Starting your degree with Pearson Business School this September? Here's some top things to get involved with over the summer before you start.

1. Research the degree

Whether you have chosen to study Law, Business Management or Accounting, you need to research the degree itself. Here are some things to look out for:
1. How will I be assessed?

  • Each course is slightly different and the percentage of exams to presentations to coursework varies based upon the course. Check the course breakdowns to see how the course you have picked will be broken down into exams, presentations and coursework.

2. What modules will I be studying?

  • For each course, there are core modules (modules that you have to study) and elective modules (modules that you choose to study to form the rest of the academic credits for the degree). The core modules give you an overview of all the things you need to know; whereas, the elective modules give you the opportunity to dive into other areas of the subject and gain specialist knowledge. Take a look at the elective modules prior to starting the course so that you can get an idea about what you might like to study as part of your degree.

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3. What are my contact hours?

  • This again depends on the course that you have chosen. Something that is consistent is that the degree is made up of lectures and seminars which run weekly to allow you to learn and understand each topic within the module. You will be set reading and other tasks to complete before the seminar so that you are ready to fully understand each topic.

4. What type of degree am I getting?

  • You will either be gaining a BA, BSc or LLB; these are the degrees that we offer at Pearson Business School: BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Business Management (Professional Pathway), BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance, BA (Hons) Business Management with Global Industries, BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing, BA (Hons) Business Management with Entrepreneurship, BSc/MSci Professional Accounting in Business, LLB (Hons) Law/MLaw Professional Legal Practice
    and LLB (Hons) Law with Business.

5. Is there a reading list available so that I can get ahead?

  • If you can find the books online that you need for your course, make a start with them so that you are ahead for your course. It's a great way to get ahead and build that knowledge, particularly if it is something that you have not studied before.

2. Read

ou need to read around the subject. This is the same with a lot of degrees yes, but reading more than what is necessary is the first step to success. You need to prioritise reading set by your tutor, but during the holidays, spare time, and even prior to starting, you could read a huge variety of content and broaden your knowledge.

What does this mean?
If you are doing research, reading academic and industry-related literature associated with your chosen topic will really help with a well-rounded research approach. Keeping up-to-date with reliable current affairs outlets such as The Financial Times and The Economist will also help you to participate in class discussions.

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3. Develop your presence

LinkedIn might not be as popular as Facebook and Twitter, but it is vital that we do not underestimate its importance; it is still the most popular and largest professional network/business-oriented social networking site out there. The professional presence of companies, CEOs and other professionals makes this the best site for networking online.

Develop your presence on Linkedin by using the platform to your advantage:

  • Intro - allows you to describe your key skills and qualities and what you have been working on recently.
  • Education - you can detail where you have studied, the year you did it, and what the course was.
  • Work Experience - you can add previous work experience from a variety of industries, depending on your experiences.
  • Skills - you can add key skills that you perceive to be your strengths so LinkedIn's algorithms can detect jobs that might be suited to you.
  • Accomplishments - here you can put anything which is an achievement to you such as published works, certifications, projects or courses you have completed.
  • Additional information - this allows you to include any references you cite from previous employers or colleagues.

This digital CV system allows you to manually change, add or remove information where necessary so that people get an updated view of your personal career progressions. When you go for a job, your potential employer might look at your LinkedIn profile, so make sure you're happy with it!

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4. Explore the area

Spend a day in London exploring the local area and Pearson Business School for yourself. If you can't make it to an Open Day, book a Personal Tour and be shown around the studios to see for yourself where you'll be creating for the next three years.

You also need to explore the surrounding areas of Pearson Business School, such as Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and Soho, to get a feel for London as a city and see for yourself how beneficial it is to have the central London location. You could take a look at some of the nearby business headquarters such as Google, IBM, Saatchi and Saatchi and Pearson.

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You could also take a look at accommodation, if you are someone who would like to move away from home and live nearer to our studios in Central London.

5. Visit us

Come along to an Open Day or a Taster Day to take the plunge into the business world and see what it might really feel like studying Business Management, Law or Accounting at Pearson Business School.

6. Stay in the loop

Finally, keep up to date with the most recent activities at Pearson Business School. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Follow the social media accounts,
  • Join Facebook groups,
  • Sign up to the newsletter,
  • Connect with current students, and
  • Connect with others starting the course.

Doing all of these things will not only help when it comes to making friends at Pearson Business School, but will help you to stay updated and begin to build your network of contacts that can really help in the long run.

Other than that, have a fantastic summer and we look forward to meeting you in September!!!

To find out more about Pearson Business School, visit the Pearson College London website.