From digital marketing and social media, to traditional print, studying for a Business and Marketing BA can lead to an exciting career.
Within our fiercely competitive and global economy, marketing is now central to commercial success. Businesses and organisations across every sector – private, public and non-profit – need to determine and differentiate their brand, communicating effectively who they are and what they do to past, present and potential customers.
This professionally accredited course is designed to help you the confidence and business acumen necessary to develop, position and build businesses in the most strategically effective way. We aim to provide a solid understanding of business analysis, planning, and management, alongside specialist marketing skills, such as understanding customer behaviour, developing creative solutions and how to promote competitive advantage.
The study of marketing is grounded in understanding customer needs, the environment that a company is operating within, the competitors and their offerings and then developing the most appropriate marketing mix to satisfy customer needs profitably. By integrating the two disciplines of business and marketing, we aim to provide a solid foundation of business knowledge with a clear marketing focus.
There will be opportunities to develop your expertise in key areas that underpin business and marketing, such as consumer behaviour, financial management for business, digital business and responsible business strategy. As the course develops, you will be able to tailor your studies by choosing from the optional modules available which may suit your interests or career aspirations.
One of the major attractions of studying business and marketing is the broad range of practical and transferrable skills you can develop – creative, analytical, interpersonal and communications. For example, the ‘Marketing Management’ module will give hands-on experience of developing marketing plans and strategy, whilst the ‘Digital Business’ module focuses on responsible decision making and the range of tools and techniques that are used to support this.
Why choose this course?
Operating in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex global environment, businesses are a fundamental part of modern society, supplying the products and services we need. Graduates who not only understand the operations of modern business, but can also spot and capitalise on market opportunities are therefore in high demand.
Our course allows you to study a broad range of business subjects together with more focused marketing-speciﬁc topics. We will explore consumer behaviour and analysis, and learn how this insight and more can be used to inform the planning and implementation of marketing programmes. We cover the full marketing mix – from digital marketing and social media to traditional print – and consider brand and corporate communications.
The business modules aim to expand your skills and knowledge of the development and operation of business markets, entrepreneurship and the management of key resources, including human capital, financial management, strategic management, corporate social responsibility and organisational change.
As an accredited Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Centre, you gain key exemptions for professional qualifications with the CIM and have the option to complete the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing in the six to nine months following the completion of your degree.
As experienced practitioners, our staff have spent time in industry prior to joining academia, in roles such as marketing executives, managers and directors of private and public sector organisations. They aim to bring knowledge of all the latest marketing tools and techniques – like Google Analytics and the online content creation tools currently proving popular in digital marketing. Some are recognised both nationally and internationally in their respective fields of specialism, publishing their research in the highest quality academic journals, including Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research, Psychology and Marketing and Journal of Consumer Behaviour to name but a few.
Combining theory and practice, this course benefits from a focus on practical marketing skills. There will be group projects to develop advertising campaigns and hone your analytical skills using simulation games, such as the Cesim SIMBrand marketing management game designed to develop your understanding and command of the marketing planning process.
To monitor emerging sector trends and challenges, there is a high degree of practitioner input. Guest speakers from industry are invited to give talks about their experiences, which in recent years, has included speakers from McCann Erickson, ITV Studios, Millward Brown, Marstons and the Mixed Reality Studio among others.
International experience opportunities
You will have the opportunity to gain an international experience in many ways. Coventry is a multicultural university, so our diverse student and staff body helps to facilitate a multicultural learning environment. However, the fundamental nature of this course is also international in its outlook, drawing on marketing and business best practice from around the world.
We have long-running partnerships with KH Leuven in Belgium, School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in Hong Kong and PSB Academy in Singapore. We run a number of collaborative Online International Learning (OIL) projects on the course, which enables you to work with students across the world on a live project tackling a specific marketing challenge in global virtual and multicultural teams. In the past, students have worked with peers in the USA, South America, India and many European countries undertaking business challenges as part of the international X-Culture competition.
Throughout the course there will be opportunities to visit relevant companies to gain a real life experience of marketing, both at home and abroad. Previous cohorts of students have visited Leuven in Belgium, Dubai and Malaysia to experience other cultures and take part in marketing activities in international teams.
A business and marketing degree provides you with a critical and reflective understanding of marketing and its relationship with the wider international business environment. It could lead to specialist careers in advertising, digital marketing and project coordination, as well as more general roles in business analysis, project management or sales management.
Our course is accredited by the CIM for the Graduate Gateway. This means that in the final year of your degree you can also work towards achieving the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing so can graduate with two qualifications, significantly enhancing your career prospects.
Designed to prepare you for work, the course offers lots of opportunities to participate in live cases with clients, work experience (short and long-term as part of a sandwich year) and paid internships. We have strong partnerships with a number of employers, including Coventry Council, Jaguar Land Rover, Millward Brown and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Field trips are embedded into each year of study, some industry-focused to provide first-hand experiences of marketing in action, others designed to build your professional or interpersonal skills, for example, to encourage team bonding initially and then develop team working skills.
In addition, careers-based modules in digital marketing, brand communications, services marketing and creative advertising and a range of other areas are embedded into the course to help build transferrable skills which will enhance your employability.
You will have the support of dedicated Personal Employment Tutors, who are industry trained, and our well-established Employment Unit with an extensive network of employers with a wide range of internship possibilities. The employment unit also supports you with workshops and guidance on the various aspects of the employment process such as preparing your CV, interview practice and mock assessment centres. In the final year, we also host an Employment Dinner inviting a range of guest speakers from industry and professional bodies.
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.