On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant retail expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry including many of our alumni. Previous guest lectures have included the Senior Innovation Manager from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Adviser from Innovate UK.
Our Business Studies course (with pathways) is unique in giving you the flexibility to keep your specialisation options open until your second year of study. This offers you the best of both worlds: broad-based first and second years and a specialised final year.
- Developing Management Competencies: The unit exposes you to challenges that impact professional effectiveness in a range of study and work-related contexts.
- Accounting & Quantitative Analysis: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework.
- Introduction to Organisational Behaviour & Ethics: You'll uncover the complex web of social relationships that organisations operate within, and how these relationships might be managed.
- Marketing: An understanding of the fundamentals of marketing will enable you to develop marketing approaches for a range of marketing scenarios.
- Principles of Business Law: This unit will enable you to utilise the main sources of law and to understand and critically evaluate the context of the legal environment in which businesses operate as well as the scope and nature of the legal relationships that exist therein.
- Economics for Business Studies: This unit enables you to apply economic principles in the analysis of contemporary economic issues and problems and developing an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 207 hours
- Independent learning: 993 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 12 hours
- Research in Business & Management: Providing you with a critical understanding of business research processes and the skills required to develop an undergraduate research project proposal, undertake research and manage all aspects of the ‘research project’.
- Understanding Organisations & HRM: You'll learn how to make sense of organisational life and your own personal experience of behaviour in the workplace, plus you'll be introduced to the human resource management function and its practice.
- Finance & Business Analysis: You'll develop the skills to appraise the financial statements of a limited company and prepare management information using a variety of techniques.
- Business Simulation: The unit aims to encourage you to develop an understanding of the recruitment and selection process and various recruitment and selection techniques and strategies.
- Consumer Behaviour & Market Research: You'll gain a critical understanding of the role of consumer behaviour and market research within marketing and the wider organisation.
- Global Sustainability & Cross-cultural Change: You'll be equipped with a portfolio of skills, attributes, knowledge and competences, which will enable you to conduct yourself professionally, credibly and effectively in an international context.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 195 hours
- Independent learning: 1005 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 9 hours
- Placement: You'll complete a 40-week (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
- Project: The aim of the unit is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct a business-related project, which will be of demonstrable benefit to an organisation (or society), in terms of its ability to perform effectively in the contemporary business environment.
- Strategic Management: This unit delivers a critical understanding of the tools and frameworks available for analysing strategic management issues at both national and global levels.
- Organisational Leadership: You'll explore leadership theories and consider the nature of leadership, leadership versus management, power, politics and conflict, and various traditional and contemporary models and perspectives of leadership.
- International Management: The unit is designed to enhance your cross-cultural awareness and competence, as well as your interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills.
- International Marketing Management: The aims of this unit are to provide a critical and systematic view of the major perspectives, theoretical approaches, principles and activities in international marketing management.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 150 hours
- Independent learning: 1050 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 8 hours
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) International Business Studies.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course. We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.
Our courses offer a placement year, which is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola.
What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.
Our students have previously worked for:
*The above information is taken from BU institutional data.
Background and experience
For this course, we are looking for applicants who:
- Can demonstrate their interest in identifying and solving business problems
- Are motivated and enthusiastic self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
- Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
- Are keen to develop a wide range of interpersonal skills
- Have aspirations to one day manage.
Students on this course will have come from a wide range of backgrounds but all will have demonstrated their drive to succeed in the business environment. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well, work effectively in teams and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.
Unconditional offer scheme
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 128 to 136 tariff points, with 80-88 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 48-56 points from other A-Levels, equivalent qualifications or Key Skills. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.
Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
- Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff points.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
- Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of 80% overall.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business management skills, while helping you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment. All of our Business Studies courses see you working closely with the local community and businesses to gain practical and valuable experience before you graduate.
Our Business Studies graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. Within six months of completing their course, 85% of our students are in work or further study. They work for a wide range of international companies, including Arcadia, Barclays Bank Plc, BSkyB, Citibank, Deloitte, Enterprise, General Electric, Heathrow Airport, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, L'Oreal, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Philips, Siemens and Sony Music, among many others.
You'll be ready to take on a variety of roles when you graduate, and will have the skills you need to progress your career. Our alumni are in jobs such as:
- Account executive
- Account manager
- Business analyst
- Business development assistant
- Buying assistant.
Industries worked in
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 76%
Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 64%
Students were satisfied overall - 70%
Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 74%
At BU, we take our students’ feedback very seriously. We have reviewed all the responses to the survey, and we are implementing a number of new initiatives for our students. Why not visit us to see for yourself at an open day?
- Improved relationships with our industry alumni by setting up an alumni panel who provide regular input into the development of our courses, guest lectures and employment advice to students
- Relocated course administration and placement teams to be more accessible
- New students welcome pack has much more information about where to go for help and advice
- Inviting more guest speakers from industry to give you an insider’s view
- Continuing investment in new buildings with dedicated study and social spaces on campus
- Recruiting new staff to help you Grow@bu – a Faculty support service run by recent graduates who really understand student issues.
56% of the course is assessed by coursework
Throughout the course, you will be assessed by coursework, group work and written exams. Assessment during your first year of study will predominantly be in the form of written examination. During your second and fourth years, you will mainly be assessed by coursework. There will be no assessment during your placement year (third year).
12% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
The figure above is the average over the four years of the course. The placement year will involve working in industry – a vital part in developing you as a well-rounded and industry-ready graduate and giving you a head start when it comes to your future career.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.