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BA (Hons) Applied Business Management

Accelerate your career with our fully accredited and flexible online Pathway to Applied Business Management (BA Hons) programme.

DURATION

3 years

Mode

100% online
Full-time

Intakes

January
May
September

Tuition Fees

GBP£9,000
AU$16,111*
US$12,528*

* Subject to
exchange rate.
Fee help available

Number of subjects

17 modules

Career Outcomes

  • Project Managers
  • Strategy Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
  • State Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sustainability Manager

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Fully-accredited online BA

Earn your globally-recognised BA Degree from the prestigious University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

100% online

Study for your online BA degree from anywhere, anytime. Manage your work and family commitments while studying remotely.

No exams

We assess you only on your real-world assignments and an applied project. There’s no need to memorise mindless theory purely to pass an exam. Assessments are based on practical project-focussed work.

Programme Overview

  • Delivered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, one of the UK’s leading universities, as a graduate, you will understand the classic principles of management and its relevance in today’s context. You will also be able to evaluate the challenges and opportunities that have arisen in what is a highly-globalised, digitised and thus diverse, modern business environment.
  • You will develop an entrepreneurial skill set that will both assist in effective management within the high-paced digital economy, as well as foster entrepreneurial capacity within established organisations.
  • You will be empowered to design and implement management frameworks and strategies to suit the unique business scenario in which you find yourself, regardless of the organisation for which you work.
  • This course represents a unique learning experience that includes tailored learning activities and exclusive video content, standing on the shoulders of hundreds of the world’s most successful and inspiring leaders.

Our 17 BA (Hons) course modules are:

  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Managing Money and Finances
  • Business Model Development
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Design Thinking
  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Managerial Communication
  • Elective module (3 options)
  • Big Data
  • The Global Economy
  • Management Strategy
  • Managing Diverse Workplaces
  • Organisational Change
  • Elective module (4 options)

Course Details

CORE SUBJECTS

Module 1: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

This module introduces you to what it means to be an entrepreneur, the fundamental tools of the trade and the role of entrepreneurship—both as it has been and as it currently is. You will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of entrepreneurial venture-creation in a range of contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and justify entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Articulate key processes towards successful new-venture creation.
  • Design launch strategies for new ventures.
  • Explain the challenges typically faced by entrepreneurs.

Module 2: Fundamentals of Management

In this module, you will come to understand the importance and objectives of organisational management, the various core frameworks required to design and set up organisations and the tools and techniques effective for the assessment and improvement of organisational performance

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and importance of management, including managerial challenges and the implications they have on business performance.
  • Identify appropriate managerial strategies to maximise value-creation within organisations.
  • Clearly articulate the differences and overlaps between leadership and management and what challenges each of the roles bring.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the cultural needs of organisations.

Module 3: Fundamentals of Project Management

In this module, you will learn what constitutes a project, the various components and stages of a project, as well as the core competencies and approaches of an effective project manager. Taking a broad perspective, this module introduces you to the similarities of projects between industries, as well as many of the nuances that may be found in particular industries.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Clearly define and scope projects of varying natures and demonstrate an understanding of the variations between projects and their respective industries.
  • Understand the various stages of a project and its components.
  • Use appropriate project planning tools.
  • Identify key dependencies and risks for project success.

Module 4: Fundamentals of Marketing

In this module, you  will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of marketing, its function in business and the different approaches to marketing management. You will also learn how marketing has evolved in line with digital capabilities as well as why many fundamentals remain unchanged. You will also develop the ability to articulate basic marketing goals and plans.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and philosophies of marketing and its resultant business challenges.
  • Prepare reports interpreting secondary-data, that informs marketing decisions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of customers and their markets and how they inform business decisions.
  • Develop a marketing plan.

Module 5: Managing Money and Finances

You will develop your understanding and skills in the foundations of business accounting, in order to prepare and interpret basic financial reports for organisations of varying maturity. You  will also explore the theories that underpin business accounting and develop the capability to identify any financial trends of note, in order to make the necessary recommendations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and prepare basic financial reports.
  • Identify challenges and inform business decisions.
  • Prepare financial information packages to support decision-makers.
  • Proactively identify business finance challenges.

