Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation BSc(Hons)
Join the entrepreneurs of tomorrow at the cutting edge of business
This degree has undergone a name change for 2024. It was previously known as Business & Entrepreneurship BSc(Hons).
Join this Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation degree to develop the critical and practical skills you’ll need to shape a successful and conscientious career in business.
On a course accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you’ll learn in an environment that mirrors industry practice; collaborating with peers and professionals to grow your network and share ideas, while learning foundational theories and applying them to your own practice to build successful businesses.
As a graduate from this degree, you will be equipped to drive lasting, positive change in the world of business.
- Develop your entrepreneurial skills in a live project environment that mirrors industry practice
- Investigate the key elements of business, the challenges of being a business leader, and future industry trends
- Explore data, information and intelligence, learning how to utilise your insights to make decisions
- Develop strategies to maximise team performance through creative and ethical leadership
- Have opportunities to pitch and present ideas as a team, to improve your relationship-building and decision-making skills
- Collaborate with skilled specialists from across the University, to build business plans and ideas
While studying this Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation degree, you will be eligible to receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership upon successful completion of the degree.
For the duration of your course you’ll also be an Affiliate Member of the CMI. This opens access to a host of member benefits to help you progress on your professional journey.
On this Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BSc(Hons) degree over three years or study Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation BSc(Hons) with a professional placement year option.
This degree will enable you to become a creative entrepreneur with a range of intellectual and practical skills to deal with the fast-paced environment of modern business. You’ll explore the nature of organisations and their role within the commercial environment and society more widely, developing future ways of living, working and conducting business.
In your first year, you will gain a firm understanding of the commercial environment and how industry can impact communities, economies and the environment. You will explore the fundamentals of business structure including the core elements of markets and market research. This will then be explored alongside how data management is evolving and the implications of technological advances in decision making.
You will also address the importance of wellbeing within an organisation and, crucially, you will explore the importance of wellbeing for your own personal and professional development.
In this module you will gain a working knowledge of robust market research methods. You will be introduced to types of market research, including primary and secondary modes, and learn how to segment markets and analyse trends, as well as different analytical methods. This will enable you to carry out research and analysis that will help you to identify market trends and gaps, using robust data to inform business decisions.
Fundamentals of Business
You'll explore the inter-relationships of functions that make up a successful business operation. You will learn about financial systems and their impact on national economies, commercial environments and national policy. You will learn about the concepts, frameworks and legal structures of the commercial business environment.
The module will take a proactive stance and focus on contemporary practices and positive change across a range of topics including responsible consumption, production and economic development. You will also explore potential criticisms of the concept of sustainable development, and ask whether it is truly the most appropriate way forward.
In this module you will build knowledge of cultural contexts around Big Data, examples of data as a resource and a product and considerations for mitigating risks associated with privacy and data ethics. This will culminate in a data-centric activity where teams will aim to manage, integrate and use different forms of data to achieve specific outcomes.
Principles of Marketing
You will explore what marketing is all about in business. You will build on your existing knowledge and focus on a real business, looking at the interrelationship of how it is viewed and perceived through its marketing. This module provides a foundation on which future study of marketing can be built, particularly within the digital and social marketplaces.
In your second year, you will build on your knowledge and application of entrepreneurial practice and key management disciplines including financial management and project management. Your skills in relation to finding and applying information sources will be further developed. Live briefs and expert speakers will add context to your studies as well as an opportunity to build your collaborative skills. You will also understand business management from specialist perspectives such as operations and supply management, venture creation and business growth.
You will develop a research project that employs both primary and secondary research methods and then present that project visually, through a poster presentation.
Operations & Supply Chains
You will learn about the importance of logistics and supply chain management for 21st Century businesses, focusing on how operations planning ensures effective supply chain management, integration with different parts of an organisation and forecasting.
Venture Creation & Growth
You’ll learn about setting up businesses; from sole trader micro-entities to incorporated bodies that require substantial initial resources. You will investigate the legal structures reviewed in your first year and critically analyse the alternatives. You’ll also cover how funding opportunities are used to support business growth.
In this module, you’ll learn about the concept of ‘design thinking’. In multi-skilled teams you’ll work on a live brief and deliver a practical project, which you’ll then evaluate through a team performance review.
In this module, you will acquire knowledge of financial terminology to the level where you can confidently debate the financial health of a business. You will explore differences between financial accounting and management accounting, and understand the central role of cash and how finance impacts business operations.
This module provides you with the rationale, approach, techniques and essential tools to lead or be an effective member of a project team. You will take a critical view of alternative and often complementary project management approaches, such as Waterfall and Agile, and you will be given the opportunity to ‘learn through doing’, through managing a project.
You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme.
You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability Team.
Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying.
How you’ll study during your professional placement
You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks.
You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation.
Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth.
