About the BA (Hons) Business Management with Organisational Behaviour programme
Business Management with Organisational Behaviour has been created for the student who wants career success in business. Designed to appeal to committed and driven individuals who aspire towards excellence, with strong emphasis on developing capabilities for a career involving people oriented and problem solving business management. Students with a curiosity in how to manage and motivate both themselves and others will learn skills that provide opportunities in careers such as business start-up, management within organisations as well as consultancy and business analysis. With specialised modules throughout, in the final year students will also have the opportunity to choose to complete a dissertation or a small business plan as their level 6 project – the dissertation offering a more traditional route for a student who wishes to research a particular business area of interest, or the small business plan, which will enable those students wishing to start their own business to develop the skills necessary.
Standard entry requirement for the degree will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘C’ or level 4 in both GCSE Maths & English.
However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL). Students who have successfully completed another relevant programme of study at least at the equivalent level may be eligible to apply for APcL. Claim forms must be supported by the official transcript or certificate of the awarding body of the original qualification and any guidance explaining the allocation of credit and grading scheme used to enable module comparison. Students may also be eligible to apply for life or work experience or other uncertificated learning in which the acquisition of skills or knowledge at the equivalent level to the higher education programme has been gained.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4) – Certificate Stage
At Level 4, students acquire the introductory skills and knowledge required for academic and professional success, with the following compulsory modules:
- Business Research and Study Skills
- Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Customer Focus and Marketing
- Organisational Behaviour
- Enterprise Project
Year 2 (Level 5) – Diploma Stage
At Level 5, students build upon level 4 skills and general knowledge and understanding to develop their ability to learn through practical research and student-led discussion. Students critically analyse business theory in relation to real life examples in order to specialise in, as well as develop, an in-depth understanding and practical application of business and theory. Compulsory modules are:
- Managing the Self
- Career Planning and Progression
- Research Skills
- People Management
- Operations and Strategic Management
- Employment Law and Company Law
Year 3 (Level 6) – Honours Stage
At Level 6, the modules will enable application of knowledge and understanding. Building on previous years’ modules, students will be able to critically evaluate, problem solve and synthesise what has been researched, taught and learnt in order to assess and critique effectively the impact of business theory on business practice. The final focus for students is the choice of a dissertation element or small business plan, encapsulating the learned content across a significant themed project.
Modules at this level include:
- Coaching for Performance (compulsory)
- Management Consultancy or Sustainability (option of 1)
- Strategic Human Resource Management (compulsory)
- Global Economics and the Policy Environment or Business Analysis (option of 1)
- Dissertation or Small Business Plan (option of 1)
Learning & Teaching Methods
Business and Management is a diverse subject and therefore requires a wide range of teaching and assessment methods. The evolving nature of the digital world and the impact on the ever-changing business domain lends itself to a variety of contextualised assessments, teaching methods that incorporate practical scenarios and situational case studies which are strongly aligned to the demands of the workplace.
Learners will benefit from smaller class sizes that will provide them with support and guidance in their studies often on a one to one basis. Students will further benefit from a range of guest lectures from industry experts, practical workshops and employability fairs to maximise the learning experience. The approach will vary between theoretical, analytical and academic pedagogies, and practical and experiential approaches.
The use of self-directed learning, as learner’s progress through levels 4, 5 and 6, will allow students to develop their independent study skills and increase their evaluation and analytical skills.
Across all modes of delivery traditional and digital, the following teaching methods will be deployed:
Lectures, seminars, workshops, field work, employability related learning, employer based case studies, ‘live’ or ‘real’ world projects. Guided learning, study trips, simulations, practical’s, discussion groups, virtual forums, business mentoring, business start-ups.
The aims of this programme are to:
1. Develop students’ understanding of a wide range of organisations including private, public and not for profit encouraging evaluation of their management, the economy and the business environment whilst preparing them with appropriate transferable skills for a career in a variety of roles within business and management or to equip them with the skills to create a business start-up
2. Develop and enhance a wide range of business skills including people management, personal attributes self-awareness and business knowledge that equip graduates to become effective global citizens in a changing and dynamic business world.
3. Build an understanding of the fundamental nature of organisations, including internal and external drivers such as purpose, structures, leadership, governance, and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures that exist within and between different organisations and their influence upon the differing environment.
4. Provide an insight and develop knowledge and skills in marketing and sales, considering different approaches for segmentation, targeting, positioning, generating sales and the need for innovation in product and service design with a further focus on the management of external customers and their expectations developing excellence in customer service and the application of the internal customer concept.
5. Develop students understanding and practical skills of finance including the sources, uses and management of finance and the use of accounting and other information systems for planning, control, decision making and managing financial risk.
6. Develop student’s employability and enterprise capability and to ready them for a career in graduate level management within the various business sectors and therefore enable them to become active participants in the graduate labour market.
The focus on employability is driven both institutionally and at programme level. As an institution, Grimsby TEC Partnership have designated employability officers, and an alumni association provides networking contacts for employment and internships.
Employability is inherent within the programme with all modules having an employability theme, ensuring that students are learning relevant knowledge that can be applied to the work place.
Business graduates are able to enter a range of professions after graduation. Graduate training schemes are encouraged and students are supported through applications; guest speakers and employers are invited in to provide information on opportunities that arise. Students are able to undertake administration roles, business analysts, finance, human resources, marketing, self-employment and consultancy roles. The ultimate aim of the programme is for students to enter the workplace fully equipped with the necessary skills to provide, most importantly, effective management and leadership within their chosen career environment.
Graduates who want to continue in education may progress onto a:
• Master’s degree
• Teaching qualification
• Professional course – CIPD, CMI, AAT