Module 6: Business Model Development

This module aims to introduce you to the core concepts of a business model and its importance in providing sustainable business success. In addition to understanding core business model components will develop skills in assessing current and future risks and opportunities, based on strategic market analysis and forward planning. You will also have an opportunity to develop new, innovative business models, utilising the principles and frameworks you have learnt, thereby fostering a greater level of student creativity and critical engagement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define and articulate the core components of an organisation’s business model and its importance in an organisation’s success;
  • Explain the interaction between the key factors of a business model and its impacts.Evaluate an existing business model in relation to the surrounding market conditions and identify and communicate opportunities for improvement and innovation.
  • Propose business models that reflect the market opportunities of the business environment.

Module 7: Corporate Responsibility

In this module you  will learn the increasingly important role of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and how it has evolved in recent years. In addition to the key considerations of CR for organisations, and the opportunities and risks involved in adopting or ignoring CR, you  will develop your understanding of the various methodologies that are being introduced to foster CR.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various concepts and strategies of CR  and their potential impact on organisations and business objectives.
  • Identify opportunities for value-adding CR within an established organisation.
  • Design CR strategies to respond to business scenarios.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to clearly communicate CR strategies to a variety of stakeholders.

Module 8: Design Thinking

In this module, you will explore design thinking and why this modern business concept is useful and valuable to all kinds of organisations.. In particular, you will engage with the design thinking process—from ideation through to evaluation and explore the role it plays in current businesses, including the theory and philosophy behind it, and the different approaches to it. You will have an opportunity to apply your knowledge and will engage in a design thinking process for an existing organisation, or your own venture.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define and articulate design thinking theory and its role within the modern business environment.
  • Explain the interaction between key phases of design thinking and the impacts on business practice.
  • Apply design thinking practices and approaches to solve real-world business problems.

Module 9: Digital Business and Disruption

In this module, you will learn about the digital economy and the associated new breed of high-growth digital businesses. You will explore the differences between digital and physical organisations and the methods of developing and delivering value to customers. You will develop skills in identifying digital business opportunities, the risks for established organisations, as well as learn to design business models for digital organisations and adapt more traditional business models to suit the digital economy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the core concepts of a digital business and how these differ from more traditional organisations.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in established organisations using digital methodologies.
  • Design digital business strategies to improve value for existing customers and to attract new customers.
  • Clearly articulate the challenges that digital disruption brings  to traditional business models.
  • Design disruptive digital business models.

Module 10: Managing Employee Relations

In this module, you will be introduced to employment regulations that apply to all types of staff. You  will develop your abilities in designing workforce policies and procedures in line with the law, in order to foster safe and enjoyable work environments. In addition, you will learn fundamental approaches to dealing with various staff challenges in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of the key regulations in relation to a safe and supportive work environment.
  • Create workplace policies to foster  a productive work environment and proactively identify employee challenges and issues.
  • Design strategies to create a harmonious and positive working environment.
  • Clearly and appropriately communicate in both oral and written forms.

Module 11: Managerial Communication

In this module, you will develop your  understanding of the importance of various methods of business communications. You will be introduced to methodologies and techniques in both formal and informal communication and will develop your skills in selecting and developing appropriate communication methodologies for various business scenarios and objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the well-established principles of business communication methods.
  • Evaluate a range of communication media and their suitability in a variety of business scenarios.
  • Prepare and develop a range of publications to suit various business scenarios.
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations and pitches to suit various business scenarios.

Module 12: Digital Marketing

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 1):
This module will allow you to appreciate the evolving and pervasive nature of the digital landscape and how to develop skills to improve digital marketing effectiveness. Effective digital monitoring and measurement techniques will be identified and utilised to improve digital marketing performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the well-established principles of the disruptive digital marketing environment and the challenges and opportunities that it brings.
  • Conduct an online customer experience analysis.
  • Critically evaluate the appropriateness of digital tools to support marketing across platforms whilst being able to measure and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Develop a digital marketing strategy.

