About this degree
Our Business Management with Entrepreneurship programme is more than just a degree. It is more ambitious than a traditional course and will give you the perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience. It's for enterprising entrepreneurs, looking to set up their own business. You'll be given start up capital and a mentor to help you set up and run your own business, as part of your course.
Immerse yourself in the real world of business and learn from the very best.
It’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the real world of business, from within an international FTSE 100 company and learn from the very best, paying equal attention to the development of core “employability skills” and business knowledge. The course will enable you to develop attributes such as resilience, an appreciation of cultural diversity and its impact on commercial entities and the ability to make decisions, particularly in a global business environment.
You’ll be taught by our enterprising academics, many of whom are also business professionals and you’ll learn about business holistically from within a business – how to make maximum impact in a corporate environment with word and deed, by applying your developing knowledge to the solution of realistic business problems.
Although you’ll study the same core modules, our business management programmes are very different and are designed to build the skills needed to thrive in the related industry.
Top reasons to choose this degree
You'll graduate with a degree from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017, it is also ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and has the fifth equal highest score for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, out of 115 multi-faculty institutions. It has also been voted one of the top five universities for teaching in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education (THE).
You'll learn from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, each designed to bring the world of business to life using real world examples from our industry partners. Developing a social enterprise in India, pitching your idea to a multinational company, speaking on a panel at a global conference and launching your own business! These are just a handful of unique industry experiences we’ve helped our students achieve. They are examples of how we can really help you stand out.
You’ll get the chance to set-up your own business! Students set-up and run their own business as part of the programme in the first second and third years with mentoring provided. You’ll get a chance to make a headstart on your business in your final year and you can start forward-planning your own business as part of the degree. You also get the chance to take part in consultancy projects and provide consultancy to other startups in your second year and write a business plan for their company.
You’ll get the opportunity to undertake an internship. It’s important to get real experience so that’s why we always try to find you an internship that relates to your preferred career once you graduate (subject to academic performance).
Our BA (Hons) Business Management programmes give you the option to take an Industry Placement, where you can take up to 15 months of a degree-related work placement, continuing with your studies alongside. The placement allows you to apply and develop your knowledge and skills by replicating tasks performed in the workplace, as well as discover new approaches to and elements of your disciplinary interests. This means you’ll start to develop some of the key competencies that employers value, such as collaboration, teamwork and self-awareness.
We also have a business incubation space at the heart of the campus so you’ll meet entrepreneurs and professionals on a daily basis.
*Please note: It is not possible to apply for an accelerated programme; on completion of level 4, our full-time students have the opportunity to request to accelerate to a two-year programme. The decision to allow this is based on the student's performance in their assessments in the programme so far and you will need to satisfy performance criteria in the first two terms to be considered for it.
All Business Management students study the same core module in their first year. This module introduces you to key business topics in the context of a real organisation.
Core module – Principles of Business
Our unique 60 credit module Principles of Business, consists of four interlinked parts which are designed to give you a holistic introduction to key business topics in the context of a real organisation, including finance, marketing, people, law, organisational behaviour and technology.
- Part 1 of the module focuses on the overall purpose of business, including the set-up and infancy of organisations.
- Part 2 gives a technical introduction to the pillars of business: finance, law, management, marketing and innovation.
- Part 3 consists of simulated placements where students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills by replicating tasks performed in the workplace by industry professionals.
- Part 4 brings together each of the pillars of business in the context of strategy, governance, ethics, and leadership before concluding with the end of an organisation’s life-cycle.
Principles of Business is assessed in four parts over the course of two terms.
