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Undergraduate study

Course overview

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College or Stockton Riverside College.

Looking for a work-related qualification in business and management to study alongside your job? Whether you’re new to business or already have experience, look no further. This course gives you a broad knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in business management, including marketing, finance and people management.

The emphasis is on developing skills relevant to the real world of work, and making practical links between theory and the demands of business management. You develop general skills in communication, teamworking, problem solving and analysis.

Where you study

This course is delivered at Darlington College (part-time only) (call 01325 503030) or Stockton Riverside College (part-time only) (call 01642 865400).


Course details

Year 1 covers the main business functions plus a personal development module. In Year 2 you will focus on international business, operations and entrepreneurial skills.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Fundamentals of Marketing

This module aims to provide an introduction to the main principles of marketing as it impacts on a changing and competitive environment. It also aims to define its relationship between the organisation and the outside world. The module will focus on the fundamental principles of marketing and will challenge conventional thinking suggested by relationship marketing theory. In addition, the module will focus on a range of topical issues, as well as advertising, public relations and retailing in marketing and in so doing, will expose students to areas of marketing that they may wish to study further.

Managing and Developing People

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the main theories of Human Resource Management (HRM) and how they are applied within a practical setting. The module will provide the necessary theoretical and practical underpinning necessary to the comprehension and analysis of the nature of HRM

Managing Financial Resources

The aim of the module is to equip learners with techniques that will enable them to participate in the efficient management of the financial resources of the organisation. This covers the planning and budgeting process through to the evaluation of performance. This process includes decision making based on financial data; preparing budgets and analysing performance against budget; looking to ways to add value.

The Organisation

This module looks at the nature of organisations and different approaches to managing organisations. You will also consider some of the key issues that influence people's performance in work, such as motivation management, leadership, dealing with conflict and teams.

The Work Environment and Self-analysis

The range of employment opportunities available in any industry are diverse, from specialist operatives through to strategic managers. Through the introduction of research methodology, the module will provide a framework around which you can explore and better understand the industry environment in which you are interested in working. To ensure you are in the best position to take advantage of the opportunities identified, you will also be supported to develop an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses and formulate an action plan to bridge any identified gaps in knowledge, skills or understanding. The module will also provide a platform from which to pick up a more detailed analysis of a specific business organisation at level 5.

Work-based Learning 1

This module is located in the place of work, that is either your place of employment or a voluntary placement. In both respects the module involves applying learning to a vocational setting and seeks to develop understanding of your work situation and your role within it, incorporating the theory learned on the programme into the working environment. Further you consider some aspects of work related to your role and seek to propose strategies to enhance your performance in that respect.


Year 2 core modules

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills

The module will address the entrepreneurial skills, processes and knowledge required to make use of opportunities and support mechanisms available to individuals wishing to put their business and commercial ideas into reality. It will stress the changing nature of business organisations and the role of owners, managers and entrepreneurs, the management of resources and strategies related to enterprise development and sustainability. It will also address the legal and ethical issues that flow from such activity.

International Business

Businesses operate in a rapidly changing international environment. Business decision makers take account of complex cultural and financial systems in making their decisions. You explore these issues using a number of topical business scenarios.

Managing Change

This module explores the respective roles of managers and leaders within organisations and the qualities required by those who wish to move from manager to leader. It considers the role of communication both within and outside the organisation and the importance of ethical behaviour and trust. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of leadership skills and the development of a strategic and visionary approach to organisational leadership.

Operations and Project Management

This module introduces you to the key management techniques involved in operations and project management, and approaches to production and operations management in the logistics environment.

Work-related Research Project

This module builds on the learning from the Self Analysis and Career Development module. The learning takes place in the workplace, either the normal place of work or a placement appropriate to the sector of study. The module is project based, mainly. The individual should identify a significant aspect of dysfunction in the organisation, identify the underlying factors and develop proposals for how that problem can be addressed. This will be agreed between the student, the employer and the tutor. The module also builds on the Personal Development Plan which the student produced in the Self Analysis and Career Development module in year one of the programme. The individual will reflect on the original personal development plan, drawing on and analysing the learning they have received throughout the programme together with the development of individual key skills. An updated plan will be produced.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Lessons are delivered through a variety of methods including interactive presentations, lectures, group discussion and case studies. Self-study gives you the opportunity to cover a wider range of learning.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a range of work-related assignments and work-based projects. All modules must be successfully completed to achieve the award.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level)
  • appropriate training through work
  • English and maths at GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We also invite you to attend for interview.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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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Career opportunities

Opportunities exist in a variety of business and management areas. Once you have completed the course successfully you can move to one of Teesside University's top-up awards such as BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise (Top-up) or BA (Hons) Management Practice.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that make you more attractive to employers in the job market.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.



  • Not available full-time


2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£3,960 (120 credits)

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