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Business Innovation & Enterprise BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B4KZ

Take ideas and nurture them into powerful businesses. Study with us and discover how to leverage opportunities, overcome challenges and find lucrative solutions to modern problems. You’ll also gain eligibility for Affiliate Member status of the Chartered Institute of Management.

This course is not available for September 2024 entry.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Business and Management
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Business School

Getting a business off the ground isn’t easy. Even if you have the best product on the market. On this business innovation and enterprise degree, we’ll give you the expertise needed to grow fledgling ideas into profitable businesses.

You’ll learn how business development takes place in start-ups as well as established organisations. We’ll also show you how to spot and evaluate risks and challenges.

On this degree you’ll be able to choose to study topics that interest you. This could be on modules like digital marketing, operations management, and accounting and statistics.

You’ll also have the opportunity to start your own business, following your initial ideas through inception, development and launch. The chance to take work placements is also a possibility, giving you insight into the real-world problems businesses face in the market today.

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Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

In business economics we’ll unwrap organisational behaviour in the marketplace and look at the national and international environments where businesses operate. You’ll also study business start-up, exploring the digital economy and emerging business types. We’ll look into funding and barriers to entry. Then you’ll choose four additional modules in areas such as marketing, accounting and operations management.

Compulsory modules:

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Business Economics
Business Start-Up

Four of:

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Information and the Organisation
Introduction to Accounting and Statistics
Introduction to Digital Marketing
Language 1
Marketing for Business
Operations Management
People and Organisations
Statistics for Economics

We’ll explore effective project management. You’ll look into the management of people and teams and discover research methods for business. In Year 2, you’ll start your own business, or explore creativity and innovation practices. We’ll guide you in how to conduct market research into new products or services, and examine whether a new business is actually viable. You can also choose from additional modules including branding, consumer behaviour, and international business.

We also offer the option to transfer onto a less structured pathway in Year 2, which focuses on your drive and ability to develop a business idea. To take this route, you’ll need to have achieved an average of 60% or above in Year 1 and have a business plan ready to present to a panel.

Compulsory modules:

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Managing the Human Resource
Project Management
Research Methods for Business

One of:

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Creating Innovation
Graduate Enterprise

One or two of:

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Branding: Integrated Digital Campaigns
Consumer Behaviour
Finance and Performance Management
Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Intermediate Economic Analysis
International Business
International Economics
Language 2
Law for Business
Leadership Culture and Change
Loyalty Generation and CRM
Managing People
Quality Management
Retail Marketing Planning
Services and Experiential Marketing
Social Media Monitoring and Analytics

If you choose the Graduate Enterprise module, you will choose two additional optional modules. Alternatively, if you opt for the Creating Innovation module you will choose only one.

In your final year of your business innovation and enterprise degree, you’ll discuss concepts around strategic entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Learn how to steer businesses and organisations on the right path. Explore what influences decision-making, and how to make the right ones. You will also choose from a range of optional modules like Global Marketing Management or Sustainability and Business.

Compulsory modules:

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Strategic Management

80 credits from:

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Advertising in Marketing Communications
Business Strategy and Digital Goods
Contemporary Issues in Economics
Development Economics
Extended Business Project
Global Logistics and International Trade
Global Marketing Management
Language 3
Marketing and Society
Marketing Simulation
Organisational Misbehaviour
Seeing the Future: The Next Decade of Commerce
Strategic Financial Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Sustainability and Business

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The degree combines conventional academic learning with practical experiences to provide a unique, blended programme. You will be required to prepare for and attend lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops and will also spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, presentations, and poster and video production. Alongside this, within a structured environment, you will work with your peers on the course to undertake live client projects or develop new services and products as part of a small business team.

You will have the opportunity to develop your employability profile through a work placement or participation in a graduate enterprise project.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. 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. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Throughout the programme there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capabilities and critical thinking.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. This degree has been designed by specialists in accounting, business development, human resource management, information systems, marketing, and the digital economy. The programme team includes researchers who publish widely and are also actively working with local and national businesses and international research groups on cutting-edge management thinking.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Edge Hill Business School.A stunning £8million building provides impressive teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

The contemporary three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Business School


Tuition fees

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The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

So what can you do with a business innovation and enterprise degree? You’ll have a range of options available when you graduate. You might use your newly acquired skills to start your own business. Alternatively, you’ll be able to pursue careers in areas such as marketing, product development, and the management of small and medium businesses.

Graduates of this course have entered careers in a number of different fields, including roles such as:

  • Operations manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project officer
  • Digital account manager
  • Business development manager
  • Business and finance manager

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations like British Aerospace, Airbus, Bentley Motors, Matalan and HMRC. Wherever you find work, you’ll have the skills to innovate, strategise and lead.

Applying for a graduate role isn’t your only option though. You could stay at Edge Hill to complete postgraduate study.

You will gain affiliate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a globally recognised professional body, for the duration of your degree and one additional year after graduation. The CMI is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

On successful completion of your degree, you will also be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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