You can then choose 60 credits from the list of first year modules, so you can explore business and management broadly in your first year. Modules on offer include:
- Agile App Design for Business (15 credits)
- Business Mathematics (15 credits)
- Industry Studies 1 (15 credits)
- International Business Regions 1 (15 credits)
- Introduction to Business Economics (15 credits)
- Introduction to Research (15 or 30 credits)
- Principles of Management Reporting and Decision Making (15 credits)
- Professional Attitudes and Customer Management (15 credits)
- Self-managed learning (15 or 30 credits)
The self-managed learning modules gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the use of your initiative and level of autonomy by applying your skills and knowledge to a specialist area which is of particular interest to you. As an example, you could draft a report in an area of interest not covered in the main syllabus, study a module at another institution (e.g. a language at another university), create a practical project by applying a topic in depth, write a report on work based learning on an internship, or complete a professional qualification. You can design some of your own learning, incorporate learning from other sources, or incorporate work- based or entrepreneurial activities. This will help to ensure that you have the confidence to take your learning and personal development further into new areas and emerging sectors, and will allow you to pursue your own unique interests.
Your second year (level 5)
Once students have had exposure to the different areas of business in their first year then they can either choose or switch their specialism before the second year begins. We aim to have more industry involvement than any other Higher Education institution and you’ll really start to focus on building connections and gaining experience. There are lots of exciting industry projects from internships to trips abroad that you can be involved in.
All Business Management students study these core modules in order to build an understanding of the central functions within an organisation.
- Strategic Marketing (15 credits)
- People Management and Leadership (15 credits)
- Operations & Project Management (15 credits)
- Introduction to Contract Law (15 credits)
- Consultancy Entrepreneurship Project (30 credits)
- Self-Managed Learning (30 credits)
In the Consultancy Project you will prepare a business plan for the start of a new business and will advise, as a consultant, on the business proposals of other students. In the Self-Managed Learning module you will start a new business in consultation with your supervisor and mentor, incorporating the learning from the Consultancy Project module.
Your third year (level 6)
By your final year you will have developed a thorough understanding of the principles of business and will have had lots of exposure to real organisations, industry case studies and working practitioners. This final year is focused on bringing everything you have learnt together to solve real business problems.
In your final year, all business management students study three core modules:
- Strategic Management (15 credits)
- Strategic Innovation Management (15 credits)
Final Project (30 credits)
- Entrepreneurship Research & Reports (30 credits)
- Self-Managed Learning (30 credits)
Within the Entrepreneurship Research and Reports and the Self-Managed Learning (SML) module, you’ll continue setting up and running your business. In the Entrepreneurship and Reports module you will write reports and consider the next steps, for example, you may choose to close the business down, or to continue to run in post-graduation (in which case you will graduate with a degree and your own micro business), or to seek further investment or other input.
Final year electives
You will study 120 credits in total over your final year. The remaining credits can be completed by choosing from the range of modules listed below:
- Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
- Brand Building and Management (15 credits)
- Consultancy Project (30 credits)
- European Union Law (15 credits)
- Industry Studies 3 (15 credits)
- Innovative Marketing Strategies (15 credits)
- Intellectual Property Law (15 credits)
- International Business Regions 3 (15 credits)
- Predictive Analytics and Big Data (15 credits)
- Self-managed learning (15 or 30 credits)
- Sustainability (15 credits)
- Transnational Economics and Financial Markets (15 credits)
How will your work be assessed?
Throughout your degree we use a range of methods, designed to reflect the kind of activities you may be asked to do in the workplace, either individually or as part of a team. For example, report writing, data analysis, preparing strategies and presentations. You’ll also submit different types of coursework and sit written exams as part of the assessment for some modules.
We’ll challenge you academically, with inspiring, up-to-the-minute course content developed to give you the competencies that employers value. Best of all, we work with a wide range of professional bodies to make sure our degrees are aligned to their qualifications. So, as you study, you’ll gain exemptions from various professional business, management and finance examinations and have the opportunity to take professional qualifications.
Our students have also chosen to set up a number of companies themselves including Reel Time Art an initiative whereby artists attend a wedding and paint a scene of the special occasion in real time, Once Upon a Doug, a social enterprise project whereby our students have been helping cotton farmers in India to earn supplemental income which in turn has helped a whole community, and Yaantu - take a look at the video below to find out more about what Yaantu's all about!