Module 13: Integrated Marketing Communications

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 2):
In this module, you will build on skills developed in previous modules to further explore and develop the concepts and strategies of marketing communications. You will develop and design strategies for communicating messages to particular customer segments, whilst applying  broader business goals and utilising a variety of media channels to maximise impact. In addition, you will study the foundations of brands and identify effective branding strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of the various marketing channels and their respective purposes.
  • Apply communications methodologies to communications strategies, in order to achieve marketing goals.
  • Using evidence, define brand personalities and profiles.
  • Monitor and adapt marketing campaigns to ensure the required outcomes.

Module 14: Social Enterprise

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 3):
In this module, you will be introduced  to the concepts of social entrepreneurship, how it differs from commercial entrepreneurship from a development and operational perspective, as well as the opportunities available to social entrepreneurs in a range of sectors. In addition, you will learn the various social enterprise types (such as established for profit organisations) as well as the unique challenges these organisations face in launch, growth and operation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply main methods of enquiry and research to identify opportunities for positive social impact through social enterprise.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the differences between the range of social enterprises.
  • Determine and evaluate the unique challenges for a social entrepreneur and social enterprises.
  • Design strategies to overcome challenges in social venture creation and management

Module 15: Big Data

In this module, you will explore the concepts of Big Data and how it can be applied in modern business contexts. After developing your understanding of the various methodologies for collecting and interpreting Big Data, you  will work on its application to improve business performance. After completing this module, you will have a demonstrated capacity to identify and articulate appropriate metrics for measuring business performance across all departments in a variety of businesses and how to identify pertinent trends to overall business performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Design data collection strategies that inform  business decision-making.
  • Effectively communicate a detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of the various types of Big Data and the function of each.
  • Interpret Big Data and provide recommendations to business decision makers.
  • Identify and articulate relevant metrics for business performance across departments, sectors and business types.

Module 16: The Global Economy

In this module, you will explore the new paradigm of business that is the global economy and the resulting implications for both established and new organisations. You will develop your understanding and ability to identify drivers of global change and interpret the results  to identify opportunities and challenges from both an operational and strategic perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the concepts of globalisation and the global economy and the various opportunities and challenges that arise in organisations of a varying nature.
  • Demonstrate an ability to track and interpret global trends to inform business decision-making.
  • Devise and justify strategies to maximise organisational value and performance in a global economy.
  • Interpret the global drivers of influence and the ways in which they affect business markets.

Module 17: Management Strategy

In this module, you will develop your ability to design effective business strategies for organisations of varying types and stages of maturity. Through consideration of strategy concepts, the evolution of strategy and a range of strategic methodologies, you will learn how to respond to specific business scenarios and design proactive strategies towards achieving business goals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and evaluate the various strategic planning techniques and the function and importance of strategy within organisation.
  • Apply strategic foresight techniques to inform strategy design.
  • Design and communicate strategies to respond to business scenarios.
  • Interpret business data to justify strategic planning.

Module 18: Managing Diverse Workplaces

In this module, you will explore the typical opportunities and challenges that arise from a team comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, how this can impact working styles and the type of management and leadership required to leverage diversity. You will further develop your management and leadership skills to identify the impact of staff differences, design effective management procedures and policies and create positive and productive working environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the role cultural diversity  plays in a workforce and –  based on evidence – develop a clear workforce plan to cater for cultural difference.
  • Analyse the respective opportunities and challenges that a varied workforce may present.
  • Design culturally-appropriate workforce strategies and
  • Design culturally- appropriate workforce strategies and learn how to communicate them to provide a supportive and productive workplace for diverse teams.

Module 19: Organisational Change

In this module, you will consider concepts of organisational change and change management. You will develop your ability to plan proactively, lead and manage the organisations undergoing change such as new policy adoption, new product development or some form of innovation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify requirements for organisational change to improve business performance and design appropriate change management strategies suitable for the organisation and teams.
  • Develop a clear change management plan that identifies potential threats to change.
  • Design communications strategies that take into account potential threats to change.
  • Create plans to support and manage individuals and their performance through the change process.

