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Business Management (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Business Management (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
BSC N201

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

All applicants must also hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

External Examiners

Prof Simon Lilley
University of Leicester

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE100-4-FY Introduction to Accounting Compulsory 30
02 BE300-4-FY Quantitative Methods and Finance Compulsory 30
03 BE400-4-FY Introduction to Management and Marketing Core 30
04 EC100-4-FY Economics for Business Compulsory 30
05 BE901-4-AU Research and Study Skills for Professional Development Compulsory 0
06 BE916-4-FY Student Success Tutorial Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE111-5-AU Management Accounting I Compulsory 15
02 BE410-5-AU Organisational Behaviour Compulsory 15
03 BE411-5-SP Operations and Supply Chain Management Compulsory 15
04 BE511-5-AU Marketing Management Compulsory 15
05 BE413-5-AU International Business Environment Compulsory 15
06 BE431-5-SP Business Strategy Compulsory 15
07 2nd year EBS option from list or outside option Optional 15
08 BE425-5-SP Research Methods in Management and Marketing Compulsory 15
09 BE910-5-SP Successful Futures Compulsory 0
10 BE917-5-FY Student Success Tutorial Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE420-6-SP Leadership in Organisations Compulsory 15
02 BE433-6-AU Human Resource Management Compulsory 15
03 BE439-6-AU Business Ethics Compulsory 15
04 BE938-6-FY Independent Study Project: Management/Marketing Compulsory 15
05 Management option(s) from list Optional 30
06 EBS option(s) from list or outside option(s) Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The BSc Business Management teaching aims are:

To provide students with an in-depth understanding of what is involved in managing organizations in the contemporary context and to offer opportunities to develop expertise in a chosen management specialism.

To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in management.

To encourage and facilitate critical, analytical thinking by students as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society.

To enable students to acquire the personal and key skills they need to develop as autonomous and reflective individuals with the capacity to continue learning.

To provide students with a broad set of skills in the preliminary stage of study (year 0 and accelerated route) to allow progression to a wide set of degrees.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 A knowledge of the structures, functions, processes and cultures pertaining to a range of social organizations, including business organizations
A2 A knowledge of the external environment within which organizations operate, including the political, social, economic and technological contexts at both national and international levels
A3 A knowledge of the functions, processes and practices relating to the management and coordination of organizations, for example, decision-making, strategy formulation, leadership, and people management
A4 An understanding of the relationships between organizations, customers and markets
A5 A practical and theoretical understanding of the role, significance and application of accounting and finance in management
A6 An understanding of the context and practices of the management of operations and key resources, including human resources
A7 An appreciation of the significance of policy and strategy formulation
A8 An appreciation of a range of contemporary and pervasive issues such as globalization, business ethics, innovation and new information and communication technologies
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations, assessed essays and class tests

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 A capacity for critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including an appreciation of the logical structure of academic argumentation and an ability to connect empirical evidence to theoretical debate
B2 Reflexivity and sensitivity in relation to a range of business and management issues affected by culture and diversity
B3 An ability to research business and management issues, combining theoretical analysis and secondary data sources to improve understanding
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations, assessed essays and class tests

C: Practical skills

C1 Ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources
C2 Communication skills including the ability to present information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to different intended audiences
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations, assessed essays and class tests

D: Key skills

D1 Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner
D2 Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data
D3 Manipulate numerical data and apply basic statistical concepts
D4 Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions
D5 Improving own Learning/Performance
D6 An ability to learn independently using a variety of media, including books, learned journals, the Internet, etc. An ability to use the most effective strategies for reading and vocabulary development
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations, assessed essays and class tests


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: