Business Enterprise Development BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Course options
    No placement
  • UCAS code(s)
    N215
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBC-CCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    29 Points overall and above with 5,5,4 at Higher Level
  • 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
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Key dates

  • Start date
    September

Study in the UK’s most entrepreneurial region (Start Up Britain)

Develop the skills necessary to thrive in the modern enterprise environment

Run your own company with a team of peers – real life business rather than simulation.

Benefit from a course where you learn by doing, and the assessments are practical and developmental, rather than exam based.

Course summary

Have you considered running your own business, or leading the development and success of an established organisation? Do you like working with others, and learning-by-doing? If so, the BSc Business Enterprise Development programme is the course for you.

Entry requirements and fees

UCAS Code: N215

Typical offers: 
A Levels: 
BBC – standard offer
BCC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
CCC (Contextual offer)
IB: 29 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,4 at HL.
BTEC, Access & other: 
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – Contextual offer.
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.

For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

International Students

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

Course outline

In this innovative programme, adapted from the Team Academy model of entrepreneurship education from Finland, you will:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial capacity and mindset through learning-by-doing;
  • Experiencing the development of a real business that you own with a team of others;
  • Determine your own learning focus and needs, supported by team coaches who are there to guide and help you develop.

The BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise Development course has been designed to equip you with the skills, competencies and attitude to enhance both your entrepreneurial mindset and leadership capabilities. You may be interested in setting up your own enterprise or want to lead the development and success of established organisations.

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.

You will hone your ability to generate, evaluate, present and develop new product and service ideas. In addition, you will have the opportunity to build strategic plans, resource profiles and marketing strategies.

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 values and branding.

Course Director

Dr Elinor Vettraino  

Subject guide and modules

The first year of BSc (Hons) Business 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

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

“This course is great because it is unique and suits my aims and objectives. I saw a quote for the course online saying ‘this course is different, are you?’ and I knew it was the perfect course for me due to the way I learn.”

Eleta Taylor
(BSc Business Enterprise Development)

“I chose this course because I needed to be more hands on in my learning, which is exactly what this course is. The skills gained from this course are also more easily applied to real life situations too.”

Tejas Patel
(BSc Business Enterprise Development)

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