Business Enterprise Development BSc

Do you want to do business, not just learn about it? Have you considered running your own business, or leading the development and success of an established organisation? Do you like working with others, and hands-on learning? If so, real-world business, real-world learning is for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

3 year course

UCAS code(s)

N215

Start date

This course is currently available through Clearing.

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:


A Level: CCC | BTEC UnREF: DDM | BTEC REF: DDM

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature

Overview
Explore Business Enterprise Development at Aston University

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“This course is great because it is unique and suits my aims and objectives.  I saw a quote for the course online saying ‘this course is different, are you?’ and I knew it was the perfect course for me due to the way I learn.”

Eleta Taylor

BSc Business Enterprise Development

 

 

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“This course is great because it is unique and suits my aims and objectives.  I saw a quote for the course online saying ‘this course is different, are you?’ and I knew it was the perfect course for me due to the way I learn.”

Eleta Taylor

BSc Business Enterprise Development

 

 

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Course outline and modules

What is enterprise development?

Our innovative programme is constructed around you working in a team to set up and run your own enterprise. You will learn everything you need to know by experiencing it for yourself.

The BSc Business Enterprise Development degree at Aston University aims to give you the best start to learning about how to develop, sustain and grow a business. It has been adapted by the globally renowned Team Academy model of entrepreneurship education from Finland, and built on the following principles:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial capacity and mindset through learning-by-doing.
  • Experience the development of a real business that you own with a team of others.
  • Determine your own learning focus and needs, supported by team coaches who are there to guide and help you develop.

How you’ll study

This course has been designed to equip you with the skills, competencies and attitudes to enhance both your entrepreneurial mindset and leadership capabilities. You may be interested in setting up your own enterprise or want to lead the development and success of established organisations.

This programme is constructed around you working in a team and running your own enterprise. Your learning is developed through team coaching processes rather than taught or lecture-based inputs. Learning opportunities and assessments are built around three key pillars:

  • Enterprise management and growth.
  • Team performance and leadership.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurialism.

What you’ll learn

As a team entrepreneur on the programme, you will dictate your own learning, asking for coaching on subjects when needed. You will hone your ability to generate, evaluate, present and develop new product and service ideas. In addition, you will have the opportunity to build strategic plans, resource profiles and marketing strategies.

In the final year, the focus is on enterprise growth and high performance. With your team, you will explore how to grow your enterprises, now in their third year of operation, through finding new sources of funding and focusing on customer values and branding.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Foundation programme

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies, in order to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Find out more about the post-study work visa.

 

Modules

Year 1

The first year of BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise Development is structured around the foundations of enterprise and team creation. This is supplemented with activities that develop your creativity and ideation and unleash your inner entrepreneur. There is also a module aimed at developing basic academic competencies to enable you to begin working on your various assignments throughout the year.

During the year you will hone your ability to generate, evaluate, present and develop new product and service ideas. You will also learn about and apply the concepts and principles of successful team development as you work alongside your team mates.

You will study modules in Enterprise Creation, Creating Effective Teams, Academic Effectiveness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Year 2

The second year builds on this to develop your managerial and leadership qualities. You will have the opportunity to build strategic plans, resource profiles and marketing strategies. You will also develop your knowledge of different forms of leadership and have the opportunity to apply these to projects within your team.  During this year you will also build your entrepreneurial skills through the exploration of networking, innovation labs, pitching new ideas, negotiating and learning the fundamentals of applied business research.

Modules will include Enterprise Management, Team Leadership, Applied Research and Developing Entrepreneurial Capability.

Year 3

In the final year the focus is on enterprise growth and high performance. Within your teams you will explore how to grow your enterprises, now in their third year of operation, through finding new sources of funding and a focus on customer value and branding. Within your teams you will research the traits of high performance teams and leaders and you will have the opportunity to conduct a thorough consultancy or market research project with an enterprise or on a new product or service of your choice.

