Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

BA (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this course you will develop the business and enterprise skills to work effectively in small and early-stage business ventures, to create self-employment opportunities and employment for others. This course adopts many learning perspectives. The first year focuses on the entrepreneurial self, the second on the development of entrepreneurial skills and the final year offers immersion in entrepreneurial activity.

You will practice a range of enterprising and related practical, social and conceptual skills through activities designed to enable you to take a lead and show greater autonomy, achieve results and engage with external stakeholders and seed fund providers.

You will have the opportunity to embark on your business start-up before you have reached the end of your degree. At a suitable point and under close supervision by our academic staff you may be able to transfer onto a Worked Based Learning suite of modules which will allow you to complete your degree whilst engaging in a business venture.

You have the option to switch on to one of our other courses Business and Management or International Business Management at the end of your first year.

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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: Three years, or four with work placement
  • Part time: Up to eight years

UCAS code

N100

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will develop the knowledge, understanding and awareness of enterprising and entrepreneurial activities and their significance in relation to the wider world.
  • You will have the opportunity to embark on your business start-up before you have reached the end of your degree. At a suitable point and under close supervision by our academic staff you may be able to transfer onto a Worked Based Learning suite of modules which will allow you to complete your degree whilst engaging in a business venture.
  • Oxford Brookes University Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment in business.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

In Year 1 you will learn about business and management, focusing on the international environment and the application of theory to practice. You will examine contemporary business issues, focusing on competing in an uncertain environment and innovating for success. The development of your core management capabilities begins in the first year and includes problem solving, communication and IT skills.

In Year 2 and your final year you will study from a wide range of core compulsory modules covering subject areas including creativity, evaluating options and risk management. This will build on the knowledge you gained in the first year and prepare you for honours level (final year) study. You select optional modules in consultation with your adviser. In Year 2 you will also take a module to enhance your employability skills as you progress through your course in support of graduate employment opportunities.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from the ones listed here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Students have enjoyed inspiring and intellectually challenging positions at IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé and PayPal.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • improving your understanding of opportunities for international growth and employment within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree. We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to be take part in problem-solving classes, assessments working in virtual teams, sessions engaging with local employers, and workshops with actors to develop presentation skills. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world. The course also provides opportunities for you to work with business professionals, for example with guest speakers or on live cases from the business community.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 15%85%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 6%94%0%

Approach to assessment

We use a wide variety of assessment methods and we pay particular attention to when and how feedback is given to support your learning. We make use of a range of feedback methods including audio and face-to-face as well as written feedback.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 14%6%80%
2 38%5%58%
3 (sandwich year)0%50%50%
4 9%0%91%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM

AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level (may include 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking.

 

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/grade 4 or above), English (grade C/grade 4 or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Primarily we will support you with establishing your own venture in developing the business and enterprise skills you need to work effectively, to create self-employment opportunities and employment for others.

This course will also enable you to secure positions in a range of settings, such as a multinational business which supports intrapreneurship, social enterprises, education, SMEs, healthcare or government, nationally or internationally. Those who choose graduate training schemes do so in major international companies such as Aldi, AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell.

Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure
  • Course Structure Chart: Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
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