Welcome to HE Business

Introduction to: Business and Management

Congratulations on your offer to study within the department of Business and Management at Barnsley College Higher Education. We are delighted to welcome you to our department.

Meet the Team

If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:

Induction schedule

Our aim is to ensure that you know what to expect from the course and provide advice and guidance on what you need to prepare for your studies. There will be activities that you may want to get involved in, both across the department and within Higher Education, and we will let you know more about these when you begin your studies. To begin your preparation for the course, please read this web page which contains important information to ease you into life at Barnsley College Higher Education and your course.

Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and are available in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at our Old Mill Lane campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one study skills text:

  • Burns, T and Sinfield, S. (2003). Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University. London: Sage.
  • Cottrell, S. (2015). The Study Skills Handbook (3rd Edn.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Preparation and preliminary reading

These books are used in the first two units of study, details of further books you will need will provided as you progress through the course.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own copy of the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your course.

Organisational Leadership and Management Foundation Degree

Operational Management

  • Bessant, J. & Lamming, R. (2013) Strategic Operations Management. 3rd edition. London: Routledge.
  • Jones, P. & Robinson, P. (2012) Operations Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Johnson, G., Whittington R., Scholes., S., Angwin, D. &  Regner, P. (2014) Exploring Strategy Text and Cases. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A. and Johnston, R. (2013) Operations Management.7th edition. Harlow: Pearson.

Developing Collaborative Relationships

  • Bourne, L. (2016) Stakeholder Relationship Management. London: Routledge.
  • Egan, J. (2011) Relationship Marketing: Exploring Relational Strategies in Marketing. 4th Ed. London: Prentice Hall.
  • Freeman, R. (2010) Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Freeman, E. & Harrison, J, S. (2018) Stakeholder Theory: Concepts and Strategies (Elements in Organization Theory). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Management of Finance

  • Barrow, C. (2001) Financial Management for Small Business. London: Kogan Page.
  • Bourne, L. (2016) Stakeholder Relationship Management. London: Routledge.
  • Thomas, A. (2015)) Introduction to Financial Accounting.
  • 8th edition. Mcgraw Hill Publishing Company.

Personal Effectiveness

  • Dowson, P. (2015) Personal and professional development for business students: A guide to study and employment in the 21st century. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications.

Leadership and Management BA Hons Top-up

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility 

  • Crane, A., & Matten, D. (2019). Business ethics: managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalisation. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Blowfield, M., & Murray, A. (2019). Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Developing Sales and Marketing Strategies

  • Armstrong, G. & Hotler, P.T. (2015) Marketing: An Introduction.3rd edition. London:P earson Education.
  • Doole, I., Lowe, R. and Kenyon, A. (2016) International Marketing Strategy. 7th edition. London: Cenage Learning.
  • Jobber, D. & Ellis-Chadwick, F. (2019) Principles and Practice of Marketing. 9th edition. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
  • Usnier, J. & Lee, J. Marketing Across Culture. 6th edition, Harlow: Pearson.

Organisational Strategy 

  • Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Renger, P, Scholes., K and Angwin, D. (2017) Exploring Strategy Text and Cases. 11th edition. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
  • Johnson, G. et al (2017) Fundamentals of Strategy. 4th edition. Harlow: Pearson.

Enrolment checklist

Proof of qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following qualifications and meet the entry requirements:

Organisational Leadership and Management Foundation Degree

  • This qualification is suitable only for those aged 18 years or over.
  • We welcome applications from students with business experiences and prior qualifications to be considered for this course.
  • All applicants will be interviewed for entry to the programme to ensure that the course meets their needs and interests.
  • You will need to:
    • Have completed a relevant Level 3 qualification.
    • Hold GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 (or an alternative equivalent).
    • Have at least 60 UCAS points.
  • You must be:
    • Able to demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career within a relevant field.
    • Committed to personal and professional development.
    • Able to demonstrate an ability to work independently or in a group.
    • Able to work with tutor support and guidance in both practical and academic settings.

Leadership and Management BA Hons Top-up

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management (Top-up) will be required to hold a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in business (with a mark of 55 percent or above) and will be expected to attend an interview upon application to the programme.

Please bring proof of all your qualifications (original certificates) to your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented to Barnsley College and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Internet and online resources

The following sites are useful for becoming familiar with:


If you have a Twitter account, this can be an excellent source of up-to-date information on policy and practice, which will be crucial for your own knowledge and development. Below are some suggested Twitter feeds relevant to Business:

  • Daniel Pink – @DanielPink
  • Forbes – @Forbes
  • Harvard Business Review – @HarvardBiz
  • Jim Kouzes – @Jim_Kouzes
  • MIT Sloan Management Review – @MITsmr
  • New York Times – @NYtimes
  • Tom Peters – @Tom_Peters
  • Tony Robbins – @tonyrobbins
  • Wall Street Journal – @WSJ


Journal Article Databases

The following sites will be useful for reading and utilising journals: