Leadership, Business and Management
Become an effective manager and a confident leader
Why take this course?
This ‘top-up’ course will further your existing knowledge about the dynamic world of business. It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge of key business and management topics that are highly relevant for any management career.
This course aims to be mutually beneficial to both you and your employer, as you apply your learning to your workplace via work-based learning and assignments.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Gain a thorough grounding in how to manage people alongside the skills to be a confident leader
- Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
- Proceed to a full degree by doing a ‘top up’ at the University of Portsmouth or elsewhere
What opportunities might it lead to?
Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and nationally-recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings. If you’re already in work, this course can also be a tool to facilitate a move to another department or improve your promotion prospects.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- business development and consultancy
- financial and risk analysis
The fact that you can complete a year in industry is the best part.
Ryan Mills, business student
- UCAS Course Code:
- 15 months part time
240 HE credits from University of Portsmouth Foundation Degree in Business and Management or Leadership and Management, or 240 HE credits from a similar Business qualification which may be subject to both conditions and a satisfactory interview. If appropriate, prior learning may be assessed and accredited in accordance with University policy, which includes the setting of a time limit (normally 5 years) to ensure currency. Students should be employed in a role that offers appropriate opportunities for undertaking the work based learning units.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: Year 1 £4,000, Year 2 £2,000*
International students: Year 1 £7,000, Year 2 £3,500*
*Please note that all fees are subject to annual increase.
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- Portsmouth Business School
Structure & Teaching
You will begin the course by exploring a range of contemporary business issues on topics such as risk management, cybercrime and sustainability. Investigate the main factors that influence the strategic decision-making process in organisations and undertake a systematic review of your own or another organisation as part of your learning experience.
Core units in this year include:
- Contemporary Issues in Business
- Strategic Management
- The Intrapreneur/Systems Thinker
In your final year of study you’ll cover topics within the areas of contemporary management theory and practice alongside the development of business improvement techniques. Also, round off your studies by undertaking a substantial research project on a business topic of your own choosing.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Research Methods
- Management Futures
- Business Improvement and Creativity
Teaching and Assessment
Our approach to learning is friendly, supportive and participative with teaching taking the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and work-based learning. You will benefit from the diversity of students on the course, who come from many different business backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other.
How are you assessed?
We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:
- online activities
- essay assignments
- a 10,000-word dissertation
Business and Management
This part-time, top-up BA (Hons) degree programme is designed to allow you to embark upon a balanced and inspiring journey that transcends through 'Strategic Management', 'Operational Improvement and Creativity' and 'Critical Leadership'; all innovatively delivered within our friendly and supportive environment.
Facilities & Features
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.
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.
Careers & Opportunities
With this qualification under your belt, there will be a range of career opportunities within business open to you, including marketing, sales, administration, e-commerce, accounting and human resource management.
You will also be eligible to progress onto a relevant Master's programme offered by Portsmouth Business School, or elsewhere.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- business development officer
- recruitment consultant
- emarketing executive
- publicity officer
- risk analyst
This course is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.
Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 89 per cent of our 2011graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.
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.
Our next open day is Wed 10 July
VISIT US! Have a look around and get a feel for what it’s like to live and study here. We’ll be on hand to talk to you about your course interests and show you all of our amazing facilities. You’ll also get to meet tutors and other students…
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