One of the best things about the business studies courses at the University of South Wales is that they provide an insight into all aspects of the business world. This allows you to gain an appreciation of how everyone, such as operations, marketing and finance, has to work together to allow a business to succeed. The other great thing is that, in the last National Student Survey (2012) we got 92% overall satisfaction for our business & administration programmes here within University's Business School.
Business Studies at the University gives you a strong academic base and a solid skill-set for a career in business or management. We place a strong emphasis upon skill development and training is even more apparent than in some of our other degree courses. For example, specific modules such as Business Skills, Work Based Learning and Enterprise Development there is no specific module listed with this title are solely delivered on the Business Studies Programmes and have a vocational flavour. Plus, because a HNC or HND is a qualification in its own right, you have the choice of whether to continue your studies to degree level.
Business Studies is a multi-disciplinary area, which means students are always learning new things. Topics you study as a Business Studies student include accounting, decision-making, economics, law, management, marketing and organisational behaviour.
If you’re already in employment, you may wish to study this course on a part-time basis, formalising the knowledge you already posses and improving your career prospects, but it’s also ideal for full-time students who want to study business, whilst experiencing a full range of subjects as well.
More information about Business at Newport can be found in the 2013/14 Business Courses Brochure
All undergraduate business programmes have been designed with a broadly common first year experience. Therefore, students who successfully complete the 1st year of the HND Business Studies programme and achieve an average of approximately 60% in each module can transfer straight onto the 2nd year of an appropriate degree programme.
Higher National qualifications are valid in their own right and are highly valued by employers and professional bodies. This course is designed to offer a general business education with opportunities to develop personal skills as well.
The course blends the theoretical and practical, with the practical side being explored through the extensive use of case studies, and “live” projects linked to businesses and students’ workplaces. The programme therefore includes not only traditional subjects such as Marketing, Accounting and Law but also employability led modules such as Business Collaboration and Work Based Learning/Enterprise Experience.
The course is also structured to provide seamless progression directly onto the BA (Hons) Business Studies for both full-time and part-time students.
Students studying full-time will study six modules each year whilst those studying part-time will study four modules each year.
A programme specification for this course is available.
Assessment is based on course work and end of module examinations. Some assignments are group-based and some examinations are open book, with others based on previously distributed case studies. In the interest of increasing the employability of our students, all assessments are designed within the context of today’s challenging business environment, providing students with real life experience. Additionally, where appropriate, assessments will be linked to an existing business
and to student’s workplaces.
George has been at Newport Business School since 2007 and is the course tutor for BA Business and HNC year 2 Business studies programmes and also lectures accounting subjects on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Edward is currently academic subject leader for undergraduate Business & Law at Newport Business School, having previously held various management roles within the university.
Joanna Jones is a senior lecturer specialising in e-business, information systems and general management.
Since joining Newport Business School in 2007 she has set up the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre (BARC) and taken an active role in the development of new law programmes
Sarah is a qualified solicitor, and has ten years experience of legal practice, specialising in family and matrimonial law. She has completed a P.G.C.E at the University of Newport and began teaching at Newport Business School in October 2009.
Mary Hedderman, Senior Lecturer in Marketing spent thirteen years in marketing practice prior to becoming a lecturer in 2002.
Laura joined the University as a researcher in 2003 and was appointed to a lecturer post in management in 2007.
|Optional cost per year to cover books/supplies and printing. You may also wish to subscribe to a professional publication or to join a professional body as a student member, which would incur extra cost.
All of our undergraduate business courses give you the opportunity to partake in the Erasmus programme - a European exchange programme, where you can undertake part of your studies in one of our partner institutions. This is an excellent way of meeting new people, gaining new skills and is very positive in terms of employment.
Many of our students go on to further study with us on one of our Undergraduate Business degrees – either Business studies, or a pathway such as Economics, or Marketing - depending on their interests. Others secure jobs in a variety of sectors, including as administrators, in sales, accounts and HR. Many of them also get outstanding exam results, acheiving professional body recognition as well as a University prize, and some have their work published in our ' New Researcher' journal.