BA (Hons)

Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Develop your entrepreneurial and commercial awareness expertise

N100UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course is all about taking innovative business ideas from inception, through development and implementation to create new products or services.

If you see yourself as a catalyst for change in both large and small organisations, or you wish to develop your own enterprises, then this is the course for you.

Previously, students taking the final year consultancy unit worked with Brendoncare, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people, as part of their final year studies. The students helped with the marketing of a new Saturday morning club which will provide older people, who would otherwise be lonely, with a place to have fun while meeting new friends.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Do a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • Work on real-life projects through our links with local companies and organisations
  • Study overseas at Partner University

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course not only shows prospective employers that you are familiar with the latest theories and practices, but that you have hands-on entrepreneurial experience in setting up and managing projects – a great asset for a range of careers.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • New product development
  • Sales and marketing
  • Business developmentand consultancy
  • Recruitment
  • Emarketing
  • Publicity
  • Financial and risk analysis

Portsmouth Business School is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre which has been commended for the excellent standard of results achieved by students. In your first year you will have the opportunity to gain the CIM's Introductory Certificate in Marketing alongside the Marketing Principles and Practice unit. As the UK's leading professional marketing organisation, CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.

The course is all about thinking in an innovative and creative way. Learning about leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship as well as having experience working with a company has been a great benefit.

Emily Dell, student 2014

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
Programme specification


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Year one

This common first year among some of our business courses provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Innovation Development Project
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

Year Two

Begin to think like an entrepreneur and develop your understanding of business building on the learning from year one. Also begin to tailor your degree through our range of options.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management
  • Business Venturing
  • Managing Product Portfolios

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity
  • Responsible Business Management and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Digital Marketing 
  • Professional Selling
  • Business and Employment Law

Year Three*

In this year work on real-life problems with entrepreneurs and managers in local businesses and specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines. You will have a choice for your final year project from a dissertation, a business research project, or for students who undertake a placement, a Work Based Learning project. 

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management 
  • Business Enterprise
  • Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Research Project
  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Work Based Learning (placement students only)
  • Dissertation
  • Digital Marketing Tools and Techniques

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study. There’s also substantial workplace learning opportunities where you can hone your entrepreneurial skills.

How are you assessed?

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • examinations
  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • practical artefacts such as small websites or systems
Mr Paul Ankers

Course Leader's View

Mr Paul Ankers
Innovation Management

BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship is a course for students who want to be creative, entrepreneurial, take the initiative and grow businesses. We work hands on with developing local enterprises and start-up and run our own, so that our graduates can make a real impact when they leave.

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Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

The best thing about the course was the opportunity to go on placement, which I spent at NATS (A World Leader in Air Traffic Management), as a business analyst. It provided me with the opportunity to not only see, but also apply what I had learnt so far on the course.

Chris Harvey, Student of the Year 2014

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Our range of business degrees are an excellent starting point for careers in business and management with many of our previous graduates now holding senior management positions. Many work for large multinational companies in banking and finance, marketing and human resources management. Or you may already have your heart set on starting your own business. 

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales and Marketing Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Small Business Consultant
  • Marketing and New Product Development Manager

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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