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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Business studies
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

A minimum of two completed A-levels GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 112 UCAS points. GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above Alternative entry on this course is available through the Business Foundation Year and International Foundation Year We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The maritime industry is one of global significance, generating billions of dollars of revenue annually and offering an ever-growing number of opportunities for professional careers. In order to sustain itself, the industry needs graduates who have developed knowledge, understanding and skills across a number of specialist subject areas. Studying at Southampton Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and attain the combination of business acumen and maritime expertise that employers in the industry are looking for. The key aim of the maritime and business degree is to build students’ knowledge, understanding and employability skills to prepare them for their future careers. Solent’s annual maritime conference is one of the highlights of the academic calendar and allows students to network with industry experts and make valuable contacts. It also offers the opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry leaders speaking about current maritime issues, keeping students up-to-date with what is happening in the industry ‘right now’. As well as providing for an ever growing social calendar (including an annual dinner and an end of year boat party), the Maritime Society is in regular contact with our international alumni, who help arrange guest speakers and get involved with volunteering opportunities. Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments. As a direct benefit of our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), students will receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership at either ‘chartered member’ or ‘membership level’ of CILT. In the same way, students will be entitled to exemptions from two of the ICS exams (Professional Qualifying Examinations) required to gain ICS membership (an internationally recognised mark of professionalism in the shipping industry).


Year one: CORE UNITS *Research for Business *Transport Geography *Managing Financial Information *Maritime Business *Maritime Operations *Introduction to Law. Year two: CORE UNITS *Current Marine Issues *Ports and Logistics *Management of Marine Organisations *Chartering Practice *Carriage of Goods by Sea. OPTIONS *Curriculum Plus *Ship Management and Operations. Year three: CORE UNITS *International Trade and Finance *Marine Finance *Maritime Law and Risk Management *Strategic Management and Marketing *Project. OPTIONS *Current Marine Issues *Supply Chain Management *Curriculum Plus.

Southampton Solent University

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We're a dynamic new university dedicated to academic excellence, social justice and the integration of theory and practice. Real world experience is built into innovative courses in business, technology, art and design, media production, maritime, the creative industries and sport. We have strong roots in Southampton and the region, working closely with the community and employers.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 80%
Student score 76% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
31% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
27% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
274 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.
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