Business Entrepreneurship BA(Hons)

Business Entrepreneurship_Main
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Learn how to run a business by doing just that; setting up and growing a real venture with like-minded individuals. Testing your new found knowledge in an industry context, you'll gain the experience needed to stand out to employers or launch your own company.

We are accepting Clearing applications for this course. 
Call 01326 213730 to make an application.

Surrounded by creativity and professional facilities, you'll learn core business skills while developing a wide range of business ideas, with the opportunity to work with students from other courses. If you're particularly seeking to enter the creative industries, the fastest growing economic sector in the UK, where better to study than at the UK's No.1 Arts University?


  • Learn business skills and apply them in a real company with real customers
  • Become part of an international community learning through the team entrepreneurship approach
  • Develop a product or service with the chance of making a real profit
  • Develop your collaboration, team-working and leadership skills
  • Create your own network of contacts for the future

How the course is taught

Based on the principles of the internationally proven model first developed in Finland, the course is studied full-time from our Penryn Campus. You’ll be matched with other budding entrepreneurs to form a ‘Team Company’ in which you will be an equal owner/shareholder. Typically a private company limited by shares, this is a real business trading with customers and forms a ‘learning team’ with which to innovate, share experiences and build knowledge.

You'll develop your business knowledge through workshops, team-coaching sessions, dialogue, learning groups, visiting entrepreneurs and your own research. Straight away you apply this to your business so you ‘learn by doing’ and develop as a team entrepreneur. We support you to spot and implement business opportunities and to take on leadership roles in finance, marketing and business operations. We’ll challenge you to experiment and learn from your failures as well as your successes.

Your entrepreneurial activity generates the evidence for your course work assessments. 

Please note that as this course involves setting up a business in the UK, we regret that this course is not available to international (non-EU) applicants who would require a Tier 4 Student Visa.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%10% 90% 

Course outline

The three strands: ‘Business’; ‘Teams’ and ‘Personal development’ means you can learn and apply your business knowledge as well as develop your capability to initiate, lead and contribute to teams at the same time developing your self-leadership, confidence, resilience and interpersonal skills. At Falmouth University you have the potential to collaborate with people and courses right across the creative industries.

What you'll do

Year One

You’ll gain an understanding of company formation and legal responsibilities as well as learn about finances, business development, market research and building teams. You’ll undertake business activities as a Team Company as well as working with smaller teams that may involve collaborating with colleagues from other Team Companies. Supported throughout by your coach you create your personal learning contract that recognises the skills you bring with you and sets goals for areas you’d like to develop.

Year Two

Now you gain more advanced business knowledge including financial management, HR processes and customer management and apply this to your growing business activities. You continue to develop your leadership and project management skills and contribute towards entrepreneurial team work. You’ll be able to develop expertise and contacts in your areas of interest and with your company colleagues decide what to do with any profits you generate.

Year Three

You’ll start to creatively explore the possibilities after graduation and start to focus your business activity and leadership on supporting your personal goals. As well as learning how to dissolve a company you’ll undertake a substantial entrepreneurial project to research, design and model your future aspirations. This may be a plan for a new venture or to support your employment ambitions.


We have a dedicated space for your course and encourage you to use facilities on and off the campus as well as get yourself out and about to meet your customers. 

Facilities include:

  • Professional design and prototyping tools
  • IT suites and software packages
  • Excellent media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and electronic and journal resources


  • Coursework and written assignments


  • Company owner and manager
  • Management roles in a wide variety of sectors and creative industries
  • Product/service development
  • Consultancy work and project management

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Business Entrepreneurship BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to