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NBS Undergraduate Brochure


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NBS Full-time Undergraduate courses 2011-2012

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NBS Undergraduate Brochure

  1. 1. NorthamptonBusiness SchoolFull-time undergraduate courses
  2. 2. HNDs / FOUNDATION DEGREES AND TOP UP DEGREESWith qualifications designed around proven theoretical principles and courses ledby academics with significant industry experience, at Northampton Business Schoolyou can be sure of a study programme that balances theoretical understanding withvocational application. HNDs / FOUNDATION DEGREES Two years full time (students must be in part time work to take a Foundation degree). • Business • Business Computing Systems • Business Entrepreneurship • Travel and Tourism Management TOP UP DEGREES One year full time top up from HND, Foundation degree, ABE, NCC, ICM, SQA or Dazhuan Diplomas. • BA (Hons) Business and Management • BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems • BA (Hons) International Accounting • BA (Hons) International Business Communications (English as a Second Language) • BA (Hons) International Logistics and Trade Finance • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management “I graduated from The University of Northampton with a • BA (Hons) Marketing Management BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing in 2006. I really enjoyed • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management my course, especially the marketing focused modules like retail and branding, which were comprehensive and interesting. I left the University with some great memories and a valuable qualification. My degree has helped me to get an amazing job in the fashion industry. I joined FULLCIRCLE, a London based fashion house, in April 2007 as a Marketing Assistant. I’ve always wanted to work in the fashion industry and now I live in London, work for a great company and am doing really well.” Clarissa Atkins, Marketing Assistant at FULLCIRCLE BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing
  3. 3. SINGLE HONOURSSingle Honours degrees are three years full time and can be extended to four yearswith an optional Sandwich Placement in Year 3. Accounting and Business Computing Business and Management Marketing and Leisure • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance • BA (Hons) Business Studies • BA (Hons) Advertising • BSc (Hons) Financial Services • BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship • BA (Hons) Marketing Management • BA (Hons) Economics • BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing • BSc (Hons) Business Computing • BA (Hons) Human Resource • BA (Hons) Events Management Systems Management • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism • BA (Hons) International Business Management • BA (Hons) Management • BA (Hons) Sports Marketing • BA (Hons) International Development • BA (Hons) Leisure Lifestyle Management Winner: Outstanding Higher Education Institution Supporting Social Entrepreneurship* Social enterprises can be defined as businesses of any scale or ownership that, as part of their central mission, meet a clear societal need either through their core activities, or which dedicates their profits to such a need, or both. Social enterprise is increasingly being integrated across student courses at the University. The integration of social enterprise into teaching and learning and research throughout the University is based on the needs of our students. Students will have the opportunity to complete accredited work placement modules with existing or start-up social enterprises. This will enable students to earn money, apply their skills to benefit regional social enterprises and significantly enhance their employability. *UnLtd / HEFCE Recognition Awards
  4. 4. JOINT HONOURS - MAJOR / MINOR AND JOINTYou apply for two subjects from over 40 in total. You commence on a Joint Degreewith two equal subjects and have the option to split to a major/minor combinationin Year 2.Choose any two subjects as long as they are in different blocks A B C D Business Computing Advertising Biological Conservation Accounting Systems Computing Business Business Entrepreneurship Creative Writing English Drama Criminology Economics Law Education Studies Dance Equine Studies Marketing Events Management Fine Art Painting and Drawing Leisure Lifestyle Media Production Film and Television Studies French Management Sport Studies Health Studies History Physical Geography International Development Management Human Bioscience Politics Tourism Philosophy Human Geography Psychology Sociology Human Resource Social Enterprise Management Development Journalism Wastes Management Media Studies Web Design Social Care Applied Management available via work-based learning in any timetabling block, students must be in full or part time work. No 1 for Value Added* ‘Value Added’ is one of the most important categories for revealing how students succeed academically. The result is assessed by comparing students’ individual degree results with their entry qualifications out of a score of 10. This helps demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of teaching at an institution. ”It’s a good feeling to be able to put into play the skills learnt over my three year course by using them in real life situations. The course in Business Computing gave me a fantastic foundation to build upon within my current role and definitely *The Guardian University Guide League gave me a head start in finding a job.” Table 2012 James Hiscott, Bureau Technician at Aeriendi BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems
