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About the course

Designed by experienced academics who have worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our business management degree is designed to make you highly employable in a competitive global market – giving you the skills you need to secure your first management job or set up your own business.

Whether you are interested in the private, public, charity, social enterprise or entrepreneurial industries, the course team understand what you need to thrive as a business professional.

From core subjects such as operations management, marketing, project management and strategic thinking, through to future-proof skills in enterprise, innovation and digital futures, you will do more than learn the theory – you will learn to apply it through a wide range of ‘real-world’ live briefs and events like international marketing week, where you can spend a week abroad getting hands on experience of international business challenges.

Networking events and guest talks from industry professionals will be your chance to build professional connections, while short- and longer-term work placements offer both academic credit and opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in a work-based environment – proving to prospective employers that you are work-ready.

And we also offer extra qualifications and memberships on top of your honours degree, including:

  • The Chartered Management Institute’s L5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
  • Project Management Qualification
  • Student membership of professional bodies
  • Potential for Foundation Chartered Manager and Student Membership status of the Chartered Management Institute

Our curriculum not only studies the contemporary business challenges, but helps identify future trends which you will be managing and leading on within your organisations. And it’s flexible, too – you can tailor your studies towards the areas that interest you. 

At Solent you will become part of an active business community, encompassing students, staff and business alumni who inspire and support current students. Our graduates work across the globe, in a wide and fascinating range of industries. As well as visits, talks and guest lectures, we offer a great peer mentoring scheme – providing an academic mentor who will be there to support you throughout your degree journey.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

The business curriculum is based around teaching students core business topics, but also future trends and issues as this is vital for employability and career success.

What does this course lead to?

A Solent business management degree gives you the specialist business knowledge and broad transferable skills to find business-focused roles in any industry. Recent graduates have gained professional and managerial positions across the world, for example:

  • Graduate scheme, TK Maxx
  • HR graduate scheme, Randstad
  • HR, B&Q
  • Assistant manager and graduate manager trainee, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Resource partner, Roke
  • Ministry of Foreign Office (Saudi Arabia)
  • Investment Manager, Black Coat Group
  • Digital Credit Controller, Penguin House
  • Team Senior, BMW
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspas Desserts
  • Project Manager, Olay Trans Ltd (Cyprus)
  • Business Systems Analyst, Meridian Corp Finance
  • Consultancy graduate, CISCO
  • HR, NHS Southampton
  • Financial Coordinator, Devere Group (Malta)
  • Sales Executive, EE
  • Operations Assistant, Marks and Spencer
  • Accounts Controller, Wallenuis W Logistics

Other graduates have used the knowledge and skills gained to drive their entrepreneurial ambitions and start their own businesses.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s business management degree is ideally suited if you want to develop strong business skills and prepare yourself for successful careers in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory but real-world application.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs
Optional trips and social activities may require additional costs.

Whilst the CMI qualification is included within the course fees, undertaking the Project Management Qualification will require an exam fee to be paid, which is approximately £200.

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Business Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Contemporary Management Theory
    Expand your understanding of key managerial concepts, including organisational purpose and structure, leadership, corporate culture, ethics, strategic decision-making, diversity and employment law - through case studies from today’s business environment.
  • Personal and Professional Development 1 – Awareness of Self
    Explore your strengths and weaknesses, build your academic, employability and independent learning skills, and put together a personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future ready.
  • Digital Future
    Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up. Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and to present your findings effectively.
  • Business Finance for Managers
    Get to grips with finance and accounting, an essential part of any management role – exploring financial controls, budgeting, profit and loss, financial statements and more – through practical problem-based interactive sessions.
  • Marketing, Sales and Negotiation
    Discover the critical role of marketing in business, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement to measuring effectiveness. Learn key marketing concepts and terminology, explore digital and content marketing, and more.
  • Creative Enterprise and Innovation
    Explore strategies and cultures that promote creativity, enterprise and innovation, examine leading individuals and organisations – developing your own entrepreneurial capacity, and learning to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others. 

Year two

Core modules
  • Operations Management
    This module examines processes, tools and techniques used in operations management to ensure customer satisfaction and analyse delivery issues, and provides opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice.   
  • Personal and Professional Development 2 - Development of Self
    To manage others, you need to reflect on self-management too. This module explores your self-management, personal values and journey, interweaving the essential management and leadership skills to successfully manage teams.
  • Project Management in Business
    Informed by Association for Project Management (APM) standards, this module will teach you best practice including stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership – as well as exploring contemporary challenges in project management.

