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BA(Hons) Business Management (Fast-Track)

UCAS Code: N102

Duration: 3 years

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With the global business environment changing at a rapid pace, QMU has developed an innovative new course structure which allows you to complete a Scottish honours degree in three years instead of the customary four.

This three year fast-track degree aims to give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a rewarding career across a wide range of business sectors and organisations. Using innovative teaching approaches, students can access cutting-edge research and practice to meet contemporary business and management challenges facing organisations locally and globally.

You will study the exact same subjects alongside the students on the four year Business Management degree (page 88), but will take four modules per semester instead of the usual three. The entry requirments are therfore higher than the four year course to reflect the higher workload. It is the only fast-track degree at QMU, but if you are up for a challenge and looking to embark on your
career more quickly, this is the degree for you.

Like our four year course, you will develop a range of key core business skills including management, marketing, human resources, finance and entrepreneurship. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research abilities, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages.

The modules listed here are correct as of April 2016, but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. We will add any updates to this page if necessary.

You will adhere to the standard academic calendar. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year. Fast-track students will complete eight modules per year as opposed to the six completed in the four year degree.

- You will progress to a Scottish honours degree in three years – one year faster than the norm!
- This is the only fast-track degree on offer at QMU.
- You will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.
- There is no formal placement as such for this course, but the Work-Based Learning module in Year Two requires you to reflect on acquired work experience gained across public, private or voluntary sectors.
- In Year One, you will have contact time of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks per semester, to participate in a mix of tutorials, lectures, and other work. Years Two and Three continue in a similar format, but with more emphasis on independent learning.

Professional Registration: Institute of Management qualification as part of the Management Insight and Consultancy module.

Year One: Foundations of Marketing/ Economics/ Introduction to Business/ Business Law/ Introduction to Finance & Accounting/ Foundations of Management/ Entrepreneurship/ Marketing in Practice

Year Two: Human Resource Management/ Operations Management/ New Enterprise Creation/ Organisational Behaviour/ Customer Experience/ Work-Based Learning/ Business Research Methods/ Elective

Year Three: Strategy/ Critical Issues in Business/ Management Insight & Consultancy/ Dissertation/ Logistics & Supply Chain Management/ Leading Change

Scottish Higher: ABBB

A Level: BBC

Irish Leaving Certificate: Pre 2017: ABBB
2017 onwards: H2, H2, H2, H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

Required Subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Humanities / Arts / Business. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Other: You will be required to attend and interview to assess your suitability for the fast-track option.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

Business graduates are much sought after and you will be in a position to choose from a wide range of interesting and challenging careers in areas such as: buying and merchandising; marketing; sales management; financial services; operations management; human resource management; running a small business; accountancy; and research. In addition, many students progress to study for a higher degree (MSc, MBA and PhD).

Emily Cairns, BA (Hons) Business Management (Fast-Track)

Originally, I was drawn to study a Business Management course as I wanted to gain skills which would help me to start my own business. I was attracted to Queen Margaret as I hoped to be part of a small, close-knit university. Queen Margaret has proved to be exceptionally friendly - the lecturers are extremely approachable and are always ready to help and offer advice. The fast-track course teaches a range of modules, such as Entrepreneurship, which I was excited about as they described using a very hands-on approach, something I believed would prepare me for work after university. Our group project for the class was to start up our own business; we began with £20 and had to see how much money we could make. Creating something to sell was a fun and interesting challenge, allowing us to put the theoretical knowledge we had already gained into practice.

The fast-track course at Queen Margaret presents a route that allows me to study and progress my knowledge quickly, so I'll be able to start working and making money as soon as possible, with highly up-to-date skills. Getting my first business off the ground fast is really important to me. Queen Margaret has supported me to do this without making my time at university completely focussed on the course. Although I push myself to work hard I still have enough time to get involved in other parts of university life, such as the Anime Society. It's a great way to meet people that aren’t on my course but have similar tastes as me.

When choosing where to study, I was also looking for a course that would remain relevant as the business world is constantly evolving. I believe the fast-track option offers this and I'm really excited to use the knowledge and practice I’ve gained in real-world situations. There are a wide range of class sizes on the course. Small group seminars provide a comfortable environment where we get the chance to discuss topics in depth and give opinions. The larger classes give us the chance to mix with other courses, offering us more insights and perspectives on topics such as marketing and law. I would definitely recommend the fast-track to someone who wants a hands-on and up-to-date course, and who wants to get employment-ready quickly.

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