On this course you develop the skills to succeed in the business world, and gain the confidence and qualities that employers really want. No two students have the same experience on this course. The variety of optional modules means you create your own business studies degree, exploring which areas of business you want to work in and specialising in your areas of interest. During your first year you study the core areas of business. These give you knowledge in the key areas of • finance • human resources • international business • marketing • operations management • business environment. Each year the number of optional modules increases, allowing you the freedom to pursue your interests. You choose from options including • a foreign language • contemporary issues in marketing • operational project management • managing the digital enterprise • financial performance management. You develop key skills and knowledge for business, including the ability to • analyse business issues • present your opinions and make recommendations • work independently and as part of a team • manage people and projects. You also gain skills in • problem-solving • creative thinking • team-working • communication • leadership and management. **Placements and work experience** In your third year, you apply what you have learned with a one-year paid work placement, earning a salary between £14,000 and £26,000. The placement is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer. Previous placement students have worked • in PR for Canon's headquarters, dealing with the media and helping to organise National Photography Week • managing a sales territory for Schweppes Coca-Cola • as trainee manager at Aldi • on the sales team at IBM • creating marketing collateral for manufacturer Cummins. There are also opportunities to work abroad – recently our students have taken placements at Walt Disney in Florida and HotelBeds in Mallorca. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. **Expertise** Our tutors have significant experience in business management. They regularly run leadership training for directors and senior managers in organisations such as Nestlé, SIG and the Post Office, so you receive the very latest thinking in business. You can apply to take part in the Common Purpose leadership scheme, where you network with leaders and role models from the world of business. We arrange guest lectures and seminars from relevant and credible professionals, who come and talk about the projects they are working on. We also pay for you to be an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute during your course, giving you access to their networking events and helping you build up your LinkedIn contacts for when you start your career.