Business Management and Leadership BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

N200

About the course

Perhaps you like to encourage and motivate others. Or you like to rise to a challenge and think of creative solutions, and like the idea of working in a fast-paced environment. Our Business Management and Leadership course is designed to help you develop the skills you need to lead from the front and inspire people in today’s dynamic commercial world. We want you to be ambitious. If you’re enrolling on this course, you’ll be hoping to be a leader of tomorrow. So we’ll give you the chance to specialise in leadership and develop the skills to motivate and inspire a team of people to work towards a common goal. There are plenty of theories about leadership. And of course you’ll get a thorough grounding in the current thinking from our academics, supplemented by contacts with businesses. But to succeed you’ll need to understand how that theory works in the real world too. So we include lots of opportunities for real-world application.

We’ll give you the opportunity to take a placement year working in a business, either here in the UK or abroad. Previous students have gained experience with businesses such as Sia Fibral, Unilever, National Coal Mining Museum, Caravan Guard, Thornton & Ross and Depuy. As you progress in your studies you can tailor your course to suit you, choosing from a range of option modules including leadership, managing change and innovation. We work closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and you’ll have the opportunity to achieve a CMI qualification in Management and Leadership through no additional study or assessment. You could also work with our own HR professionals to create video CVs and portfolios, and develop your interview techniques. We want to make you as employable as possible to help you find your ideal employment.

For a business to be successful all the different functions need to operate effectively in conjunction with each other. By studying leadership, strategy, finance, human resources and marketing, our degrees in Business Management will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a business leader of the future. We also study enterprise, creativity and corporate social responsibility should you want to set up your own business. In the final year you will be able to take option modules to gain a deeper insight into specialist subjects that interest you. All of our degrees offer the opportunity to spend a placement year in industry which is a fantastic opportunity to put your business skills into practice while still being a student.

Due to the wide range of subjects studied on the course you will have lots of different career opportunities upon graduation. Former Business Management students have become sales executives, account managers, project managers, banking executives, human resource professionals and even a forensic accountant to name to just a few.

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Ruth Brooks, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both the legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Markets and Marketing

This module explores the behaviour of markets and the responses of organisations through their marketing activities. It will help you to develop an understanding of marketing theory and practice and help you to develop the skills to produce a well-researched marketing plan.

Organisational Behaviour

This module presents and critically explores human behaviour in the workplace from the perspective of the individual, the team and the organisation. Emphasis is placed on developing critical awareness through discussions of theoretical content but also the practical application of ideas to the workplace. The overall objective of the module is to think about different levels of behaviour and to think about the challenges managers face in increasingly competitive and dynamic environments. With vast ranging topics, the module covers individual level topics including personality, individual differences and motivation to more team level concepts including the influence of the social organisation and organisational level topics including leadership, organisational culture and change management. This is all presented with reference to real life examples and topical areas of interest.

Human Resource Management

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of human resource management, and it will consider different approaches to the study and practice of human resource management. Using relevant theories, research and case studies, we'll explore the history and development of HRM as a way of managing people in the workplace, look at the role HRM plays within organisations, and the relationship between HRM and other areas, for example line managers and productivity. We'll also explore the role of HRM in shaping and managing individuals and groups at work from recruitment through to the termination of the employment relationship.

Responsible Business Enterprise

This module will introduce you to ethical and social responsibility issues encountered by contemporary business enterprises. You'll be given the opportunity to develop skills in identifying and addressing business challenges related to social responsibility, and then work in groups to develop viable business solutions which address economic, social and environmental concerns of a business enterprise. This module is part of Huddersfield Business School’s commitment to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, individual or group essays or reports, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment, individual reflective learning portfolios, time constrained assignments, group projects and management and marketing projects or dissertations for final year students.

20.67% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Abbie describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas. Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Sia Fibral, Unilever, National Coal Mining Museum, Caravan Guard, Thornton & Ross and Depuy.

My most memorable moment at University was when I secured my placement at HP. Whilst working there, one member of staff forgot I was an intern due to my work being such a high standard! I feel confident that when I graduate I will be able to seize every opportunity and build a career.

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Leah Southern, placement with Process and Systems Optimization Lead, Hewlett-Packard

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Digital Marketing & Media Assistant, Front Line Manager, HR Recruiter, Customer Service Associate, Account Executive and Operations Manager in organisations including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Morrisons, ASSIST Sheffield, HSBS, Softcat Limited, Deltec International Courier Ltd and Hoardtek. **

*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated)

**Source: LinkedIn

100% Graduates employed from this course*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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