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Course Overview

Do you want to know what it takes to run businesses online in today’s world?

Are you ready to start thinking digitally and boost your career prospects?

Our Business Management degree will prepare you to become a key player of the digital revolution, equipping you with the necessary skills, knowledge and values to head-start your career in business.

The Extended Business Management is ideal if you are just beginning your journey into the world of Business Management and don’t meet the standard entry requirements.

For many organisations, digital transformation has always been a primary priority, and Covid-19 has only accelerated this need. To succeed in today’s world, businesses need to understand how to use digital technologies to transform their current business model and attract new customers. With 810,316 new businesses launched in the UK in the financial year ending in 2021 (Business Statistics Bulletin 2021), now it’s the time to start developing the skills that will make you shine on your chosen career path.

Through this programme you will explore business theories and the impact of digital technology on how companies engage with their consumers and supply chains. But, more crucially, the programme will allow you develop key skills such as project management, business development, planning, agile methodology and more, to help you become a key player of the digital revolution.

  • Learn to identify and manage digital transformation strategy
  • Assess the use of digital technologies and learn how to run businesses online
  • Gain one-to-one career advice through a module fully focused on helping you become career-ready
  • Learn in a personalised and friendly small class environment
  • Balance your full-time studies with your personal life with various start dates and study options, such as evenings and weekends

What you will gain on your Foundation Year:

  • Knowledge of key business subjects so that you can successfully progress onto the Business Management degree programme
  • How to apply business concepts to real-life organisations
  • Academic and employability skills, and the confidence to progress onto your degree knowing you have what it takes to succeed

This course is delivered as part of a partnership between QA Higher Education and the University of Roehampton. The programme is validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education.

Teaching and Assessment

Lectures, seminars, and workshops: 12 hours per week
Independent study: 38 hours per week
Assessment: coursework and presentations

To thrive in the digital era, you will need to think digitally – our blended learning approach allows you to do just that. You’ll get the best of both worlds with up to 50% of your course delivered online, building your confidence ready to succeed in a digital workplace.

You will receive the same number of live contact hours as face-to-face programmes and have a module specifically designed to cover learning and working digitally. A typical timetable may include:

  • Daytime students: 2 days of tuition per week – your sessions will be on-campus for 1 of those days and the other day will take place live online.
  • Evening and weekend blended timetables will typically follow one of the below patterns each week:
    • 2 evenings live online and 1 weekend day face-to-face on-campus, or
    • 2 evenings face-to-face on-campus and 1 weekend day live online

Visit our blended learning page for further information.

Response to Covid-19: our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. For the latest information, our response to Covid-19 and FAQs, please check the QA Higher Education website.

Academic requirements:

  • 48 UCAS points, or equivalent

English language requirements:

  • GCSE English at grade C/4 or equivalent

To prove your English language requirements, you can also sit the QA Higher Education English test, where a 55% passing mark is required.

Please note: we are not currently able to sponsor international students to study this programme at the University of Roehampton Centres therefore if you require sponsorship to study as an International student, this course will be unavailable to you.

Please also note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.

All modules are core and worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Foundation Year

Learn what it takes to succeed in your studies with a module focused on equipping you with key academic skills.

  • Develop essential academic skills such as referencing and critical thinking
  • Become confident in highly sought-after skills including research and written and oral communications

Gain an essential introduction to all major aspects of business and non-commercial organisations.

  • Explore and understand key business concepts including HR, marketing, sales, operations, information systems, research and development, logistics, finance and accounting, business ethics and public sector/charity organisations
  • Develop highly employable foundational knowledge preparing you for your future studies and career

Learn about core concepts in mathematics applied in a practical context, to give you all the necessary knowledge to successfully progress into Year 1 of your degree.

  • Explore useful mathematical topics tailored for Computing Technology students
  • Understand topics including ratio and proportion, equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages and the use of formulae to calculate areas, volumes and perimeters of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Gain an introduction to probability theory and matrices, graph theory and simple sorting and searching algorithms

Continue building your knowledge and skills to make the most of your undergraduate degree.

