Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

Learn how to become an organisation’s best asset by successfully coordinating people, projects and resources. Acquire the skills to become an effective manager. While learning about management in the context of economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, sustainability, ethics, corporate social responsibility and globalisation, you also get the chance to put theory into practice during consultancy projects.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of business, accounting and economics.

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Your future is our business

With hundreds of work placements available to our students every year, why study anywhere else?

Plymouth Business School

Pre-register for Clearing

If you are yet to make an enquiry to study with the University of Plymouth and are interested in securing a place for September 2020, you can pre-register for Clearing to receive priority treatment on results day.

Read our Clearing advice

Careers with this subject

Graduates follow careers in a wide range of sectors including investment and finance, technology, health, utilities, manufacturing, media, and in management roles including: human resources, marketing, operations, supply chain and procurement, and project management.

All organisations 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 retail to finance and cross all public and private sectors.

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

Advice from graduate Christopher Cleves

"Read around the subject you’re studying as widely as you can, watch the news and make as much use as you can of all the employability and skills development facilities at the University. What’s being reported in mainstream media can seem a little far away when you’re studying but coming to interview with a good knowledge of current affairs can help to bridge the gap between university and full-time work."

Read more from Christopher in his case study.

Career opportunities

Where could your business degree take you?

Key features

  • 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 or International Management.
  • Embedded in our programmes is the opportunity to apply your learning to real word scenarios through live consultancy projects with local, national and international businesses.
  • Join the Devon Junior Chamber and receive training and professional mentoring.
  • Boost your employability with paid, real-world experience during an optional work placement year.
  • Learn within a supportive environment where you’ll be mentored by a community of experienced academics.
  • Study full-time over four years or choose the fast-track route and study over three.

Course details

  • Year 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of business, accounting and economics. You’ll also have the opportunity to do independent research into an area of your studies that interests you, with a supervisor to guide and support you through the process.

    Core modules
    • ECN001 An Introduction to Economics

      This module provides an introduction to the key theories and concepts of modern economics, and essential mathematical modelling and statistical analysis skills in order to explore contemporary economic issues.

    • STO001 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • STO002 Introduction to Business and Accounting

      The module will introduce the components, functions & context of a business including contemporary organisational constructs. Participants will explore the impact of different models on purpose, values, stakeholders & reporting. Globalisation, sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes. Accounting principles including cash-flow, income statements & balance sheets will be introduced & the relationship between management theories accounting explored.

    • STO003 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • STO004 Supervised Research Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

  • Year 1
  • 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, 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.

    • ECN1013 Introduction to Business Economics

      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.

    • ENT101 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.

    • MKT110 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.

    • STO102 World of Enterprise

      This module will introduce students to the key concept of enterprise. There will be a consideration of enterprise in the form of organisations and entrepreneurial activity and an emphasis on sustainability.

  • Year 2
  • Develop your employability skills further by focusing on the practical techniques for managing people, operations, resources and projects, and your own career. You’ll also develop your understanding of professional development and employment planning, and hone vital decision making and research skills.

  • Optional placement year
  • 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.

  • Final year
  • The final year provides you with a lot of choice and the opportunity to study topics you are really interested in and/or want to specialise in. By choosing from a wide range of modules, you can tailor your degree and graduate with a specialist qualification. Modules and specialisms available include: entrepreneurship, marketing, international business and management, human resource management and leadership, and project management. You will complete a research or consultancy project which is also in an area of your choice.

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

32 - 80

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

PPP-MMP 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.

International Baccalaureate

24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

IELTS

If overseas & not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

Access courses

Pass access course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

New Irish Highers: From 2017 32-80 points.

City and Guilds Level 3: We will accept with a minimum of Merit overall alongside a good GCSE profile, including English and Maths grade C / 4.

Cyprus Apolytirion: 15/20 to 16/20 overall to include a pass in Maths and IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

GCSE

GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

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

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of 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.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Assessment breakdown

  • ? Year 0: 86% coursework, 14% exams
  • @ Year 1 – final year: 79% coursework, 21% exams

Tobin Leigh

BSc (Hons) Business Management student and esports professional

"As a professional player in esports, my success has depended upon not only my capability to perform in high-pressure competitions, but also my ability to manage myself professionally in a complex, embryonic new industry. The BSc (Hons) Fast-Track Business Management degree at the University of Plymouth has not only allowed me to develop the skills required to succeed professionally, but the two-year nature of the course means that I can promptly apply what I have learned to an industry still at its primal rate of growth."

Tobin has been invited to Youth Marketing Strategy London to speak on the main stage alongside the CEO of the British Esports Association

Advice from our Business Management graduates

A stepping stone into the world of HR

Nadine Mashingaidz graduated from BSc (Hons) Business Management and MA Human Resource Management before before moving into a role as a HR Manager.

"I thought with my degree I could only stay in a specific field, however I was able to branch out and receive career guidance to understand that I don’t have to be so boxed and confined when looking for a job. Studying at Plymouth opened my mind up to the opportunities available."

Discover Nadine's story

Managing business internationally

Having joined start-up business intelligence firm Alva, in 2013, Christopher now deals with clients across the UK, Australia and South Africa.

“If I could give any advice to prospective students, it would be to get involved in everything you can whilst at Plymouth Business School; learn a new language, join societies and sports clubs and meet as many people as you can.”

Find out more about the demands and rewards of working for a small company


Megan's inspiration

Megan entered into the world of recruitment and recruitment advertising, working with clients such as BMW, Mazars and Vue Entertainment.

“I think studying at Plymouth helped me to realise that having a job and a career doesn’t have to be a chore. I met people that were incredibly passionate about their subject areas and it really inspired me to find something that I love.”

Megan talks of her Plymouth experience


Get involved

Enactus Plymouth

Enactus Plymouth is part of a worldwide non-profit organisation, active in more than 1600 universities in 38 countries, with 50 teams in the UK alone. At the University of Plymouth, students form teams within the Enactus society and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Business Society

The University of Plymouth Business Society aims to enhance the development of the society member’s career prospects while enriching their university experience. UPBS run regular, workshops, networking trips, panel events, socials and other opportunities

University of Plymouth Business Society social

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

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

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