Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Business

UCAS course code N104
Institution code P60
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Deepen your knowledge of the business environment and your understanding how organisations operate. Discover how and why businesses innovate and why enterprise is critical in the marketplace. Prepare for a career in the world of business and improve your professional and business communication skills.

Designed as a one or two year top-up programme, BA (Hons) Business provides an opportunity for students some prior higher education or relevant work experience to be employable, enterprising and well equipped for lifelong learning and the professional world through a combination of academic analysis and the development of a broad range of key personal, cognitive/intellectual, transferable, practical and employment skills.


Careers with this subject

Our course offers a fantastic way to kick-start your career, increasing your value as an employee in your chosen field, and can also open the door to postgraduate study.

Where can my degree take me?

Real experience every step of the way

As well as expert-led teaching, all undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing, problem-based learning, or embedded direct employer activity.

We have ensured every module contains a real world problem-based exercise. We have reached out to employers directly to involve real business in our assessments. You will experience real world employee engagement every month.

We know this is key to student academic and graduate success.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Discover our careers service

Key features

  • Study this course over two years (Level 5 and 6) or one year (Level 6 only). Providing a route for students from a range of business foundation degrees (and equivalent) to top up to Honours. The two year programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a placement between their first and second year.   
  • Our innovative one or two year course embraces a broad spectrum of industry relevant modules and is especially attractive to students who wish to build a career in business. We aim to provide students with the ability to exercise personal responsibility and decision-making in the competitive world of business.
  • Develop an appreciation of the dynamic marketplace in which businesses operate and the implications of this for business decisions and organisational culture. 
  • All undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated within them a CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing; real world problem-based learning; or embedded direct employer activity. 
  • Benefit from academic staff with strong relevant industrial and academic experience and tutors who not only provide excellent teaching but also great pastoral care.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • This course offers a wide-ranging business core in Level 5 where you can focus on international trade or supply chains, through your choice module which also includes communications for non-native speakers. Level 5 entrants can undertake an optional placement year between Levels 5 and 6. Level 6 involves the study of specialist areas – HRM, managing change, enterprise, innovation and creativity, and digital marketing or experiential practice. A common Level 5 core with BA (Hons) International Business Management enables you to switch courses before the start of Level 6.

    Students may take either Level 5 plus Level 6 consecutively or Level 6 only, depending on entry qualifications.

    Level 5

    Core modules

    • HRL5007 The Effective Manager: People and Marketing (40 credits)
    • STO5003 International and Digital Business and Accounting (40 credits)
    • ACF5005 Challenge Module (20 credits)

    Optional modules (students must choose one)

    • ELC205 Professional and Academic Communication (20 Credits)
    • ECN5006 International Trade and International Finance (20 Credits)
    • MAR5004 International Supply Chain Management (20 Credits)
    Zero credit modules

    • PBS500CPD Careers and Professional Development (zero credit): This module is aimed at enhancing student employability and supporting those wishing to apply for placements.

    Optional placement year

    • PBS600PLC Placement Year (zero credits)

    Level 6

    Core modules

    • STO6006 Strategy and Business Improvement (40 credits)
    • HRL6002 Contemporary Human Resource Management (20 credits)
    • HRL6004 Managing Change (20 credits)
    • STO6004 Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity (20 credits)

    Optional modules (students must choose one)

    • MKT6008 Public Relations in the Digital Era (20 credits)
    • HRL6010 Experiential Practice (20 credits)

    Zero credit modules

    • PBS600CPD Continued Career and Professional Development (zero credit): This module is aimed at further enhancing student employability and builds upon the Level 5 module.

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 top up programme specification Sep21 FINAL 7068

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the two-year programme applicants should possess a commensurate level 4 business related equivalent to 120 credits of study at Level 4.

For entry into the one-year programme you must have completed a foundation degree or equivalent with a business or management emphasis, equivalent to 120 credits of study at Levels 4 and 5.

Candidates whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. English language requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Please contact the Admissions Team with any queries.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021 2022
Home £9,250 To be confirmed
International £14,200 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £770 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

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

Meet our experts

  • Lecturer in Service Operations Management and Business Strategy (Education)
    Programme leader. Expert in services and operations management
  • Lecturer in Economics
    Expert in macroeconomics, microeconomics and international trade
  • Lecturer in Finance
    Research interests include inclusive financing, Islamic banking and microfinance
  • Lecturer in Accounting
    Expert in corporate finance and co-inventor of the Cost Carbon Calculator
  • Head of Department for Business Management
    Over 35 years' experience in HR, management development and graduate recruitment
  • Lecturer in Economics
    Research interests include dynamic macroeconomics and international finance
  • Lecturer in Human Resources and Leadership
    Research interests include innovation and change from a HRM perspective
  • Lecturer in Marketing (Education)
    Expert in online marketing, facilities management, leisure and catering
  • Associate Professor in Marketing (Education)
    Research interests in poverty reduction and consumer behaviour
  • Lecturer in Marketing (Education)
    Expert in digital and social media marketing
  • Associate Professor in Business Management & Operations
    Expert in Big Data and experienced chartered engineer
  • Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Strategic Management
    Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services

Plymouth Business School

  • ? Committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility
  • ? Supporting the internationally recognised focus on sustainability and social purpose of the University
  • ? Leading business ready graduates onto a successful career and happy life
  • ? Supporting graduates to make informed choices based on current economic and market trends
  • ? Building students resilience and confidence
  • ? Promoting practical skills development