Business (BSc): 3-year, full-time, central London

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

UCAS Code

N100

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week, October to July

This highly flexible course is designed both for students who want to obtain a general knowledge of business studies and students who want to focus on one of the main business disciplines. In the second year you choose to either remain on the BSc Business or opt to specialise with a pathway, while also developing core skills in fundamental business management.

We take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the subject, offering you an innovative way of learning about topics that cannot be pigeonholed into one particular area.

This programme attracts students from both the public and private sectors, including administrators, clerical workers and managers, as well as the self-employed. Because it is taught entirely by evening study, you are able to combine your academic studies with daytime commitments.

The majority of our students work or care for a family, so you will be learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our tutorial/seminar sessions give you a chance to interact with your peers and develop insights into analysing and interpreting a wide and varied subject matter.

This course is also available for full-time and part-time evening study in central London and Stratford.

Highlights

  • The business degree is distinctive in its flexibility and the range of pathways offered, giving you the option to major in accounting, management, human resource management, information systems or marketing.
  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.

Course structure

In the first year, all students take shared core and compulsory modules worth 120 credits.

You can then either complete the BSc Business or choose a pathway in accounting, human resource management, information systems, management or marketing.

You can take any option module offered by the Department of Management, subject to the Programme Director's approval.

BSc Business

In Year 2, you take option modules worth 120 credits.

In Year 3, you take option modules worth 120 credits.

BSc Business and Accounting

In Year 2, you take three compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 45 credits.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules, including a research project, and choose option modules worth 30 credits.

BSc Business and Human Resource Management

In Year 2, you take five compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 45 credits.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules, including a research project, and choose option modules worth 30 credits.

BSc Business and Information Systems

In Year 2, you take five compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 45 credits.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules, including a research project, and choose option modules worth 30 credits.

BSc Business and Management

In Year 2, you take seven compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 15 credits.

In Year 3, you take one compulsory module - the research project - and choose option modules worth 60 credits.

BSc Business and Marketing

In Year 2, you take seven compulsory modules and choose option modules worth 15 credits.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules, including a research project, and choose option modules worth 30 credits.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Module groups

All BSc Business pathways - Year 1

BSc Business and Accounting - Year 2

BSc Business and Accounting - Year 3

BSc Business and Human Resource Management - Year 2

BSc Business and Human Resource Management - Year 3

BSc Business and Information Systems - Year 2

BSc Business and Information Systems - Year 3

BSc Business and Management - Year 2

BSc Business and Management - Year 3

BSc Business and Marketing - Year 2

BSc Business and Marketing - Year 3

Department of Management option modules

  • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

    Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C in GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

    UCAS tariff points

      112

      The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

      Alternative entry routes

      The Certificate of Higher Education in Management offers an entry route, with exemption of up to 90 credits of the degree if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard, although you will still need to complete modules from the first year of the degree programme that are not covered by the certificate.

      The Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies (Business Pathway) offers an entry route, with exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

      If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
    • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

      Teaching

      At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

      Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

      Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

      In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

      Methods of teaching on this course

      For each module you will typically come for one evening a week during the autumn, spring and summer terms, with examinations at the end of each term.

      Teaching is mostly through face-to-face lectures and small group seminars. The modules are taught by academic staff who are research-orientated and enthusiastic teachers. There is also an effective personal tutor system and a learning coordinator for additional support. Some modules have a computing component, and this involves sessions in workstation rooms, for which the class is usually split into smaller groups.

      Timetables

      Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

      Indicative class size

      Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

      Academic support

      Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

      • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
      • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
      • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

      Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

      Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

      Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

      Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

      Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      Methods of assessment on this course

      Most modules are assessed by an unseen formal examination and coursework at the end of each term.

      Feedback

      As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

      Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

      Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

      Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

    • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in business, management, accounting or human resources management. This degree may also be useful in becoming a human resources officer, management consultant, corporate investment banker or marketing executive.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Graduate Destinations

      Go on to work and/or study:

      Go on to work and/or study
      Now working: 40%
      Doing further study: 25%
      Studying and working: 15%
      Unemployed: 0%
      Other: 20%

      Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

    • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

      How to apply

      If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

      Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

      UCAS Code

      N100

      Application deadlines and interviews

      15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

      Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.