Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Business

Be confident and capable of tackling any business challenge with an array of management skills at your fingertips. This course will help you develop an understanding of the relationships between different business disciplines and examine how constraints in one area affect decision making in another. Gain a variety of skills during your induction programme, including time management, presentation skills and report writing, and develop them throughout your degree and beyond.

This course marries the academic and the vocational in order to maximise your career and lifetime opportunities. In the 2016 National Student Survey, 91 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 89 per cent of students were satisfied overall. According to the 2016 DLHE survey, 89 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing*.

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Hayley Jones:

 "I would advise someone wishing to enter into a career in sales to firstly get as much experience as possible in that area, whether it be through placements, apprenticeships, voluntary work, telesales, retail assistant jobs etc. 
Secondly, ensure when interviewing for these types of roles you convey that you are passionate and driven. This is because to be successful in sales, you need to be able to cope with pressure and have the constant determination to create your own success."

Find out more about Hayley in her case study


Graduate Matthew King tells us the career benefits of studying with Plymouth:

"All the academic and practical skills which you gain from studying at Plymouth University make you a highly attractive candidate to potential employers." 

Find out more about Matthew in his case study

Key features

  • Take the opportunity to work with businesses, not-for-profit enterprises, charities, schools and colleges on real consultancy projects.
  • Discover the nature of dynamic business through a variety of teaching methods. Our lectures, videos, student centred learning materials and a range of group activities will ensure you are accomplished in the key business fundamentals.
  • Benefit from our friendly, informal learning environment.
  • Enhance your career and lifetime opportunities with this course’s balance of the academic and vocational modules.
  • Learn about key sustainability issues in contemporary business management during your third year.
  • Become one of a large number of our graduates who have successfully entered the business world in a wide range of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations in both private and public sectors in areas such as accounting and finance, management and marketing.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll examine all aspects of the business world, its operations and the strength and limitations of its disciplines. Choose an elective from a range of business modules, including languages, and learn how to get the most out of your degree and your time at university.
    Core modules
    • ACF103 Business Accounting

      Business Accounting introduces accounting as the measurement, recording and communication of financial information for the purpose of business decision making in the context of risk, sustainability and liquidity. Business Accounting exposes the practical application of a range of relevant accounting techniques which enable effective decision making process. On successful completion of the module students should be able to prepare, report and analyse the key financial statements for decision making purposes.

    • ECN1009B Economics for Business

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics and the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • ENT1001PP Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the theme of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action, allowing students to explore theory associated with Entrepreneurship before putting it into action through a practical exercise. It will develop a range of academic and professional skills around this theme including: consulting, research; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management.

    • HRL100 Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces you to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • STO100 World of Enterprise

      This module will introduce students to the key concept of enterprise. There will be a consideration enterprise in the form of organisations, entrepreneurial activity, initiative and resourcefulness and projects. The module will provide the foundation knowledge of how organisations work with a focus on people, process and outputs. The changing global context and digital nature of information will be covered as will emerging models of business. There will be an emphasis on people in organisations and sustainability.

    Optional modules
    • ELC102 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students¿ level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage one.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HRL101 Digital Skills and Communication for Business

      In an increasingly digitised world, the design and effective delivery of organisational communication is becoming increasingly important. Drawing on contemporary organisational practice and the deployment of appropriate information and communication technologies, this module will focus on the development of key professional and managerial skills in the design, creation and delivery of appropriate and effective digital communications.

    • HTM137B The Tourism Industry

      The module is intended to increase student awareness of commercial operations in tourism.

    • LAW1211 Business Law

      An introduction to the legal framework and key areas of law which affect business, including basic principles of contract and tort as it affects business; business organisations, including company law; employment law; and property and environmental Law as it affects business.

    • LNG100 International Communication

      This module provides an introduction to a variety of theoretical and practical dimensions of cultural difference and intercultural communication, of relevance to business and professional life. Examples are taken from the social and business culture of a variety of significant countries / regions.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • MKT107 Behavioural Insights for Non-profit Marketers

      An essential component of marketing is stakeholder insight (e.g. consumers, supporters and volunteers), both the obvious needs and wants that are on the surface of conscious thought, but also the deeper, possibly unconscious motives that drive human behaviour at an implicit level. Psychological science has produced numerous theoretical and technological advances in recent years that offer unprecedented access to the inner workings of the mind, and allow for new ways to assess opinion, test new concepts, predict emerging needs, design promotion and advertising executions, and map out overall marketing strategy. This course gives an overview of psychological knowledge as it pertains to capturing consumer insight, and includes a consideration of how the brain works and the factors that influence consumer choice in the context of non-profit organisations.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • STO101 Information for Business Decisions

      This module introduce students to the key concepts of digital organisation, the interaction between the different roles of Information Management and business processes, especially problem-solving and decision-making at individual, work group, and organisation levels.

