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Applied Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management - BA (Hons)

Entry Year

The BA (Hons) Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management degree is the first of its kind in the UK. This degree is for those who want to innovate, challenge the status quo and create sustainable businesses of the future.

This is a practical degree which is built around innovative programme design developed and will be delivered by expertise in their field. Students will be provided with the theoretical underpinning of entrepreneurship and business management. Developing and equipping them with the key entrepreneurial traits required to operate effectively in the difficult landscape of business creation; such as resilience, opportunity recognition, creativity and vision. As well as the foundations of marketing, law, information technology and accounting.

Students will be encouraged to actively engage in business networking opportunities both within the university and within the local business community. To enable this, in the first year, each student will be allocated an entrepreneurial mentor from the local business community. Through this mentoring students will complete a number of activities where they will 'shadow' an entrepreneur, such as attending networking events. This opportunity will allow the student to fully immerse themselves in entrepreneurial life, observe the character traits of the entrepreneur and business operations.

In the second year students will start focusing on the development of their own start-up and at this time all students will be provided with desk space within the dedicated incubation facility for the programme. The start-up Lab will offer specialist start-up support, expertise and tools helping start-up businesses to innovate and grow within the first year of trading. The Start-up Lab will foster a co-working environment allowing for peer to peer learning with like-minded student entrepreneurs to help foster an environment of venture creation, collaboration and a community of co-working. 

This degree will undergo a periodic review in 2023/4 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.

Foundation Year

​This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Find out more about the foundation year.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

Course Content


Year One (120 Credits):

Compulsory modules:

  • The Value Centred Entrepreneur (20)

  • Building for the Web (20)

  • Finance for Managers (20)

  • Introduction to Marketing (20)

  • Assessing a Business Idea (20)

  • Start-up Mentoring (20)

  • Year 2 (120 Credits):

    Compulsory modules:

    • Mobile and Social Media for Marketers (20)

    • Business Law for the Digital Age (20)

    • Finance for Entrepreneurs (20)

    • Mobile and Web Technologies (20)

    • Launching a start-up (40)

    Year 3 (120 credits):

    Compulsory modules:

    • Ethical Supply Chain Management (20)

    • Developing Global Leader (20)

    • Business Operations and Innovation for Growth (60)

    • Contemporary Business and Consumer protection (20)

Learning & Teaching

This is a practical degree and as such the modules contained within this programme will use a wide range of innovative teaching and learning approaches. Standard lectures will be delivered in appropriate lecture rooms and supplemented with interactive workshops where students will engage in group discussions, debates and problem solving exercises. Specialist support and facilities for this programme include:

Incubation Space
All students will be provided with desk space within the dedicated incubation facility for the programme, known as the Start-Up Lab. The Lab will offer specialist start-up support, expertise and tools helping start-up businesses to innovate and grow within the first year of trading. The Lab will also foster a co-working environment allowing for peer-to-peer learning and venture creation to create a community of collaborative and like-minded entrepreneurs.

Start-up Mentoring
Each student will be allocated an entrepreneurial mentor from the local business community. Students will have the opportunity to ‘shadow’ their mentors, which will provide opportunities to observe and understand the character traits of an entrepreneur, as well as the necessary business operations for a successful start-up.

Personal Development Planning
As well as a detailed knowledge and understanding of subject material, a key objective in the programme is to develop students’ entrepreneurial effectiveness and their ability to critically reflect on their; Ideas and Opportunities, Resources and Into action through various levels of proficiency. This will be achieved through assessments within modules at each level of study that require students to reflect and demonstrate their learning and entrepreneurial journey.

This programme has been developed and will be delivered by expertise in their field of studies. These include; start-up managers, accountants, law experts and entrepreneurs whose expertise and experience in business start-up is invaluable.


Students are expected to take greater responsibility for their own learning as they progress through their programme. The course structure and the proposed teaching strategies are designed to support this development, while balancing traditional and innovative approaches. The student-centred approach will be encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies such as case studies, projects, practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate materials, videos, computer software etc. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.

The assessments are diverse in nature and will range from presentations, industry report, business accounts, vlogs and blogs and board meeting. The assessment methods are all designed to give student the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theory to industry.

The major project at Level 6 ‘Business Operations and Innovation for Growth’ provides students with the opportunity to develop, set-up and launch a new venture, where they can apply the academic and theoretical foundations and key entrepreneurial business skills learnt from levels 4 and 5 of the programme. This process will allow students to fully immerse themselves in the real world of business start-ups. Students will receive detailed feedback from academic tutors within the university standard 20 day’s policy. Students will also receive feedback from industry professionals and entrepreneurs on certain elements during their start-up journey.

Employability and Careers

BA(Hons) Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management graduates will stand out for their ability to apply theoretical knowledge within a practical environment. Upon successful completion students will graduate with their own business and have developed and established their own business network. Graduates will also be equipped with the skills and expertise to work within managerial positions, start-up companies in advertising, finance, branding PR.

The course provides entry onto a wide range of taught and research degree Masters Programmes within the university.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.​

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email or tweet us @CMetAdmissions. 

For course specific enquiries, please contact Dr Aylwin Yafele:

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
N210 - 3 year degree
TBC - 4 year degree (including foundation year)

Place of Study:
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Four years full-time if undertaking the foundation year or year-long sandwich placement.
Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.

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Programme Director Natasha Hashimi introduces the BA (Hons) Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management degree at Cardiff Met.

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