BSc (Hons) Entrepreneurial Leadership (BEL)

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Our brand new BSc (Hons) Entrepreneurial Leadership (BEL) has been carefully developed to equip graduates with the skills and attributes needed to adapt to a dynamic world and address the variety of complex and interrelated challenges that society is currently facing. In this interdisciplinary degree, students curate personalised learning journeys by identifying a challenge or opportunity they would like to address, acquiring a rigorous understanding of that particular area, and developing skills to create innovative and contextualised solutions.

The programme aims to prepare students to become team builders and systems thinkers who have a breadth of cross-disciplinary knowledge, are skilled at innovative problem-solving in a variety of domains, have the ability to learn continuously, and have developed deep pragmatic skills for taking meaningful action in a fast changing world.

This type of education aims to produce entrepreneurial problem-solvers who will not only be highly employable, but also better equipped to create their own jobs. 

How it works

Deploy a wide toolkit of analytical methods for understanding complex challenges

Assess real world local, national and global problems critically yet constructively

 Employ design methodologies to understand and solve complex  challenges

 Apply entrepreneurial concepts to effectively implement solutions in the real world

 Leverage business acumen to bring economically sustainable solutions to market

Drive collective action through leading others and team building

 

 Practice a spirit of continuous learning and enquiry in and independent  and reflective manner

The BEL Student Journey

The 3-year BSc (Hons) Entrepreneurial Leadership programme takes you on a learning journey comprising three progressive phases that build on each other to create an enriching academic experience. 

The first year is about building awareness and exposure. You will spend your time honing your practice of the 7 ALU meta-skills in Leadership Core, while also increasing your awareness of Global Challenges and Opportunities through the Introduction to Global Challenges module. You will begin to grasp key themes related to these challenges and opportunities and begin applying your newly acquired foundational skills to understand and analyse these challenges. As you embark on a journey of self-introspection, you will become distinctly more aware of your own strengths and interests.

Your leadership journey also kickstarts in year 1. You will delve into the world of leadership theories and begin to explore leadership styles through the Entrepreneurial Leadership module in Leadership core and the Leadership Lab 1 module. The year concludes with the Negotiated Learning 1 module, which will give you the opportunity to apply your newly acquired foundational skills to real-world situations as you go into your first work-based study experience.

You will come into year 2 with a better understanding of your personal passions. This period will see you focusing on a challenge or opportunity of your interest as you begin the journey of crafting your personal mission. You will advance your research and creative problem solving skills through courses like Critical Methods in Research and Problem Solving and Creativity and Innovation. You will also pick a pathway specialisation, which will form your primary problem-solving methodology for tackling your chosen challenge or opportunity and take two pathway methods courses. There are 4 possible pathways:

  1. Business Strategy and Investment 
  2. Policy and Advocacy
  3. Product and Programme Design
  4. Data Analytics

As you become equipped with skills that will boost your ability to engage with your chosen mission, your learning transitions to being more independent. Through a series of three self-directed Missions courses, you will deepen your subject knowledge of your chosen challenge or opportunity and by the end of the year, refine your interest into an actionable project proposal also called your Mission Statement. The year closes with a continuation of your leadership growth journey through the Leadership Lab 2 course and the Negotiated Learning 2 module offers another opportunity to pursue work based learning.

Your final year is about execution. You will spend a significant amount of time doing your Mission Capstone, where you will leverage all of the skills and knowledge built in previous years to create and present evidence-based solutions and arguments to the challenge or opportunity identified in your project proposal (Mission Statement).

In your final trimester, you will take the Innovation Lab module, where you will work individually, or in collaboration with other students, to further develop Mission Capstone solutions into ventures or initiatives that could be launched in the real world upon completion of your studies.

The programme concludes with the Leading Change in Africa module, which serves as a leadership capstone focused on initiating change in Africa. You will study how visionaries and innovators go about influencing the world around them for the better and critically reflect on your own missions as well as evaluate the next steps you might take as you transition out of ALC.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Term 1

  • Data & Decision A
  • Communicating for Impact A
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership A
  • Projects A
  • Introduction to Global Challenges

Term 2

  • Data & Decision B
  • Communicating for Impact B
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership B
  • Projects B
  • Introduction to Global Challenges

Term 3

  • Negotiated Learning 1
  • Leadership Lab 1

Year 2

Term 1

  • Introduction to Missions
  • Pathway Methods 1
  • Critical Methods in Research and Problem Solving

Term 2

  • Chart Your Mission 1
  • Pathway Methods 2
  • Creativity and Innovation

Term 3

  • Chart Your Mission 2
  • Negotiated Learning 2
  • Leadership Lab 2

Year 3

Term 1

  • Mission Capstone

Term 2

  • Innovation Lab
  • Leading Change in Africa

If you are an incoming ALC student and wish to take this programme please register your interest here.

For any queries about the programme please contact the programme team at belfaculty@alueducation.com