Designed by industry
All of our degrees are designed through our unique approach which brings together leading figures from business and academic communities to design degrees that are relevant to employers. Our programmes have been developed with input from industry partners, including Unilever, Lotus F1, IBM, WPP - a world leader in marketing communications, Lloyds of London and leading law firm Gowling WLG.
Employers get involved in the actual delivery of modules too, so there’s a wide range of industry activities and projects that you can be part of. You’ll visit the HQ of some of the biggest companies in London, be taught by professionals through industry workshops, attend a yearly conference and have the opportunity to work with a mentor with an industry background.
That means you’ll get direct exposure to hugely successful real-world businesses and business leaders, through regular industry workshops, termly industry conferences and a yearly residential event. Previous workshops and conferences have been hosted or run by Unilever, Savills, Merrill Lynch, Direct Line Group, Holiday Extras, Atos and PA Consulting.
You’ll get the chance to compete in national and international business challenges too, like the L’Oreal Brandstorm competition. Three of our Business and Enterprise students won the UK final in 2013, so you’ll be following in impressive footsteps.
Our fee waiver policy means that the cost of our degrees compares really well to other universities and because you’ll graduate career-ready, it’s a great investment in your future.
The fees include registration, tuition and examination fees, all your reading materials as eBooks and full access to our online library 24/7 as well as much more.
Our fees are as follows, but make sure you read our fee waiver information below:
- Full time: £9,000 per year (£6,000 per year with fee waiver)
The Government offers loans of up to £6,000 pa to full-time students studying on designated courses at Higher Education Institutions like Pearson College London (see the section on student loans). As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to succeed by undertaking one of our degrees, we offer all applicants the opportunity to bring their tuition fees down to £6,000 pa if they successfully complete our applicant day.
This means that you can graduate with less than 70% of the level of student debt when compared to the average debt held by a graduating student from a Public Provider.
Undergraduate entry in 2017 - For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at alternative providers, including Pearson College London, are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for our undergraduate courses to also be designated for the 2017-18 academic year. We expect this process to be completed in early 2017.
Unfortunately, students resident in Wales are not eligible for student loans for programmes at Pearson College London due to the funding rules of the Welsh government.
Visit http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/ for more information.
Tuition Fee Loans
These are loans from the Student Loans Company, (the student finance companies for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and the money will be sent directly to the institution to pay the student’s tuition fees.With an Integrated Master’s, the Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan are extended to cover the postgraduate part of the course once you’ve finished your undergraduate degree.
If you’re a full-time student, you can borrow up to £9,000 pa to pay your tuition fees at a publicly funded university or college, or up to £6,000 pa for a privately-funded one like Pearson College London.
Students planning to study full-time may also get a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs. Students can apply for this when they apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.
If a student is given a Maintenance Loan they’ll have to pay it back after their degree finishes, but only if they earn above a certain level, currently £21,000 pa. The amount they get depends on their household income and they’ll get money at the start of each term.
Paying Back What You’ve Borrowed
Students don’t start paying their Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan back until the April after their degree finishes, and only if they earn above £21,000 a year.
If they’re employed, their repayments will be calculated by their employer and taken directly from their salary, then, at the end of the tax year, they’ll be sent to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Any amount they still owe will be cancelled after 30 years, or if they become permanently disabled or die.
A student may be entitled to extra funding if they’re from a low-income household, have children or adult dependents, have a disability or are a care leaver.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We want to make sure that talented students with potential can succeed on our degrees, regardless of your financial situation. That’s why we offer a great range of scholarships and bursaries. To find out more, take a look at the table below.
You’ll automatically be considered for a scholarship if you take part in our Applicant day. You can take part in an Applicant day even if you have/are predicted to get the grades you need. Depending on the scholarship you apply for, you could be awarded up to 100% of your tuition fees.