  • Build additional knowledge and attune your skills carrying on from the relevant module from the first semester,
  • Refine your communication skills
  • Develop teamworking and presentation, to prepare you for your degree and future career ambitions

Further your business knowledge through a deeper understanding of business terminology, concepts and ideas.

  • Build on the themes and materials from the introductory module in semester one
  • Achieve a greater understanding of business development
  • Explore all major aspects of typical businesses and non-commercial organisations
  • Develop core business skills including management, communication and business development

Apply specific knowledge to a contemporary topic and put your learning into practice.

  • Choose your topic between in(equality) or a protected characteristic
  • Demonstrate your ability to make the most of the academic and subject-specific toolkit developed through your course
  • Negotiate, plan and carry out an investigation into your chosen topic
  • Receive support and guidance from your tutors
  • Develop your e-portfolio with a log of seminar activities to show you’re ready to progress unto your chosen undergraduate degree programme

Year 1

This practical module allows you to explore what it means to learn and work effectively in a digital context, creating the foundations for the necessary skillset to succeed in future modules.

  • Understand how to study in a digital environment
  • Develop your work-ready skills through the use of online systems
  • Learn to manage and be a part of digital teams

Gain a general introduction to the business environment and the key dilemmas faced by businesses today.

  • Explore the ongoing impact and use of digital technologies on how businesses are structured and operate
  • Consider traditional business models and how these have been challenged
  • Understand how businesses are evolving in response to digital developments

Explore fundamental financial and management accounting concepts and their application in a range of business contexts.

  • Learn how to be financially aware
  • Develop your ability to interpret financial data
  • Practice how to construct budgets

To understand digital transformations, you need to first be familiar with core management concepts and approaches.

  • Study and analyse many fundamental concepts of management and why they’re still relevant
  • Explore how the rise of digitalisation in organisations is changing management competencies and demands
  • Boost your employability by understanding what digital transformation means

What is data-driven decision-making, and why is it so important? Gain practice-based experience of data management and use, while understanding the concept of data-driven strategies.

  • Learn about the importance of data management and security
  • Explore the principles of data presentation and its business use
  • Understand how to handle data with Excel and its range of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques
  • Draw value and insight from the business use and application of statistics

Gain a fundamental introduction to a range of key marketing concepts and models.

  • Study marketing theories to enhance your understanding of marketing processes
  • Analyse how technology has challenged traditional marketing concepts and models
  • Explore new approaches to marketing driven by the use of digital technology

Year 2

Put contemporary project management theory into practice and explore the process of making and implementing digital choices.

  • Gain experience of project appraisal, learning how to work through project implementation and post implementation review
  • Practise weekly by completing simulations of a digital implementation project
  • Boost your team-working skills
  • Apply your knowledge to drive projects through to completion

Learn about operations and supply chain management, top skills to make you career-ready across a variety of industries.

  • Explore the benefits and challenges of the increased use of digital technology
  • Learn how to successfully adopt these technologies
  • Gain knowledge on the impact of technologies from a range of stakeholder perspectives, including suppliers’ and customers’

High speed, high capacity, reliable and secure digital communications have opened up the possibility for greater home and remote working. Even once Covid-related restrictions were lifted in the UK, the proportion of hybrid working has risen during spring 2022 (Office for National Statistics 2022).

  • Explore the challenges of setting up, managing and motivating effective virtual teams
  • Learn how to create a sense of corporate identity, belonging and team spirit
  • Delve into the Human Resources challenges related to remote working and how to successfully respond to these

What is Big Data and what’s its role in business and organisation? Through this module, you will learn about and develop key skills for managing and analysing Big Data.

  • Learn about the concept and application of Big Data
  • Explore how Big Data leads to business insight and organisational advantage
  • Understand and analyse Big Data through case studies from a range of organisational contexts
  • Put theory into practice and extract business insights from a ‘real’ Big Data set

Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z all have different values, aspirations and desires. Each generation interacts with digital technology in different ways, and if organisations wish to stay on top of the game, they need to understand the behaviours and modes of engagement with technology of different generations.

