BSc (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year

Organisations need managers with entrepreneurial drive. This course offers you the skills and knowledge to take the initiative, develop business ideas quickly and effectively, and make a success of new ventures. Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. This impressive dual-award offers an excellent start to a career with global opportunities.

Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

N311

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you are looking to pursue a career in business or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work.

Our BSc (Hons) in Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year offers a strong grounding in an essential range of contemporary business management subjects combined with the opportunity to focus your studies in the final year. When you successfully complete the course, you'll also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

The foundation year is the first year of this four-year degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of business and management alongside study skills development. It's designed to prepare you for degree-level study.

By studying core modules that are common between all our BSc (Hons) Business Management programmes, you'll be exposed to key concepts in areas such as company law, leadership and people management, marketing, strategic management, information systems and big data, project management, finance, innovation and enterprise. This solid foundation will support your advanced studies in specialist areas that support entrepreneurship, such as e-commerce and marketing practice, company law, and financial reporting for management.

Highlights
  • Our Business, Management and Marketing courses are ranked second in the UK and top in the North West of England for course and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 also ranks our Business, Management and Marketing courses second in the UK and top in the North West of England for student experience.
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic business management lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • On successfully completing this dual award course, you'll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You don't need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • This course is part of our Business Management suite of degrees. All students study the same modules during the first three years of this four-year degree to gain an in-depth knowledge of the major business disciplines. At the honours level, you can follow the specialist pathway in Enterprise, transfer to one of our other specialist pathways in Information Systems, People Management, Supply Chain, Finance, Marketing or Retail, or follow the core Business Management route.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisations to SMEs.
  • The University offers excellent 24/7 library and IT facilities, WiFi, and well-appointed learning areas.
Key Features
  • You'll study in our vibrant Institute of Management environment in Bolton town centre.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you can benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • We weave contemporary research findings into our teaching, ensuring a robust academic base underpins your business management studies.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Nearby Manchester is one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, and the Northwest of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline, and heritage.
Professional recognition

Graduates of the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year pathway will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

The Level 5 Diploma is the CMI’s benchmark qualification and offers the quickest exemption route towards Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) status. Chartered Manager status is only awarded by the CMI and is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.


  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you have non-traditional qualifications and relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that we deem a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If English is your second language and you feel you need extra help with your language skills, you have the option of studying specialist language modules during the foundation year. Please contact the English for Academic Purposes team for further information and advice.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise) with foundation year course is designed to provide a broad understanding of business functions in the business and commercial world along with expertise in specific areas that underpin entrepreneurship and setting up new business ventures.

The course offers you a route into general management and the specialist area of business enterprise, so you can tailor your skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career. Areas such as business accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing, law, retail and supply chain management would also be open to you. The dual qualification gained on successfully completing this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred management field.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector-specific knowledge, the programme aims to support your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist enterprise knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. As a graduate of this course, you'll be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Knowledge of the processes involved in setting up a business initiative and the ability to assess risks, likely returns, and profit is valuable for roles where you advise organisations on enterprise matters. You might also pursue a career as an entrepreneur. Alternatively, you'll be well placed to embark on careers in areas such as retail management, human resources, marketing, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, logistics and supply chain management and accountancy.

You may choose to undertake further study to develop your expertise in a particular area. A wide range of postgraduate and professional development courses are available in areas such as law, marketing, finance, human resources, computing and international business management. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers, bearing in mind that some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include:

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2022/232023/242024/252025/262026/27
International Year of study Total
Entry year2022/232023/242024/252025/262026/27

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply to multiple institutions or courses for September, then apply through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials allow you to ask questions, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. We'll also expect you to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Furthermore, we'll expect you to adopt work-based learning as part of your employment or during a work experience placement.

Guest lectures and presentations by various visiting speakers from relevant employment areas offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding further.

Regarding assessment, you can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, and portfolios. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other assessment forms to help you learn, provide feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic Language and Skills 1
  • Academic Language and Skills 2
  • Academic Skills and PDP
  • Business In Practice
  • Further Academic Skills
  • World of Work
  • Applied Business Finance
  • Practical Digital Marketing
  • Professional and Academic Skills Development
  • Business Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Information Systems and Big Data Analysis
  • Financial Decision Making in Business
  • People and Performance
  • Business Management and Career Development
  • Leadership Management and Organisational Culture
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise Innovation and Creativity
  • Business Case Study Analysis
  • Business Project
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • E Commerce and Contemporary Marketing Practice
  • Company Law
  • Financial Reporting for Management
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 42%, Practical exams 32%, Written exams 26%
Level twoCoursework 67%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 8%
Level threeCoursework 66%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 19%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Placement/study abroad 17%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 17%
Level threeGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Ian McDonald
Programme Leader

I.McDonald@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903687

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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