Entrepreneurship and Innovation - BSc (Hons)

Overview

Does a career as an innovative lead appeal to you? Are you keen to develop entrepreneurial skills and innovative competencies needed to start new ventures within existing organisations? Gain the skills you need with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and prepare for the exciting world of entrepreneurship!

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Business and Management at Kent scored 93% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

The programme provides a stimulating learning experience that equips you with the mindset to generate original, innovative, and impactful solutions to identified needs and opportunities.

As a student of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme, you will be making a real difference in many aspects of society, by pursuing, creating and applying innovative solutions to different social, economic, and cultural problems. 

Our BSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree programme

Studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation, you learn the key concepts that help uncover the complex nature of organisations and the business environment. You explore the significance of entrepreneurship and innovation to both business and the world. Most exciting of all, you get the opportunity to start and launch your own innovative venture. 

You study a range of compulsory modules and in your final year select an optional module in an area that interests you, including Business Law and Supply Chain Management. Throughout the programme, you have the opportunity to start and run your innovative venture. You learn from established and successful entrepreneurs and apply this to your venture. Students will identify innovative solutions in response to genuine problems in the first year, evaluate and select venture-worthy opportunities based on these problems in the second year, and pivot or scale-up in the third year.

You have excellent opportunities to experience entrepreneurship and innovation in action through hands-on experience from starting and launching your venture, in-class live case studies, our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and even the opportunity to shadow an entrepreneur. You also have an opportunity to gain entrepreneurial skills that will enable you to accelerate your innovative thinking into practice.

Experiential Learning

Kent provides a variety of employability opportunities for students during their studies. These range from short-term company internship opportunities to, voluntary work with local charities and University Business Societies. The central Careers and Employability Service also offers an exciting Employability Points Scheme. In addition to this, the Kent Business School's specialised team of Employability experts provides support to all our students in personalised 1:1 meetings as well as online support via the Employability blog. Unique to KBS, our Alumni have access to all employability support for three years after their graduation.

Gaining 1-year long professional experience: Year in Industry

You have the option to take this programme with a year of professional experience, in the UK or internationally. You will be supported by our dedicated in-house Employability and Placements team to identify, secure and enjoy your placement year.

For more details, see Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a Year in Industry.

You do not have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply.

For more information, see Programme Structure and Career sections.

Gaining 1-year cross-cultural experience: Year Abroad

If you would like to enhance your employability skills by widening cross-cultural perspectives, developing a global mind-set or learn another language then you can spend a year studying at one of Kent’s global partner institutions, see Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a Year Abroad.

You do not have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply.

For more information, see Programme Structure and Career sections.

Extra Activities

In addition to your studies, our students can discover how to turn their ideas into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support to all entrepreneurially-minded students, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative.

Many of our students also get involved with societies including the Kent Business Society, which in previous years has organised:

  • Social events
  • Talks from industry leaders
  • Networking events


An Outstanding Student Experience

 “I have been taught by some truly inspiring and engaging lecturers who are clearly passionate about their subject and have a wealth of knowledge to share.” Tim Carnell, BA (Hons) Business  and Management Graduate

Kent Business School is dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for all our students, from induction to graduation, and beyond. As a Student Success school, we are committed to championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and warmly welcome students from all backgrounds. Your experience is central to what we do, so we will listen to you every step of the way, through our robust Student Voice processes and mechanisms.

Alongside a world-class teaching and educational experience, KBS delivers a wide-ranging package of support, designed to ensure that you can maximise your time with us:

  • Every student is allocated an Academic Adviser from our highly skilled academic staff team, who will meet with you individually to give you personalised guidance on your academic journey with KBS.
  • Our dedicated Student Support Team, led by the Senior Tutor, are on-hand throughout term time and during vacations to provide confidential, sensitive, pastoral support and guidance to our students.
  • Academic Peer Mentors, recruited from the School’s most experienced undergraduate students, are available to help you to navigate your course and the modules that they themselves have sat, giving you insider access to someone who knows what it’s like to study on your course.

About the School

Our School is a leading Business School, accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s Business Schools attaining this accreditation.

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent.

Student profiles

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Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

  • Certificate

    A level

    ABB-BBB

  • Certificate

    GCSE

    Mathematics grade 4 / C and English grade 4 / C.

