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.
Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:
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.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.
Year One (120 Credits):
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):
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):
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:
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.
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
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy at grade C / grade 4 or above, plus one of the following:
- 112 points from at least two A Levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma overall grade DMM
- 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2. H4 minimum grade considered towards points offer
- 112 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers
- 112 points from Access to Higher Education Diploma
If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the
UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications may be considered on an individual basis by members of the course team.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
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Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
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Bursaries & Scholarships:
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Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3:
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the
RPL page. Please contact
Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found