BSc Business Management (Including Foundation Year)

Overview

Our BSc Business Management (including foundation year) is open to Home and EU students. It will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills.

This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory English language and academic skills module.

You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.

After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with Essex Business School.

On this course, you learn what’s involved in managing organisations in an increasingly complex world. We look at the enduring patterns in how people, groups, organisations, economies and societies function and interact. By understanding these behaviours, you can manage them effectively in times of significant change.

With BSc Business Management, you gain a rich understanding of how organisations operate – what they do, how they develop strategies and why.

Study areas include:

  • management, innovation and new technologies
  • the international business environment
  • organisational behaviour
  • operations and supply chain management
  • leadership
  • human resource management
  • ethical business management

The first year of your business management degree also introduces you to the core principles of accounting, finance, marketing and economics to provide you with the essential business knowledge needed for a successful career.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation. This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.

This course is taught at Essex Business School. We champion responsible management and ethical business practices; you join a school not just committed to excellence in business education and social science research, but an intellectual community working to make business better. We don’t just prepare you for a successful career; we’ll help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.

Our expert staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics and experienced, relevant business practitioners with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in your lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting business today.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • Organisational behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Historical aspects of management
  • Gender and LGBT inequality in the workplace
  • Cultural Production
  • Corporate Marketing and Corporate Communication
  • The role of bodies, knowledge and skills in consumption
  • Business model innovation
  • Intersectionality

We are home to practising academics who are active and influential in their field, such as Lecturer in Management and Marketing and Social Media Influencer researcher Dr Erik Jacobi. Erik’s research looks specifically at the politicisation of brands and the impact of social media influencers. This highly contemporary field of research makes Erik one of the most interesting and popular lecturers who teach on our undergraduate courses at Essex Business School.

Specialist facilities

By studying within our Essex Pathways Department for your foundation year, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:

  • We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
  • Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
  • Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends

Our BSc Business Management is based at our Colchester Campus.

In our landmark Essex Business School building – the first zero carbon business school in the UK – you’ll see our sustainable approach to business first-hand. Set around a lush winter garden, are a wealth of inspiring teaching and study zones.

Our custom designed building provides you with superb facilities:

  • a state-of-the-art trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, where you’ll gain hands-on experience and learn how to utilise live business data
  • modern lecture theatres with ‘listen again’ recording to aid your study
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • a café and adjacent foyer to enjoy on-site fresh food and drink
  • study skills workshops and advice

Our business school is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, where you may be able to take advantage of networking and work experience opportunities with businesses located on site.

Your future

Business management skills are as highly valued as your degree by graduate employers. Your future starts at Essex Business School where we prepare you to be the kind of manager who gets things done through the BSc Business Management curriculum and through the skills development services offered by the school.

Many of our graduates go on to graduate management training schemes or management roles straight after graduation.

The BSc Business Management curriculum taught here embeds transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication across all modules.

The Study Skills module in year one will develop your academic skills, while the Student Success modules in year two will build on what you learned in year one and so that you can easily step up to meet the growing academic demands of your second and final years. The Successful Futures module in year two will foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.

Recent graduate destinations include:

The School will support you with a range of skills and careers opportunities, including: skills development workshops; employer talks; skills events and careers conferences.

BSc Business Management students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.


Why we’re great

  • Take advantage of Essex Startups, the support scheme for entrepreneurial students.
  • We’re world renowned for our research on workplace behaviour and management.
  • We focus on ethical management and sustainable business practice.

Structure

Course structure

This course is designed to provide you with a broad overview of all the main areas of business management, whilst also allowing you to be flexible to study your own areas of interest.

Year zero provides with you the necessary skills and knowledge in order for you to progress onto your chosen area of study. Successful completion of year zero guarantees you entry to the first year of your undergraduate degree course.

In the first year our current students cover the fundamentals that every business manager needs to know. However, we are planning some changes to our first year and we’ll be tailoring it more closely to your chosen course. Then in second and final year you will have a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists. Please be aware that we are planning changes to our first year to make it more relevant to your chosen course.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.


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