What you will study
There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.
To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.
Stage 1 has one compulsory 30-credit module,
An introduction to business studies (B120), in which you’ll investigate the question ‘What is a business?’ and develop your study skills while exploring the business functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B120,,1
We recommend that you follow this module with at least one of our core 30-credit Level 1 options, selected from a wide choice of subject areas. They include:
An introduction to retail management and marketing (B122)
Discovering mathematics (MU123)
Professional communication skills for business studies (LB160)
Working and learning: developing effective performance at work (BU130) or the version of this module specifically designed for people working in delivering public services – BUXS130 undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,BU130,,1
You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123). undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,DB123,,1
To complete this stage you can also include up to 60 credits free choice from any OU Level 1 module.
Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order.
Business functions in context (B203) focuses on the essential organisational functions of human resources; marketing; operations management; information management; and accounting and finance. You’ll examine their key practices, processes and thinking, and their contributions to organisations and their operations – with a strong emphasis on practice-based learning. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B203,,1
International development: making sense of a changing world (TD223) covers the key areas that includes: different models of development; shifting power in the international system; the relationship between poverty, inequality and livelihoods; the impact of conflict and insecurity; and the role of technology and the environment. This module also introduces you to the context of development, its contested nature, its links to global processes of economic and social change, and everyday choices and uncertainties. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,TD223,,1
Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory.
You’ll start with
Making sense of strategy (B301) which focuses on this fascinating world– from its origins and development as a subject to the controversies that dominate contemporary strategic debate. You’ll develop skills in clear thinking, independent enquiry and collaborative working as you analyse and apply the ideas and approaches that have done most to influence how strategy is conceived and carried out in today’s organisations. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B301,,1
A final interdisciplinary module,
A world of whose making? (DU301), provides the tools of political and economic analysis needed to answer questions like: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,DU301,,1
How can we best understand and analyse international developments such as the role of the World Trade Organisation, the power of the USA, the rise of China and India, or contests over religion, culture and rights?
What are the main features of international order, how are they changing, and what can we expect in the future?
You’ll also review and debate the power politics of dominant states; struggles for rights and justice; economic and technological developments; and how world order is changing.
Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the
structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that
the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.
Where will you be resident whilst you study?
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