This Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme will provide you with the skills required to plan, set up and run your own business. It is designed to make you a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business, management and entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, you will be equipped with the skills needed to drive innovation and adapt to change.
The extended degree includes a foundation year, which provides students with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying business at degree level. Our extended degrees in the Business School give students a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in students’ abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of organisations and their environments. Specialising in entrepreneurship and how to manage innovation, you will develop your own entrepreneurial skills. The Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme will develop your understanding of managing people, operations, logistics, marketing and finance. You will also explore corporate strategy and business ethics. Additionally, this course will prepare you for how small businesses and start-ups can operate effectively in a competitive business environment.
In readiness for your future career, you will develop a range of skills that employers and entrepreneurs value: the ability to identify and solve business problems and to effectively communicate your ideas. Key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence will be developed, alongside skills in project management.
Our academics have a wealth of experience in organisations and will support you to connect your learning to the realities of business start-ups and SMEs. You will be supported throughout by your Personal Tutor, who will work with you to guide your career development and learning. Alongside this, we provide a wide range of other opportunities for you to develop and learn, including a career mentoring scheme and our student-led Business Society.
By gaining the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership you will have an industry-recognised professional qualification and be able to fast-track your progress towards Chartered Manager status. You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events and lectures from CMI experts. You will also have access to CMIs online knowledge base ManagementDirect: CMIs dedicated resource portal, providing access to a plethora of content, including access to c. 3,000 publications, including Harvard Business Review. CMIs online portal also allows you to develop your interview skills, polish your CV and record your CPD.
During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Business Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Business which is essential for success in your degree.
Throughout your degree there is a focus on supporting you to develop, track and recognise your own increasing ability to add value to organisations. This is achieved through our Business Readiness module where, working with your Personal Tutor, you will gather evidence of your knowledge, skills and attributes.
In your first year, you will learn to recognise your personal strengths and weaknesses through a process of self-assessment and reflection, and understand your role in a team. You will practice these skills in a variety of problem-based activities. Establish an overview of business organisations and be introduced to key areas of business such as finance and marketing– important in underpinning your entrepreneurial aspirations.
Your second year continues to develop your business readiness, and you will gain experience of management, from managing people to supply chain and project management. There will be the opportunity to practice your entrepreneurship in a real-world context, alongside developing high-level business planning skills, critical to successful entrepreneurship.
In your third year, explore the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, learning more about your own style and skills, and how to bring those abilities out in others. You will also look at innovation, and gain an understanding of the approaches used to encourage innovation within an organisation. Finally, undertake a dissertation on an entrepreneurial topic of you own choice.
Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:
Extended Academic Induction
Business Organisations and Environments in a Global Context
Introduction to Finance and Accounting for Managers
Understanding Self and Others
Introduction to Management
Analysing Information and Data for Problem Solving
Principles of Marketing and Communications in a Digital World
Business Readiness (Year 3)
Business Ethics & Responsible Management
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 1)
Applied Corporate Strategy
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 2) [in Entrepreneurship]
What is business readiness?
Whether you want to work for a multi-national, SME or public sector organisation, our courses equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to succeed in business management. Each of our undergraduate business degrees is underpinned by the idea of ‘business readiness’. While with us, you will engage with a three-year compulsory Business Readiness module. It will ensure that when you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate to employers the value that you can add to their organisation.
Why do I need to be business ready?
It is critical that you are able to stand out in the graduate job market. You will be able to evidence the knowledge, skills (including critical analysis, problem solving and expressing ideas verbally and in writing), and values, (your work ethos and resilience). These things combined make you ‘Business Ready’.
Employers desire evidence of professional experience in the role that you are applying for. You will have a wealth of experiences gained through your course and through volunteering, part-time work experience, student projects, and other activities. The Business Readiness module, guides you in crafting experiences into a personal narrative that evidences the knowledge, skills and attributes that you could contribute to an organisation.
How do I become business ready?
Business ready is designed into all Roehampton Business School programmes, where every module has opportunities for you to practice and simulate business readiness and employability skills. Each module has three key components:
The compulsory Business Readiness modules incorporate discussion and reflection. You will compile a list of the skills you are gaining and chart your development in a way that articulates how you can enrich the organisations that will employ you.
You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities beyond the classroom, run by the Business School and the broader University. These include:
*This currently applies to students in their first year only.
BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma possible grades - MPP or combination of diplomas
Access - 30 Passes D0M15P30
4 years (full-time)