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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.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

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.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. This course is also 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.

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.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

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.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. This course is also 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.

Course Information

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 2018 or September 2019

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

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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. 

Entrepreneurial Business Management Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Entrepreneurial Business Management BA (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Entrepreneurial Business Management BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Entrepreneurial Business Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.


Staff / Meet the Team

At Northumbria we know how important it is that you are taught by staff who understand the business world. That is why all of our staff have industry experience and connections to help your learning.

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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 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

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. 


Business Facilities

Newcastle Business School delivers first class teaching in a world class environment.

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

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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.


Research / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

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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.

Newcastle Business School

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Entrepreneurial Business Management BA (Hons)

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This active and demanding course is for people who learn best by doing and who want to take responsibility for their own learning.  It’s equally suited to both those who want to start up their own business (now or sometime in the future), and to those who want to stand out in the job market, and maximise their employability.

To help you decide if this is the course for you, we run post-application Taster & Information Days early in the New Year which we would strongly encourage you to attend before we make any offers.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

For International course fees please visit Northumbria University Fees for 2018/19

ADDITIONAL COSTS

A security fob to gain access to Northern Design Centre, where the course is currently based, is mandatory and a refundable deposit of approximately £5 is required. Replacement fobs are available at a cost of approximately £5. Although books can be loaned from the library, and many are also available on line at no cost, the cost of books that you may wish to purchase are not included in the fee.

 

FUNDING INFORMATION

Further information on managing your money at university

Find out more about fees and funding for undergraduate study. 

Find out more about International discounts and scholarships

Find out more about about fee liability for your studies.

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How to apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9450 -

Personal Effectiveness (Core, 40 Credits)

‘Personal Effectiveness’ is designed to support your transition into Higher Education and developing your own personal effectiveness. You will be introduced to a range of academic skills which will support your learning whilst in Higher Education and provide the foundations on which you will build these skills over the next three years.

This module will support you to become self-directed learners who have the freedom to influence your own learning. The module develops your capacity for this style of learning by helping you to develop an awareness of influences on your own personal effectiveness. You will be introduced to the Northumbria University Employability and Leadership Attributes to develop the attributes of a ‘capable individual’. The module will further introduce you to key concepts and theories which will support you to evaluate your own personal effectiveness and the impact it may have on your team and business.

Topics include:

• Introduction to academic and study skills
• Reflection and reflective writing
• Engagement, including communication styles
• Collaboration, including networking and social media
• Learning, including seeking opportunities
• Acting with Integrity, including resilience and ethical issues.
• Numeracy
• Growth Mind-sets
• Emotional intelligence

More information

HR9451 -

Effective Team Working (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will give you an understanding of the differences between a group of people, and an effective team. It will enable you to develop the behaviours, attributes and skills to improve the effectiveness of any team you are working in. Drawing on your own live experiences of working in various teams whilst on this programme, you will be introduced to theories, concepts and models that you can apply and test in practice to develop the effectiveness of your team, and your own effectiveness as a team member. You will develop ways to flourish in a work-based team learning environment and develop your abilities of critical self-reflection and self-awareness, thereby increasing your own personal impact.

The module will cover the following themes:

• Transition to Higher Education and induction to Team Academy Newcastle – the challenges of higher Education and how to overcome them
• The purpose and benefit/disadvantages of working in a team
• Team roles & responsibilities – the importance of playing to strengths
• Valuing diversity and managing conflict in teams – exploiting the creative potential offered
• Team dynamics – how teams evolve
• Motivation and influence in teams – of yourself and others
• Leadership in teams – what style is appropriate when
• Coaching in teams – being coached and coaching
• Learning in teams – and how it’s different to learning individually
• Networking – locally, nationally and internationally
• Dialogue - the discipline of collective thinking and inquiry

More information

NX9439 -

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Core, 20 Credits)

This module introduces you to ideas, examples and theories from the world of entrepreneurship. The module takes a critical approach, looking at evidence, confirmation and conflict in academic theories of the causes and contribution of entrepreneurship. The module introduces you to a range of thinking, and supports you in evaluating alternative models and applying them as analytical tools in the understanding of entrepreneurial business.

Specifically you will learn about the main classical theories of entrepreneurship, new research on the contributory factors and promotion of entrepreneurship and the economic impact of new business.

