Entrepreneurial Business Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N1N4 BA/EBM

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About this course 2017/18

Business School Of The Year

On this course you’ll think of yourself more as a ‘team-entrepreneur’ than a student.  You’ll learn through doing real business, not simulations, supported by team-based coaching.

You’ll start up and run your own business projects in teams from the first semester. You’ll need to be organised and to take control of your learning. Your experience will be more intense than more traditionally taught degrees and you’ll have real personal and commercial responsibility and exposure from the outset. Trading outcomes will be uncertain and you will learn from your failures as well as your successes.   This will enable you to develop ‘can-do’ confidence, self-discipline, a willingness to take risks, the ability to demonstrate original thought and initiative, and to become an effective team player.

Structured around the three strands of personal, team and business-project learning; over the course of three years the course will develop in you the entrepreneurial mind-set, entrepreneurial capability and entrepreneurial effectiveness.  Themes include creativity and innovation; opportunity recognition, creation and evaluation; decision making, critical analysis and judgement; implementation of ideas through leadership and management; reflection and self-awareness; interpersonal skills, communication skills and strategic thinking.

You will learn and apply appropriate business generation strategies; the identification of target markets and how to put an idea into action taking into account both financial and legal implications, issues of intellectual property and doing business responsibly.  You will also appreciate that value is created in many different forms.  You will gain experience of marketing, research and competitor analysis as well as how to secure and use resources effectively.

This course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and it takes inspiration from the success of Finland’s innovative Team Academy, where one out of three graduates start a business right after finishing their studies.

Learn from the best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.  Our accrediting bodies require the highest levels of relevance, rigour and internationalisation.

Our staff are active researchers, and over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

On this course, your learning is structured around your live business projects, underpinned with relevant theories, and you will be accredited for your learning and development as you do business and trade.  Theories will inform your business practice, and your business practice will bring the theories to life.  The course is a laboratory where success and failure are both valid outcomes. It’s a safe place to discover which business approaches succeed, which ones don’t, and the best ways for you to learn. Doing business for real is pre-requisite for completing this course.

As well as module specific sessions, you will have team meetings, team coaching sessions, and undertake directed independent learning activities. Theories and concepts will be introduced through interactive discussion to help situate them in the context of your practical experiences.

Assessments will be integrated with your learning experience, providing direction in terms of what and how you will learn. Feedback from tutors and other students will help you to continually improve. The course is assessed through the submission of individual and group reports, presentations and portfolios. 

Learning Environment

This course is delivered in the Northern Design Centre, Gateshead, surrounded by creative and design start-up businesses, where students enjoy their own dedicated team spaces.  You will of course also have access to the Newcastle Business School - a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University also has an excellent library that was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will inform your business practice, and guide your learning and independent research. 

caption: 

University Library

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our rigorous approach requires the acquisition of research skills such as information literacy, sampling and statistical reporting.

In each year of the course you’ll increase the amount of self-reflection, academic rigour and intellectual ambition that will be associated with your learning activities. In the second year of the programme we will introduce you to research methodologies and critical approaches which you’ll apply to your final dissertation in the third year.

Your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. Newcastle Business School was the eighth most improved business school in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our three signature research themes are digital business, strategic innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, and responsible business. Specific areas of research include financial crime, corporate reporting, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Throughout BA (Hons) Entrepreneurial Business Management you’ll be practising the skills that matter in business. Much of the course is about developing personal effectiveness and leadership capabilities. You’ll identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop an instinct for what’s needed for businesses to prosper.

The labour market is increasingly demanding graduates who are flexible and adaptable, who can think on their feet and be innovative in a global economic environment. 

By the end of the course you’ll not only have an honours degree but also a track record of real business experience. You’ll have tested yourself as an entrepreneur and you’ll be able to demonstrate your credibility as an employee. You will have the potential to really stand out at interview and networking events.

Newcastle Business School provides further support for your employability through the Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

On graduation you’ll have skills and experience in starting, developing and managing your own business, which will allow you to make the choice between creating your own start-up or becoming a valued employee. You may even choose to continue a business venture started on the course. 

You will be able to consider new venture creation and self-employment as additional valid career options.