All scholarships are provided as a tuition fee waiver and any offer will be conditional on you accepting us as ‘Conditional Firm’ or ‘Unconditional Firm’ if applying through UCAS. Please see our terms and conditions for full details.
Our scholarships and bursaries at a glance
Name of Scholarship or Bursary
Applies to Full or Part-Time Students?
How do we Select?
Scholarship or Bursary Value
Full and part-time students
All applicants for all degree courses. Your ability and performance at our Interview and Assessment Day and your tariff points. The top performing candidates will then be offered a scholarship.
25% or 50% of your tuition fees
Full and part-time students
Your POLAR 3 score (quintiles 1 and 2) taken from your UCAS application form, your tariff points (at least 240), your personal statement and your performance at our Interview and Assessment Day.
25% or 50% of your tuition fees
Full and part-time students
BM with Law student only
Your ability and performance at our Interview and Assessment Day.
£10,000 over your degree
*POLAR3 scores - Classification of small areas across the UK, based on the participation rates of young people in higher education (HE). This classification is a new iteration of the existing Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) classification. Known as POLAR3, this new classification supersedes its predecessor, POLAR2. Please see here for further details
We also offer simple, affordable payment plans to help you spread the cost of your tuition fees. To find out more please get in touch with our Academic Registry team.
Typical offer: 128-120 UCAS points (ABB to BBB at A Levels) and interview. Students who do not meet, or who are not predicted to meet, the entry requirements will be required to participate in and pass our Applicant Day as well as attend an interview.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate sufficient fluency in English.
Pearson Test of English
Business Management Courses (1A54, 4K22, 4J59, 4RW3, 4U75)
with reading and writing 6.0 and no other subscore lower than 5.5
with reading and writing 54 and no other subscore lower than 51
New UCAS Tarriff for 2017
Only the numbers are changing.
|Qualification and grade||Old tariff||New Tariff|
|A level grade A*||140||56|
|A level grade A||120||48|
|A level grade B||100||40|
|A level grade C||80||32|
|A level grade D||60||24|
|A level grade E||40||16|
You still need to achieve the same grades.
How to apply
We encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we particularly welcome working students.
We’re sorry, but at the moment we can’t accept applications from overseas students to study in the UK, except from the EU.
Step 1 – Apply for your Place
Step 2 – our Academic Team will consider your application very carefully and review your qualifications and grades (both already achieved and predicted). If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to a Business Workshop.
We encourage all applicants to attend a Business Workshop and sit our entrance exam, even if you meet our entry requirements, as it means we can consider you for a scholarship.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you’ll need to attend a Business Workshop and sit our entrance exam.
Step 3 – Business Workshop
The Business Workshop will take place at our offices at 80 Strand and will usually last around two hours. It’s similar to those used by employers when they’re recruiting, so it will get you used to the experience from day one.
Step 4 – Your Offer
If you’ve applied for a full-time place through UCAS, you’ll receive our offer through them, but we’ll also write to you directly.
Your offer may be conditional on you achieving specific grades. If so, we’ll make it clear what those grades are.
If you’d like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please email or call 0203 441 1303.
- UCAS CODE
- INSTITUTION CODE
Pearson Business School MidTown
- COURSE START DATES
- TUITION FEES
£9,000 per year or only £6,000 p.a. with a fee waiver
- MODE OF STUDY
- PROGRAMME DURATION
3 years (FT). Option to accelerate and complete the programme in 2 years (subject to minimum numbers) * It is not possible to apply for an accelerated programme; on completion of level 4, our full-time students have the opportunity to request to accelerate to a two-year programme. The decision to allow this is based on the student's performance in their assessments in the programme so far
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Typical offer: 128-120 UCAS points (ABB to BBB at A Levels) and interview
- CONTACT HOURS
Typically 10-16 hours per week (FT)