BA (Hons) Business Management (Top Up)

Course Title: BA (Hons) Business Management (Top Up)
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University
Teaching Institution: CECOS College London
UCAS Codes (current): N254 BA (Hons) Business Management (top up)
QAA Subject Benchmarks: General Business and Management (2015)
  • The modules have been completely updated and reflect current themes in management practice.
  • Modules have been re-designed with employers from a wide variety of backgrounds along with input from the Institute of Leadership and Management of which are mapped to occupational standards
  • Students who have been out of education for a while or those that do not hold sufficient tariff points can take an introductory foundation year to get their study skills up to speed and learn the basics of literacy and numeracy. Students who have completed an HND or FdA can enter level 6 directly and study for the BA `top-up` Course. A particular feature of the courses is that some modules have been scheduled to be taught across the whole business school to allow for inter-disciplinary group work.
  • Provide a stimulating learning experience and environment that offers cutting edge experience for students to develop their potential to become outstanding graduates and business practitioners within an international business community.
  • Develop students who have a critical awareness of business issues, are able to articulate this awareness with respect for others, are willing and able to embrace change and are focused on their achievements.
  • Foster an academic community which promotes lifelong learning, supported by research and practice and problem based informed teaching and learning.
  • Support flexible learning with technologies to reflect and anticipate student needs.
  • Provide stimulating and challenging learning opportunities and work-related experiences to enable full simulation and/or utilise students existing or previous experienc.
  • Provide a coherent, clearly defined programme of study of business organisations and their management, encompassing the broadening scope of organisations in the context of increasing change and complex societal and environmental demands.
  • Provide a learning experience that reflects the importance of, and celebrates diverse communities and enables inclusivity of all those wishing to engage in learning and development.
  • Provide a programme of timely assessment and feedback which enables students to become self-aware, reflective and independent learners; partners in, contributors to and co-owners of their development and life-long learning and success.
  • Provide a programme of development that inspires and interests’ students to develop a passion for their subject and for learning and to encourage further development and study.
  • Provide an opportunity for full time students to have a real experience through a managed and supported year-long work placement programme or shorter work experience, and through application of principles, models and theories within real-life settings.

1. Knowledge & Understanding
Graduates should be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge and systematic understanding and critical evaluation of organisations, the business environment in which they operate and their management. Programmes emphasise understanding, responding and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

2. Learning
Carry out enquiry-based learning, critical analysis and evaluation, and creative thinking to provide opportunities and solutions for business success. This encompasses organisations internal functions, the business environment and management processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. Engage in strategic thinking and development and apply ethical reasoning to issues facing contemporary organisations, management and leadership.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

3. Enquiry
Justify and apply appropriate and ethical approaches to research and investigation in the field of management and apply skills and knowledge of enterprise in the pursuit of new business solutions and opportunities. Evaluate the effectiveness and ethical use of Information in a global business management context.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

4. Analysis
Describe, comment on and critically evaluate contemporary research into business management and its application related to decision making and the judgement of strategic decisions. Be entrepreneurial in your way of thinking and behaving, and in your approach to problem and opportunity analysis. Throughout you will reflect on the application of creative thinking, risk analysis and innovation.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

5. Problem Solving
Demonstrate a range of approaches to solving complex and interrelated business problems, displaying judgement of appropriate and different perspectives and the knowledge and understanding of what is right and ethical.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

6. Communication
Communicate complex information, ideas, problems and solutions through a variety of media and display confidence in their communication and presentation abilities and your ability to network and interact.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

7. Application
Apply, with reasoned judgment the research and analysis skills, problem-solving techniques and business knowledge to business problems review, extend, devise and sustain arguments to complex organisation problems, scenarios and opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities as entrepreneurs and enterprising individuals.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

8. Reflection
Demonstrate a high level of competence in personal development, showing initiative, responsibility, reflection and the transferable skills necessary for employability and understanding of your role in a globalised economy, through highly developed skills of personal awareness and critical review.

(QAA BMS 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)

Teaching and Learning

The curriculum will develop and evolve so that knowledge and skills learned in modules will be transferred, re-applied and developed in related modules at higher levels. You will be guided through your studies through a teaching support network of module tutors, personal tutors, award leaders and supporting academic and managers, and dedicated and involved support and pastoral staff. Learning and teaching will be an enriching experience for you that reflects the value the school places on effective, innovative and research informed teaching. Learning and teaching will foster your critical intellectual development and the business capabilities required to engage in contemporary organisations.