  • Year 2
  • Your second year will give you the skills to assess how and why businesses innovate and determine why enterprise is critical to success. Discover how different areas of business require different managerial approaches. You will explore subjects such as operations and people management and have the opportunity to choose another supporting business topic, such as marketing fundamentals and professional development planning.

    Core modules
    • ENT200 Enterprise and Innovation

      The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ knowledge of enterprise and the key role of innovation. The module explores key issues impacting a growing business, highlighting the importance of innovation to sustainability and competitive advantage.

    • HRL200 People Management

      The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core activities concerned with managing people, including an appreciation of the work and social context in which those activities take place. The module covers a range of people management practices, as well as introducing important contextual factors such as legislation which play a key role in shaping the employment landscape. The module consists of a combination of lectures, case studies, activities and self-directed learning. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation of the Business Management programme, and you must ensure that you complete all aspects, including attending and participating in class activities in order to be eligible.

    • HRL201 Professional Development Planning

      This module attempts to develop students¿ employment related and research skills, in order to prepare them to undertake a final year research project and to manage their future careers.

    • MKT214 Marketing Fundamentals

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • STO200 Introduction to Operations Management

      Operations, the activity of producing, delivering and supporting goods and services, lies at the heart of businesses. This module introduces the major themes of how this can be done in practice, describing the challenges faced across the goods-services range of industries. It further develops an appreciation of organisational responses to operational issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies which are used to meet them.

    Optional modules
    • ACF203B Corporate Governance

      An understanding of the role of the company board and its function within international systems of corporate governance is of key importance to businesses. This module aims to give students a chance to explore and examine the major issues affecting global business today. It will cover the key areas of governance and also corporate social responsibility and ethics. It will bring together theory and practice and will involve in depth case study and practical use of the theory. The module will be set in the context of the principles of accounting and the ACCA framework for corporate governance and risk.

    • ECN2008B Contemporary Business Economics

      This module develops and applies concepts of economics and industrial organization to the analysis of the behaviour of firms, industries and markets.

    • ECN2013 Economics of Public Policy

      Public policies and the public sector play a key role in modern economies. In this module, the role of government is analysed and critically discussed. We develop economic theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of public policy, and apply them to selected policy issues.

    • ELC202 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students¿ level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • LAW2225 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • STO204 Business Ethics

      An introduction to ethical issues relating to corporate strategy, social responsibility, organisational structure, finance and human resource management, capitalism, markets, international business, the environment, advertising, and trends such as ethical consuming, ethical investments

    • STO205 An Introduction to International Business

      This module explores the changes in the world economy because of globalization and the strategic choices that a multinational corporation must make in such a globalized world. It examines the role of international trade and foreign direct investment in creating a more integrated world economy. Further it addresses the risks associated with foreign exchange transactions as also the advantages of regional economic integration such as European Union. Finally it deals with the firm level issues such as supply chain management, human resource management and financial management in the global context.

    • STO206 Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations

      This interdisciplinary module develops students¿ ability to assess how organisations can adapt, innovate and thrive in response to the macro social, economic and environmental forces impacting society and organisations. The module develops an awareness of the key physical, structural, social and moral challenges faced and encourages students to develop innovative systems thinking approaches to how organisations can adapt to, mitigate against and capitalise on this unprecedented period of intense and unpredictable change.

  • Placement year (optional)
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional placement year. Supported by a dedicated team, you can undertake a paid position within a public or private sector organisation relevant to your interests. While following a training programme agreed with your employer, you’ll also be supervised by academic staff throughout the year. You may even decide to set up your own business. If you choose to undertake a placement, you can do so after either your first or final year.

    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you'll focus on strategy and wider business activities and their effects on business management. Take the opportunity to practice your new consultancy skills on challenging operational or strategic real-life projects. Choose your own route from our wide range of specialist elective modules.

    Core modules
    • STO302 Strategic Analysis and Research Methods

      The module seeks to develop students¿ understanding of business research methods and strategic analysis. A purpose of the module is to prepare students for their Term 2 dissertation work. This is achieved through students developing a research plan and a strategic analysis report relevant to the topic of their dissertation.

    Optional modules
    • ACF312B Financial Management

      A development of the finance topics covered in earlier accounting modules, and includes working capital management, investment approval under uncertainty, risk management, efficient markets, cost of capital, company valuation and restructuring.

    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international financial markets.

    • ECN3023 Markets and Industries

      This module analyses the structural characteristics of markets and industries and discusses the conduct-related strategies of the firms within them. The previously taught concepts will be linked to real world practices followed in various markets and industries such as advertising, financial services, utilities, tourism, maritime, and health.

