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Business & Entrepreneurship BSc(Hons)

Join the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Key details
Location
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Attendance
Full-time / Placement year
UCAS code
3B6K

Course overview

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset, with the critical and practical skills you’ll need to shape a successful and conscientious career in the modern business world.

You’ll get the chance to collaborate with creatives from across the University, including students from our Launchpad business programme, to proactively build your network and immerse yourself in new ideas while learning theory and applying it to your own practice. Explore the social and environmental contexts of business and learn the art and science of building brands, while collaborating with peers and professionals.

You will:

  • Investigate the key elements of business, the challenges of the financial landscape and future trends
  • Explore data, information and intelligence, learning how to utilise your insights to enhance your own practice
  • Respond to business challenges informed by the fourth industrial revolution, where digital technologies, data, artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive experiences are transforming the way we work
  • Improve your relationship building and decision-making skills by pitching and presenting ideas as a team
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills in a live project environment
  • Build your business network through collaborative work with other students and external organisations

While studying this course, you will be eligible to receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership if you complete specific modules (Market Intelligence, Financial Insights, DataLab, Social Action Project, Creative & Ethical Leadership or Crafting Your Future: Professional Practice and Research).

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.

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The placement year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and is subject to validation.

Course details

On this Business & Entrepreneurship degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BSc(Hons) degree over three years or study Business & Entrepreneurship BSc(Hons) with a placement year option.

As part of this unique entrepreneurship degree, you'll take on one module from each of our three categories every term. 'External' modules cover things like market research, industry partners, and customers. 'Internal' modules look at management topics like finances, operations and people. And 'You' modules consider your developing skills, like creative thinking, self-reflection and specialist knowledge.

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Developing your foundational knowledge, you’ll investigate the key elements of business, the landscape’s challenges, and future trends. You’ll get an insight into finance, marketing, and how to understand and influence people - while exploring data, information and intelligence. And you’ll improve your relationship-building and decision making skills by pitching and presenting ideas as a team.

Modules

Market Intelligence

In this module, you’ll develop a working knowledge of market research methods, learning how to interpret examples of market research from the real world. You’ll be introduced to primary and secondary modes of market research and gain an understanding of how to segment markets and analyse trends using different analytic methods. 

You’ll also get a crash course in Big Data, learn how to present information for different audiences and explore how market intelligence is essential in market sensing, back-casting and futurecasting. 

Present and Future of Entrepreneurship

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the key concepts and theories in business and enterprise, with a focus on the practical and operational components of start-ups in particular. To support your understanding of entrepreneurial thinking, you’ll explore contemporary ideas about organisational behaviour, markets, customers, suppliers and key partners. You’ll be assessed on a policy submission based on a key issue that has significance for the future of enterprise.  

The Art of Strategy

In this module, you’ll learn how to think strategically about business objectives by engaging with a variety of case studies spanning different sectors. You’ll also explore different perspectives and theories on strategy, critically considering source and cultural context.

Wellbeing in Business

Here, you’ll learn about how feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to our mental, emotional and physical health and how wellbeing is intimately connected to both organisational management and customer satisfaction. You’ll also discover ways to develop wellbeing as a customer offer, addressing the importance of wellbeing for business success. Through a micro-placement, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the importance of wellbeing for your own personal and professional development.  

Design Thinking

In this module, you’ll explore design thinking methodology as a problem-solving framework used across multiple sectors from business to international relations. Looking at contemporary issues such as – but not limited to – poverty, gender inequality, healthcare and cybersecurity, you’ll work in groups to collaborate on a design-centric problem-solving process.  

Navigating Uncertainty

You’ll learn to operate in always-uncertain contexts, where traditional modes of practice (predictability, commitment, linear planning) are replaced with skills of agility, resilience and systems thinking. You’ll also look at uncertainty as opportunity, where change often indicates the emergence of new questions and consumer needs, as well as providing new tools for addressing these. 

Along with your team, you'll put your business plan into action and pitch your product or services to your target market. You'll also develop your expertise and skills in managerial and team roles, thinking and expressing yourself in terms of data and business.

Modules

Complex Problem-Solving

In this module, you’ll practice multiple methods of complex problem-solving and explore outcomes through simulation. You’ll be introduced to systems thinking, an absolute necessity for contemporary business leaders who will be working in environments of densely layered interdependencies and networks. Systems thinking and systems approaches to problem-solving will provide a framework for understanding and managing complex situations in business. 

Critical and Social Innovation

In this module, you’ll gain a critical perspective on wicked problems such as falling productivity, investment and living standards, widening inequality and the growing threat of climate change. Along with developing your critical thinking skills to engage with these problems, you’ll also be encouraged to explore areas of innovation such as new technologies and emerging business practices. You’ll be assessed on your ability to propose, develop and illustrate an approach to solving an aspect of a wicked problem.  

