Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

At Surrey Business School, we’re renowned for our excellent research, dynamic learning environment and strong links with industry.

Our BSc Business and Retail Management course was one of the first of its kind when it was introduced in 1989, and it remains at the forefront of the sector.

Equipping you with a combination of specific retail industry knowledge and essential business management skills, our academically rigorous and practically relevant courses provide you with a thorough education in the art and science of retailing.

What you will study

You’ll study core business and management topics as well as specialist modules that will develop your understanding of the working realities of retail management and operations.

You’ll learn to apply and evaluate the techniques and frameworks of successful retailing, developing commercially viable solutions that you’ll present back to business leaders, while working on live business issues.

We keep this course relevant and applicable to business practice today by offering study tours and guest lectures, as well as regular visits from graduates who are now employed in the retail industry. This will give you opportunities to engage and discuss the concepts you have learned with people working in the retail industry, including how they apply them in making business decisions.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: N240

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: N241

4 years with professional training

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: N246

4 years with foundation year

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: N245

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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Professional Training placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Business and Retail Management placements

At Surrey Business School, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities to engage with real-world business problems in both our courses and through our renowned Professional Training placements.

Surrey’s close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are reflected by the companies with which our students have been placed, including:

  • Marks and Spencer
  • The Body Shop
  • Robert Dyas
  • Waitrose
  • Walt Disney
  • TJX Europe
  • LK Bennett.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

There is great demand for graduates of our BSc Business and Retail Management course.

Thanks to degree courses that examine the most up-to-date issues in retail commerce, lots of opportunities to learn from and interact with ‘real’ retail practitioners, and the work experience gained during Professional Training placements, many of our students have embarked on successful careers within the retail sector.

Our graduates are working in areas ranging from marketing and PR, buying and merchandising, and consumer analysis to supply chain, store operations and location planning. Others have gone into banking, accounting and consulting. Overall, graduates of this course have been proven to be highly employable across a wide range of organisations, not just limited to retail.

Recent business and retail management graduates have secured roles such as:

  • Customer Account Manager, Unilever (Future Leader Programme)
  • Graduate Management Trainee, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Regional Supply Inbound Team Leader, Deliveroo
  • Trainee Commercial Manager, Marks & Spencer
  • Trainee Merchandiser, Primark
  • Manager in Training, Hollister
  • Operations Coordinator, Ocado.

Our business and retail management graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an Affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all of the modules. For most qualifications, you’ll only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore be able to add an individual award to supplement your degree.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).

Surrey Business School currently has exchange agreements spanning four continents, including Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Illinois State, North Carolina Wilmington and Cincinnati in the US, Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, and Ryerson University in Canada, which are particularly suited to students studying retail management. Our partners, which are subject to change, complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of business and retail management, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Foundation

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

Students must choose MAN0004 if undertaking the Business or Hospitality pathway.

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Business and Retail Management programme.

Foundation (with PTY)

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

Students must choose MAN0004 if undertaking the Business or Hospitality pathway.

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BSc (Hons) Business and Retail Management programme.

Timetable

New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Each of our modules is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, workshops and seminars, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups.

You will also write essays and assignments that draw on your understanding of a particular area.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Surrey Business School.

Programme leader

HOPE M Ms (SBS)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

  • BSc (Hons): 
    • ABB

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):  
    • DDD
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

International Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):  
    • 32
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 78%
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C (4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • AABBB
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C. Applicants must have achieved these Scottish National grades at the time of making their application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £17,900

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £17,900

Professional training To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £17,900

BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £17,900

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

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