Business

BA (Hons) Combined

Our degree programme is designed to combine flexibly with a range of other subjects in the University. This provides graduates a combination of knowledge and the opportunity to apply a range of cognitive, practical and applied vocational skills needed for success, starting your own business or career progression in the modern business world.

Why choose Business at Chester? 

This degree covers a balanced curriculum between the different business disciplines, supported by the development of applied business skills and an understanding of the business world. Chester and Warrington and their surrounding areas are rapidly developing business centres which have attracted both major national and international companies.

Our Business programme takes into account the latest business developments and has been designed to provide essential business subjects that will complement your other combination. You will follow a specially designed course and there is the opportunity to tailor your studies towards your particular interests.

Features:

Combined Honours students can select to undertake, after the first year, a year's paid work placement in industry. This takes place between the second and fourth year.   We have strong links with Chester and regional businesses, which both enhances the relevance of this degree and will help you to find professional work-based placements.

Programme Structure:

Modules studied in Year 1: 

Level 4

BU4001
Managing People and Organisations

TM4001
Marketing Principles

BU4002
Finance for Mnagers

Indicative Content:

  • Managerial functions, roles, skills and competencies
  • Organisations: structure and culture
  • The ­individual in the organisation
  • Groups in organisations

Indicative Content:

  • The development of marketing and marketing concepts
  • Analysing the marketing environment
  • Introducing consumer behaviour
  • The marketing mix and an introduction to marketing research

Indicative Content:

  • Preparationof simple financial statements
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
  • Budgets/cash flow forecast and cost-volume profit analysis
  • Identification of basic pricing strategies

BU4003
Business Environment in its International Context

TM4003
Managing Customer Service

BU4004
Information and Communication in the Workplace

Indicative Content:

  • Financial economics and managing the national economy: the role of the government
  • External and internal business environments
  • Impact of environmental forces on business and the competitive environment
  • Economic activity and value creation

Indicative Content:

  • Managing internal and external customers, their expectations and satisfaction
  • Managing service quality
  • Introduction to consumer law
  • Health, safety and disability legislation

Indicative Content:

  • Formal, informal channels and models of information and communication
  • Information searching /gathering
  • The organisation as a system
  • Introduction to manipulation and analysis of data/information

 

Modules studied in Year 2: 

 

Level 5

BU5001
Management Decision Making

BU5002
Contemporary Issues in Business and Management

BU5003
Human Resource Management

Indicative Content:

  • The manager as decision maker
  • Developing effective practices for managers
  • Management and organisational communication
  • Project and process management

Indicative Content:

  • Globalization
  • Corporate social responsibility and business ethics
  • Governance and stakeholder management
  • Quality management and business regulation

Indicative Content:

  • Structuring and resourcing the workforce
  • Managing people
  • Developing people
  • Current issues in HRM

BU5004
Managerial Accounting

TM5001
Marketing Planning in Action
(Optional)

TM5002
Buyer Behaviour (Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • Analysing costs for decision making
  • Using budgets for planning and control
  • Pricing to achieve the organisation's objectives
  • Monitoring and measuring performance and shareholder value

Indicative Content:

  • Introduction to marketing strategy and marketing planning concepts
  • Collecting, analysing and applying market research data
  • New Product development and monitoring product trends
  • Marketing planning and strategy for events

Indicative Content:

  • Individual, group and social perspectives on consumer behaviour
  • Environmental influences on consumer behaviour
  • Cultural influences on consumption
  • Business to business buyer behaviour/industrial buying processes

 

TM5003
Marketing Research
(Optional)

WB5001
Work Based Learning
(Optional)

 WB5002
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Skills (Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • The nature and scope of marketing research
  • Use of databases in marketing research
  • Methodologies of marketing research
  • Sampling and test marketing

Indicative Content:

  •  Working within an organisation
  • Self-audit of student's skills/competencies
  • Action planning and designing SMART learning targets
  • Developing skills and approaches for enhancing employability

 Indicative Content:

  • Start-ups: theory and practice as well as developing a business plan
  • Self-management and personal development
  • Critical reflection and the model of the reflective practitioner
  • Enterprise Support and Government Policy and the entrepreneurial personality

WB5001
Work-Based Project Module
(Optional)

