Business Management (Sustainability)

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
N207
UCAS code:
N214
UCAS code:
N208
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
23 September 2024

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Dual accredited with CMI

When you graduate, you will gain a CMI Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership, as well as your degree

Help real businesses improve sustainability

Support companies through a consultancy project

Learn how to become a responsible business leader by putting social impact and sustainability at the heart of corporate decision-making. Our business management (sustainability) degree will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to make a major difference in the workplace.

Upon completion of this course, you could go on to run your own ethical business, land a specialist role with an existing company or advise other firms on how to reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll learn how to create a sustainability strategy, exploring issues like wastage, recycling and other practices across products, services and supply chains.

Everything will be explored through a real-world perspective, with live industry briefs and the chance to create your own consultancy so you can support companies with specific projects. There will also be business simulations, where you’ll make financial decisions and experience areas such as operations, marketing and HR.

And to help give you the edge with employers, we offer double accreditation. It means you’ll get a leadership and management qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as well as your degree.

We offer some other amazing opportunities too, including an international study exchange. We have partner universities in places such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Then there’s the Staffordshire EDGE programme – an extra award designed to support you with your career journey.

The course is part of our suite of Business Management degrees, which share some core modules. Other options include a more broad-based BSc (Hons) Business Management award or degrees specialising in Events, Human Resource Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Tourism.

All of our business courses will equip you with a diverse skillset in leadership and management and the latest knowledge of how business operates in the real world. You will graduate with a creative approach to problem-solving, be able to interpret and use financial data, have teamworking and persuasive communication skills, and show confidence in managing time, projects and resources. 

Upon completion of this course, you could go on to run your own ethical business, land a specialist role with an existing company or advise other firms on how to reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll learn how to create a sustainability strategy, exploring issues like wastage, recycling and other practices across products, services and supply chains.

Everything will be explored through a real-world perspective, with live industry briefs and the chance to create your own consultancy so you can support companies with specific projects. There will also be business simulations, where you’ll make financial decisions and experience areas such as operations, marketing and HR.

And to help give you the edge with employers, we offer double accreditation. It means you’ll get a leadership and management qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as well as your degree.

We offer some other amazing opportunities too, including an international study exchange. We have partner universities in places such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Then there’s the Staffordshire EDGE programme – an extra award designed to support you with your career journey.

The course is part of our suite of Business Management degrees, which share some core modules. Other options include a more broad-based BSc (Hons) Business Management award or degrees specialising in Events, Human Resource Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Tourism.

All of our business courses will equip you with a diverse skillset in leadership and management and the latest knowledge of how business operates in the real world. You will graduate with a creative approach to problem-solving, be able to interpret and use financial data, have teamworking and persuasive communication skills, and show confidence in managing time, projects and resources. 

Upon completion of this course, you could go on to run your own ethical business, land a specialist role with an existing company or advise other firms on how to reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll learn how to create a sustainability strategy, exploring issues like wastage, recycling and other practices across products, services and supply chains.

Everything will be explored through a real-world perspective, with live industry briefs and the chance to create your own consultancy so you can support companies with specific projects. There will also be business simulations, where you’ll make financial decisions and experience areas such as operations, marketing and HR.

And to help give you the edge with employers, we offer double accreditation. It means you’ll get a leadership and management qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as well as your degree.

We offer some other amazing opportunities too, including an international study exchange. We have partner universities in places such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Then there’s the Staffordshire EDGE programme – an extra award designed to support you with your career journey.

The course is part of our suite of Business Management degrees, which share some core modules. Other options include a more broad-based BSc (Hons) Business Management award or degrees specialising in Events, Human Resource Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Tourism.

All of our business courses will equip you with a diverse skillset in leadership and management and the latest knowledge of how business operates in the real world. You will graduate with a creative approach to problem-solving, be able to interpret and use financial data, have teamworking and persuasive communication skills, and show confidence in managing time, projects and resources. 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Business Management (Sustainability)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Business Management (Sustainability)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Business Management (Sustainability)

Work placements

You can choose to complete a 12-month work placement between the second and final year of your course. It’s a great way to gain valuable experience and put your skills into action solving real problems.

We have a variety of placement opportunities, ranging from links with SMEs to national companies. Previous Business School placements have included working with Jaguar Land Rover, Road Chef, bet365, Asda, Alton Towers Resort and Enterprise Car Hire.

Course content

The BSC (Hons) in Business Management (Sustainability) covers the fundamentals of business and the careers of the future. Topics include sustainable business development, governance and climate change, and leadership strategy for social impact.

The course also covers corporate social responsibility and the impact that businesses have on local communities. You’ll learn from businesses who have already made positive changes in their day-to-day work.

You’ll learn from academic staff who bring a wealth of business experience and research expertise. Some have run their own businesses or worked as change managers or brand managers, and been involved in corporate investment and global banking.

