Enterprise Development BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Course options
    No placement
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
  • BTEC extended diploma
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    30 points overall with minimum 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information
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Key dates

  • Start date
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 23rd November

All assessments are practical and developmental, with no exams included

Develop the skills necessary to thrive in the modern enterprise environment

Gain the confidence, resilience and experience to lead, manage or set up your own enterprise

Self-regulate and pace your own learning

Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Enterprise Development course is an innovative programme that has been designed to equip you with the skills, competencies and attitude to enhance both your entrepreneurial mindset and leadership capabilities.

Entry requirements and fees

UCAS Code: N215

Typical offers: 
A Levels: BBB
IB: 30 points overall with minimum 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements: 
5 GCSE grades A* - C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 for UK/EU students. £15,600* for International students (2020/21). More on fees 

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International Students

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

The BSc (Hons) Enterprise Development course is an innovative programme that has been designed to equip you with the skills, competencies and attitude to enhance both your entrepreneurial mindset and leadership capabilities. Whether you are interested in setting up your own enterprise or leading the development and success of established organisations, this is the course for you.

With no lectures and no exams this programme is constructed around you working in a team running your own enterprise. Learning opportunities and assessments are built around this across 3 key pillars: enterprise management and growth; team performance and leadership; and innovation and entrepreneurialism.

This programme is different – are you?

Subject guide and modules

The first year of BSc (Hons) Enterprise Development is structured around the foundations of enterprise and team creation. This is supplemented with activities that develop your creativity and ideation and unleash your inner entrepreneur. There is also a module aimed at developing basic academic competencies to enable you to begin working on your various assignments throughout the year.

During the year you will hone your ability to generate, evaluate, present and develop new product and service ideas. You will also learn about and apply the concepts and principles of successful team development as you work alongside your team mates.

You will study modules in Enterprise Creation, Creating Effective Teams, Academic Effectiveness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The second year builds on this to develop your managerial and leadership qualities. You will have the opportunity to build strategic plans, resource profiles and marketing strategies. You will also develop your knowledge of different forms of leadership and have the opportunity to apply these to projects within your team.  During this year you will also build your entrepreneurial skills through the exploration of networking, innovation labs, pitching new ideas, negotiating and learning the fundamentals of applied business research.

Modules will include Enterprise Management, Team Leadership, Applied Research and Developing Entrepreneurial Capability.

In the final year the focus is on enterprise growth and high performance. Within your teams you will explore how to grow your enterprises, now in their third year of operation, through finding new sources of funding and a focus on customer value and branding. Within your teams you will research the traits of high performance teams and leaders and you will have the opportunity to conduct a thorough consultancy or market research project with an enterprise or on a new product or service of your choice.

Unlike other degrees, you will finish this programme, not just having learned about how to run an enterprise but having actually run one. Instead of lecture halls and seminar rooms you will work in an open plan office. Instead of lecturers or teachers you will have coaches and instead of lectures you will have team coaching sessions.

Modules include Enterprise Growth, Leading High Performance Teams and an Applied Research Project.

Learning, teaching and assessment


This course puts experience and practice at the heart of the learning process. You will learn from doing tasks and interacting with your team rather than being fed information from a lecturer. This encourages deep learning of the key activities of enterprise development and management.


There are no exams. While appropriate for some programmes and beneficial for some people, exams are not always the best way to develop and assess skills and competencies. All of the assessment on this programme is authentic, allowing you to demonstrate what you have achieved without having to endure the stress of revision and the challenges of memory recall in a crowded exam hall. Entrepreneurial and management success cannot be judged by exams, so neither is our programme.

All of your assessments will be practical and developmental. They will include tasks, such as: creating career and personal development plans; pitching for funding for your enterprise; showcasing your teams’ projects; maintaining your own reflective journal; creating enterprise development plans; ideation and new product/service challenges; interviews; presentation of a marketing campaign; and an in-depth consultancy or market research project

Course director

Simon Finley

Phone: +44(0)121 0121 204 3269
Email: s.finley@aston.ac.uk 

Career prospects

No other course develops the skills, attributes and competencies necessary to thrive in the modern enterprise environment like this programme. It will give you the confidence, resilience and experience to lead, manage or set up your own enterprise or to take your future in whatever direction you want.

What's it like to study at Aston?

I chose to study at Aston because of its reputation as a multinational institution with great graduate employability record. I had amazing experiences at Aston University. It enabled me to meet people from different cultural backgrounds, network with many professionals and attend guest lecture events.

Ali Ali

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