  • Explore the factors leading to organisations moving more into the field of digital marketing and digital interaction with customers and potential customers
  • Analyse inter-generational differences and how to react to these to drive business success
  • Understand the implications of different generations for developing digital engagement strategies
  • Explore organisations’ evolving digitisation of operations and service delivery

Living and working digitally brings its risks, first of all the risk of unauthorised access to data and/or denial of service attacks.

  • Learn about national and supranational legislation to control the storage and use of personal data
  • Understand what compliance requirements mean for organisations
  • Explore the nature of the cyber security threats faced by businesses
  • Learn how to develop and implement an effective cyber security strategy
  • Understand information management strategies for business activity and data management as a result of GDPR

Year 3

Gain a thorough introduction to emerging technologies and approaches.

  • Learn more about the business challenges and opportunities new technologies bring
  • Explore up to three emergent and modern technologies to put theory into practice

Develop a critical understanding of a range of approaches to strategy formulation, gaining key skills such as critical thinking, research and agile methodology.

  • Explore how rapid digital development and implementation challenge traditional strategic models and approaches to strategy development
  • Understand the processes involved with developing an organisation’s digital strategy
  • Explore the creation of an agile development process, and how to successfully address the challenges created by digital technology

Gain specialised knowledge on core concepts in business ethics, including how digital technologies pose new challenges to current ethical business norms.

  • Analyse existing frameworks of corporate responsibility and governance
  • Examine and evaluate how fit these existing protocols are in the digital age
  • Explore and discuss possible new models
  • Boost your employability by understanding ethical practice and perspectives

Become confident in academic research and boost your employability by gaining key critical thinking, analysis and research skills.

  • Identify a research topic
  • Define objectives and questions to help you develop a literature review
  • Develop and practise appropriate research methodologies for different forms of research
  • Produce a research proposal which will inform your independent research-based dissertation

Carry out an independent piece of original research based on the proposal from your research methods module, choosing your own area of interest within digital business and business management. Some examples for dissertations are:

  • Embark on a consultancy project, to advise a business on development of an effective digital strategy
  • Act as a manager for a digital implementation project
  • Undertake an analysis of data captured by digital systems to extract business insights and inform business activity

Get career-ready in a module all focused on enhancing your employability.

  • Understand the disciplines, skills and reflective practice needed to prepare you for employment or further study
  • Develop key career-focused skills, including time management and planning
  • Learn how to build an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Create an impressive LinkedIn profile
  • Identify and plan your goals for future employment
  • Understand how your programme will help you head-start your career

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2022/23. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

In the UK, the total employment in SMEs in 2021 was 16.3 million with a £2.3 trillion turnover (gov.uk 2021).

This course is the first step towards your career goals, providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Communication Digital Transformation Leadership
Detail oriented Project Management Research

Developing skills that are industry-focused and transferrable, you will be the ideal candidate for jobs in a variety of fields and sectors.

Competitive job roles this programme might open up for you:

Marketing and Sales Director Management Consultant Marketing Associate Professional
Programme and Software Development Professional Financial Manager Management Accountant
Business Development Executive Business Analyst Project Manager
  • 2022/23: £9,250 (UK/Home)

Student finance through Student Finance England (SFE) is available for this course. For more information, please contact us.

You will need to have access to a laptop/PC required and reliable high-speed internet connection for your virtual classes and group assignments.

Included in your tuition fees
Academic Support, including the Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team
Careers and Employability Service
Class hours (lectures, seminars and tutorials)
Facilities (computers, on-campus wi-fi, printers, vending machines)
Library resources, including a large online catalogue of books, journals and more
Online resources
Social spaces (quiet study spaces, multi-faith rooms and spaces to socialise)
Student Support (Welfare Team, Finance Team and more)

Tuition fees do not cover the cost of subject books, stationery, printing and photocopying costs, accommodation, living expenses, travel, hobbies, sports or any other extracurricular activities.

We recommend you allow an additional £180 per annum to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each.

If you are ready to apply, please complete our online application form and provide any required supporting documents. We will assess your application and provide you with a response. If you experience any issues, please contact home.admissions@qa.com.

Next application deadline: 09 January 2023

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