Does your future include setting up and running your own business? Working independently as a freelance advisor? Or do you see yourself working in a small dynamic organisation rather than a large corporate? This course is designed to provide the knowledge, employability skills and opportunities needed to succeed.
Modes of study
Part time, Full time
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
Standard entry requirement apply. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points.
UCAS code: NN13
UCAS description: BA/BE
Length of study
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
Innovation is central to this degree. This course looks at how to develop a business from a practical perspective. Success comes not only from business knowledge but also from personal attitude. We actively encourage students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and attitude in their lives. Students benefit from a wealth of experience and knowledge among teaching staff, alongside our very own Enterprise Centre on campus, which helps hundreds of people start their own business every year.
The programme is built around an entrepreneurial stream that runs through the three stages of the course. This explores key learning in business start-up, business growth and development, entrepreneurial skills, managing opportunities and entrepreneurial marketing and strategy. At each stage students study six modules. Options are available to continue a programme of study through stages two and three, enabling you to build up an expertise in another chosen area, such as marketing.
Stage one will give you a thorough grounding in business with subjects including opportunity, innovation and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial skills development, marketing and social enterprise. The specialist entrepreneurship modules focus upon entrepreneurs and small business creation within the modern world.
The entrepreneurship stream continues to form the main focus of study. Here, you will explore the practicalities of business planning via the new ventures module, managing customers and clients, management skills development and explore cutting edge concepts in the 'Issues in Small Business and Entrepreneurship' module.
Stage three further increases its focus on the study of entrepreneurship to a visionary perspective. Entrepreneurial strategies and innovations are explored across a wide range of opportunities. This then enables you to further explore (if you wish to) your own enterprising ideas through your dissertation or to further understand small business practices through a consultancy project with an existing small business.
Special course features
- A business course with a practical point of view
- Access to the Enterprise Centre
- Chances to network with real entrepreneurs
- Opportunities to work on your own business ideas and concepts
- Build expertise in small business knowledge and management
Click here for a detailed list of modules.
Typical modules include:
- Consultancy project
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Entrepreneurial Skills Development
- Issues in Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- New Ventures
- Opportunity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Work placement opportunities
There is an optional placement year that students can take between years two and three of their study. This is all fully support by the Centre for Work-based Learning.
How is a Business Entrepreneurship degree different to a Business Studies degree?
It is still a business degree, but, it specialises in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) rather than focussing on large. It is a fact most people work within SMEs, so this degree prepares you for the challenges associated with that type of business. It also encourages a more entrepreneurial and creative approach to business thinking.
Do I have to start my own business while on the course?
No. Some students do wish to and they are fully supported in doing so. But for many students the dream of one day owning their own business may be a way off yet. This degree helps you to explore and research different industries and helps you to work out the direction of your career whether this be working for a company or running it!
Does your future include setting up and running your own business? Working independently as a freelance advisor? Or do you see yourself working in a small dynamic organisation rather than a large corporate? This award aims to provide an intellectually demanding and satisfying course of study in business, focusing on issues and skills important to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Attention is focused on the dynamic and visionary approach to businesses created by entrepreneurs and students are encouraged to explore for themselves their own entrepreneurial skills.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
£1000 per 20 credit module
New starters in 2013/14 - 'Home' and EU students who are domiciled in England may be eligible to apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to pay for their fees. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance. Students domiciled in Wales, NI or Scotland are advised to contact their regional funding authorities to enquire about support for part-time study.
Scholarships and bursaries
Full time students taking this course may be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary 2013/14.
The following scholarships may be applicable:
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.