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Business Management and Geography

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

NF28

Start dates

September 2019

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


Our Business Management and Geography course prepares you for a range of careers. You’ll gain core skills in business and management and develop key research techniques in geographical field work.

We base our course on our staff’s research expertise. In the Geography element of your course you’ll consider issues that affect our everyday life and explore ways to solve them. These include;

  • globalisation
  • sustainability
  • environmental management
  • conservation
  • geoarchaeology
  • nature and society
  • contemporary cities
  • culture
  • landscape.

You can spend your third year on a work placement. This gives you excellent employment experience and enhances your CV. Many students have been offered graduate positions by their placement employer. 
You could also take a look at the other subjects which you can combine with Business Management.

Students studying together

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

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.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.

It is advised that students ensure that they have sensible footwear and a weatherproof jacket for fieldwork.

Field Trips

Travel and accommodation for your compulsory field trip in the second year is included within your fees, but you will be responsible for living costs whilst you are away. This cost is dependent on location and exchange rate. You may also be required to contribute towards the cost of any additional trips for optional modules; this can involve responsibility for travel, accommodation, and living costs.

Learning and assessment


Business Management 
In Year 1 your core modules introduce you to key elements of business and management. They prepare you for more specialised study in years 2 and 3. You will also learn to critically analyse organisations’ business strategies.

In Years 2 and 3 you can specialise in the areas that interest you most. In your final year the business and management synoptic module focuses on key employment skills. You will also undertake a case study project on companies such as Apple, Amazon and Twitter.
 
Geography
Throughout your degree you will take a mix of compulsory and optional modules. You can focus on either Human Geography or Physical Geography as well as the links between them.

In Year 1 you will study;

  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Introduction to Environmental Geography
  • Geography of the Oxford Region. 

In Year 2 you will take our Geographical Enquiry and Field Research module. This emphasises the importance of fieldwork in your research methods. 

Students in seminar

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Accounting and Financial Information

Introduction to Business and Management (double module)

Introduction to Human Geography

Geography of the Oxford Region

Introduction to Environmental Geography

Optional modules

Concepts in Geography

Deep History

Digital Technology and Maths for Business

Environmental Sustainability

Evolution of Global Business

Foundations of Marketing

Global Business Communications

Other optional modules can be selected from a range offered by the Department of Social Sciences, plus languages and IT modules.

Planning a Successful Event

The Entrepreneur

Work, Employment and Globalisation

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Geographical Enquiry and Field Research (double)

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Optional modules

Business analysis

Business ethics and sustainability

Business law

Cities: Geographies of the Urban Experience

Conservation and Heritage Management

Culture and Global Change

Development and Social Change

Earth Systems

Environmental Decision Making

Environmental Hazard Management

Finance

Geographical Information Systems

Human Evolutionary Biology and Geography

Human Resource Management

Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Logistics and supply chain management

Marketing and retail management

Maths and IT for business

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Business Management

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. Our students have enjoyed exciting and challenging positions at Microsoft, IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, PayPal and a host of other global organisations. We encourage you to study abroad for a semester during the course at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Asia or Australia. 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.

Geography

Geographers have undertaken work placements at a variety of NGOs, sometimes as part of their own research projects. These include management support roles with Oxfordshire's Wychwood Volunteers and participation in the International Citizenship Service programme with Operation Raleigh on a community project in India. The module Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning provides opportunities for students to develop an academic programme of study alongside work experience, community work or volunteering.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Business analysis

Business ethics and sustainability

Business law

Business management synoptic module (double)

Cities: Geographies of the Urban Experience

Conservation and Heritage Management

Culture and Global Change

Development and Social Change

Earth Systems

Environmental Decision Making

Environmental Hazard Management

Finance

Geographical Information Systems

Human Evolutionary Biology and Geography

Human Resource Management

Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Logistics and supply chain management

Marketing and retail management

Maths and IT for business

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We have a reputation for innovative development of course content. We encourage you to feedback and play an active part in decision making.

Your tutor will start an agenda which you can follow independently. And you'll get study support from a student support coordinator.

Our teaching methods include;

  • interactive lectures
  • seminars
  • debates
  • conferences
  • role-playing and simulations
  • interactive field trails pioneered in the department
  • laboratory analysis
  • field investigations
  • Dragons’ Den-type assessments with local employers
  • group work to help develop valuable team-working skills.

The Geography element of the course develops your research skills. You will perform scientific tests in our laboratory facilities, such as;

  • detailed soil analysis of core samples 
  • experimental modelling and rainfall simulation.

In Years 1 and 2 you’ll have locally-based fieldwork. In Year 3 you’ll write up the results of your research and submit them to our UK-wide research journal Geoverse.

Field trips

Field work is one of the cornerstones of Geography at Oxford Brookes. We provide a range of opportunities for field investigations in the Oxford region, other parts of Britain and abroad.

During the first two years of your degree, you are introduced to geographical research techniques through practical and field courses. These courses provide training in research design, use of IT, and quantitative and qualitative methods that form the basis of geographical investigations.

You will participate in a number of local field trips in your first year, providing an introduction to aspects of human and environmental geography. In your second year, a one-week residential field course gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills. In your final year, you may undertake independent fieldwork if you choose to write a dissertation. The optional Expedition module offers further opportunities to undertake overseas fieldwork.

Where will I go?

Destinations for the second year compulsory field trip vary from year to year, but in recent years students have visited Malta, Gibraltar and Spain.

For field trip costs see the Tuition Fees section. 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We will usually assess you through coursework, but a few modules involve examinations.

You will self assess your work in some elements of your coursework. This supports you to;

  • develop self-awareness of the quality of your work
  • achieve continual improvement.

Individual coursework and small-group assignments include;

  • project investigations
  • working in virtual teams
  • presentations
  • brief papers
  • project and business reports 
  • critical essays
  • learning journals.

You will use dedicated software for data analysis such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Study Abroad


You can study for one or two semesters at any approved institution in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, South America and Australia. We also have a special relationship with the University of Malta. The credits you earn while studying abroad will be transferred to your Oxford Brookes degree course.

Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK. You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.

After you graduate


Career prospects

A degree in Business Management and Geography from Oxford Brookes will equip you with a very wide range of skills with which to enter further study or future employment.

This course will enable you to pursue a career in environmental management, conservation, leisure and tourism, consultancy, geography teaching, or secure a position in a range of settings, such as a multinational business, a major charity, education, health care or government, nationally or internationally. Many of our students go on to graduate training schemes in international companies such as Aldi, AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell. In addition, many of our graduates find that their broad skills base makes them attractive candidates for posts in various professions such as advertising, banking, the Civil Service, the arts and media, and services management. Our Careers Centre will support you in finding the right job for you.

Further study

Many students continue on to postgraduate study at Oxford Brookes or other universities in the UK or overseas, on courses ranging from Archaeology, Environmental Hazard Management, and River and Coastal Engineering, to International Management, Brand Communications, and International Finance.

Our geography academics support a small group of research students studying for master's and doctoral qualifications, and encourage new applicants. Recently two graduates have gone on to do Masters in International Disaster Management and Climate Change.

Free language courses


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.

Information from Discover Uni


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.