The BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Development degree at Lincoln is designed for students wanting to learn about business management and theory while building up their own businesses in a supportive and professional environment.
This course offers the opportunity to study business law, ethical and socially responsible entrepreneurship, the principles of business and operational management, e-business and marketing, and encourages students to put learning into practice within a structured programme of theoretical scholarship.
Students’ business start-ups will be based at the University’s business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, which provides a creative and professional environment for students to work alongside like-minded individuals. Sparkhouse’s Business Incubation Team offers specialist services including a range of practical training and development opportunities to help support student businesses to grow and develop throughout their early years.
Students join the Lincoln International Business School with access to its business networks and academics who specialise in research into small businesses and sustainable entrepreneurship. There are opportunities to benefit from mentoring from members of the School’s advisory board and the city’s business community.
How You Study
Initially, students have the opportunity to learn the foundations of small business development within an ethical and entrepreneurial context. They are encouraged to work in a creative and strategic way to develop a business plan by themselves or with a group of fellow students.
In the second year, students start to run their own business from Sparkhouse. Second and final-year students can choose from optional modules in order to focus on areas of particular interest and are expected to spend at least two days a week running their businesses. Additionally, students may be invited to join optional field trips, which may have an additional cost.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
In the first year, assessment is 63% coursework, 15% practical exams, and 22% written exams. In the second year, it is 62% coursework, 6% practical exams, and 32% written exams. In the third year, it is 74% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 16% written exams.
A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
- International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.