Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Management (2 Year Fast Track)

Fast-track your way to a successful career with this two-year version of the BSc (Hons) Business Management course. Specially designed with concentrated periods of learning, you’ll gain the same skills and experience in managing people, projects and resources as on the three-year course. However, you’ll graduate with a full honours degree a whole year sooner. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, with our course you’ll get ahead of the game and make your mark on the business world.

In the 2016 National Student Survey, 100 per cent were satisfied with the quality of the course; 95 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 95 per cent agreed staff made the subject interesting; 85 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing and 89 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support.*

Key features

  • Gain a full honours, Chartered Management Institute accredited degree in just two years. You’ll also be eligible for a CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management upon graduation.  
  • Demonstrate your commitment and determination to get to the job market or postgraduate studies as soon as possible.
  • Benefit from reduced costs – you'll have a year less in terms of fees and outlay for accommodation and living costs.
  • Fulfil your potential by developing the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build your career in the competitive world of business.
  • Boost your employability with paid, real-world experience during an optional work placement year.
  • Focus on the practical aspects of management including strategy, ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, decision making and self-evaluation.
  • Choose to specialise in your preferred area of interest during your final year and graduate with a named degree in Business Management with: Marketing, Leadership and Human Resource Management, Leadership Practice, Operations Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship or Financial Management.
  • Benefit from learning within a supportive environment where you’ll be mentored by a community of experienced academics.
  • Sharpen your networking skills: take part in exclusive opportunities and international trips, by joining the Plymouth Management Society.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll gain a solid understanding of management in a business and enterprise context, focusing on areas such as organisational behaviour, economics, accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing. You’ll also look into the ethical and sustainability issues of business, get the chance to study a language and complete a consultancy project.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Summer modules
  • 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
    • BUSM200 People Management

    • BUSM201 Project Management

      The module introduces students to projects and project management in contemporary organisations. It show cases and allows students to practice a selection of recognised best practice tools and techniques, both hard and soft. Students will be required to participate in a real-live project and produce an output. They will evaluate both deliverable(s) and process and communicate their findings.

    • BUSM202 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.

  • Final year
  • You’ll develop your employability skills by increasing your understanding of project planning and decision making, while studying topical management issues. By choosing from a wide range of modules, you can tailor your degree and graduate with a specialist qualification. After your final year during the summer, you’ll increase your understanding of strategic management and complete a research or consultancy project. At the same time, you’ll continue exploring your professional development.

    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.

    • BUSM301 Project (Management Report)

      The module builds upon skills developed in the Project Management and Professional Development Planning modules and knowledge gained throughout the programme. Students are required to undertake independent research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate research methodologies techniques.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • STO202 Management Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions. Bad decisions often cost the firms dearly and cannot provide enterprise sustainability. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of management decision making (processes, models, analytical analysis and information support), describing the challenges of decision making with uncertainty, risk and complexity. It further develops an appreciation of Management Science responses to decision making which needs to meet multiple criteria, and the techniques and technologies which can be used to support the multi-criteria decision analysis.

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • HRL311 Sustainable Business through Project Management

      This module builds on Level 5 Introduction to Operations Management, an introduction to project management and the experience of a real-live project. Here the focus is project management in contemporary and sustainable organisations. Out facing concepts such as governance and procurement (i.e. project contract awards, project partnering, subcontracting) will be introduced alongside `advanced¿, recognised best-practice tools and techniques. Students will learn and practice problem identification and solving skills and will be aware of current topical debates in the project management profession.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • MKT310 International Marketing

      The module introduces students to the key concepts of international marketing. It provides students with an understanding of the environmental factors, international marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

      A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory.

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 Management 16 17 3756

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

  • Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.
  • 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.
  • Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.
  • 26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level
  • All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 
  • 14-19 Diplomas are accepted. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.

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.

Applicants are required to attend an informal interview at an applicant day or open day with the Programme Leader. Further details will be communicated once an application has been received.

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

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Fees, costs and funding

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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 Management - careers

All businesses and enterprises need managers. Studying Business Management at Plymouth will stand you in good stead no matter what career path you follow.

Our students graduate ready to face business challenges in all sorts of settings – from investment and finance to logistics, data and marketing.

Find out where BSc (Hons) Business Management at Plymouth could lead you

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BSc (Hons) Business Management - In their own words

Among the most successful two-year degree programmes in the country, Business Management will help you harness your motivation and determination to succeed, giving you a great start as you launch your chosen career.

“This course is innovative not just at Plymouth University, but in higher education as a whole."

Find out what previous students have to say about their experiences of the 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.

Read more about Inspiring Futures

BSc (Hons) Business Management - Graduate profile, Raphael Dennett

Pursuing the dream of running his own business, Raphael jumped at the chance to study at a forward-looking university close to home. Supported by lecturers, he focused his studies on his personal goals.

After graduating, Raphael launched his business while working part-time at the University as an Entrepreneur in Residence.

Read more about Raphael’s career journey

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.