  • Certificate

    Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

  • Certificate

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Business. Other subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis

  • Certificate

    International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Our programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, typically taking four modules per term over two terms in each of the three stages of study. The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include

CB401 - Modern Business and Employability Skills

CB367 - Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics for Business

TBC - Introduction to Innovation Management 

CB385 - Business Analysis and Practice

CB366 - Management Principles

CB371 - Marketing Principles

TBC - Principles of New Venture Creation

Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include

CB725 - Project Management

TBC - Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

TBC - Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Finance

CB787 - The Management of Operations

TBC - Social Enterprise and Sustainability

TBC - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Digital Era

TBC - Launching a start-up

Stage S (Sandwich year in industry)

CB699 - Year in Industry Experience

CB698 - Year in Industry Report

Stage A (Study abroad)

CB762 - Year Abroad 1

CB763 - Year Abroad 2

Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include

TBC - Consultancy and Practice

TBC - Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

TBC - Financing Business Growth

CB724 - Managing Innovation in Contemporary Business

TBC - Entrepreneurship Marketing

TBC - Sustainable commercialisation

Optional modules within Stage 3 may include:

TBC - The Digital Consumer

CB760 - Business Law and Employability Rights

CB784 - Service and Supply Chain Management

CB697 - Managing People and Teams


Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC
  • Home part-time TBC
  • International part-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

In the Governments recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment of teaching at UK universities, Kent was awarded a Gold rating. Based on the evidence available, the TEF panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Our enthusiastic team of international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, bringing their subject to life and drawing you into the conversation.

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • mentorship, guest lectures and guidance from SME owners, innovation leads in existing organisations, entrepreneurial alumni and ASPIRE
  • action-based learning through the provision of consultancy services to community businesses, enterprises and other external partners based on problems and challenges these businesses and enterprises have set. 
  • shadowing existing entrepreneurs
  • attendance at relevant business shows and start-up events
  • starting and running an actual business
  • lectures and tutor-led seminars demonstrating entrepreneurial skill sets
  • self-directed learning facilitated by study guides and web-based material
  • problem-based learning scenarios
  • student-centred mentoring
  • student-led seminars
  • individual and group project work.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;

  • written examinations
  • essays and reports, based on lectures, workshops, consultancy activities
  • start-up pitches and presentations 
  • portfolio of evidence on creating new ventures
  • digital content creation (e.g. videos and posters).

Exams are individual written assessments tested under time-controlled conditions.

As part of your studies it is also possible to take a foreign language module in stage 1 and for students going on a Year Abroad in year 1 and 2 subject to programme requirements. Alternatively, our university also offers language courses as part of extra-curricular activities.

To proceed to the next year you must achieve satisfactory results. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years (and Placement Year/Year Abroad if chosen) and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.

Contact Hours

Undergraduate students can expect around 8 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules. For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will
comprise 1200 learning hours, which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

Independent rankings

Business and Management at Kent scored 93% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Careers

For graduate prospects, Business, Management and Marketing at Kent scored 74% in The Guardian University Guide 2021 and ranked 22nd in The Complete University Guide 2021 for Business and Management.

Successful KBS Graduates: Graduate destinations

Kent Business School graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy both overseas and in the UK in a  wide range of companies and organisations, including:

  • Amazon
  • Deloitte
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ltd
  • HSBC Bank Plc
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Transport for London
  • Yahoo! UK
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Heineken.

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs. KBS entrepreneurs include:

Embedded employability: Developing career-enhancing skills

The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from the first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.

To help you appeal to employers you will graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills in a global context but also key transferrable skills such as critical reflection, cultural awareness, creativity and innovation, effective time-management and productive teamwork as well as enhanced confidence, intellectual curiosity and resilience. As a KBS graduate you will be able to demonstrate to your employer how you have developed The Grad Goals.

You can also gain skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as adding much-sought-after analytical skills or computing skills to your degree via Kent’s Q-Step Centre.

Ongoing support: Help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business undergraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University, can also provide advice on how to apply for jobs, write a good CV or perform well in interviews.

Apply for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - BSc (Hons)

We'll be taking applications for this course soon. To express an interest or for more information please email kbsmarketing@kent.ac.uk.

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