Economics for Business
Business and Management with Foundation Year
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
What will the business of the future be like? And what skills will you need to be successful in it? On the BSc Business and Management degree you will develop the range of skills you need for business now and learn how to recognise opportunities and be adaptable for the future. The course is taught at our University of Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
This programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed to prepare you for a successful managerial career. Salford Business School maintains excellent links with businesses both local and international and we are recognised by the Small Business Charter for our work with small businesses (SMEs). Our industry connections help us to ensure that our programmes are designed around the current needs of employers and provide exciting real-world opportunities for undergraduate students.
As a business and management student, you will develop a good knowledge of international management theory and learn how to apply it to business scenarios. With modules such as Business Ethics & Sustainability and Digital & Business Skills, the focus is very much on developing you as a rounded business professional.
By studying Business and Management, you’ll not only graduate with an advanced knowledge of management theory, but with the experience, professional skills and industry insights to embark on an exciting career across multiple sectors and roles. The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business to meet the prerequisites for studying BSc Business and Management.
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You will learn:
- Study the fundamental principles that underpin a career in business management
- Gain an understanding of ethical and sustainable business practices
- Learn about entrepreneurship and business planning
- Develop the skills that employers look for such as project planning, team working and self-presentation
- Study in a supportive environment where you are a name not a number
- Develop your personal skills with opportunities for work placement or study abroad
This is for you if...
You are looking for a business education that prepares you for a future career
You are looking to develop a range of highly employable skills
You care about an ethical approach to business
You want to explore different areas of business before you specialise in one
You want to study business in a dynamic business region
You want to access opportunities - such as work placement and study abroad - to develop your skills
All about the course
Beginning with the core modules studied in your first year, an industry focus underpins the business and management programme. In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of key business concepts and look at the core digital skills you need in any career.
In your second year, you will go on to explore more specialised theories and learn skills that will be transferable across multiple business functions. With several optional modules, you can start to shape your own learning. The Professional Development module is designed for you to practise the skills you need –CV writing, interviewing, assessment centres - to apply for and get your dream job.
By your final year, you are becoming a professional. Core modules continue your career development and the optional modules allow you to specialise in your areas of interest.
We strongly encourage you to develop your personal skills and your confidence by studying abroad during your second year or doing a work placement in your third year. On your work placement year, you will not pay University fees and will earn a salary for the work you do. Read about Katie Wood’s experience on work placement with Nissan
We also offer this programme as a Degree Apprenticeship; find out more.
Read about Stefanos Patelis' experiences on the business and management programme on his blog post.
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Economics for Business is designed to give you an understanding of the economic basis of business. You will learn about how businesses operate in the UK and internationally, explore the economic principles behind government industrial policies and analyse macroeconomic policy and its effect on businesses.
Foundations of Business
This module will introduce you to key concepts of business and management. You will develop an understanding of the key functions used within contemporary businesses and learn about the tools and techniques used in business to conduct analysis and plan.
Foundations of Human Resource Management
Foundations of HRM provides you with a basic introduction to Human Resource Management. You will learn about the five key areas of the HRM discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management, employee relations and employee training and development.
Academic and Personal Skills
Academic and Personal Skills is delivered with your future in mind. This module takes you through how to get to grips with the technology you need to succeed, as well as using the library, how to reference and how to produce the different styles of academic writing.
It also helps you to develop yourself; you will create a CV, learn how to write a cover letter and find out what your learning style is. The module has guest speakers who share their expert knowledge and experience with you. All the skills covered in this module will help you to succeed in your chosen degree.
Digital Business introduces the different systems that are commonly used in business and develops your knowledge of the digital tools used for business.
Digital and Business Skills
The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities. Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.
Principles of Marketing
This module provides an introduction to key foundational aspects of the theory and practice of marketing, which are essential to the long term prosperity of organisations and applicable to all specialisations within business. It will enable students to apply marketing principles to real life marketing situations.
Management of Business Operations
In this module you will learn about the management of business operations with a focus on the key operational processes within an organisation whether it is within the service sector or manufacturing industry and the impact of the external environment they operate in.
We will consider operational topics such as: performance measurement, process design, strategy, layout and flow, capacity, inventory, quality management and operations improvement.
You will gain a practical understanding of the principles of managing business operations and the skills relevant to the development and sustainability of regional, national and international business.
Principles of Accounting
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
Principles of Human Resource Management
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.
Data Analysis for Business
In Data Analysis for Business, you will develop an understanding of the concepts required for the use and interpretation of the quantitative methods used to analyse business data. You will practice your essential Excel skills and learn to use Minitab, a statistical software package used by companies to spot trends, solve problems and use data to gain insight.
This module prepares you for entry to more advanced studies dealing with quantitative analysis in business and economics.
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.
This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”
International Logistics and Distribution Management
In this module you will develop a systematic understanding of logistics aspects and distribution within a global marketplace. You will learn about the various activities that make up logistics and distribution management and explore the methods adopted by companies to generate competitive advantage.
Legal Aspects of Business
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.
Business Research and Analysis Methods
In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate published research and consultancy in relation to its methodology and findings. Through the use of a variety of methodologies and methods, you’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of business models.
Optional modules, choose 1 in semester one and 1 in semester two:
The Digital Workplace
The Digital Workplace develops your understanding of the application of digital technologies in organisations. The module helps you to develop a critical awareness of the relationship between people and workplaces in the future, together with the opportunity for exploration of implementation issues of digital strategy.
