BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise
Are you entrepreneurial but also want to study for an honours degree? Well you can on the innovative BSc Business Enterprise programme at the University of Buckingham.
Launched in January 2006, researchers in Sweden have found that this programme was the first undergraduate Venture Creation Programme (VCP) at a university anywhere in the world. There are still only two other similar undergraduate programmes offered by universities and these are both in UK. For information about VCPs see www.vcplist.com and http://enterpriseforalluk.com/node/34.
The BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) Programme will interest you if you want to:
- Start and develop your own new business at the same time as studying for an honours degree.
- Establish a Social Enterprise during your studies or on graduation.
- Make a positive contribution to the strategic development of a family business or other small or medium enterprise.
- Develop an entrepreneurial or “can do” approach to life to enhance your future career anywhere
This course provides the opportunity for you to ‘pitch’ for ‘seed-corn’ capital of up to £5000, enabling you to start and run your own business as an integral part of your honours degree. We offer a range of business subjects that will help you to establish your business and develop your qualities of entrepreneurship, management and innovation. Our interdisciplinary programme offers you a combination of current theory and a practical approach to help you succeed in business, constantly linking the classroom to the marketplace.
- See a video interview of Nigel Adams (Programme Director, BSc Business Enterprise) talking about the programme
- See a video interview of Nigel Adams in the series Start Up Heroes and Heroines, talking about the programme and his career
- Hear an audio interview with Nigel Adams about the programme, by Colin Jones of the University of Tasmania
- See a video interview with Afshin Dastmalchi (Economics Student and President of Buckingham Business Enterprise Society) about the University of Buckingham’s Start-up Career Milk-Round event in 18 July 2012.
- Read about the experiences of Business Enterprise graduates
- Read about our visiting speakers
- See the BBE Facebook page for news about the course and current students
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In the first semester, you will learn how to create an effective business plan. This will form the basis of your ‘pitch’ to obtain your ‘seed-corn’ capital from our investment panel ‘Buckingham Angels’. The funding for the “seed corn” capital has been kindly donated by Legal & General and a private donor, the late Mr John ‘Jack’ Desborough.
During the following 18 months, you will be establishing and ‘growing’ the business, at the same time as developing your academic knowledge in-depth across the range of business subjects needed to obtain an honours degree in Business Enterprise.
All of the first cohorts of BSc Business Enterprise graduates have established their own businesses, been appointed to interesting jobs or have gone on to postgraduate study, using their enterprise education and entrepreneurial skills.
It would help your application if you are able to show us a desire to be an entrepreneur, with determination to succeed. This may include involvement in Young Enterprise, or ideas for business you may have developed yourself.
The University of Buckingham is an active member of Enterprise Educators.
Study whilst also running your own business
The Business Enterprise programme is conducted in four stages:
Starting a Business
- Introduction to Marketing
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship 1
- Business Planning (including the Business Model Canvas)
- Law for Business Enterprise 1
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Operations Management 1
- Computer Systems
- Quantitative Methods
- Marketing: Building a Customer Focus
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2
- Operations Management 2
- Financial Control
- Business Information Systems
- Economics of the Firm
- Marketing Communications
- Finance and Accounting for Small Businesses
- Selling Yourself and Your Products
- Service Management
- Corporate Strategy and Strategic Management
- Law for Business Enterprise 2
- Operations Management 3
- International Business
- Business Ethics
- Risks in Business
- Business Records
- Human Resource Management
- Transition Strategy
During the second, third and fourth stages of the programme, students must also submit Quarterly Business Review Reports on their businesses and in the final term a Final Business and Personal Review Report. These reports are all assessed as part of the honours degree, but the success of the business is not part of the assessment.
External entrepreneurs are invited to make presentations to BSc Business Enterprise students in the Winter and Summer Terms.
Videos of previous talks:
- Noam Kostucki (Managing Director, Seeducation), “The 9 most useful things I learned from entrepreneurship”, 17 March 2010: video on YouTube
- Noam Kostucki (Managing Director, Seeducation), “When business meets charity”, 17 March 2010: video on YouTube
The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a national organisation that supports and represents university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship across the UK.
Why not visit Buckingham?
If you visit Buckingham you can find out more about the Business Enterprise degree and also have the opportunity to meet some Business Enterprise students. Please get in touch with us to arrange a tour.
The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the blue box (above). If you do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level you may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme. To commence studies in January, applicants must have at least grade ‘C’ GCSE in their chosen language.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements and student testimonials from your home country.
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our
Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Team for Business would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of the Business School faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.
Business Enterprise is unique in offering practical workshops, as well as an open-door policy with the course tutors, whom students can always approach to ask for help or advice. External entrepreneurs are invited to make presentations to BSc Business Enterprise students in the Winter and Summer Terms to help inspire, as well as inform, the students on the programme.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
Preparation for work
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
We have a high graduate employment rate:
- The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for job prospects with 97.3% (July 2014).
- The Complete University Guide reported that the University ranked in the top five for Graduate Prospects (May 2014).
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
What our students and alumni say
“Having graduated in February 2009, I decided that I wanted to follow a career in accountancy. Despite the difficult financial situation at the time, my first class honours degree, and experience running my own business at Buckingham, enabled me to get a job as a Trainee Accountant, working for Michael J Emery & Co. Ltd in Newport Pagnell.
I am also studying for my ACCA qualifications, which will take about three years. So far I have completed the knowledge-based aspect of the qualification. I am learning all aspects of accounting and have assisted on some company audits.
My experience on the BSc Business Enterprise course has given me valuable insights into business, which have helped greatly in my accountancy training and work. I am able to understand the problems encountered by the owners and managers of companies and can also see where our firm can help our business customers.”
Business Enterprise, 2008
Read more about the experiences of our BSc Business Enterprise graduates
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:
Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
- 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
- 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
- The Kingham Scholarship
The University of Buckingham is offering one budding entrepreneur the chance to win a scholarship to study a unique two-year BSc Business Enterprise degree worth over £25,000. Find out more >
- High Achiever Scholarship
We offer a reduction of £2,500 on your tuition fees if you achieve ABB or above in your A levels (or equivalent) excluding General Studies. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. It will be reviewed after your preliminary and subsequent examinations and will continue if your average mark is in the upper second or first class.
- Five Counties Scholarship
If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire* or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,500 per annum providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.(* from July 2015)
- Buckingham Bursaries
If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Four Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).
International students are able to benefit from a number of country specific undergraduate scholarships, details of which can be found on our international scholarships page. In addition to these, an International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of en suite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
Find out more
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.