This course is designed to turn your current business HND, foundation degree or Dip HE into a full honours degree. You learn how businesses can thrive and grow in tough economic climates and gain an understanding of how to apply the principles of enterprise and innovation that are crucial to competitiveness in private, public and not-for-profit organisations. During the course you gain a solid and up-to-date grounding in business and management. You develop your knowledge, skills and ability to succeed in the increasingly complex, competitive and dynamic business environment. The course has a practical focus, giving you the enterprise skills that employers look for. These include • problem solving • creative thinking • team-working • communication • leadership • management • interpersonal skills. You also gain consultancy and presentation skills, with the opportunity to get involved in a consultancy capacity with real businesses. This includes advising on how to improve offerings, products and services to gain a competitive advantage, which in turn allows you to better understand how to improve your own business. Work placements in the UK and overseas In your second year, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating. Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as • 3M • BAE Systems • Hoya Lens UK • Microsoft • River Island Clothing • Asda. Some students choose to trial their own business idea during the placement year by starting and then running their own business. If you choose to do this, you are supported by the University’s Research and Innovation Office which provides a monthly bursary, business centre facilities and free business advice. This support is also available for up to five years after graduating.