    • ELC314 International Business Communication

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

    • ENT300 Enterprise Creation

      The module offers the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to write a professional business plan and bid for venture capital funding.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HRL300 Organisational Leadership

      This module examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels, adopting multiple perspectives. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change.

    • HRL301 Managing Change

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the paradigms underpinning regulation and voluntarism, organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • HRL305 Human Resource Management

      Consideration of HR strategy and current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments

    • HRL306 Leadership Practice

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to develop knowledge and embed the practice of doing leadership. You will explore four different ‘practice’ realms essential to leading: 1) self practices (understanding one’s self as a leader), 2) presentational practices, 3) relational practices and 4) strategic practices. Although theoretical perspectives will provide the substance of lectures, seminars will use arts-based methods to create spaces in which students can experiment with the significance of these ideas for their own enactment of leadership.

    • HRL308 Gender at Work

      This module will explore the gendered nature of work and employment and the competing theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain the differential labour market outcomes for women and men. Gender also impacts significantly upon our experiences of organisational life, consequently this module will focus on organisations and the way in which their environments, processes and practices systematically and informally work to produce gendered identities and gender inequities.

    • HRL310 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the paradigms underpinning regulation and voluntarism, organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • HRL313 International HRM

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations; human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts; and the social dimension of the EU and its implications for HRM.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • MKT314 Charity Fundraising Management

      The module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the principles and practice of fundraising. It is structured to mirror the process of fundraising management and by the end of the program participants will have developed a fundraising plan for a charity or non-profit organisation of their choice. We provide an introduction to both the non-profit sector and the concept of philanthropy before considering fundraising planning and each major form of fundraising in turn.

    • MKT315 Marketing Management

      The module is designed to provide business students with an understanding of the essential elements of the marketing management process. It explores the way in which marketing strategies can be developed and implemented in business organisations, and the relationship between marketing and other functional areas of management.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • STO301 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

      This module brings a strategic and problem-focused view to operations management, concentrating on spheres key to operations based competitive advantage, both in goods and service based industries. Particular consideration is given to operations strategy, supply chain management, lean thinking, performance measurement, quality management, project management and topical developments.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • STO308 Current Issues in Information Technology

      The module reviews the latest in IT practice and research and its relevance to the management discipline. It covers topics such as legislation, ethics, security, sustainability and corporate governance and the role IT plays in these.

    • STO310 Project

      This module enables the student to integrate knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge and, with supervision, conduct their own investigation and report their findings.

    • STO312 Business Management

      The module is largely student based and designed to enable student involvement with real business issues. Students work in small teams to produce a consultancy style report or equivalent. This module is only available to final year students on BA Business.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Business 16 17 v2 4814

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96

A level: Including a minimum of two A levels.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM in any subject.  

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB: 26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Rob Drake-Knight

I found the enterprise element of the course, the location and the city itself to be excellent, I really enjoyed my time in Plymouth.

Rob Drake-Knight used knowledge gained on the BA (Hons) Business Administration, hard work and a clear vision, to set up his own Eco-Fashion company.

Read more about Rob’s experiences

Joshua Burt – BA (Hons) Business Studies graduate

I’ve been able to adapt to a lot of varying situations by being able to draw on the knowledge from a multitude of modules and teachers.

Graduate, Joshua Burt talks about how his study has helped him to secure the perfect job that enables him to travel internationally.

Find out more about Joshua's experience

Graduate profile - Richard Joyce

The course at Plymouth helped to set a really solid platform for my business understanding. It provided me with a portfolio of tools and techniques I could take to the workplace.
Find out more about Richard's story

Graduate profile - Hayley Jones

I couldn't recommend studying at Plymouth University highly enough as there is a high level of flexibility in the types of modules that can be chosen. This was perfect for me as I could tailor my programme of study to best fit my learning interests.
Find out more about Hayley's story

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for Plymouth Business School students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, constantly being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

Plymouth Business School engage in a partnership with Chartered Management Institute to offer its students free CMI membership enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multi-media knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

Our student network is your business network for the future

It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

Be part of it now, find out more about the Faculty of Business.

BETA Enterprise student start-up support programme

  • weekly one-on-one business mentoring (term-time)
  • monthly Entrepreneurs Club networking
  • skills workshops and guest lectures from entrepreneurs (October to May)
  • opportunity to pitch for £1500 grant funding (terms and conditions apply).
Current undergraduate and postgraduate students at Plymouth University may apply to join the free extra-curricular BETA Enterprise programme by emailing Amber Strong for an application form.

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

Inspiring Futures

Inspiring Futures is designed to enhance the employability skills of our students, giving them an opportunity to undertake a real, consultancy project for an organisation.

The organisation benefits from free business advice provided by a team of talented, business students, acting as trainee consultants.

Read more about Inspiring Futures

International study pathways with Plymouth University International College

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the PUIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with PUIC

People

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.