Business Management and Entrepreneurship BA (Hons)
BA Hons Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Are you bursting with business ideas and ready to develop the skills, knowledge and ability to bring them to life?
This BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship degree course unlocks your potential to create and innovate, either in your own business or an established organisation.
You’ll emerge from this course with the commercial insight and techniques to become a successful entrepreneur, whether self-employed or as a valuable member of a larger team.
In your first year, you can also get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which is highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.
This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.
This course has EPAS accreditation, a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This network promotes excellence in management development, and means you’ll be studying a course recognised for its high-quality student experience.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Work with local companies and organisations on real projects
- Get to grips with how businesses operate and build a solid foundation of management, accounting, data analysis and markets
- Learn how to think like an entrepreneur, as you sink your teeth into your innovative ideas and learn to take them from inception to implementation as new products or services
- Get the chance to learn a foreign language and study abroad
Careers and opportunities
The skills you learn on this course prepare you for launching your own business and set you up for a career in areas such as:
- new project development
- sales and marketing
- business development
- consultancy recruitment
- digital marketing
You can also use your degree to go on to study a postgraduate qualification.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
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
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Analysis and Decision Making
- Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
- Innovation Management
- Business Venturing
- Managing Product Portfolios
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Developing Individual and Team Creativity
- Introduction to Digital Marketing
- Professional Selling
- Business and Employment Law
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units in this year include:
- Strategic Management
- Business Enterprise
- Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development
Optional units 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)
- Sales Management
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
After your second year, you can do a paid placement year. Previous students have worked at big names like Rolls Royce and Fujitsu or set up their own businesses on their own of with others on their course.
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical sessions
- one-on-one tutorials
Dr Omar Saleh, Senior Lecturer
A senior lecturer in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation, Omar is also Chairman and Managing Director of Focuspoint Organisation Ltd and, and until last July, was a Global Director with Ernst & Young (now EY). He is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures & Commerce, and was the 1st vice-chair of the European Marketing Confederation.
During his career he's worked for many organisations, including: IBM, Shell, Ernst & Young (now EY), Courtaulds, John Brown, Mosaix (Digital Systems International and Viewstar Software Inc), Gulf Inspection International, Aventis, Syngenta, Renault, Philips, AXA Fortis, Egg, KOC and BP.
Dr Nicholas Ford, Course Leader
Nicholas has extensive expertise within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, working with entrepreneurs and firms from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations. Nicholas’ industry engagement supports his research published in leading academic journals, as well as informing his teaching and course leadership.
Professor Paul Trott
Professor of Innovation Management at our Business School, Paul is also Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. His research explores innovation policy and how firms manage innovation, and has published more than 50 articles on the subject, in various journals.
Professor David Grant Pickernell, Lecturer
David is Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development at Portsmouth Business School, and has had more than 80 articles published in refereed journals. He has also given more than 40 conference papers and had a number of chapters in edited books.
He has also undertaken research and consultancy for a range of organisations, including the OECD, EU, Welsh Assembly Government, Queensland Government, Victorian Government (Australia), Welsh Development Agency, Cardiff Council, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Associated British Ports, Shaw Trust, Federation of Small Businesses and ColegauCymru.
Professor Martina Battisti, Lecturer
Martina is a Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Portsmouth Business School. She has undertaken commissioned research and consultancy for a number of government agencies around the world including Austria, New Zealand and the OECD.
Martina is currently co-editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. In the past, she served on the board of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ), and a number of government advisory boards.
Dr Xiaoti (Raymond) Hu, Lecturer
Xiaoti specialises in social and sustainable entrepreneurship in China. He has previously worked at the China-Africa Business Council, a non-profit organisation funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
His engagement with business and entrepreneurship includes exploring business opportunities for Chinese and African entrepreneurs, creating entrepreneurial projects for poverty alleviation in Africa, and conducting research on CSR in Chinese SMEs.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports and essays
- practical artefacts such as small websites or systems
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 55% by written exams and 45% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 27% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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 start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – N100
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- Business management and marketing