Then one of the following routes:

Route one:

  • Work Placement (three modules worth)
    A placement boosts your employability and lets you ‘test drive’ a career to see if it’s right for you. Enhance your professional skills, get practical experience, and build your network.

Route two:

  • Study Aboard (three modules worth) 
    Study for a year at one of our partners overseas. Immerse yourself in a new country, show employers you are flexible and open-minded, and explore a different culture and approach. 

Route three:

  • Community Enterprise
    This module will explore the role, legal status and challenges of social and community enterprise – letting you show employers you are values motivated, socially responsible and understand ethical business.
  • Global Challenges 
    Explore some of the most important contemporary business issues as a future manager, including urbanisation, demographic and social change, global economic shifts, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change.

And one option (part of route three)

  • Capital Market Trading
    Understand money and the markets in our globalised economy. Explore the language of finance; test and observe diverse investment strategies; and learn how key information can dramatically affect share prices.
  • Contemporary Growth Challenges for Business
    Growth offers sustainability and competitive advantage for organisations. This module covers the life cycle of organisations, strategies for growth, exit strategies and more, in a wide range of contexts.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Personal and Professional Development 3 – The Business Professional
    Evaluate your aspirations and create a career development plan to start your own business or secure a graduate position – exploring digital profiles, job hunting, how to stand out, and more.
  • Research Methods
    Develop your research and analytical skills, designing research in a way that is valid, and reliable, and apply it in business – impacting product development, customer service, strategy and more.
  • Strategic Management
    Learn how senior managers and chief executive officers identify, select and manage strategy. Critically evaluate a wide range of strategic management theories and models, and how to apply and implement them.
  • Final Major Project
    Apply research and analytical skills to your chosen topics of business. Carry out primary research, interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, formulate options and draw conclusions and recommendations. 
  • Ecological Economics
    Business needs to change – fast. As a future manager and leader, you will consider climate change and the underlying economics, critically evaluating proposed solutions and their ecological and economic impacts.

Choose one option 

  • Starting a Business
    Develop the knowledge to overcome barriers to entrepreneurism, from lack of capital to fear of failure; explore planning, development and management techniques to take your business from aspiration to reality.
  • Professional Consulting
    Explore and understand the value business consultancy can add: identifying challenges and developing solutions, optimising processes or profitability, project management, and more. Develop communication, problem-solving and other key consultancy skills.
  • Strategic HRM
    Human resource management is a vital part of management activity, enabling productivity through people. This module helps you understand HR, and how best you can work with and alongside it.
  • International Finance Reporting and Analysis
    Keep up to date with financial reporting practises in an ever-changing global environment. Explore contrasts between regional accounting styles, and investigate challenges in business performance analysis across national boundaries.

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

Support

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

Meet the course team

Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Head of Subject View profile
Claire Hughes academic profile Claire Hughes Course Leader View profile
Michael Head academic profile Michael Head Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrea Hammond academic profile Andrea Hammond Senior Lecturer View profile
Stephen Brown academic profile Stephen Brown Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Summers academic profile Paul Summers Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Nick Potts academic profile Nick Potts Associate Professor View profile
David Grindel academic profile David Grindel Associate Lecturer View profile

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.

Facilities

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.

The course is developed with a wide range of real-world briefs that match to industry requirements, for examples, a three-day business simulation working with a leading organisation to help develop their strategies.

Your future

The business management degree enables you full flexibility of career options including:

  • Management consultancy
  • Social enterprise
  • Public sector
  • Teaching/training
  • Marketing
  • Trading
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Retail buying/Retail careers
  • HR
  • Investment banking
  • Recruitment consultancy
  • Bank management
  • Sales
  • Distribution and logistics
  • Project management
  • Operations management
  • Starting your own business
  • Digital tech
  • Insurance
  • Business analysis
  • Consumer products
  • Financial analysis
  • NGOs
  • Further master’s study
  • 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 modules 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

The course team works with a wide range of employers, from international companies such as KPMG, Nationwide, Carnival UK, B&Q and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, to large UK companies such as Co-Op Southern Group. We also work with the public sector, including Hampshire County Council, and a range of charities and SMEs including My Coaching, City Life Church, Chrysallis, Naomi House and Rees Leisure.

Placements

Work experience is an essential part of the degree, and a key part of what employers are wanting from graduates. There are options to undertake a short-term placement in the second year, or for a full year between the second and third years. 

While students are expected to source their own work placements, support is provided as tailored to your aspirations. You can undertake work placement anywhere in the UK or even study abroad, in any business-related role. Previous work placements include roles in France, Cyprus, Australia, South Africa and the USA. Many of our students receive graduate job offers or further part time work as a result.

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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