BA (Hons) Business and Marketing

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Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
  • New curriculum integrating the latest developments in digital and data
  • Graduate work-ready, learning valuable skills through live projects

If you’re looking to combine a strong interest in marketing with general business studies, this newly updated course is the one for you. It offers you a great deal of flexibility as you enter the job market, whether you wish to work in marketing organisations, or marketing departments within large businesses, or work more generally in business, with an extensive knowledge of marketing strategy. 

You’ll learn the latest in business and marketing with a curriculum that integrates developments in the digital and data environments. You’ll also benefit from our strong links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM); the Business School is a CIM Strategic Partner and hosts the regional CIM Club. Learning for professional qualifications is embedded into the curriculum, with the chance to gain a professional CIM qualification within the first year and additional CIM qualifications during the second and final years.   

There is a strong focus on your employability needs, giving you the transferable skills and attributes sought after by employers. You’ll benefit from a balanced and broad programme of business and marketing modules that combines core business subjects such as accounting, economics, project and people management and leadership, with marketing modules including consumer behaviour, branding, and marketing communications. You’ll also gain practical industry experience through live projects, industry speakers, events, and employability modules. You can enhance your CV further through an optional year’s study abroad, placement or short internship.  

What's the course about?

This course uses a mix of teaching methods, including software and practical workshops, lectures, tutorials, individual coursework and groupwork. You’ll learn through experiential learning and through live business projects and field trips. Knowledge is enhanced through engagement with the wider Hertfordshire Business School (HBS) research community. Study includes blended learning materials, such as online modules and recorded lectures to enable flexibility for students’ learning needs.  

You’ll be assessed through a wide variety of assessment types designed with employability and academic skills in mind. There will be a wide mix of assessments including the production of digital artefacts, projects, portfolios, pitches, and opinion pieces, as well as the more traditional essays, reports, and exams.   

Your first year focuses on understanding the basic Principles of Marketing, and an Introduction to Marketing Communications. Core business studies include Accounting for Managers, Economics for Business, Quantitative Methods for Business and The Global Business Environment.  Study will be underpinned with Essential Skills in Marketing and you’ll start to plan your career through Preparing for Professional Success. 

In the second year you’ll deepen your critical and analytical skills in marketing through studying Marketing, Insight, Analysis and Planning and Consumer Behaviour. Core business management modules include Exploring Business Ethics, Project Planning and Control, and Cross-cultural Management. You’ll be introduced to entrepreneurship through Innovation and Business Model Design.  Employability skills will be further enhanced through proactively Working in Industry and learning about Managing People.  

Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. The University actively encourages and supports students through the Careers and Placements Office and the Hertfordshire Business School Employability team.  Students who gain experience through an Internship, may also have the opportunity to have this recognised in their degree title. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too.   

In the final year you’ll develop your strategic thinking through Branding and Communications Strategy, Business Strategy and Global Marketing.  You will develop a deeper understanding of the Digital Economy, and Leadership and Organisations. At this level you will enhance your Business and Commercial Awareness, whilst learning how to make Data Driven Marketing Decisions.  Whether you want to work in industry, not-for-profit organisations or set up your own business, you’ll benefit from the latest contemporary thinking in The Future of Marketing.  

Your main campus is de Havilland

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

Alongside traditional teaching methods of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we operate a web-based student support system called StudyNet where you can expect to find a range of material and communications about every module.

The teaching method for most modules on the course is a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar. Typically, a new topic will be introduced in each lecture. The seminars provide an opportunity to discuss and obtain feedback on the topic introduced in the previous week's lecture. Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examination. Coursework may take a variety of forms and could be individual or group work.

'My time at the University of Hertfordshire has been life-changing through the life skills I have gained. I recognise the importance of independence, as well as having academic goals. I have grown in confidence and am enjoying my placement working as an Events Assistant at the University.'

Riarna Birdi

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Wai Shan Cheng (Shanice)

Meet Wai Shan Cheng (Shanice) who has gained a wide portfolio of skills since graduating. She is currently a freelance copywriter and entrepreneur.

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Current job roleMarketing Director and Entrepreneur
Year of graduation2003
Course of studyBA(Hons) Marketing
Wai Shan Cheng

Path to success

Shanice feels that her degree from the University of Hertfordshire provided her with the key principles of marketing to put her on the path to success in her career. She feels the most useful element of the course was the experience of working with others to complete group projects, a skill she uses daily in her current business.

After graduating, Shanice gained experience as a Marketing Executive in the Neon Light Manufacturing Company. This role enabled her to build on her current skills as well as exposing her to other key skills like customer handling, product management and trade show knowledge. Shanice feels that gaining this direct marketing experience after graduation has been key to both her inspiration as an entrepreneur, and her career achievements. Following this role, she worked for a pay TV channel for eight years assisting with channel promotion and marketing services.

Entrepreneur

Shanice founded her company, Kiana Handcraft, in early 2015. She had originally started making handmade hair bows and bow ties during her spare time. However, she soon decided  to roll out her products to a wider audience by launching an online shop on Shopify through which she markets and sells her products. Shanice is involved in all aspects of running the company – including monitoring the website, sourcing fabric and materials, accounting, order enquiries and distribution.

In addition to running Kiana Handcraft in her spare time, Shanice joined Panda Group at the start of 2015 as a freelance copywriter. The company offers a full service Brand Design & Marketing Agency. Current clients include Citibank, Disneyland, HSBC, Nielsen, Morgan Stanley and Cathay Pacific. Having proved herself indispensable, Shanice is now their permanent Marketing Director. The role includes seizing new business opportunities, producing cost-effective marketing strategies to clients, and providing detailed costings.

Future goals

In the future Shanice would like to focus on her focus business and work on collaborations: 'I have just started an exciting new collaboration with Kiana Handcraft and the Hong Kong Jockey Club for a crossover promotion with their Swarovski Brooch for Silver Purse Day. My long term goal is to get 5000 likes on Facebook and roll out Kiana Handcraft world-wide.'

I have just started an exciting new collaboration with Kiana Handcraft and the Hong Kong Jockey Club for a crossover promotion with their Swarovski Brooch for Silver Purse Day. My long term goal is to get 5000 likes on Facebook and roll out Kiana Handcraft world-wide.

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Francesca Francois

Meet Francesca Francois who has had a rich career since graduating. Francesca now works as a Marketing Manager.

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Current job roleMarketing Manager
Year of graduation2010
Course of studyBA(Hons) Marketing and French

University experience

Francesca had a good feeling when she walked around our campus. She visited us three times, just to make sure we were the right choice for her. We certainly were, as Francesca met her husband at Herts, and after twelve years together they married in 2017. She tells us that some of the friends she met at university, she couldn’t live without.

Francesca enjoyed her studies and learnt a lot about working with different types of people. Having the opportunity to learn business, marketing and French within one degree allowed her to fully understand the career she would soon enter. The curriculum interested her, and she welcomed the relevancy of the modules, such as global marketing and corporate social responsibility. Her placement year gave her valuable experience which helped Francesca find employment when she graduated.

Career progression

Francesca has had a rich marketing career. Highlights include working as a marketing manager for Hamleys and her current role as a Europe marketing manager. Francesca says that the key to her successes have been believing in herself and continuously learning. In the future, Francesca would like to set up her own marketing and events company and hopes to offer internships to students at the University of Hertfordshire.

My stand-out moment was definitely meeting my now husband. After nearly twelve years together we finally wed 19th May 2017.