The BSC (Hons) in Business Management (Sustainability) covers the fundamentals of business and the careers of the future. Topics include sustainable business development, governance and climate change, and leadership strategy for social impact.

The course also covers corporate social responsibility and the impact that businesses have on local communities. You’ll learn from businesses who have already made positive changes in their day-to-day work.

You’ll learn from academic staff who bring a wealth of business experience and research expertise. Some have run their own businesses or worked as change managers or brand managers, and been involved in corporate investment and global banking.

The BSC (Hons) in Business Management (Sustainability) covers the fundamentals of business and the careers of the future. Topics include sustainable business development, governance and climate change, and leadership strategy for social impact.

The course also covers corporate social responsibility and the impact that businesses have on local communities. You’ll learn from businesses who have already made positive changes in their day-to-day work.

You’ll learn from academic staff who bring a wealth of business experience and research expertise. Some have run their own businesses or worked as change managers or brand managers, and been involved in corporate investment and global banking.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module where available.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module where available.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module where available.

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Business Placement 120 credits

Entry requirements

UCAS Points: 112 - 120

UCAS Points: 48

UCAS Points: 112 - 120

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

IELTS 6

IELTS 6

IELTS 6

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Careers

The breadth of this degree course will give you lots of career options in business. Typical specialist roles include:

  • Business sustainability manager
  • Environment planner
  • Sustainability analyst
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Sustainability implementation specialist

In recent years, graduates have also entered marketing, human resource management, and operations management in the public and private sectors. Many have set up their own successful businesses.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught via a combination of lectures, tutorials, industry visits and independent study. You will use resources including books, journals and digital databases, social media resource banks and more to immerse yourself in each discipline and you will be challenged to picture what the business landscape of the future will be.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

You will be taught via a combination of lectures, tutorials, industry visits and independent study. You will use resources including books, journals and digital databases, social media resource banks and more to immerse yourself in each discipline and you will be challenged to picture what the business landscape of the future will be.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

You will be taught via a combination of lectures, tutorials, industry visits and independent study. You will use resources including books, journals and digital databases, social media resource banks and more to immerse yourself in each discipline and you will be challenged to picture what the business landscape of the future will be.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

Assessment

Assessment methods depend on the modules you will be studying. The primary methods of assessment are coursework and evaluative assignments, digital portfolio development, in-class tests, presentations (both individual and group) and examinations. Most modules include a Tutorial Assessment, which carry a weighting of around 10% and your attendance and participation in class will be reflected in the awarded mark.

Assessment methods depend on the modules you will be studying. The primary methods of assessment are coursework and evaluative assignments, digital portfolio development, in-class tests, presentations (both individual and group) and examinations. Most modules include a Tutorial Assessment, which carry a weighting of around 10% and your attendance and participation in class will be reflected in the awarded mark.

Assessment methods depend on the modules you will be studying. The primary methods of assessment are coursework and evaluative assignments, digital portfolio development, in-class tests, presentations (both individual and group) and examinations. Most modules include a Tutorial Assessment, which carry a weighting of around 10% and your attendance and participation in class will be reflected in the awarded mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include:

  • study skills such as reading, note-taking and presentation skills
  • written English, including punctuation and grammatical accuracy
  • academic writing and how to reference
  • research skills
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills
  • time management

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Year 1 & 2
20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3
15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study

Year 1 & 2
20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3
15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study

Year 1 & 2
20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3
15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 2

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 3

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

Year 1

37% practical assessments
57% coursework
7% written exams

Year 2

7% practical assessments
57% coursework
37% written exams

Year 3

22% practical assessments
73% coursework
5% written exams

Staff

Our teaching staff have a wealth of industry experience and are research active with links to business partners throughout the local region and internationally.

Our teaching is research-informed and you will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Karl Mccormack

Senior Lecturer

Karl has experience teaching on Apprenticeship and Foundation Degrees, BA accounting programmes, MBA modules. He has also taught as a subject specialist in forensic accounting, computerised accounting and management accounting.

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Kathryn Mitchell

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Digital Marketing, specialising in developing strategy in changing and disruptive environments, assessing occupational competency and using technology to increase operational efficiency. Kathryn joined Staffordshire University in 2019.

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Jon FAIRBURN

Emeritus Professor

Professor Jon Fairburn is active in teaching, research, bid writing and public engagement. He has incorporated credited work experience into geography and tourism degrees as well as the MSc Digital Marketing Management.

Jon's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £16,750 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Cost of assessment for Micro Credentials

Registration fee for relevant professional body

Costs for study trips on core modules

Cost of assessment for Micro Credentials

Registration fee for relevant professional body

Costs for study trips on core modules

Cost of assessment for Micro Credentials

Registration fee for relevant professional body

Costs for study trips on core modules

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

Any optional Study Trips

Travel to and from work placements

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees

Any optional Study Trips

Travel to and from work placements

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees

Any optional Study Trips

Travel to and from work placements

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by reading our additional funding web pages, or visiting www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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