By the end of your final year, you will have the confidence and skills to organise and deliver a complex, original, research project. You will build your understanding of how international trade is conducted including assessment of your knowledge at government level. You will further develop your leadership capabilities and produce a portfolio that brings together all of your learning from the course. Connecting with industry both on and off campus, you will build valuable relationships to launch your career upon graduation. You will also broaden your views of strategic awareness in the commercial environment and the important areas of managing creativity and innovation.
You will reflect upon your ongoing professional development journey and build a portfolio that is designed to document a wide range of skills, attributes, and experiences. This will enable you to understand the value of reflective practice to inform professional development. You will also learn how to apply effective reflective practice, informing personal and professional development.
You will learn to think strategically about business objectives, engaging with a number of approaches and frameworks. You’ll engage with a variety of case studies across sectors, industries, geographical and cultural landscapes, making links among common strategic practices.
You will learn about globalisation, the international environment, cultures and the global money system. You will assess the challenges of entering the international market and understand how to build action plans to help open up different markets. You will learn about implementing and managing a global entrepreneurial strategy across multi-jurisdictional boundaries.
You will explore and review a range of leadership models, styles and frameworks, enabling you to understand leadership practice and its impact in organisations. You will complete a leadership self-assessment, and be encouraged to seek external feedback to engage in a comprehensive reflection and development process.
Entrepreneurship Research Project
This module provides an opportunity for you to research a topic of interest, of your choice, in relation to your course. You are to produce a consultancy or transformation plan for any business or industry, using skills developed throughout your degree.
Managing Creativity & Innovation
This module will provide you with the opportunity to investigate and review innovation techniques and processes in a range of entrepreneurial settings. You will learn about innovation skills, techniques and processes for individuals, teams and organisations in both domestic and international markets.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Cornwall Business School graduate, Benjamin Penrose, first set up his own business in early 2020 and now owns two thriving businesses; Zen Beach and Vintage Religion
We spoke to him about studying at Falmouth:
'The best thing about studying Entrepreneurship at Falmouth is that you've got so many creative people all in the same place. It's really one of the unsung benefits of the University and I certainly realised it was the perfect place for me to start my business.'
– Benjamin Penrose
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How you'll learn & be assessed
The Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation course includes a variety of different teaching methods ranging from ‘content delivery’ sessions to more collaborative seminars and workshops. This combination of teaching methods means that you are exposed to relevant frameworks and concepts, have the opportunity to enhance your understanding through discussion and can then experiment through your own practical application.
You may also have the opportunity to take part in micro-internships with a variety of businesses and draw knowledge and experiences from guest speakers that bring their own industry expertise to your learning journey.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
There are no formal written exams with this course; all assessment is coursework-based.
The coursework includes a varied range of assessments across the duration of the course, including reports or essays, case studies, reflections, presentations, projects, collaborative activity or portfolios.
Assessments are distributed across the duration of the course. Developmental and formative feedback will be provided on your work within modules in order to build confidence, add knowledge and improve your skills. This will be available both in class and within a more informal environment. Each summative assessment (the final assessed work) will also be accompanied by formal feedback, providing an opportunity to reflect on your own work but also to look forward to future assessment(s).
This course is based on Penryn Campus, a purpose-built site which is shared with the Games Academy, Fashion & Textiles Institute, Institute of Photography, the School of Film & Television and students from the University of Exeter. We encourage collaboration across disciplines.
Campus facilities include:
- Specialist media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content
- Libraries containing a wealth of digital resources, magazines, specialist material and journals
- Breakout spaces for collaboration across disciplines
You will work with an experienced, dedicated and supportive course team. Their interests and backgrounds reflect the wide scope of business, industry and commerce. Areas of specialism, knowledge and experience include: enterprise, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, finance, e-commerce, the cyber world, security and fraud, project management, accounting and tax. The team has a mix of both academic and practical experience, and all staff are committed to enhancing sustainability and helping you to identify how this can be improved. You will also have the opportunity to meet with several industry or specialist speakers who will bring their contemporary industry experience.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
Our Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation graduates have worked as:
- Digital Strategist at Tregothnan, Cornwall
- Founder of Hush
- Partnership Manager at The Social Change Agency
On graduating from this course, you could look towards a career in:
Company ownership and management
Human Resource Management
Marketing based roles
Consultancy and project management
Corporate sector leadership
Government departments and policy makers
Postgraduate or doctoral study
How to apply
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation BSc(Hons) three year degree||3B6L|
|Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation BSc(Hons) with professional placement||PY64|
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All applications are considered on their individual merit and we welcome applications from all subject backgrounds including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2024
UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 31 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has business knowledge, experience, and an enquiring attitude.
- Shows self-motivation, a good work ethic, resilience, and perseverance.
- Wants to learn, is open-minded, and takes on uncertainty and challenging situations.
- Values others’ opinions and backgrounds, and accepts feedback to improve their reputation and performance.
- Can take responsibility for their actions and behaviours.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|£1,385 per study abroad year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
- Personal laptop (if not already owned) capable of running Microsoft Office Suite - typical cost £500-800.
- Suggested reading. Approx £40 (also available to read for free in the library)
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
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