  5. 5. With 35 years experience, Northampton Business School (NBS) is renowned forhigh quality teaching and research, supported by strong links with industry andcommerce. With over 70 staff we are able to draw on expertise for teaching, researchand consultancy in six subject groups: Accounting and Finance, IT, Business andEconomics, Leadership and Human Resources, Marketing and Leisure Management.NBS has over 3500 students including 1000 International and European students. Pre-sessional English (ESL) For applicants who meet the academic entry qualifications but whose level of English is below that required for undergraduate BA/BSc degrees (IELTS 6.0) or postgraduate MA/MSc degrees (IELTS6.5) or equivalent. If you are not currently at this level this programme is for you. The programme is full-time with start dates in September, January, May and July. The length of the programme is dependent on your level of English at the time of entry and exit. International Foundation Programme (IFP) For applicants whose school leaving qualification is not high enough for entry into a UK undergraduate course. Students learn to improve their English language in both the written and spoken form and to develop their academic and study skills in preparation for undergraduate work. The programme offers options in Business, IT, Engineering, and Social Science. The English language requirement for entry is IELTS 5.0 and above or equivalent. The course is one academic year starting in September. “ Quite simply, we try to make sure our courses excite the interest of our students and meet the need of their future employers. “ Dr. Ian Brooks, Dean of Northampton Business School
  6. 6. Frequently Asked QuestionsWill I be able to see a tutor if I need assistance?Our friendly and approachable tutors are all easily accessible in the Cottesbrooke building. If you need to book an appointmentyou can do so via our on-site reception or through email.How much contact time will I get with my tutors?You study six modules of two hours each per week giving 12 hours a week in class plus preparation and personal tutorials.Will my course provide me with the stepping stones I need for a successful career?We are a teaching orientated business school with time dedicated to our students. We don’t just teach you about your subject area, ouraim is develop successful professionals in that field. Our tutors have an impressive portfolio of commercial and academic experience andlinks to professional bodies.Is my course seen as relevant by employers?We aim to keep our courses up-to-date and relevant by teaching to professional standards set by employer bodies such as those inaccounting, events, human resources, IT, management, marketing and tourism. Courses use visiting speakers, industry set briefs, and clientprojects to maximise relevance to the workplace.Can I take a work placement on my course?Employers recognise the experience, maturity, and confidence gained from a work placement connected to your studies. All NBS singleand joint honours degrees come with the option of a one year placement which is taken in Year 3. Students make the decision to takea placement during their second year of study. On some courses, students may be able to have their part-time work (provided it is asuitable job) registered as part of an assessed Work Based Learning module. All Foundation degrees include Work Based Learning.The NBS Centre for Employability (based within NBS) and the Careers Department provide ongoing support in job search, onlineapplications, CV writing and interview skills through timetabled modules and extra-curricular workshops.How will I be assessed?Module requirements differ but generally incorporate a mixture of assessment methods, for example: one course work assignment andone two hour exam. Some modules require two pieces of course work (no exam). Coursework may be an individual report or a groupproject. Occasionally you will need to do a presentation or present a seminar paper. Subjects such as accounting and IT will involvepractical assessments. Some courses use projects set by external clients and all degree courses require the completion of an independentlyresearched dissertation or project in the final year. “During my placement year I developed a variety of new skills. I am a lot more confident when meeting people and have really improved my communication United Kingdom Enquiries and organisational skills. Having Telephone: 0800 358 2232 been in a work environment the Email: theory I’d been learning now makes total sense and I have a variety of skills that I can use for International Enquiries my final year and dissertation. Telephone: +44 (0)1604 735500 I would describe my placement year as invaluable; I’ve paid Email: off my student loan, gained lots of good friends and have job prospects.” Shelley Rowland, Milton Keynes Council BA Business Studies