Undergraduate Extended DegreeBusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (extended degree)

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The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*

  • You will explore approaches to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking that will help you to set up and run your own business
  • Develop the knowledge and skills that employer’s and entrepreneurs value. You will graduate ‘business ready’ with the ability to think critically, act responsibly and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations
  • During your first year of study, your classes will start no earlier than 10am, and your teaching will take place on the same two days each week*. This gives you the time to travel to campus, and the flexibility to fit your study around other commitments
  • We offer all students the opportunity to apply for a one-year, paid work placement during their degree**


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:

Foundation Year

English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
Business Essentials - Introduction
Business Essentials - Advanced

Year 1

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

You will also benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your future employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.

Year 2

Managing People and Careers
Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Processes of Project Management
Cross-Cultural Management
Managerial Economics
Business Planning

You will continue to benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your future employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.

Year 3

Business Ethics & Responsible Management
Applied Corporate Strategy
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 1 and 2) [in Entrepreneurship]
Entrepreneurship Development
Managing Innovation

You will continue to benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your future employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding – Theories and concepts
  2. Intellectual Skills –Applying theories and concepts to business situations
  3. Transferable Skills – The practical skills that employers value

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:

  • Developing industry connections. Meeting fellow students and executives, managers, entrepreneurs and other professionals - many of whom are Roehampton alumni. With students from more than 140 countries on campus, and the opportunity to study abroad, you will be able to widen your network beyond the UK.
  • Presenting yourself to recruiters. As part of your degree, you will learn how to pitch yourself, how to evidence your attributes and skills, and how to highlight the added value you can offer organisations. You will get practical support with CVs and guided interview simulations.
  • Guest speakers. Over the course of your degree, you will hear from a range of guest speakers. Recent speakers have come from Haymarket Media Ltd, Santander and KPMG. You will also have the opportunity to visit companies and meet with business leaders.
  • Business Advisory Board. Our board of senior business leaders works to support the development of the Business School, ensuring that your degree reflects latest business.
  • Volunteering. Our students' union has an extensive volunteering programme, through which large numbers of our students work on projects that benefit our local community. There are also opportunities to get involved on campus, including as a programme rep, flat rep, student council rep, or on one of the sports teams.
  • Professional Body events. You will be encouraged to attend events organised by professional bodies, such as ACCA, CMI and CIPD, who accredit our degrees.
  • Roehampton Business Society (URBS). The URBS is a student-run society that brings together business students and professionals, provides opportunities to attend business events (both on campus and in London), and enter into national business competitions.

The Roehampton Business School offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement.*

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the ‘business readiness’ skills you will learn in year one and two, whilst gaining valuable work experience.

If you successfully secure a work placement, you will develop your CV during the year, and will be provided with access to the University’s support services and regular academic guidance from the Business School.

The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the experience you need to secure a graduate-level job with a higher graduate salary.

The Business School will offer support in applying for placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

*Please note: The Business work placement is subject to validation.  

Career options

Graduates can start their own business; work in business development roles or graduate traineeships; or work in any sector that seeks dynamic, creative individuals with proven business knowledge.

*This currently applies to students in their first year only. 

** Please note: The Business work placement is subject to validation.  

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by the end of June in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.