What I'll learn
This programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and much sought after entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. It is designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing economic landscape, as well as enable students to progress to the final year of an honours degree in Business and Management at Oxford Brookes University. This is a varied programme which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business.
Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here
- introduction to business context
- fundamentals of business
- financial accounts for new businesses
- entrepreneurial traits
- marketing and new media
- critical skills/personal development
- developing business ideas
- meeting customer needs and quality
- business strategy for competitive advantage
- leading and managing change
- financial accounts for a developing business
- leadership and managing people
- your business and the law
- work-based business project
How I'll learn
The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, case studies and note taking.
Throughout the programme, you will:
- participate in lectures, seminars and workshops that will develop your knowledge and understanding of issues related to your role in the business environment;
- work in groups to examine and discuss issues;
- compile portfolios;
- work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software; and
- undertake projects to benefit your employers and your own professional development.
Approximate number of teaching and learning hours over the duration of the programme:
- guided learning hours - 900
- independent study - 1350
- work based learning - 150
If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:
- assistive software training
- IT upskilling
- essay planning and structure
- proof reading and editing written work
- bibliographies and referencing
- time management and personal organisation
- revision and exam tips
- presentation techniques
N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.
How I'll be assessed
You will be given the opportunity to use your workplace to provide appropriate evidence for assessment. This will be particularly relevant for the Work-based Business Project, but will also offer opportunities for other modules where you may be able to apply theory in practice and then provide a reflective evaluation of your experiences in a work situation.
At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.
The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative:
- Formative- designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests and activities, do not form part of your grade.
- Summative- designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades.