Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2 year Fast Track)

Do you have a pioneering spirit? Could you develop innovative ideas to fire up the economy? Be enterprising and engage with real businesses, plan your own venture and work with successful entrepreneurs – giving you experience and the network to kick-start your career. You’ll gain entrepreneurial skills as you become primed to establish your own company through our BETA programme, or confidently step into a range of entrepreneurial careers within organisations across the business world.

Key features

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you will experience an immersive enterprise module introducing you to the world of enterprise before moving on to develop a broader understanding of business from areas such as organisational behaviour, economics, accounting, and marketing. The year will finish with a series of enterprise modules where you will explore the entrepreneurial mind and understand the entrepreneur’s actions.

    Year 1 will run from September to June. Information on the University's standard and non standard semester dates

    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.

    • ENT100 Introduction to Enterprise

      This module introduces students to the concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship, familiarising students with a range of associated theories through a series of lectures and interactive sessions. Examples will be given from both a local and global perspective. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and develop their thoughts in these concepts through seminars and tutorials.

    • 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.

    • MKT108 Essentials of Marketing

      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.

  • Summer modules
  • Core modules
    • ENT203 Entrepreneurial Mind

      This module will help students to critically evaluate and identify their personal and business objectives. These objectives will be compared with their entrepreneurial profiles. From this basis, students will develop personal strategies and activities for development. Additional material will be provided to students on topics identified in their personal development plan.

    • ENT204 Entrepreneurial Action

      The module provides an operational context for students to practice their entrepreneurial behaviours. It uses a simulated business environment to generate a complex and uncertain setting that will require students to draw and reflect upon their personal, entrepreneurial and business skills.

    • ENT205 Global Enterprise Challenge

      This module will examine the impact of national culture on entrepreneurial process and the institutional environment. Working in national and international teams, students will develop and feasibility test a solution to a global business challenge.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you will continue to develop an understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurship through a series of entrepreneurial modules which investigate enterprise creation, contemporary issues in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership. Theory will be put into practice through a work based learning placement within an enterprise, and the opportunity to set up, run, and exit a business. You will also have the chance to choose from a range of exciting optional modules, which offer international fieldwork opportunities, or a focus on sustainability and business ethics.

    Your final year will run from June to August the following year Information on the University's standard and non standard term dates

    Core modules
    • BUSM300 Strategic Management: Theory and Practice

      The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of strategic management in facilitating enterprise sustainability and growth. The module provides an integrative perspective on business development and experience of this through the use of an online simulation game. The module introduces key strategic issues and frameworks and develops students¿ abilities in applying appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making.

    • ENT207 Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship

      The module provides context for students to understand contemporary issues in the field of entrepreneurship. It explores current trends and issues through the lens of ongoing research being undertaken within the field and requires students to actively participate within a developing research project.

    • 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.

    • ENT301 Enterprise Portfolio

      The `Enterprise Portfolio¿ is an individual project- based assignment which aims to integrate a critical evaluation of the enterprise concept with active learning centred on an enterprising activity or initiative and a forward looking personal evaluation.

    • ENT303 Project

      Students are required to undertake an independent research project themed on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship using an appropriate methodology.

    Optional 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • STO209 International Logistics and Supply Chain Operations

      This module deals with issues in the Global Supply Chain, this would typically involve, logistics, customer service, inventory management, transportation, materials handling, management of logistical information, inbound logistics and purchasing, the global logistics environment, supply chain strategy(ies), performance measurement.

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:

BSc Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 16 17 5007

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

104

A level: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

Telephone interview required prior to offer.

International Baccalaureate: 26 overall to include 4 in any subjects at Higher Level. 

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM 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

14-19 Diplomas: Accepted – please enquire. 

GCSE: Mathematics and English language grade C.

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

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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.



BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Find out more about the two year fast track degree

On the fast track to success

BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is a two year fast track degree programme. This means we have taken the typical three year degree programme and condensed it in to two years so you have three years worth of modules over two years. In order to do this each year you have an additional semester (in the summer) than those studying a traditional three year degree programme. You still get a summer break between year one and year two.

Rob Holmes

Founder of the Gro Company, business mentor and public speaker

"I am delighted to see the creation of this new two year fast track entrepreneur degree.

When I started my business life 20 years ago, there were no such courses available and I was left to figure out how to run a successful business through trial and error. Fortunately this is not the case now. For people with a passion for starting up their own business, I think this two year fast track course is perfect. 

This is probably the ultimate fat-free entrepreneurs degree course in the UK. I wish Plymouth University and particularly the Business School the very best of luck with this exciting new course."

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.

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.

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