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About the course

Are you fascinated by the corporate world? Do you want to pursue a career in business leadership? By taking part in live client briefs, work experience placements and industry accreditation schemes, this exciting business management programme will help you to learn industry relevant skills and be well prepared for a range of roles after graduation.

Our industry links have provided past students with access to some of the UK’s most inspiring business leaders, including guest lectures from the stars of TV’s Dragon’s Den. Students have also worked as consultants on live client briefs, pitching ideas for top brand including Mercedes-Benz and Ahmad Tea.

Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.

Students will have the opportunity to join Solent Sparks, the University’s student entrepreneur’s society, which is aimed at providing inspiration and support to every student at the University. Through this you will meet a range of guest speakers, many of whom hold celebrity status.

Placement year Additional qualification Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Further studies

Guest lectures from industry professionals supplement lectures from the regular teaching team.

What does this course lead to?

This course provides the academic skills and professional qualifications you'll need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas. Recent graduates have gone on to recruitment consultant, operations manager, omni-channel analyst and TV research executive roles at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

Who is this course for?

This business management programme is ideal for students who want to work on client briefs and work experience projects while learning essential business management skills.

Those who are interested in gaining additional professional qualifications are also well catered for - Prince2, CAM and CIM qualifications are built right into the curriculum

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year N2NC
  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year (Jan Start) H13A
  • 3 Years Standard Entry N200
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N2Q3

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Business Foundation Year (Jan Start) J3UD
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year NN1G
  • 5 Years Business Foundation Year NNDF
  • 4 Years Standard Entry NNDG
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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 
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

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

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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) Business Management

BA (Hons) Business Management with a placement year

Business Foundation Year route:

Business Foundation Year

Business Foundation with a placement year

International Foundation Year route:

International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year with a placement year

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Personal and Professional Development 1
  • Marketing Principles and Customer Communications
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Data Analysis and IT
  • Organisations and Resource Management
  • Economics in Business

Year two

Core units
  • Research and Analysis in Business
  • Operations Management
  • Global Business Environment

Then one of the following routes:

Route one:

  • Three-month work-based placement

Route two:

  • Consultancy Preparation

Options (part of route two)

  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Digital Marketing Planning
  • Financial Analysis in Business
  • Accounting Skills
  • Managing People
  • Law in Business
  • Managing Marketing in Business

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

Year three

Core units
  • Business Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Management in Business
  • Personal and Professional Development 2


  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business Finance - Theory and Practice
  • Capital Market Trading
  • International Financial Systems
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Business Start-up

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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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.


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.

Successful students are given the opportunity to earn a range of industry-recognised qualifications alongside their regular degree. The School of Business, Law and Communications has been awarded the Small Business Charter, which recognises the support the School has given to small businesses in the area.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:
  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Buying and purchasing 
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management.

Solent’s master’s degrees in business, management and human resources management (HRM) build on the knowledge and skills you’ll develop on this course, enhancing your career prospects even further. The MA HRM degree also incorporates full Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accreditation.


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  • The course provided high-quality interactive learning, modern subject areas and a great platform for a career at GE. The Consultancy Project allowed us to interact on a professional level, solving real business problems with real solutions.

    Alexandra Edwards, graduate now area sales manager, GE Lighting

  • By gaining experience within human resource management before graduating, I will be able to have a clearer mind on whether or not it is definitely something for me. I am so pleased I chose to study business management, as I have had the opportunity to study multiple areas of the business environment rather than studying a specific aspect of business.

    Anna Greenslade, Student

  • When you decide your route through Uni make sure that it includes a placement because I can safely say that it is by far the best decision I have ever made. Not only does it help you gain invaluable work experience, it also helps you understand first-hand what life will be like once you’ve graduated.

    Daniel Summerton, Student

  • The course offered a fantastic insight into the world of business and opened opportunities for employment within various areas including accounting, marketing, consultancy, IT and much more. The lectures were well structured and easy to follow. The staff are highly knowledgeable and experienced, and resonate the values of the University perfectly; to teach students essential real world experience.

    Himanshu Karode, Graduate

  • The lecturers have been extremely helpful. It is great to be able to build a working relationship with your lecturer to get individualised feedback and assistance. The course materials is extremely interesting and seems to be tailored to meet the practical needs of the modern global business environment.

    Jordan Verhappen

  • For my consultancy project I worked with a group of peers for Marwell Wildlife. It was truly a challenge, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I learned how to work effectively in a team and achieve great results. Several of the recommendations that we made based on our project findings were actually implemented by Marwell – that’s something that I can put on all my applications to future employers.

    Theo van Heygen, Graduate

  • I really enjoyed the variety of units and I feel that I have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing a career path. The course covers pretty much all aspects of business and I have gained skills in many different areas. I particularly liked the management aspect of the course. The course is very hands-on and the seminars give you the chance to practise the skills that you learn about in lectures.

    Ulriika Simila, Graduate

Industry links

This course provides plenty of opportunities to build links with industry. Guest lecturers from a range of organisations (such as Carnival UK, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Matchtech Group and IBM) help give you an excellent understanding of real-world experiences, while the course team’s extensive professional links will help you find suitable and valuable experience on your work placements or consultancy project; previous project partners include Southampton City Council, Hampshire Constabulary and BT.


In the second year, students have the option to undertake a three month work experience placement. Past students have found placements at LUSH, Cancer Research UK, Quantum Marketing, Spark44 in London, Student Jobs in the Netherlands and Aerolia in France.

You will also have the option to undertake a full-year industry placement between years two and three; recent work placements include Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Carat Media, GE Healthcare, LV Insurance and CDI Anderselite.

Graduate stories

Quentin's story

Quentin Richard - Co-founder of footwear label Piola

Kick-starting sustainable success independent footwear label Piola, set up three years ago by Solent business management graduate Quentin Richard and his co-founder Antoine Burnier, aims to establish a sustainable business with rubber and organic cotton producers in Peru – with Piola paying three to five times the market price for their materials.

Quentin and Antoine have also found innovative ways to fund their business. Instead of seeking funding from a bank or venture capital company, the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform allows people like Quentin to publicise their project and collect pledges from the public, providing the capital to get Piola off the ground.

“Crowdfunding is a wonderful tool which helped us build our company, finance our production and get new clients and press articles on a worldwide market,” said Quentin, who graduated from Solent in 2009.

Only 28 per cent of the fashion businesses launching a project on a crowdfunding platform obtain the expected funding – but Piola hit its $60,000 target in just 25 days, and raised over $85,000 overall. Using Kickstarter also helped Piola convince American stores to consider their products, since the funding platform is popular in the USA.

“Our project is very important to us,” said Quentin. “The development of economic and social projects with our producers in Peru is the base of our brand. And thanks to Kickstarter, people know that there are alternative and realistic economic models in the fashion industry or for other types of product.”

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