Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code

HTA18S1

Forms of study

Full-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies

Individual courses

Intended competence

Contact information

Hirsilä Matti

Hirsilä Matti

Päällikkö global competence, Head of Department Global Competence
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358405215637
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Description

Students graduate from the Team Academy degree programme with a comprehensive mastery of business competence; with their individual study paths and learning agreements, they can effectively acquire special competence which allows them to develop their competences along with the changes in the increasingly digital working life. The degree programme comprises full-time studies.

After the basic studies in business, the students continue their specialisation in the enterprises they established at the Team Academy. The Team Academy is a unit focused on promoting learning and entrepreneurship. The students learn to apply theory to practice by doing business in their own cooperatives. At the Team Academy, students are referred to as team entrepreneurs. The profiles of the students who apply for the Team Academy differ greatly. A typical applicant is a recent secondary school graduate who is primarily interested in learning comprehensive working life skills during their studies rather than becoming an entrepreneur. The Team Academy also has students with previous experience in a specific field of business. On the third year of studies, the Team Academy also offers a study path where the students can develop their own business ideas.

The team entrepreneurs develop the team enterprise they have established, learning together and working with real customers. The aim of a team enterprise is to implement projects, develop their own services and products, and offer these to the customers. The enterprises and individuals also learn through various experiments and experiences. Experiential learning is one of the key theories of learning behind the Team Academy.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Targeted competence

In the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration, the competence target is that after the graduation, a Bachelor of Business Administration has extensive professional competence: basic practical skills and knowledge and their theoretical foundations for working in a specialist position in business, good communication skills, good language skills, the skills required by international activities in the field, as well as the prerequisites for following the development of the field and research information in the field, continuous education and operating as a member of society.

After completing the degree, a team entrepreneur in Team Academy can act successfully and profitably in the field with a customer-oriented approach. They know how to carry out marketing and are familiar with the typical practices in the field. In addition, the graduates have the required skills for collecting materials, interpreting research data and publishing reports for the continuous development of the operations. The qualifications of the degree are as follows:

  1. profitability competence
  2. customer relationship and marketing competence
  3. industrial competence
  4. business administration methods competence.

Methods competence of business administration highlights the utilisation of digital services and tools in business and its development. The digital features have been blended with the contents of the courses.

Degree profile

The Team Academy competence profile comprises seven competence areas that correspond to the qualification requirements of the bachelor’s degree programme in business administration.

  1. Learning and information processing skills
  2. Creativity and innovation skills
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Customer relationship and marketing skills
  5. Communications skills
  6. Business skills
  7. Digital technology skills

The degree profile of each student is customised, based on the personal learning agreement and the student’s strengths. The personal expert profile of each team entrepreneur is built on the student’s learning agreements, experiments, projects, customers, self-reflection and competence portfolio.

At the Team Academy, the team enterprise is a platform for team-based learning and personal learning through practice, experimentation and application. Learning at the Team Academy is a student-centred process and learning experience that lasts 2.5 years (+ basic studies).

Practical work and reflection help to develop the seven competence areas, and competence development is assessed on a continuous basis. In addition to self-assessment, the assessment is based on feedback from the team, the coach and the customers. The learning process also includes a range of demonstrations and a final 24-hour demonstration where the graduating teams try to solve a customer’s problem in 24 hours. After graduation, the team entrepreneurs use the proceeds from their companies to travel the world.

At the Team Academy, the students develop their own expert profile in the seven competence areas, applying the principles of lifelong and experimental learning where the student’s motivation and experiences contribute to competence development and comprehensive expertise.

  1. Learning and information processing skills refer, in particular, to the skills of self-directed learning, finding new information, analysing, modelling, practical application, assessment and reporting.
  2. Creativity and innovation skills refer to the skills and tools needed in creative productions, innovation processes and their management.
  3. Leadership skills refer to the skills of self-management, team, project and organisation management and coaching.
  4. Customer relationship and marketing skills refer to the skills needed in the planning, implementation, management and assessment of customer relationships and marketing processes.
  5. Communications skills refer to oral and written communications and interaction skills on different channels, as well as networking and internationalisation skills.
  6. Business skills refer to the ability to generate profitable operations and understand the wider context that affects business performance.
  7. Digital technology skills refer to the mastery of systems and smart technologies that are used for content creation.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

Team entrepreneurs learn comprehensively by working in their own team enterprises. After the general basic studies in business in the first year, the team entrepreneur starts working with their own team and coach. The team enterprise starts regular practice sessions with the coach (cf. contact teaching) in their second autumn, which is when the team members set their first goals and prepare their first learning agreements. The Team Academy is a learning community, which means the team members receive support also from more experienced team entrepreneurs.

