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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Business Management BA (Hons)
Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: The Business Management team won the Liverpool Students' Union 2012 Amazing Course Team award in recognition of their innovative and wide ranging engagement and support for their students.
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Current Level 6 Business Management student
Course at a glance
- Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and endorsed by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship
- All students receive free membership to the Institute of Directors
- Excellent links with business in the private and public sectors
- Wide range of core and option modules covering subjects such as Social Enterprise, Marketing, Business and the Entrepreneur
- Preparation for success in a broad range of business careers from working for a multinational to running your own company
Degree preparation courses for international applicants
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These programmes offer progression routes onto a range of degrees at the University. For more details, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc.
Your Business Management lecturers are experts in their particular subjects and have excellent links with business in both the private and public sectors. This means that course content is directly informed by the latest business developments and tailored to the current needs of employers.
With their ‘student-centred approach’, the academic team is also highly supportive and committed to ensuring you have the best possible learning experience.
The Business Management team won the Liverpool Students' Union 2012 Amazing Course Team award in recognition of their innovative and wide ranging engagement and support for their students, as described in this nomination: "The dedicated support and friendliness of the programme team has made my University career really enjoyable. The team have helped me to develop both socially and academically during my time at LJMU. Thanks to this team I will leave University with fond memories and an abundance of inspiration and knowledge from the staff. I definitely chose the right programme three years ago."
To be successful, organisations need strong leaders with entrepreneurial skills who can generate the creative and innovative ideas that businesses rely on to remain competitive in a global market.
Through a balanced mix of academic study, personal development and acquisition of business skills, the Business Management degree prepares you to take up influential positions in both private and public enterprises. You will become competent in managing people, money, markets and products, and develop your analytical, planning and information management skills within a business context so that by the time you graduate, you will be fully prepared to tackle the challenges of the real business world.
One of the attractions of the programme is the sheer breadth and variety of subjects covered: one moment you may be analysing a set of company accounts, the next you are forecasting business activity or speculating about the future of the economy. The aim is to make you an ‘all rounder’ who is attractive to potential employers.
Teaching is delivered via lectures and small-group seminars. You will be expected to do your own additional reading and research around each lecture, supported by a designated personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your studies.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Academic Study Skills
- Business Economics
- Business and Society
- Introduction to Management and Finance
- Principles of Marketing
- Quality and Operations Management
- Small Business Management and Accounts
- Managing People and Organisations
- Contemporary Issues in Management
Choose one of the following:
- Business Law
- Investment and Financial Analysis
- Retail Management
- Strategy for Sustainability
- Managing Projects
- Researching and Developing a Business Plan for a New Venture
Choose two of the following:
- Business and the Entrepreneur
- Globalisation and Business
- Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement
- Managerial Decision Making and Change
- Social Enterprise
Assessment and feedback
We recognise that individual students perform differently depending on the type of assessment used, and so we use a range of assessment methods on the programme. These can include written assignments (individual/group reports and essays), presentations (individual and group), practical assessments, exams (closed book), project work such as planning a new business venture,?and reflective logs. The number of assessments per module can vary.
Written feedback is provided for all assignments within 15 working days of submission, and you will be given the opportunity to discuss any issues one-to-one with your tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
The Business Management degree programme provides students with the opportunity to fully engage in the World of Work Skills Programme. The Business Management degree will develop and enhance your Graduate Skills necessary for employability throughout your programme. You will also be provided with various forms of work related learning that will further enhance your employability skills.
These will include:
- Assessments, based on real-life organisational problems
- Simulations of workplace activity
- Employer driven case studies for you to analyse and comment upon
- Employer involvement in assessment presentations
- Class discussions/simulations within an organisational contextInnovative and creative thinking to solve organisational problems
- Guest speakers.
To support this further, the World of Work Skills Certificate is a compulsory part of the Business Management degree programme with the Bronze level statement integrated into the Level 4 curriculum and assessment. You will be encouraged to continue working towards your World of Work Certificate throughout the Business Management programme to further enhance your employability prospects.
Support and guidance
The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the ‘student-centred approach’ of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need. This support could be in the form of one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor to discuss a piece of coursework or to work on your personal development plan.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in business, management and/or entrepreneurship. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in their written work and possess the self discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively while at LJMU.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £5000. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
“It is really good that you come out with a degree but also some professional qualifications. Hopefully, I should have a better chance of getting a job.”
Business Management graduate
“Lecturers are very supportive and you are able to get help when you want.”
Current Level 4 Business Management student
“The lecturers are well prepared with excellent knowledge. They are able to explain things using real life examples so you can understand.”
Current Level 5 Business Management student
“Staff are very friendly and there is always someone willing to help and point you in the right direction.”
Current Level 6 Business Management student
"As the Business Management degree programme has been fully endorsed by local and national businesses, it will ensure that you are provided with the necessary employability skills that businesses want."
Professional accreditation / links
BA Business Management is accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM). An ILM Level 5 award in Understanding Social Enterprise is conditional on completing the degree's Social Enterprise Module.
Graduates of the course are guaranteed an offer of Associate Member with the Chartered Management Institute and upon completion of three years' work experience may upgrade to full member status (MCMI).
All Level 5 students studying on the course will receive student membership of the Institute of Directors, giving them invaluable access to resources, events and opportunities to network.
The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship also accredits and recognises this course.
Your career prospects
74% of graduates of the Business Management degree went on to secure full-time employment or further study within six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2012/13).
The Business School has a great reputation for graduates finding employment. Those who successfully complete the degree go on to start their own business, or secure careers in areas such as marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and retail and general management. Others continue their higher education by taking a postgraduate degree, such as the MBA Business Management or the new MSc Entrepreneurship.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (IBT)|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||150||52|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: email@example.com
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.