In your learning situations you will be acting in partnership with module deliverers and facilitators who, through a programme of study designed to develop an evolving body of knowledge and portfolio of skills will be:

    • Encouraging active learning and a confidence to learn
    • Making explicit the skills to be developed through the curriculum
    • Stimulating intellectual curiosity and excitement in learning through engagement with up-to-date and contemporary, well researched subjects.
    • Encouraging critical reasoning about the world of business to achieve well informed judgements and conclusions
    • Challenging and shaping new learning experiences and opportunities through application of research informed pedagogy

And you will be:

  • Engaging with complex, challenging problems and real-world issues
  • Proactively using available resources, technical, digital and paper-based to
  • address problems, construct solutions and identify new topics for research
  • Engaging in constructive reflection on learning and new ideas
  • Communicating and sharing with others in effective teams and collaborative activities, demonstrating a sense of community through active involvement with individuals and groups from differing backgrounds, communities and value systems

Practice Based Learning is based on you experiencing the learning curve through applying your knowledge by completing a knowledge exchange project in conjunction with a range of stakeholders.

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods which incorporate both formal types of teaching and independent learning.

Examples of the types of learning experiences that you will encounter on the business management awards include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Group tasks
  • Student-led and tutor-led independent exercises
  • Workshops
  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Case based assignments
  • Investigations
  • Literature review

Assessment
A focus on employability will be intrinsic throughout the award. Students will incorporate their skills assessment and research a topic of their own choice that reflects their interests and demonstrates their ability to apply skills they have developed throughout their course. Moreover, we have designed into our programmes opportunities for formative assessment and feedback and encourage students to reflect and evaluate their contribution and development.

Our assessment strategies are based on an integrative approach which addresses the elements of assessment for learning, accessibility, diversity and efficiency. Assessment will enable students to make increasingly effective and confident judgments within their courses of study and within professional and employment contexts. The Staffordshire graduate attributes have been embedded within our assessments to enable our students to engage in learning and development and effective employment beyond their ongoing involvement in the school.

Module assessments are linked to real-life business challenges, developed through close interactions with a developing network of businesses that engage with the School.

To achieve this we will:

  • Design into our programmes opportunities for formative assessment and feedback and encourage students to reflect and evaluate their contribution and development.
  • Design assessment strategies based on an integrative approach which addresses the elements of assessment for learning, accessibility, diversity and efficiency.
  • Assessment will enable students to make increasingly effective and confident judgements within their courses of study and within professional and employment contexts.
  • Underpinning our strategy will be the 5A* graduate attributes that will enable our students to engage in learning and development and effective employment beyond their ongoing involvement in the school.
  • We will ensure that the volume of assessment is not greater than is necessary for the testing of appropriate learning outcomes
  • Assessment design will give students the best opportunity to demonstrate their potential.
  • We will provide timely and constructive feedback to enable students to learn and develop through the assessment process.
  • We will encourage students to reflect on all forms of feedback to enhance their ongoing learner development. We will encourage students to share their reflections with staff to enable critical review and analysis.
  • Greater variety and authenticity in the design of assessments
  • Improved learner engagement through interactive formative assessments with adaptive feedback
  • Capture of wider skills and attributes, for example through simulations, e-portfolios and interactive games.
  • A comprehensive induction introducing new students to the subject, to the course and to the college facilities: e.g. Learning Resources, staff & Student Support
  • College and Programme Handbooks available in print and electronic format
  • Personal and academic support integrated into teaching provided by approachable lecturers and a personal tutor who monitors performance
  • Study and research skills integrated into the programme
  • Written electronic assignment feedback, within three weeks of assignment submission
  • Up-to-date computing facilities and a modern, well-equipped Learning Resources Centre
  • Virtual Learning Environment (MOODLE)
  • Access to higher education specific academic support sessions
  • Access to Student Support for students with welfare, financial or counseling needs
  • Access to Learning Support for students with educational needs.
  • Access to careers advice and support
  • Regular one-to-one tutorials.
TB1 MKTG60338
Customer Experience Strategy (CX)
(30 credits)
ORGB60389
Authentic Leadership
(15 credits)
ORGB60390
Business Ethics
(15 credits)
STRA60218
Knowledge Exchange Project
(30 credits)
TB2 ORGB60391
Change and
Transformation
(15 credits)
BUSM60002
Measuring Success
(15 credits)

CECOS College London offers a range of support and resources from the start of your programme, these are as follows:

  1. Information, advice and guidance from the first any contact all the way through certification and progression. This will support you in your next steps
  2. Learning support and disability
  3. Enrichment training to allow you to achieve all of your personal and professional goals
  4. An integrated e-portfolio system which includes, virtual classroom

Standard university requirements

For details of UCABA tariff points please see the current online prospectus at:
http://www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/

Students completing their BA (Hons) Business Management will have strong career prospects in various areas of business including Marketing, Operations management, Project Management, Human resource management and General administration on successful completion of the course. Graduates will leave the university with a high level of digital literacy allowing them to use and manipulate data to maximise business opportunities as well as the skills to develop collaborative relationships.

You will also develop skills to start your own business or to improve your existing business setup. By completing this course you could also progress to a Master Programme at university in a number of Business Management disciplines.