Intelligent Brand Building

You’ll gain an understanding of the key elements of branding and brand identity, exploring product identity and sub-brands in relation to company and corporate branding. Your learning will be underpinned and driven by theory and research in branding psychology and the importance of emotion and you’ll learn multiple ways you can use consumer data to make branding decisions and enhance a brand’s evolution over time. 

Demonstrating Sustainability

In this module, you’ll explore the sustainability opportunities and practices within experience activities, as well as the devastating effects of unsustainable practice. You’ll select a particular sustainability-related issue that you are passionate about and discuss this within a blog format. You’ll also utilise examples of best practice to inform and justify proposals designed to address the issue that you have identified. 

Financial Insights

Here, you’ll explore the basic principles of finance across a range of business sectors and build integrated knowledge of how finance impacts business operations. You’ll acquire an understanding of financial terminology to the level whereby you can confidently debate the financial health of a business or sector. 

Collaborative Project: Growth Challenge

Here, you’ll work collaboratively to create a disruptive solution to a challenge provided to you. For example, your solution could be in the form of a start-up or innovative business concept. To develop your solution, you’ll carry out research and develop an informed approach to an evidenced market gap. You’ll also be expected to provide an analysis of costs and return on investment, encouraging you to project value of investment over time. You’ll be working collaboratively, either with an organisation, student colleagues from other courses, or members of your own cohort.  

By the end of the module, you’ll produce a portfolio of materials to illustrate your solution and outline and justify your decision-making process. 

You can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year on a three-year programme. 

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your placement year 

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. 

Finalising your Business and Entrepreneurship degree, you'll present a leadership project in an interview and showcase, build a portfolio showing your professional standing, take on team challenges around your business, and develop a strategy for your company. You'll also choose between completing an applied project, work placement or dissertation.

Modules

Creative & Ethical Leadership

Here, you’ll further develop your industry experience through the completion of a micro-placement opportunity, where you’ll participate in a 360-degree appraisal. You’ll also increase your understanding of creative and ethical leadership and build a portfolio to showcase the range of experiences and attributes that you have developed throughout your degree. 

Global Economies and International Markets

In this module, you’ll explore the ever-changing environment of international trading and your learning may vary to reflect contemporary factors. You’ll primarily examine the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental drivers that impact on trade and the different modes of entry into international markets. Choosing a preferred international market, you’ll explore the practical issues of corporate expansion into this market and critique the support and guidance available to businesses and entrepreneurs when entering new markets.  

DataLab: Generation, Analysis, Iteration

In this module, you’ll build skills in analysing data in the pursuit of business goals. You’ll examine the effects of data on business models, product development and customer engagement and consider this from the perspective of managers, marketers and entrepreneurs. You’ll look at data in relation to project parameters and you’ll explore how data can help us effectively futurecast in many scenarios. 

Crafting Your Future: Professional Practice and Research

In this module, you’ll put together a professional portfolio with the aim of showcasing your best work, skills and core interests. Your portfolio will be made up of three components: a digital showcase of professional practice, a personal development plan and an industry analysis essay focusing on the sector you wish to enter. Your portfolio will enable you to reflect on everything learnt during your degree and help you establish yourself as a professional within your preferred sector. You’ll be supported by weekly lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervisions. 

Social Action Project

In this module, you’ll be tasked with developing a social enterprise concept in response to a ‘wicked problem’ posed at the start of the module. You’ll work in groups to co-develop your concept and you’ll consider challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a range of societal challenges. You’ll be expected to produce and share research on relevant audiences and markets and you’ll be assessed based on a critical journal and presentation. 

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.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the 3 year course. If you began your studies during or before 2021 on the 2 year course pathway you can find your course details here.

How you'll learn

You’ll deliver real products or services as you form a business team, develop a plan, create your venture and take it to market. For each module, you’ll attend a weekly one hour lecture and two-hour seminar, and fit online study materials around your schedule. This Business & Entrepreneurship degree is designed to give you time to embed your learning into your entrepreneurial venture.

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.

What our students do

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Student startup's mission to make first beach robe 'made and manufactured in Cornwall'

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Student entrepreneur Ben Penrose has already launched one successful clothing business – and now h...

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Students gain industry experience at Lacuna Brewery

20 May 2022

Four undergraduate students from the Cornwall Business School have gained valuable work experience a...

Students gain industry experience at Lacuna Brewery
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For Gen Z, by Gen Z - Student-led Agency

17 January 2020

Gallos is an agency with a difference. It's completely student-led, entirely staffed by st...

