activity happens on time, on budget, and on target.

  • Business Research Skills

    The best decisions are well-informed, so this module offers an essential toolkit for ensuring you have the information you need.

  • Managing a Global Workforce

    The challenges of managing and developing international teams: how to balance localised contexts with global unity and ethical oversight.

  • Optional Modules

    One from the following:

    Marketing Communications

    In a competitive global market, you’ll need to know who your customer is, how to talk to them, what they want, and how to ensure they get it.

    International Investment Analysis

    Exploring the basics of international financial markets and how countries, companies and individuals make investment decisions.

  • Final Project Options

    One from the following:

    Internship – a work placement

    Dissertation – an academic project

    Global Business Simulation – software-based business challenges

    Entrepreneurship Business Plan – develop an idea through to launch

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In more detail...

  • Enjoy the benefit of our extensive business contacts in the private, public and voluntary sectors, in London and beyond
  • Optional one-year work placement or study abroad with Erasmus
  • Optional one-term internship, either in the UK (perhaps with an organisation in the City of London) or you could arrange your own overseas placement
  • Learn about international business practice through guest speakers (who have included the London Stock Exchange and Standard & Poor’s)
  • We offer the flexibility of full-time, part-time and accelerated options, plus October or January start-dates
  • Enjoy opportunities for UK and international field trips to businesses (such as Bloomberg, the Bank of England and the BBC)
  • Take up opportunities to visit or collaborate with partner universities in France, Germany, the UAE and the Netherlands
  • Engage in interactive activities such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA) Business Challenge and the Online International Project with peers in other universities (in the past, this has included the University of Jordan).

Your main study themes are:

Strategy – Develop strategic personal and professional skills which will serve you well if you’re ambitious for a high-flying career

Marketing – Understand the essential relationship between the consumer and the brand, and how to manage it to your advantage

Entrepreneurship – Learn the power of innovative, independent thinking and practice, and develop your business resilience

Ethics – Understand the responsibilities of individuals and organisations towards other individuals, organisations and the environment.

Some of your time will be spent in traditional lectures and their follow-up seminars. There is an emphasis on teamwork and group work, partly because this reflects the workplace and partly because there’s so much you can learn by working with, and listening to, other students. Class sizes are small, so you’ll receive plenty of individual attention and you’ll get to know your tutors and fellow students well.

Even in the classroom, the emphasis is on practical skills and on exposure to business practice – through discussion and debate, presentations, report-writing, case studies, and business simulations. You’ll also benefit from guest lectures delivered by leading industry experts.

Your learning will extend beyond the classroom thanks to field trips (including overseas options) and opportunities for work experience. With London on your doorstep, you’ll be encouraged to learn from all that the city’s business environment has to offer: there are countless opportunities for you to visit museums, exhibitions and conferences, to work part-time, or even to volunteer. You’ll also be expected to use some of your personal time for self-directed research and study: this is a valuable skill which will serve you well throughout your professional career.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn many essential ‘soft’ skills such as self-reliance, resilience, leadership, teamwork, communication, numeracy and digital literacy, and the ability to explain complex information in a clear way. We encourage a logical approach to work, building your business acumen and your ability to creatively solve problems and challenges. We also focus on developing our students to become ethical, responsible individuals who can work with and lead other people from diverse cultures and backgrounds while demonstrating global citizenship and social responsibility.

Teaching methods may include: lectures, seminars, workshops, hypothetical problem questions, simulations and case studies

The purpose of assessment is to ensure that both you and your tutors know whether you’re keeping pace and whether there are any areas where you need extra support.

Most of your assessments will be based on individual or group coursework, although there is one exam in one module in the first year. The emphasis is on demonstrating your practical business skills, developing your proficiency with the work you’ll need to do in the workplace. Your tutors will set essays, reports, presentations, simulations, workshop activities and other tasks to enable you to prove your ability to communicate, analyse data, plan, make decisions, present and persuade. Your work will be expected to be logical and compelling.

On completion, you should understand:

  • the core functions which exist within businesses (such as finance, marketing, human resource management and operations) in a global context
  • the processes involved in running a business, including accounting, planning, project management and logistics, and how these can vary between countries
  • how to manage the organisation’s resources, including people, products and finances
  • how to collect, analyse, interpret and present data and information in order to support well-informed management decision-making
  • many of the challenges and issues faced by businesses, especially when working multi-culturally and/or across borders
  • a wide range of the risks faced by businesses, especially internationally, and demonstrate knowledge of how to investigate, analyse and manage those risks
  • the importance of entrepreneurial working (supported by innovation and creativity), and its potential even within existing organisations.

Every aspect of this course is set within a global context: you will always consider the opportunities and challenges which arise when working across cultures, languages, borders, jurisdictions and regulatory frameworks.

There are also options for travelling overseas. These include international field trips, studying abroad, a year’s work placement, and/or a term’s internship in your final year.

You will study as part of a truly multi-cultural cohort, since our students come from over 50 countries around the world. Each of them brings with them their own approaches, perspectives, stories and experiences, all of which provide you with invaluable experience in inter-cultural working.

What our students say...

I found welcoming tutors here, who have prior experience of working in actual businesses. They helped me forget my nervousness – I have never felt so comfortable in a class.

Maryam Al-Jaber (Bahrain)

Entry Requirements

A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB  DDM  29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics 
 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer 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

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 Diploma

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 is required for this course. 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 is required for this course. 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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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 opportunities that the University provides are almost endless, and the prospect of having a work placement during my third year – and graduating with work experience – was definitely a big incentive.

Mariana Sampaio (Brazil)

Starts

Fee


October 2018

£9,250 (per year)


January 2019

£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


October 2018

£9,250 (per year)


January 2019

£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


October 2018

£12,329 (per year)


January 2019

£12,329 (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.

What our students say...

The opportunities that the University provides are almost endless, and the prospect of having a work placement during my third year – and graduating with work experience – was definitely a big incentive.

Mariana Sampaio (Brazil)

Career prospects

Graduates can expect to have real employer-appeal: you’ll have knowledge and practical skills which are vital in helping businesses to succeed in the contemporary global business environment.

Today's job market is highly competitive. Employers are looking for more than a degree qualification: they want well-rounded, independent and resilient individuals who can make a difference, fast. The curriculum for this course has been developed in collaboration with employers, so we know what they’re looking for, and has been designed to provide the kind of practical skills and knowledge you’ll need in the workplace.

This course provides the flexibility to help you build a career in one or more of a wide range of business functions, and to work confidently internationally.  It will also develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to start your own business or run an innovative project within a large organisation.

97%

of students in work or further study six months after they left university

DLHE 2015/16

Where our graduates work

Graduates’ first jobs, after completing this course, tend to be in junior management, from where you could progress rapidly into more senior roles. You might take a specific job, or join a graduate programme. Alternatively, you might decide to become self-employed or move on to postgraduate study.

Your global business skills will be transferable, which means they are easily portable across many industries and even many countries. You could work for a UK-based organisation with a few offices overseas; a domestic business which trades internationally; an overseas business; or a large multi-national corporation.

 

First jobs after completing this course:

Business and public service 50%

Managers, directors and senior officials 10%

Administrative 5%

Customer service 5%

Business, research 5%

Artistic, literary and media 5%

UNISTATS 2017

What our students say...

I feel I’ve developed the skills I need to work in a fast-paced, forward-looking and dynamic environment, where every day brings something new in terms of tasks, challenges and opportunities.

Diana (Russia)