Topics covered:

• How are entrepreneurial businesses different?
• Theories of entrepreneurship
• The economic role of new business
• Scale, sector, structure: categorising business
• Entrepreneurs, owners and managers
• Social enterprise and entrepreneurship
• Risk and Failure
• Trust
• The promotion of entrepreneurship
• Sources of opportunity
• Strategic challenges for new business

More information

NX9440 -

Creating New Business Projects (Core, 40 Credits)

This module provides you with the basic entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to generate and manage new business projects. The module will support you through the cycle of generating new ideas, evaluating these, and equipping you with the business knowledge needed for turning these ideas into action.
The module will support you in nurturing your creativity to generate and develop new ideas which create potential new products and services. To evaluate the viability of these products and services you will be introduced to tools to which allow you to make judgements on the interpretation of data in relation to the market.

Once you have developed and evaluated your ideas you are encouraged to turn them into new business projects, running and managing them as real businesses and applying the knowledge you have gained to ensure their progression.

Topics included are:

Creativity and ideation
• Creativity and innovation
• Resource profiling
• Innovation labs

Evaluation of ideas
• Market research and customers
• Value Proposition Design
• Business Model Canvas
• Lean start up
• Pitching ideas

Business start-up functions
• Business formation
• Business project management
• Market position
• Business planning
• Basic start up finances
• Marketing and selling strategies

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HR9587 -

Team Leadership (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about team leadership, including the team context in which it happens, different styles and configurations of leadership, your own preferences and capabilities, the impacts of leadership, and some differences between good and bad leadership. This module encourages you to develop an awareness of a range of leadership theories which will enhance your ability to reflect on your own practice and the leadership behaviours of those around you. The module is designed to include the following themes:

1. The situation of leadership: How does the context help to determine how leadership occurs? You will reflect on team dynamics in the context of the EBM programme and the way that the ethos and structures of the programme affect leadership in this situation.

2. The meaning of leadership, good and bad: What do people mean by leadership and how have our ideas of this changed over time? You should gain an overview of leadership theory, be able to articulate what you mean by leadership, and understand some of the differences between good and bad leadership.

3. Mainstream leadership theories. You will develop an understanding of key mainstream leadership theories (e.g. transformational leadership, authentic leadership, situational leadership) and be able to analyse and critique these.

4. Other models: You will develop an awareness of a range of alternative models, such as servant leadership and action-centred leadership. This will include contemporary research into changing leadership practices, e.g. on shared leadership and followership.

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Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind-Set (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you can expect to learn how to generate and implement ideas in the context of starting up a new business. “Developing an entrepreneurial mind-set” will increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative in a global economic environment; it will develop your life-long learning skills, learning power (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) and your self-efficacy - your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task.

The module will develop the following themes:

• Aspects of personality and social identity theory
• Personal motivations, values, ambitions and goals – setting direction
• Confidence and resilience
• Self-discipline, drive and personal organisation
• Pushing yourself beyond your perceived limitations to achieve results
• Tolerance of uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure
• Ethical, social and environmental awareness
• Creativity, innovation and problem solving

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NX9511 -

Managing the Business Start-Up (Core, 40 Credits)

You will learn about the systems and practices, the responsibilities and the key activities necessary to run a startup business successfully. Most of the content will apply directly to your own businesses. Key topics include:
• Lean Start-Up and the Business Model Canvas
• Protecting and developing innovative business ideas
• Roles and responsibilities for business owners
• Management roles
• Financial planning and control
• Sales and Customer Relationships
• Operations/Logistics and Supplier relationships
• Entrepreneurial marketing
• Digital marketing
• Business communication

Additionally, you will become familiar with and practised in the use of key academic management tools and models including:
• Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
• Trait theory
• Motivation theories
• SWOT
• PESTLE
• Porter’s Five Forces
• Porter’s Generic Strategies
• Business Model Canvas
• 4 (or more) Ps
• Cash flow, Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet Statements
• Simple financial ratios
• Boston matrix

These are standard management and analytical tools which are essential to the armoury of a well-rounded manager. As an entrepreneur you will find applications for all of them as your businesses start and grow. You will learn to select the appropriate model for the challenge, justify your choice and apply the theory in a critical manner.

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Business Research (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you can expect to learn relevant and useful research skills together with the key academic skills of analysis, synthesis and criticality. As well as understanding the purpose of research projects, you will learn research skills that will include qualitative and quantitative methods for the collection and analysis of data. You will be challenged to develop research ideas and critique existing literature primarily from academic sources. You will learn how to select, apply and analyse appropriate research methods and identify the significance of your research interests. You will be encouraged to consider the relationship between practice and academic theory stemming from your own experience of running a business and the assessment of theoretical perspectives explored throughout this module. You will be asked to reflect on your role as a researcher and the ethical considerations in the research process.