If you do decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

The course will also prepare you for further study at postgraduate level. Northumbria offers Masters courses like Business with Entrepreneurship MSc.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the competitive edge of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2018/19

Business School Of The Year

On this course you’ll think of yourself more as a ‘team-entrepreneur’ than a student.  You’ll learn through doing real business, not simulations, supported by team-based coaching.

You’ll start up and run your own business projects in teams from the first semester. You’ll need to be organised and to take control of your learning. Your experience will be more intense than more traditionally taught degrees and you’ll have real personal and commercial responsibility and exposure from the outset. Trading outcomes will be uncertain and you will learn from your failures as well as your successes.   This will enable you to develop ‘can-do’ confidence, self-discipline, a willingness to take risks, the ability to demonstrate original thought and initiative, and to become an effective team player.

Structured around the three strands of personal, team and business-project learning; over the course of three years the course will develop in you the entrepreneurial mind-set, entrepreneurial capability and entrepreneurial effectiveness.  Themes include creativity and innovation; opportunity recognition, creation and evaluation; decision making, critical analysis and judgement; implementation of ideas through leadership and management; reflection and self-awareness; interpersonal skills, communication skills and strategic thinking.

You will learn and apply appropriate business generation strategies; the identification of target markets and how to put an idea into action taking into account both financial and legal implications, issues of intellectual property and doing business responsibly.  You will also appreciate that value is created in many different forms.  You will gain experience of marketing, research and competitor analysis as well as how to secure and use resources effectively.

This course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and it takes inspiration from the success of Finland’s innovative Team Academy, where one out of three graduates start a business right after finishing their studies.

Learn from the best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.  Our accrediting bodies require the highest levels of relevance, rigour and internationalisation.

Our staff are active researchers, and over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

On this course, your learning is structured around your live business projects, underpinned with relevant theories, and you will be accredited for your learning and development as you do business and trade.  Theories will inform your business practice, and your business practice will bring the theories to life.  The course is a laboratory where success and failure are both valid outcomes. It’s a safe place to discover which business approaches succeed, which ones don’t, and the best ways for you to learn. Doing business for real is pre-requisite for completing this course.

As well as module specific sessions, you will have team meetings, team coaching sessions, and undertake directed independent learning activities. Theories and concepts will be introduced through interactive discussion to help situate them in the context of your practical experiences.

Assessments will be integrated with your learning experience, providing direction in terms of what and how you will learn. Feedback from tutors and other students will help you to continually improve. The course is assessed through the submission of individual and group reports, presentations and portfolios. 

Learning Environment

This course is delivered in the Northern Design Centre, Gateshead, surrounded by creative and design start-up businesses, where students enjoy their own dedicated team spaces.  You will of course also have access to the Newcastle Business School - a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University also has an excellent library that was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will inform your business practice, and guide your learning and independent research. 

caption: 

University Library

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our rigorous approach requires the acquisition of research skills such as information literacy, sampling and statistical reporting.

In each year of the course you’ll increase the amount of self-reflection, academic rigour and intellectual ambition that will be associated with your learning activities. In the second year of the programme we will introduce you to research methodologies and critical approaches which you’ll apply to your final dissertation in the third year.

Your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. Newcastle Business School was the eighth most improved business school in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our three signature research themes are digital business, strategic innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, and responsible business. Specific areas of research include financial crime, corporate reporting, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Throughout BA (Hons) Entrepreneurial Business Management you’ll be practising the skills that matter in business. Much of the course is about developing personal effectiveness and leadership capabilities. You’ll identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop an instinct for what’s needed for businesses to prosper.

The labour market is increasingly demanding graduates who are flexible and adaptable, who can think on their feet and be innovative in a global economic environment. 

By the end of the course you’ll not only have an honours degree but also a track record of real business experience. You’ll have tested yourself as an entrepreneur and you’ll be able to demonstrate your credibility as an employee. You will have the potential to really stand out at interview and networking events.

Newcastle Business School provides further support for your employability through the Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

On graduation you’ll have skills and experience in starting, developing and managing your own business, which will allow you to make the choice between creating your own start-up or becoming a valued employee. You may even choose to continue a business venture started on the course. 

You will be able to consider new venture creation and self-employment as additional valid career options.

If you do decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

The course will also prepare you for further study at postgraduate level. Northumbria offers Masters courses like Business with Entrepreneurship MSc.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the competitive edge of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4 BA/EBM

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2017 or September 2018

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