Managing International Events
This module gives you an understanding of event management practices that are applicable in the international arena and covers the event planning process and role of suppliers in the industry. You will also develop an understanding of the techniques and processes used in evaluating operational issues from different stakeholder perspectives. As part of developing your real-world skills, one of your assessments is a "Dragons' Den" style pitch to industry experts whose feedback forms part of your final mark - but also guides you for future presentations. Check out the video with students talking about what they've learned.
Project management is an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based. This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context.
We will look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars with input from our industry connections and the latest in research. We will examine the subject using theoretical approaches as well as the industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects
Financial and Management Information Systems
This module introduces present-day costing techniques and their function in manufacturing and business. You will also explore the use of management accounting information to help decision making and performance measurement.
Professional Experience Year
At the end of year 2, you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year. If you choose to study abroad you will spend your academic year at one of our partner universities, enhancing your language skills and international business knowledge
All of our BSc students can apply for a one-year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one-year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree. We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations. Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.
Business Entrepreneurial Simulation Project
In this module, you will work as part of a team in an online business simulation. Acting as the management team in a competitive business environment, you will solve business problems and learn about the relationships between different areas of business. This modules gives you a chance to test your entrepreneurship, business planning and your ability to manage change in an uncertain environment.
In this module, you will analyse the impact of digital technologies on organisations and critically appraise a range of technologies in the rapidly changing areas of digital practice, research and development. Technology Innovation gives you the requisite skills and knowledge to respond to future technological developments personally and for organisations.
You will acquire an organisation-wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes within the global environment. The module prepares you for a career in business and management and develops the next generation of managers. It allows you to apply the knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real-word organisations and helps student’s ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry, some of which are at the forefront of strategic research and practice.
Students who successfully complete the Professional Development module (studied in 2nd year) and the Strategic Management module, can apply for membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
This module gives you a systematic understanding of purchasing and supply chain management within a global marketplace. It is designed to help you understand the various activities that make up purchasing and supply chain and appreciate the use of the different methods adopted by companies to generate a competitive advantage.
Optional modules, choose one of:
The Entrepreneurial Challenge
Employers tell us that they are looking for employees with an entrepreneurial mindset. Or perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own business.
On the Entrepreneurial Challenge, you have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project for an internal or external sponsor on a topic of common interest. Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to undertake in-depth research for your own project, for example, a business plan if you are wanting to start up a company after you graduate. The nature of the project will be negotiated by yourself, the module leader and the sponsoring company.
Business Model Generation
This module equips you with an appreciation of the fundamentals of business modelling via the process of critiquing existing concepts, assumptions and theories of business modelling. The module provides insights into how disruptive business models are radically transforming established business sectors, generating value, creating new markets and changing consumer behaviour.
Choosing to undertake a dissertation allows you to identify and focus on a specialist area of research related to an aspect of your degree programme. Through this module, you execute a substantial piece of independent research and produce a scholarly and critical dissertation as a result. As well as being a great way to prepare you for postgraduate study, your dissertation can also be presented to potential employers as evidence of your analytical and research skills.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job. Right from the start of your studies you will develop the practical skills as well as the academic knowledge that you will need when you begin working.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.
You will have access to a range of study skills sessions in the library to help you be successful in your studies and in your work. These include:
UniSkills, an online learning course designed to develop the study, research and digital skills you will need for studying in higher education and your lifelong learning journey. You can also earn digital badges for successfully completing the UniSkills assessment.
Wordscope, designed to help you improve and develop your academic writing skills.
Microsoft Office Specialist certification, awarded by Microsoft, helps you develop your skills and demonstrate to future employers your proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes such as Outlook, Project, Powerpoint and others.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:
- Multiple choice tests
- Online tests
- Group reports
- Portfolio work
The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
The University library isn’t just for reading books. The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café. It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).
Business in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester is a dynamic business hub and centre for the northern powerhouse. With a wide range of business – small, medium, large – based around the region, students have access to a huge number of opportunities for networking and work experience. It is particularly a centre for finance, retail and digital businesses.
Salford is the fastest growing economy within Greater Manchester and is home to almost 12,000 businesses. Salford’s business community is predominately made up of small businesses (SMEs) which account for 99% of the business base though a number of large firms have also made Salford its home. The University of Salford is proud to be at the heart of this community and works in close partnership with Salford City Council to support the community.
We hold a Small Business Charter mark, one of the first universities to receive this accreditation, and continue to work to enhance growth and productivity in SMEs.
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.
University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.
Find out more about Student Support Services https://beta.salford.ac.uk/student-support-services
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
When you graduate, you will have transformed yourself from an ambitious individual into a skilled and business-minded graduate. You will have gained valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study.
The skills and knowledge gained by studying business and management are practical and applicable across a wide range of business functions. BNY Mellon, HSBC, RBS and Manchester United are just a few of the organisations that our students have gone on to secure positions with.
With opportunities to take part in a year-long paid work placement, a dedicated Professional Development module and support from the Business School’s Employability Hub, we ensure you are equipped with the skills and experience employers are looking for.
As an ILM accredited Business School, we teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.
Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Limited, CEVA Logistics, Tata and JCB all had input on the content delivered on BSc Business and Management during its development.
The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.
What you need to know
This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to start a career in management, finance, marketing and a variety of other different business areas. Knowledge and expertise in business are highly sought after by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above (applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis).
UCAS tariff points
64 points from a minimum of one A2 pass
BTEC National Diploma
MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)
Access to HE
64 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
64 points from a minimum of one Advanced Higher
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from a minimum of one Higher Level subject
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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