Module 20: Applied Leadership

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 1):
In this module you will develop your  theoretical understanding of leadership in a general business context, and how different leadership models apply in varying types of organisations. You will investigate the differences between management and leadership, as well as how leadership capability is developed in individuals and organisations. You will explore the concepts of organisational culture and how the traits of an individual leader can influence the overall culture of a business. In addition, you will develop your own leadership style, linking it to relevant theoretical approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and a systematic understanding of the concepts of leadership and personality types and the implications for business performance.
  • Analyse the role of culture within a workplace.
  • Design operational processes to maximise team output.
  • Clearly articulate your  individual approach to leadership.

Module 21: Capital Raising

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 2):
In this module, you will develop the skills and understanding necessary to raise capital for new and existing ventures of various types and stages of maturity. In addition to understanding the various types of funding available and the benefits and drawbacks of each, you will be able to develop strategies to source and raise funds, with accurate venture valuations.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of various capital fundraising methods and strategies and accurately evaluate market potential for new ventures.
  • Analyse the various types of business funding available to organisations.
  • Develop pitch skills  to secure funding for new ventures.
  • Create financial projections to support business investment decisions.

Module 22: Competitive Market Positioning

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 3):
In this module, you will build upon your marketing strategy knowledge to develop a market positioning strategy. You will be introduced to more complex theories and frameworks to support decision-making and position yourself attractively in competitive markets, whilst considering market trends, market composition and competitor strategies and activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively analyse the current market position.lign organisational competencies and behaviours with market requirements and opportunities.
  • Identify market forces and the potential for impact on a business.
  • Build in-depth positioning strategies.
  • Develop a range of effective and appropriate communications for a range of audiences.

Module 23: Marketing Strategy and Planning

You can choose to study one of the following modules (option 4):
In this module, you will utilise the broad array of skills you have developed, in order to design holistic marketing strategies. You will consider the relevance of broader business challenges, opportunities, goals and marketing strategy, as well as learn how to work with management from other business functions in developing marketing plans.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clearly identify consumer trends and interpret them to inform business decision-making.
  • Clearly identify new market opportunities in line with business goals and develop strategies to capitalise on them.
  • Interpret market reports to inform strategic planning changes.
  • Develop detailed market development strategies to capitalise on local and global market opportunities.

Entry Requirements

88 UCAS points plus 2 UK GCSE/GCE O Level passes at Grade A-C in Maths and English
OR
Significant work experience* plus 2 UK GCSE/GCE O level passes at Grade A-C in Maths and English. *Work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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Tuition, Payment Plans, Loans

Tuition

GBP£9,000
AU$16,111*
US$12,528*
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Payment Plans

3 instalments per academic year (34%, 33%, 33%)

1 instalment payable per term.

Loans

UK Loan companies – Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England

US students can apply for Sallie Mae loans to cover all or part of the fees.

Skills Outcome

Presentation

Woo your audience with improved persuasion and presentation skills.

Creativity

Show your creative streak by approaching business challenges in a new way.

Collaboration

Harness the skills and abilities of others while working together to create better results.

Problem-solving

Use your creativity to find a solution that will give you the best outcome.

Critical Thinking

Evaluate and assess research to make the right decision to get the best result.

Digital Literacy

Become more tech-savvy and understand the impacts of the digital world on your workplace.

Financial Literacy

Sharpen your numbers game and learn how financial analysis can help steer your decision making to boost your bottom line.

Initiative

Know what you need to do to get the result you want and take the steps to make it happen.

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I would say that you definitely won't regret it! The only regret that I have is that I didn't start with Ducere earlier! The online systems are so streamlined and easy to use, the support you receive is phenomenal, the content is so engaging, and all assignments are about current and future trends in the industry which allows you to gain a futuristic way of thinking and be industry ready upon graduation.
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