Undergraduate study
Team Entrepreneurship

BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship*

UCAS code: N222 BA/TE

The BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship at Teesside University is ideal if you want to build your knowledge about business while also developing the skills you need to be effective in a business environment, or to run your own business.

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  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time

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    BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship

    The BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship at Teesside University is not your typical degree. Your learning is based on your business practice and you will build your knowledge by running real business projects. You will be developing the skills you need to be effective in any business environment, or to run your own business.


This course is not your typical degree. Your learning is largely based on practice. You receive your guidance and support from business coaches, instead of lecturers. You direct your own learning and participate in team sessions, rather than attend lectures. Instead of examining case studies, you run a business and trade from the first year. You are not given a prescribed reading list – you tailor your own from a large menu of material. Although you still have to write essays, assessments also take place in more imaginative and dynamic ways.

This model of learning has been successful for many years in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. This course at Teesside is one of only a handful of such degrees to run in the UK. Typically 40% of graduates from these programmes start up a business when they leave and the remainder are able to exploit their wealth of business contacts and first-class employability skills.  

You learn how to find compromises in a team situation, take a leadership role at the appropriate time, communicate well with business leaders, peers and customers, understand the regional, national and international contexts for a business, and take initiative. Your learning is embedded through practice at every step.

This course is broken down into three main themes of activity:

  • personal excellence which includes team working skills, management and leadership
  • business management which includes all aspects of setting up and running a business
  • business in context which includes market research and strategy.

You cover the core aspects of business management, including human resource management, team work, finance, business law, marketing, leadership and strategy. You also practice creative thinking techniques and link them with innovative business design, and you establish a business; planning and managing the ongoing trading of projects under the team business.

You study and practice all aspects of business management. The topics are very similar to those taught on our BA (Hons) Business Management course, however you learn through self-directed study to solve particular issues to do with the running of your team business and its projects.

There is emphasis on team working and self-development. Much of your work involves working in teams – your success is measured by how you develop as part of that team and the development of your practical leadership skills.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Your learning on this degree is largely self-directed.

You participate in practical business projects which trade as real businesses, helping to identify gaps in your knowledge and skills. Most of your work is done as part of a team so there is an element of peer-to-peer learning. Through these experiences, you learn to identify gaps in yours and your team’s knowledge – and how to solve it – for example, by reading textbooks and papers, online research or speaking to existing entrepreneurs and experts. Personal reflection is a big part of your learning and this enables you to evaluate the effectiveness of any activity and improve the way you learn.

Because your learning is self-directed you do not attend lectures. Your learning is instead supported by experienced business coaches. These coaches support your team in establishing and achieving its business and learning goals through twice-weekly sessions. They interpret the assessment requirements and ensure that you understand what you have to do to achieve a good degree. The coaches also provide access to a wide range of other experts.

How you are assessed

Assessment and feedback includes:

  • literature and resource reviews
  • reflective essays
  • activity logs
  • pre and post group work reports
  • group presentations.

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Work placement

This degree is very practical so placements are not a necessary part of the course. However some of the practical work is based on solving practical business problems faced by local businesses.

Career opportunities

A much higher proportion of team entrepreneurship students go on to establish their own business compared to students from other programmes. However if running your own business is not your chosen route, the employability skills you gain equip you very well for employment in a range of business environments. On completion of this course you develop leadership, resourcefulness and business acumen.

Many team entrepreneurship students find that they graduate with a network of local business contacts. This is most useful in order to find jobs that are not advertised through formal channels.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-96 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English and maths.

When your application is received, we will invite you to attend a formal interview.

We welcome applications from students without conventional entry requirements. We take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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* Subject to University approval

Course information


  • Length: 3 years

More full-time details


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information