BSc Business

UCAS code N110
Duration 3 Years
Typical offer AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Discipline Business and Management
Location Cornwall (Penryn Campus)

Overview

BSc Business is a career-focused business and management programme, with an ethos of ethics and sustainability, incorporating extensive work placements with an exclusive opportunity to customise your degree by choosing modules designed to inspire the next generation of business graduates.

Based at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, the programme is designed to address the challenges in growing businesses in the current climate changing era. We will help you develop a set of graduate skills which are hugely relevant to 21st century businesses, from a local and global perspective.

Cornwall has created a strong, sustainable economy, with a diverse mix of industries and internationally renowned strengths in the environmental, marine, aerospace, ICT, creative and food and drink sectors. It is the perfect place to experience the world of work and to develop your personal and employability skills whilst gaining credits towards your degree.

Throughout your study at Penryn, you will complete project work in business, including work placements with local and regional companies. In your final year you will be given a consultancy project with one of those companies, responding to a real world problem that they need your help to resolve.

BSc Business will prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of sectors including e-commerce, marketing, manufacturing and/or wholesale, management relations, environmental consultancy or social enterprise.

Our curriculum is made up of core modules and specialist options, allowing you to select those that are most relevant to you.

There is no shortage of ordinary business degrees around, indeed choosing the right one for you can be quite overwhelming. You need to check that the vocabulary and content of the degree you are looking at is fit for purpose in the 21st Century. I am confident that BSc Business is a future facing degree. It provides the business fundamentals but incorporates exciting, distinctive content you will need to help you demonstrate confidence and creativity in the workplace.

Stephen Hickman - BSc Business Programme Director.

Student Scholarships (2017 entry)

We are pleased to offer a number of £1,500 scholarships which will be awarded to ambitious students who commence study on the University of Exeter Business School’s BSc Business programme at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall in September 2017. 

The Scholarships are competitive and require you to submit a 1500 word essay on what you consider to be: "The Business Challenges in your Region".

To apply for the scholarship you must be holding an offer from the University of Exeter Business School on the BSc Business programme.

Scholarships are not awarded in conjunction with other scholarships – in the event of you being eligible for more than one award the greater award will be given.

How to apply

Please complete the attached‌ application form and submit by email a 1500 word essay on: "The Business Challenges in your Region".

Please email your application form and essay to: business-school-penryn@exeter.ac.uk

The closing date for this award is Monday 8th May 2017. 

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

The Programme Teaching team comprises of: dynamic researchers, management educationalists and business practitioners with expertise in a diverse range of business and management topics including those with direct impact on the local and global economy such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, supply management, innovation, social sciences, the service industries including public sector and tourism.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
BEP1010 Business and Society 15
BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis 15
BEP1030 Operations Management; A Sustainable Perspective 15
BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age 15
BEP1050 Economics for Managers 15
BEP1060 Workplace Wellbeing 15
BEP1070 Accounting 15
BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management 15

Year 2

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
BEP2010 Sustainable Enterprise Economy 15
BEP2020 Project Management 15
BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) 15
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15
BEP2050 Finance for Business 15
BEP2060 Research for Inquiry 15

Optional modules

  • 30 credits of optional modules
Code ModuleCredits
FCH2000C Communicating Global Issues in a Changing World 15
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress 15
LES2001 Grand Challenges Cornwall 15
BIO2425 Introduction to Ecological Consultancy 15
CSC2011M Living with Environmental Change 15
GEO2430B Nature and Culture 15
GE02445 Rural Social Issues 15
BEP2070 Social Enterprise Management 15
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15

Year 3

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation  15
BEP3020 Practice-based Consultancy Management 15
BEP3030 Globalisation and Internationalisation 15
BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series) 15
BEP3050 Future-Facing Dissertation/Project 30

Optional modules

  • 30 credits of optional modules
Code ModuleCredits
GEO3415B Issues in Climate Change 15
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15
BIO3037 Ecology of Environmental Change 15
GEO3409B Energy Policies for a Low Carbon Economy 15
BEP3060 Small Business Management 15
BEP3070 Crisis, Change and Creativity in Organisations 15
GEO3447 Waste and Society 15
GEO2435 Evolution of Human Societies 15

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCSE grade B in Maths or GCSE grade B in an equivalent subject or GCE AL/AS Maths or equivalent subject. GCSE English Language minimum grade B.