Unlike other degrees, you will finish this programme, not just having learned about how to run an enterprise but having actually run one. Instead of lecture halls and seminar rooms you will work in an open plan office. Instead of lecturers or teachers you will have coaches and instead of lectures you will have team coaching sessions.

Modules include Enterprise Growth, Leading High Performance Teams and an Applied Research Project.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC – standard offer

BCC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)

CCC (Contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

29 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,4 at HL.

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (Contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification. 

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International Students

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

 

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

The Business Enterprise Development degree at Aston puts experience and practice at the heart of the learning process. You will learn from doing tasks and interacting with your team, rather than being told information from a lecturer. This encourages deep learning of the key activities of enterprise development and management.

We pride ourselves on our teaching which has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade and the benchmark by which the government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Assessment

All of the assessment on this programme is authentic, allowing you to demonstrate what you have achieved in other ways. Assessment is carried out through a variety of means, and focused on developing skills, competency and capacity to be entrepreneurial. While appropriate for some programmes that are focused on knowledge acquisition and beneficial for some people, exams are not used in the Business Enterprise Development programmes. 

All of your assessments will be practical and developmental. Tasks include:

  • Creating career and personal development plans.
  • Pitching for funding for your enterprise.
  • Showcasing your teams’ projects.
  • Maintaining your own reflective journal.
  • Creating enterprise development plans.
  • Ideation and new product/service challenges.
  • Interviews.
  • Presentation of a marketing campaign and an in-depth consultancy or market research project.

Personal development

This degree is like no other, particularly in preparing you for entering the real world of work. You will learn by doing and grow your confidence as well as skill sets in a practical learning environment, where you develop your own enterprise as part of a team. You will experience all aspects of enterprise development and management including teamworking and negotiating skills. On the forefront of new working practices, this degree will enable you to navigate the team-based environments now becoming commonplace working structures in organisations around the globe.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

No other course develops the skills, attributes and competencies necessary to thrive in the modern enterprise environment like this programme. It will give you the confidence, resilience and experience to lead, manage or set up your own business, or to take your future in whatever direction you want.

This is a new approach to learning and collaboration which is more aligned to the working world. You will gain real-life experience and will be able to draw on real examples in interviews of what you have achieved rather than learnt.

International opportunities

This course is based on a module that was first released in Finland called Team Academy, and is now practiced in sixteen countries, with six UK universities offering it. Once you have enrolled on this course you are linked to the global Team Academy hubs. Current students are organising a trip to Strasburg to link with another academic to trial some business ideas and generate funds.

What jobs will this course prepare me for?

You will have the tools and insights to set up your own business, and a third of our graduates from this course go on to do just that – run their own company.

However, it is also a great course if you are looking to become ‘intrapreneurs’ – working for a company that assesses and promotes innovative product development and marketing, for instance.

 

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“I chose this course because I needed to be more hands on in my learning, which is exactly what this course is.  The skills gained from this course are also more easily applied to real life situations too.” 

Tejas Patel

BSc Business Enterprise Development

Frequently asked questions

Why study the Business Enterprise Development degree at Aston?

If you prefer to ‘learn by doing’ and have an interest in setting up your own business, or want to gain real-life insight into the workings of a start-up as well as the skills and knowledge involved, this course is for you!

You will develop knowledge and skills across the breadth of business enterprise development through learning-by-doing. From the way you are taught, through to the way you are assessed (eg. no exams, practical learning, understanding and demonstrating what you have achieved).

What kind of jobs does a degree in Business Enterprise Development lead to?

No other course will develop the skills needed to thrive in modern business like this one. You will develop a wealth of transferable skills and the confidence, resilience and experience to lead, manage or set up your own enterprise, or to take your future career in whatever direction you like, whether that’s running your own business or operating as an ‘intrapreneur’ working for someone else.

Why Aston Business School?

Aston Business School is amongst the top 1 per cent of business schools in the world to have triple accreditation.  The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us Gold, and we are first in the UK for Value Added, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result, showing the quality of our teaching (Aston University, Guardian University Guide, 2020). All of this means we really value your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

 

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