For Gen Z, by Gen Z - Student-led Agency
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Business Student Listed in 20 Under 20 Entrepreneurs

26 June 2019

Building a successful business before you hit 20 is an incredible achievement in itself; one that Al...

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Innovative Students Launch New Business

26 March 2019

To successfully grow a business, you need to embrace innovation. Jack Fannon and Piotr Kurzepa, two ...

Innovative Students Launch New Business
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Students Launch New Specialty Coffee Company

28 January 2019

Coffee lovers with a taste for experimentation are in for a treat. Rough Cut Coffee, a new coffee su...

Students Launch New Specialty Coffee Company
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Zennor Glass Make Waves in Business World

21 January 2019

A sustainable jewellery company run by three Business & Entrepreneurship BA(Hons) students, Zenn...

Zennor Glass Make Waves in Business World
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Enterprising students launch the Student Survival Pack

26 November 2018

Moving to University is a life-changing event. To help make the transition smoother, three second ye...

Enterprising students launch the Student Survival Pack
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Small Idea, Big Business

24 October 2018

Second year Business & Entrepreneurship student, Alex Broadley, has been inundated with orders f...

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Sea Glass Superstars

04 June 2018

The story of Zennor Glass began with three friends who shared a passion for the sea, a desire t...

Sea Glass Superstars
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William Griffin

Business Driven

04 June 2018

Business Entrepreneurship student William Griffin is equally at home in the historic grounds of Blen...

Business Driven
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Labelling Success

30 May 2018

The best entrepreneurs are those people who have the ability to see an opportunity when it presents ...

Labelling Success
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Business Booming for Budding Entrepreneur

23 May 2018

Second year Business Entrepreneurship student Gracie Sodzi directs her own social enterpri...

Business Booming for Budding Entrepreneur

Staff

You’ll receive training and support from professionals and practitioners from every corner of the business world. Their experience covers senior roles at multinationals, winning research awards and investigating social media innovations in business.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

Adrian Bossey

Head of Business & Experience Design

Adrian Bossey is Head of Subject at the Cornwall Business School, Falmouth University and a former a...

Adrian Bossey

Dr Jeremy Richards

Senior Lecturer

Jeremy has 30 years’ experience of the management and commercial exploitation of research and deve...

Dr Jeremy Richards
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Sam Perkin

Lecturer

Samantha has 30 years experience in business management and finance.  She has worked in many SM...

Sam Perkin

David Potter

Course Leader, BSc(Hons) business courses

David has 33 years experience in the finance sector, including responsibility for a portfolio of sma...

David Potter
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Ananya Banerjee

Lecturer

Ananya is an educator, problem solver, entrepreneur, lecturer, lawyer, author and startup advisor wi...

Ananya Banerjee
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Dr Kathy Zhang

Lecturer

Kathy Zhang is a Lecturer, researcher and entrepreneur who currently teaches Innovation and Marketin...

Dr Kathy Zhang

Facilities

  • IT suites and software packages.
  • Specialist media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content.
  • Libraries containing 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and electronic and journal resources.
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Careers

Our Business & Entrepreneurship graduates have worked as:

  • Digital Strategist at Tregothnan, Cornwall
  • Intern at Google
  • Partnership Manager at the The Social Change Agency
  • Company founder with Launchpad, the University’s venture studio
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Business graduates receive £200k funding for TeX Innovation

03 March 2022

Two graduates from Falmouth's Cornwall Business School have secured £200k funding from the National...

Business graduates receive £200k funding for TeX Innovation
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Alumni Winners in Cornwall’s 30 Under 30

09 March 2020

Cornwall’s 30 under 30 for 2020 have been announced. Congratulations to the Falmouth alumni who we...

Alumni Winners in Cornwall’s 30 Under 30
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In the Bag: Graduate Lands Job at British Tea Estate

10 December 2019

Will Dorrell graduated from Business & Entrepreneurship last year and is now working at Tregothn...

In the Bag: Graduate Lands Job at British Tea Estate
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Graduates Take Home Cornwall Business Award

01 July 2019

BSc(Hons) Business & Entrepreneurship graduates Harry Deacon and John Lakey have won the Circula...

Graduates Take Home Cornwall Business Award
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Graduates Up for Business Award

15 May 2019

After great success being named finalists at the Groundwork Community Award in 2018, BSc(Hons) ...

Graduates Up for Business Award

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply now

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our international applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Business & Entrepreneurship BSc(Hons) three year degree 3B6K
Business & Entrepreneurship BSc(Hons) with placement year UCAS code available soon

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) with placement year 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
   

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.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 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

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international
£1,350 per placement year, study abroad option 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)
  • 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.

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students?

From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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