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About the course

Do you dream about running your own business? Got a great idea that you can’t wait to share with the world? This unique business and entrepreneurship programme will help you to develop the essential skills required to grow a business and succeed as an entrepreneur.

Students on this course benefit from a unique curriculum that has been developed in association with local employers and entrepreneurs. This helps ensure that the course is relevant in the modern business landscape and covers themes that are central to successful enterprise. Students are encouraged to take what they have learnt and apply it to their business right away.

In the final year of study, students have the opportunity to take what they have learnt and apply it to other businesses as part of the business consultancy project. This project enables students to develop consultancy skills whilst at the same time undertaking in-depth business troubleshooting exercises.

Solent is a place of study to students from all over the world. Learning with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds helps to emulate real working practises and brings new points of view to discussions and debates. These points of view can eventually be fed into consultancy projects, group work and student businesses.

Additional qualification Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement January start available Further studies

Students are encouraged to start their business in the first year of study, developing it throughout the following two years. Students pick optional units in their second and third year, helping them to specialise in areas that are most relevant to their own business.

What does this course lead to?

This course has been designed to help students achieve one of two intended outcomes. The first involves students managing their own business and applying the knowledge gained throughout their degree in a way that helps the business grow. The second is a portfolio career, where personal ventures are combined with part-time work or work within the small to medium business environment.

Who is this course for?

This full-time degree is ideal for students who own or are about to start their own business. Students are supported as they get their business off the ground and are taught essential business management skills which they can apply directly to their own enterprise.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry N100
  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year N102
  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year (Jan Start) N103
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs:
£165 Prince2 Foundation qualification and £50 book.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English, grade C or above.
  • Other non-standard qualifications/experience may also be considered.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Business Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Marketing
  • Organisation of resources
  • Data and IT analysis
  • Managerial accounting
  • Supported by enterprise creation unit (Personal Professional Development - PPD1) and Contemporary issues for the entrepreneur

Year two

Core units
  • Operations management
  • Research and analysis
  • Entrepreneurship in business
  • Business law along with PPD 2 – growing the business


  • Marketing
  • HRM
  • Accountancy

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Strategy for business
  • Project management
  • Business project
  • Funding and entrepreneurship, alongside PPD3, shaping the future


  • Marketing
  • HRM
  • Accountancy

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Mary White academic profile Mary White Senior Lecturer View profile
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The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students are encouraged to make use of the library. The library features a fully networked resource centre equipped with high-end computers (from Apple and Microsoft) and an extensive selection of both open plan and private group working spaces.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students pick optional units in their second and third year, helping them to specialise in areas that are most relevant to their own business.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management.


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of students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

This course has been developed in collaboration with local business partners and under the guidance of Southampton Solent’s experienced academics. This helps to ensure that the course content is as relevant and up-to-date as possible, giving students the best chance of succeeding as an entrepreneur (or as a job seeker) after graduation.

Past School of Business, Law and Communications students have benefited from regular industry guest speakers. These speakers gave students insights from inside the industry and spoke on the latest entrepreneurial methods.


Students on this course are encouraged to seek work experience opportunities throughout the summer. These placements help reinforce theory learnt during the course and give learners ideas that they can use in their own enterprises.

Further study

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