At the end of the autumn semester in the second year, the team enterprise has already made its first experiments and projects. The team enterprise’s management policies and procedures become established. The team enterprise, its members, the coach and the customers assess learning and competence development in seven areas on a continuous basis. Each team entrepreneur discusses the development of their personal competence with the coach, seeks information actively and builds networks. They also have their personal reading programmes, and written essays provide theory points (literature). The students are also encouraged to use digital content to support learning. The aim is that the team entrepreneurs should apply theoretical knowledge to practice in the team enterprise’s projects. They can also form project groups based on their personal interests. The team entrepreneurs earn ECTS credits from their coach, based on their experience (experiments, projects, customers, working at the team enterprise) and theory points (literature).

In the spring semester in the second year, the team process is at an advanced stage, and the learning, communications, leadership, customer relationship and marketing skills of the team members have developed immensely.

By their third autumn, the team members and enterprises have significantly improved their self-knowledge and cooperation skills. At this point, the group of students has become a real team that can set targets and operate in a self-directed manner towards practical work and learning. The majority of the team members have attended the Team Academy’s internal training programmes that develop either innovation or leadership skills. Several team members are also in the middle of international projects with other team entrepreneurs in Europe or South America.

By their third spring, several team members have gained experience as a team leader, financial manager, customer relationship manager or communications manager. Most of them have also had responsible roles in the Team Academy learning community, either as brand manager, visit manager or alumni manager. Contacts with the approximately 800 Team Academy alumni provide an excellent opportunity for networking and collaborating with alumni who have found employment. Many of the Team Academy alumni also work as entrepreneurs. By their third spring, the team entrepreneurs have typically found their own strengths and start to compile their portfolios and bachelor’s theses.

The fourth autumn is the beginning of the end of their journey together, and by this time, the majority of the team members have discovered their own strengths. The team members have made friendships that last for life and built networks that help them find employment either as entrepreneurs or employees. The teams work in their enterprises for common goals, often for a trip around the world.  Some teams establish a company together, while some students become entrepreneurs. Others find a good job with the help of the competences learned at the academy. The team prepares for demonstrating their competence in a 24-hour final exam where they are required to solve the real-life problems of customers. The majority of the students graduate in the target time of 3.5 years by preparing a research-based portfolio/thesis that supports their competence. Each student has found their personal competence profile, has good self-knowledge and the skills and goals needed for lifelong learning.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time studies are self-directed learning in teams and with the coach and customers. They also involve applying the theory learned from literature and digital content to practice. Learning takes place in real-life environments and in the modern learning environment of the Team Academy.

In the Team Academy, the professional studies are completed in cooperatives established by the students. In the cooperatives, projects and different testing are sold to and implemented with real customers.

Graduation

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Example profiles of graduates of the degree programme in Team Academy are: entrepreneur, entrepreneurship adviser, coach, consultant, accountant, payroll clerk, auditor, service adviser, investment manager, marketing director, salesperson, sales manager, shop manager, customer service manager, director of administration, HR assistant, personnel manager, project coordinator, export salesperson, export assistant and teacher.

Further studies

University of Applied Sciences offers various opportunities for studying and learning throughout one's career. These include Master's Degree studies, specialisation studies, diplomas of higher education, the extensive range of courses offered through open studies and continuing education.

The student who has graduated with a Bachelor's degree may continue his/her studies in a Master's degree programme after gaining at least three years of work experience. A Master's degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master's degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master's degree level programmes.

A student who completes a Master's degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

Planning

The curriculum of the Team Academy degree programme is developed by involving the team entrepreneurs, alumni and local businesses and by using research and feedback from the student, personnel and working life perspectives. The curriculum pays particular attention to the student perspective, which places importance on the learning-based, experimental and process-centred pedagogy of learning. This enables the students to track their competence development better.