Wolverhampton Business School

Business Management with Sandwich Placement

BA (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

This course adds a placement year to our Business Management degree programme.

This course adds a placement year to our Business Management degree programme.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code N203
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton Business School
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Why choose this course?

This course adds a placement year to our Business Management degree programme. This provides valuable workplace experience and significantly improves your employability on graduation. On a sandwich course, your third year will be a supervised placement, giving  you the opportunity to apply and develop the knowledge and skills gained in the first two years of your course, before you move on to your final year.

This exciting and innovative general business programme is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of business and management to develop analysis and evaluation skills that can be applied to real-world situations.

Innovation and enterprise; sustainability; responsibility and professionalism; and digitalisation underpin this programme: You will explore the functional areas of business, such as management, marketing, human resources, finance and operations, through the lens of these four main themes which run throughout the programme.

Entrepreneurship is a key force for successful economic growth and entrepreneurial thinking is at the heart of this programme in which you will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of management and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner.

Independent and transferable personal development skills are vital in business, and you will have the opportunity to develop them through interactive learning activities and self-reflection to enable you to develop the professional skills required in the workplace. You will acquire core business skills through case studies, online activities and live projects, through interactions with entrepreneurs and business speakers, and through reflecting on your own practice.

The course aims to supply future managers and professionals to various business and management sectors as well as to provide key knowledge, skills and attributes that are vital to modern organisations.

The course aims to supply future managers and professionals to various business and management sectors as well as to provide key knowledge, skills and attributes that are vital to modern organisations.

The course offers you the option of specialising in your final year by opting for a bracketed award in human resources, enterprise, or marketing.

 

What happens on the course?

Year 1 (Level 4) modules

The Responsible Business 

An introduction to responsible business practices with an emphasis on professional, moral, and personal responsibility. This module will encourage the development of personal and professional development skills and self-reflection as a personal development tool.

The Innovative Business 

Exploring what it takes for a business to be innovative; you will be introduced to various theoretical views and opinions in the areas of creativity, innovation, and enterprise. You will be challenged to consider where, how and why ideas are generated; how ideas are implemented; and who and what type of people/teams develop innovative ideas.

The Sustainable Business 

As awareness of climate change, resource scarcity, environmental impact and social inequality rises, businesses are increasingly being held accountable by consumers, governments, and other stakeholders. The module provides a holistic view of sustainability through a global lens where you will learn how the aforementioned factors impact the way we live and how businesses operate.

Learning how businesses adopt sustainable strategies across their various business functions such as marketing, supply chain and HR, you will also explore the macro and micro influences that impact these strategies. Overall, the module will help create awareness of corporate as well as individual social responsibility through use of international case studies.

The Digital Business 

The first part of this module aims to provide a practical understanding of the digital business, the need for digital transformation to support innovation and to continue to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The various digital business models are explored along with the importance of digital capability.

 

The second part of the module introduces you to the information systems that support today's digital business. A range of information systems are examined including those that support the operations of the digital business, through to its sales and marketing functions. The importance of big data and business intelligence are introduced before examining how today’s digital business can apply business intelligence to develop new products and services along with improvements in efficiency and its business processes.

Year 2 (Level 5) modules

Customer Acquisition and Retention 

Exploring the customer journey from prospect or enquiry to loyal customer or advocate, you will learn about the marketing strategies and tactics involved in attracting new customers and retaining them. Research suggests it can cost between 5 and 10 times as much to acquire a new customer as it does to retain an existing one, with the commonly quoted average being 7 times more expensive to acquire a new customer.

So why do so many companies spend more time chasing new customers than keeping existing ones? This is the paradox of customer retention and acquisition. This module will enable you to understand the role of customer acquisition and retention in designing contemporary marketing strategies for organisations. You will gain practical experience of planning marketing campaigns designed to attract, win, and retain customers.

 

The Professional Manager and Leadership 

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of management and leadership principles, and to explore the influence various leadership and management approaches have on key human resource management functions, including change management. Through the study of emerging leadership concepts, such as super leadership, you will develop an appreciation for the development of self as a method to support others in their development. Reflective practice underpins the module to support you in assessing your own approach to learning and development.

Operations and Project Planning 

Exploring operations and supply chain management, as well as the fundamentals of project management, this module aims to give you the skills required to analyse contemporary issues facing business operations and supply chain. It also exposes you to the understanding of how businesses mitigate these issues to deliver goods and services of the quality and of the right quantity to satisfy customers’ need while adopting lean business approaches.