Candidates may offer GCE AL/AS Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

Candidates may offer GCSE grade B or GCE AL/AS in: Accounting; Business Studies; Chemistry; Engineering; Physics; Science or Statistics in lieu of GCSE grade B or GCE AL/AS in Maths.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Although lectures are one of the main forms of teaching, you will also learn through participation in workshops, tutorials and seminars. As well as tackling case studies, discussing current issues in business and debating key theories, you will also develop presentation, team working, communication and problem solving skills. You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.

Assessment

Modules are normally assessed either by exam alone or by a mix of assessed work and written exams. Assessed work includes essays, case studies, projects, group work and presentations. You will have to pass the assessments in your first year to proceed to the second year but they do not count towards your final degree classification.

Module choice

Option modules can extend beyond Business if you are studying a Single Honours degree: dependent on timetable constraints, pre-requisites and programme structure, it may be possible to study option modules outside your subject area.

Careers

The BSc Business programme will prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of sectors including e-commerce, marketing, manufacturing and/or wholesale, management relations, environmental consultancy or social enterprise.

A degree in a business related subject will also help you develop a wide range of employable skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, and organising and communicating information.

Find out more on the Undergraduate Careers pages.

Work placement

Throughout your study you will complete project work in business, including work placements with local and regional companies. You will complete short-term work placements in both your first and second year and then in your final year you will be given a consultancy project with one of those companies, responding to a real world problem that they need your help to resolve. You will be challenged to develop both a local and global perspective and search out new business models.

Your work placements will be complemented by a core ‘Employability’ module in each year of study. The taught sessions of the modules are designed to not only give you the skills, confidence and experience to research, apply and secure a placement, they will also help you to secure your first graduate job and succeed throughout your future career.

The Employability modules are progressive throughout the three years, each building on the knowledge and skills gained in prior years. The first year focuses on self-awareness and practical application skills whereas the second and third years focus on professionalism and commercial awareness.

The employability thread which is embedded throughout the programme has been carefully designed to gradually build upon your skills and allow you to make an informed choice of your chosen career path whilst the work placements will give you the experience and credibility to help you get there.

Contact us

Cornwall

Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801
Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk

Programme director

Stephen Hickman
Phone: +44 (0)1326 259280
Email: s.hickman@exeter.ac.uk

Programme Coordinator

Ali Bearhop
Phone: +44 (0)1326 259259
Email: A.Bearhop@exeter.ac.uk

Website: Visit the Business School undergraduate web pages

Why study in Cornwall?

As soon as I visited Penryn Campus on the Open Day I knew it was the perfect place for me to study. The buildings are set in beautiful grounds, the accommodation is spacious and good value, and everything you need is right on your doorstep.

The campus is really relaxed and laid back and there is a real sense of pride and ownership about how unique this campus is: there really is nowhere else that offers so many fantastic opportunities in such an amazing location.

Charlotte Barry, Current Student.

Our Penryn Campus

Find out more about studying at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall

The University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities and is made up of around 4,000 students providing a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Cornwall has created a strong, sustainable economy, with a diverse mix of industries and internationally renowned strengths in the environmental, marine, aerospace, Information Communications Technology (ICT), creative and food and drink sectors.

A new £5.5 million building is under construction on the Campus which will feature a specially designed area for business engagement called ‘The Collaboratory’ from which dedicated staff, along with the University’s Knowledge Exchange team, will lead a number of long-term research and business support projects with selected local business partners.

The Penryn Campus rates consistently in the Top 10 for student satisfaction.

Campus tours

Campus tours enable you to see the campus facilities and view the halls of residence; they run every Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 13:30 and last for an hour and a half.

Sometimes it is possible to arrange meetings with academic staff either before or after your campus tour, subject to their availability. If you would like to book an appointment with a member of staff, please contact the department directly by emailing Ali Bearhop or Stephen Hickman.

If you would like to visit the Penryn Campus to find out more about what we have to offer, please use our Penryn Campus tours online booking form.

If you have any queries about visiting our Penryn Campus, please contact us on:

Telephone: 01326 371801

Email: Cornwall@exeter.ac.uk