On USW’s Business Management degree, you’ll focus on the academic requirements of business topics and develop the skills demanded by today’s employers. We also take your learning outside the classroom to help you understand and apply the theory. You’ll have the chance to participate in team-building exercises, company visits and field trips.
The BA (Hons) Business Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Please note: The integrated foundation year will be studied in Treforest.
Year One: Business Management Degree
In your first year, you will study the following specified modules:
- Business Skills and Professional Development
- Work and Organisational Behaviour
- Economics, Law and Regulations
- Foundations in Marketing
- Accounting in a Business Context
- Supply Chain Management
Year Two: Business Management Degree
In your second year you will choose one of two pathways to follow. The first pathway allows you to study six modules classroom-led for the full academic year. The second pathway allows you to study six modules from September to December class-room led and then an internship from January through to April.
Modules available to study on both pathways are:
- Business Planning, Implementation and Growth
- Environmental Analysis
- Quantitative Techniques in Business
- Digital Context
- Research Methods
One module from the following options:
- Managing Projects and Operations
- Developing Talent for Success
- Brands and Consumer Lifestyles
- Bricks, Clicks and Omni Channel Retailing
Year Three: Business Management Degree
Going into your final year you will study the following modules:
- Business Strategy
- International Business
- Leadership and Management Development
- Professional Practice and Employability
- Dissertation (double module)
If you undertake the internship you will substitute the Professional Practice and Employability module for one of the following options:
- Employee Engagement
- Supply Chain Management Risk and Sustainability
- Public Relations and Reputation Management
- Local Global Interaction
- Ethics and Sustainability: Theory and Practice
- New Venture Management and Development
Throughout your studies you’ll attend regular guest lectures and hear from employers about available placement opportunities. If you decide to undertake a sandwich year we’ll support you with any internship applications to help you get your foot in the door, and we’ll monitor you during your placement – liaising with your employer and visiting you at your place of work.
If you don’t opt for the sandwich year, you can undertake our ‘Professional Practice and Employability’ module. This module exposes you to industry guest speakers (where networking is encouraged) and we’ll run weekly practical workshops such as applying for jobs, role playing interviews, taking part in industry led assessment centres, understanding psychometric testing and numerical reasoning. Note: you’ll need to source your own work experience (minimum of 70 hours).
You’ll also have the chance to undertake a work-based ’Business Internship’ module or you could opt to develop your skills in entrepreneurship through a module in planning, implementation and growth. If you want create your own job through self-employment, this module will further develop your understanding of managing projects/people, organisational skills, team working, sales and negotiation.
All staff are experienced qualified academics from a number of subject specialisms such as retail, marketing, accounting and finance, logistics and supply chain, strategy, leadership and management. The Academic Team have industry experience and are research active.