Business and Management

Two international students

Why study business and management at Sussex?

  • In the 2013 National Student Survey, Sussex students rated business, management and finance in the top 5 among comparable UK institutions for access to specialised equipment, facilities or rooms.
  • You will benefit from studying within an area that is a strong priority for the University. Sussex has created a school that brings together activity in business, management and economics, and has invested £30 million in a building to house it. 
  • Business studies at Sussex is ranked 26th in the UK (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

Core modules

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these two modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Route modules

Academic and Employability Skills for Business and Management
This module aims to expose you to a broad range of necessary skills required to support and develop independent learning. The module aims to develop your criticality in reading, writing and source selection and teach you how to organise your thoughts and arguments in a logical sequence. Referencing has a particular focus on referencing tools in Word and on-line. There is an emphasis on team work, speaking and listening skills and being able to take part in discussions and presentations – a necessary requirement for further study and future employment.

Business Law
The main aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of key concepts and principles relating to law affecting business. This will include an outline understanding of the English legal system including sources of law, as well as the law of contract. You will develop an understanding of commercial law aspects with regard to law of agency and intellectual property law and how they would apply to business organisations. You will be provided with an opportunity to understand the key areas of law and how they relate to business operations. 

Introduction to Accounting
The aim of this module is to give a broad introduction into the fundamentals of financial and management accounting. This module begins by looking at a range of financial statements for different business entities and introduces techniques to analyse the statements to determine performance and manage working capital. It touches upon profitability at differing levels of production, as well as introducing simple investment appraisal techniques to distinguish between profitable and unprofitable projects. 

Introduction to Business Management
This module will provide you with an introduction to business management and organisational issues to provide a foundation of understanding to be developed by further studies. In this module you will explore the relationship between stakeholders including entrepreneurs and the organisation in addition to the important issues relating to organisational processes, structures and strategies. You will be introduced to key influences affecting the business environment including business ethics, innovation, globalisation and economic and social trends. 

Introduction to Economics
This module aims to give you an understanding of basic concepts and terminology relevant to economic theory. You will learn how these concepts are used to explain and analyse business situations. By the end of the module you should be able to gather economic data from reliable sources, and interpret and communicate their understanding effectively.  

Introduction to Marketing
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of the marketing process. It will explore the relationship between marketing and other corporate disciplines and their roles in contributing to business performance. You will investigate market research techniques and how consumer behaviour in a range of markets influences marketing strategies in a changing business environment. This module will provide you with a concise and contemporary overview of marketing and give you the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in this specialist field. 

Organisational Behaviour
This module aims to show how key models in the field of study can assist in explaining organisation behaviour. You will learn to apply these models selectively and appropriately with an understanding of their usefulness and limitations in improving business performance.

Leading to degrees in...

International Year One in Business and Management can lead to the second year of one of the following degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Business and Management Studies BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
International Business BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
Marketing and Management BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
Marketing and Management (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons) 60% 40% 40%

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

Semester dates

September 2016 start

Semester 1: 
12/09/2016 - 16/12/2016

Semester 2:
16/01/2017 - 05/05/2017

January 2017 start 

Semester 1:
16/01/2017 - 21/04/2017

Semester 2:
08/05/2017 - 11/08/2017

Entry dates:
September or January

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.