Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

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. Upon successful completion of the foundation year 0, you will successfully progress on to the BSc (Hons) Business Management (2 year fast track) degree.

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. With our course you’ll get ahead of the game and make your mark on the business world.

Your future is our business

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

Plymouth Business School

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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

  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree and you will benefit from experienced university lecturers. Whilst completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right, you will be able to confidently progress to programmes within our suite of courses in Plymouth Business School
  • Demonstrate your commitment and ability to work hard, consistently and manage your time to meet deadlines by choosing to take the fast-track route to an honours degree.
  • Benefit from reduced costs – you have a year less in terms of fees and outlay for accommodation and living expenses.
  • 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.

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 and entrepreneurship. Look into the ethical and sustainability issues of business, and complete a consultancy project. In the summer (from early June to the middle of July), you begin to learn and acquire the knowledge and skills required of a practising manager, thereby enhancing your future employability.

    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.

  • Summer modules/placement year
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional placement year after your first or final year. Supported by a dedicated team, you undertake a paid placement within a public or private sector organisation, or you may even decide to set up your own business.


    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.

  • Year 4
  • Enhance your employability and understanding of professional development and career planning, and hone your decision-making, project planning and research skills. The final year provides a lot of choice and the opportunity to study topics you are really interested in and/or perhaps want to specialise in. By choosing from a wide range of modules, you can tailor your degree and graduate with a specialist qualification. During the second summer, you increase your understanding of strategic management and complete a research or consultancy project in an area of your choice.

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 programme specification 6665

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. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Please note subsequent years will have an increased tuition fee, please see the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Fast-Track) page for more information. 

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: 78% Coursework, 22% 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

BSc (Hons) Business Management student Clare Hartle

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

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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