The module will develop your confidence in:

• Conducting a critical literature review
• Generating researchable questions
• Identifying relevant theoretical frameworks
• Selecting and applying appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Academic and business writing and oral communication skills
• Reflecting on your role as a researcher and the ethical considerations in the research process
• Conducting market research
• Structuring your ideas in a research proposal which will be used to guide you when completing future work based projects

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Developing the Business Start-Up (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of business growth factors, business development strategies and ways of analysing and measuring business growth. You will gain in-depth skills of market analysis, product/service development and business growth planning. Additionally you will demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge in the context of your own business or/and business projects, critically reflecting on your experience. This involves team work, learning-by-doing and engaging with your business stakeholders.

The topics you will study will draw from the following themes:
• Business growth definitions and growth factors.
• Business development and growth strategies, analysing and measuring your business growth.
• Understanding your market and developing strategies for growing market share and entering new markets.
• Market trend spotting.
• Developing product/service portfolio as a strategy for growth.
• Networking for growth: managing customer and stakeholder relationships.
• Financial forecasting.
• Negotiations skills.
• Growing your team.
• Managing risk in the context of business growth.
• Sources of growth funding and pitching for investment. Crowdfunding.

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HR9688 -

Leading for Impact (Core, 40 Credits)

This module supports you to develop key attributes which focus on your development as an ‘emerging leader’. The module incorporates the Northumbria University Student Employability and Leadership Attributes framework. This framework is used not only to support you as an emerging leader but to help you develop an understanding of your own employability and the graduate labour market. The module helps you to do this in novel and technology enhanced ways, developing further skills and competencies which will enhance your own employability.

At the end of this module you will have demonstrated and evaluated your own personal and professional development as an emerging leader and considered your own future career strategy.

Example topics include:
• Creating a Business Manifesto and Mind Map
• Judgement and Decision Making
• Envisioning the Future and Followership
• Ethical Issues and Sustainability
• Problem based Entrepreneurial leadership and strategic design

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Work-Based Research Report (Core, 40 Credits)

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change. The organisation in question may be your employer or your own start-up business.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate research project to explore this issue before relating this back to the organisational context. The project will focus on a work-based issue and seek to develop skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• development of strategies to address problems
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• limitations of the research process
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

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Growing the Business Start-Up (Core, 20 Credits)

At this stage in your degree you will have experienced the challenges and satisfaction of working with customers and suppliers, designing products or services, earning revenues, incurring costs and working as a business. This module helps you to put the theoretical and practical knowledge of business into a wider context.

You will look at economics and marketing, searching for new research, new conditions or new technologies that create opportunities or give you a basis for developing a competitive edge. You will also examine customer relationships and brand strategies. You will revisit the concepts of trust, social responsibility and value-driven entrepreneurship in more critical depth. Is there a role for altruism in business?

You will examine a range of businesses from international start-ups and highly scalable digital businesses to retail and service companies. If a business is successful at home, why take the risk of expanding into new markets? You will investigate growth strategies and attitudes to and evaluation of risk.

Topics include
• International entrepreneurship
• Cultural issues in the growing business
• Gambling the company: approaches to risk and complexity
• What helps you, enriches me: trust and ethics in business
• Recruiting and rewarding the team
• Size matters: partnerships, resources and critical mass
• The economics of the growing business
• Sales and marketing strategies
• Customer and stakeholder relationships
• Brand-building

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Business Continuation, Sale or Exit Decisions (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of planning for sale, spin out or closure of businesses. You will also demonstrate an ability to apply your knowledge to your businesses and business projects, critically reflecting on your experience. This involves team work, learning-by-doing and engaging with your business stakeholders.

The topics you will study will draw from the following themes:
• UK Company law and director responsibilities.
• Evaluation of options for closing down limited companies in the UK.
• Planning for closure, spin out or sale of the business.
• Winding a business down: legal responsibilities and costs.
• General principles of selling small businesses, intellectual property and know-how.
• Business valuation methodologies.
• Spin out to grow: sources of growth funding.
• Employing staff for the first time.
• Relationship, stakeholder and customer management when closing, selling or spinning out a business.

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