Gain the fundamentals of starting and operating a business under the guidance of specialist lecturers, practising entrepreneurs and industry mentors.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study
Taught elements of the degree will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of operating a business, with a focus on the entrepreneurial and the strategic skills needed to realise ideas in dynamic, international markets. While practical components will focus on teaching you how to design, develop and finance your venture, this means that you'll graduate with the ability to start your own company in a wide range of markets or bring entrepreneurial thinking to an established organisation.
As a Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship, the university has a long history in supporting entrepreneurs, especially within the rural economy.
This programme is ideal for those looking to:
- Diversify a rural business such as a farm or small holding
- Develop a food business
- Create an agri-food venture
- Start a retail or service business
- Build a rural fashion brand
- Grow a social networking business
With this course you can:
- Learn about idea generation, venture growth and business strategies
- Develop fundamental business skills such as financial and management accounting
- Benefit from hands-on experience of preparing business plans and presenting pitches to investors
- Choose optional modules that will help you to develop your business management skills in areas such as marketing, organisation management, finance and supply chain management
From opportunity recognition to evaluation, from financing to growing your ideas, this course focuses on how you can bring resources and people together to create value, innovation and positive change.
You can also benefit from our award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme which provides an inspiring and supportive environment in which our students can share, develop and launch their ideas.
International study tour
In your first year you will be taken on a free international study tour. Business school students have previously visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During these study tours you will visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learn the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how this can be applied to your own personal development. All travel, accommodation and breakfasts are paid for by the University.