BA (Hons) Business Studies (Sandwich)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Gain an understanding of the business world combined with one year of valuable work experience to prepare you for a career in business.

  • Napier code:

    36201BH

  • UCAS code:

    N100

  • Course type:

    Full-time

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Our four- year Business Studies sandwich degree has been designed to meet the specific needs of businesses and to provide you with the skills and understanding to excel in your career.

On this course you'll learn about the internal functions and structures of business organisations and the external drivers that impact on them. You'll then have the opportunity to apply this learning within your year-long placement in third year.  

You may wish to combine your study of business with entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management or marketing management.


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In preparation for your placement you'll be provided with a thorough grounding in key disciplines, and business processes and functions. The analytical and problem solving skills you'll develop will allow you to produce business plans, carry out market analysis and provide you with other key competencies which employers seek.

You'll also expand your learning with a chance to study abroad for one trimester.

You'll develop excellent transferable skills in communication, presentation, group working and analysis. All of which will prepare you for a number of careers in business.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.

What you study

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Accounting for Business
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Marketing
  • One option module

Year 2

  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Appraisal
  • World Economy
  • Two option modules

Year 3

  • Work-based Learning (48-week placement)

Year 4

  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • International Business
  • Dissertation
  • One option module

Work placement: A compulsory approved work placement in Year 3.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Our graduates enjoy great success in their careers and many go on to their first jobs in their work placement company.

The broad course opens up more employment opportunities in commercial business and the public sector. Possible areas include:

  • graduate training schemes
  • marketing
  • finance
  • human resources


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

A Level

BCC 

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC

A Level

AAB

There is no direct entry onto year 3 of this programme.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 tba
Overseas £11,950 tba

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