Equipping you with team working and communication skills in a project environment, you will be able to define, plan and control projects through their life cycle, while balancing competing performance objectives and managing competing stakeholder requirements. Detailed study of management tools such as critical path analysis and PERT will be undertaken.

Managing Finance and Accounts 

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction of a range of financial and accounting skills to business students, to help their understanding and managerial decision-making skills. You will evaluate the organisation’ financial statements, identify the principles for setting and managing budgets and understand finance within the organisation. This module has been designed to enhance your confidence and credibility in financial management, which will translate into improved management skills.

Year 3 (Level 6) modules

The Strategic Business 

The strategic business module will equip you to make strategic decisions at both a corporate and functional level. You will develop the skills required to evaluate the success of implemented strategy which will inform decision making at a corporate and functional level.

Organisational Behaviour 

Exploring current knowledge around behaviour in contemporary organisations, this module explores areas from an individual employee and manager perspective. You will engage with topics such as identity, power, gender, motivation, change, and ethics, from a critical, and in some instances, post-structuralist perspective. The aim of the module is to equip you with a fundamental grounding in organisational behaviour to help you develop into a manager of the future.

The Professional Project 

On this independent study unit, you will draw learning from previous subjects, focusing on your key strengths, in the production of a business artefact. Alongside the artefact, you will develop a written critical reflection, which is designed to explain your choice of artefact and reflect on the process of its production and dissemination.

The Business Communicator 

The ability to effectively communicate with all internal and external stakeholders is key for business leaders. The business environment is in constant flux, and it is important to be able to navigate this space, whilst building relationships and networks. This module will explore key communication and human resources theories and provide students with the tools to assess and develop their own communication skills.

The course offers you the option of specialising in your final year by opting for a bracketed award in human resources, enterprise, or marketing...

Enterprise

The course is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Business Management with the opportunity to specialise in the final year in Enterprise. The course provides students with the opportunity to study enterprise across wide and diverse disciplines; to learn enterprising skills and techniques; to enhance their employability potential and to aim for future success. Many people have entrepreneurial talent that is often hidden and remains unchallenged. This course enables you to identify, release and apply your enterprise talent in practical and beneficial ways that will inspire you towards achieving your personal ambitions and future career success. The course recognises that entrepreneurship is a key force for successful economic growth and thus the course emphasises the development of knowledge and understanding of a range of management and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner.

The specialised Enterprise route is not a standalone course. This route is the final year of your overall BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Business Management with Sandwich placement courses.

HR

The course is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Business Management with the opportunity to specialise in the final year in Human Resource Management.

The course provides an opportunity for students to examine the importance of the human resources profession in developing the structure and strategy of organisations with an aim to prepare students for a professional career in Human Resource management. The course recognises that people management is a key force for successful economic growth and thus emphasises the development of knowledge and understanding of advanced human resource management concepts and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an innovative manner.

The specialised Human Resources route is not a standalone course. This route is the final year of your overall BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Business Management with Sandwich placement courses.

Marketing

The course is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Business Management with the opportunity to specialise in the final year in Marketing.

While students develop analysis and evaluation skills as part of their overall BA Business Management course, this course is an opportunity to learn advanced marketing concepts and build a strong foundation for a career in Marketing. The course emphasises on the development of knowledge and understanding for a range of advanced marketing concepts and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an innovative manner.

The specialised Marketing route is not a standalone course. This route is the final year of your overall BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Business Management with Sandwich placement courses.

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Human resource management, marketing manager, project manager, consultant, freelance worker, strategist, operations manager, entrepreneur, business analyst

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering the following:
 
Internships - You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study.  Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.  
 
Study abroadYou can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.  
 
Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements. 
 
Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.
 
Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award.  Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.
 
Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering.  Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.
 
Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.
 
Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:
 
Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme have  experience as practicing managers, worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.
 
A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students.  Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.
 
Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.
 
Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.
 
Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.
 
Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

Studying this course will allow you to:

  • develop and apply research, writing, numerical, digital and personal skills within a business context
  • critically appraise relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and management theory when assessing and solving problems in different business scenarios
  • apply relevant transferable skills to a career in business and management (for example, managing projects, communication, working in teams, research and appropriate technologies and critically reflect on the effectiveness of your own skills and knowledge in such application
  • examine contemporary and strategic issues through the application of relevant analytical concepts, models and theories
  • evaluate and demonstrate an informed understanding of ethical responsibilities contributing to professional values and their role in organisations and society in the 21st century
  • develop skills of independent learning, analysis, synthesis and critical thinking through the application of business and management concepts and principles and the related underpinning theories appropriate to a wide range of business organisations and situations.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2021-22
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12950 per year 2021-22

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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