WB5004
Learning in the Wider World (Optional)

 

 Indicative Content:

  • Undertaking work-based projects and developing a project action plan
  • Personal transferable skills and report writing skills
  • Models of critical reflection and their application
  • Research and information retrieval
 Indicative Content:
  • Theories, models & strategies of learning
  • Personal & placement - related skills: project management, leadership, power & control
  • Students will engage in project/placement activity for up to 5 weeks
  • The project or placement will provide opportunities to reflect critically on experiences of living & working in a developing country, unfamiliar culture or their “home” culture
 

 

Modules studied in Year 3:

 

Level 6

BU6001
Business Dissertation

 BU6002
Strategic Management
 TM6003
International and Global Marketing
(Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • Moral and ethical issues in research
  • Rigour & feasibility issues in research
  • Writing and reporting research in context
  • Analysing & interpreting research

Indicative Content:

  • The manager as decision maker
  • Developing effective practices for managers
  • Management and organisational communication
  • Project and process management

Indicative Content:

  • International marketing research and Internatiuonal Marketing Mix
  • Understanding international cultures and their importance to a global marketing strategy
  • International consumer
  • Contemporary issues in international marketing (e.g. ethical and societal)
 BU6004
Retail Management
(Optional)
TM6004
Marketing Communications
(Optional)
 BU6005
Law for Managers
(Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • Retail management concepts(eg: store layout, selling environment, merchandising)
  • Retail strategy and planning
  • The managment of the retail marketing mix, e-tailing nad the impact of IT
  • The development of the global retail environment

Indicative Content:

  • The integration of marketing communications
  • The marketing communication process, strategies and objectives
  • Brand narrative and relational management
  • The marketing communications mix

Indicative Content:

  • Administration and institutions of employment law
  • The contract of employment and termination of employment
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Fair trading
 BU6006
Strategic Finance and Accounting
(Optional)
BU6007
Managing Employee Performance
(Optional)
BU6008
Leadership and Change Management
(Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • Formulation of financial strategy
  • Implementation of strategic plans assessing strategic performance
  • Financial management
  • Investment decisions


Indicative Content:

  • The nature of the workplace
  • Structuring a performance management system and the use of performance management review
  • The use of reward to influence performance levels and measuring the impact of performance management
  • Determining developments needs

Indicative Content:

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Theories/Approached to Leadership
  • Planned versus emergent change and impact of technology on change
  • Leadership and change management skills
BU6009
Management Information Systems
(Optional) 
 BU6012
Auditing
(Optional) 
 BU6016
Taxation
(Optional)

Indicative Content:

  • Data, Information and Knowwledge
  • Informationa Systems Strategy and Linking Information Systems to the Business Strategy
  • Information and Systems Security
  • Legal, ethical and cultural issues in Information Systems

Indicative Content:

  • Audit framework and regulation
  • Internal audit and internal control
  • Planning and risk assessment
  • Audit evidence and audit review

Indicative Content:

  • UK Tax system and obligations of tax payers and agents
  • Income tax liabilities and corporation tax liabilities
  • National insurance contributions
  • Value Added Tax and capital gains tax
 


Please be advised that module content and module leaders are subject to change.

You will be assessed by a combination of assignments, examinations, group and individual projects, presentations and seminar contributions.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

 You will be equipped with transferable

skills which are valued by employers such as:
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • written and verbal communication
  • ICT
  • time management
  • initiative

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

Also, graduates can stay at Chester and study on our range of Masters level programmes, such as the MSc Management, the Chester Business Masters or the MBA.

For further information please visit:

www.chester.ac.uk/careers

 

UCAS points:

A minimum of 240-280 UCAS points must be obtained from GCE A Levels or equivalent

BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile

Irish/Scottish Highers:

B in 4 subjects

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

QAA:

QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma, Open College Units or Open University Credits

OCR: OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit/distinction profile
Extra Information:

The Advanced Diploma: acceptable on its own.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer.

Contact us

For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

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You can choose to combine two subjects together, and make your qualification as unique as you.

Michaela Donnelly

The day I went to look around the University of Chester was the first time I had ever visited Chester and I fell in love with the city.”

University of Chester StudentMichaela Donnelly