Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice

This course will equip you with the skills and strategies to deal with contemporary challenges in management practice, with the option to develop unique areas of specialism - sustainable leadership practice, supply chain management, procurement management processes, procurement and supply chain law, port and inter-modal, consultancy practice and international trade.

Developed in consultation with local and global partners and professional bodies, and has been mapped to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) standards. This allows successful students to apply for ‘Chartered Manager’ status with the CMI alongside gaining an honours degree.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant HND, foundation degree, or other Level 5 (or equivalent) qualification will be required.
  • Professional diplomas or certificates from a relevant professional body (ILM, CII, CISP, CILT, IoE, CMI, CIPD) and recognised as equivalent to Level 5 may also be considered. The qualification should ideally be in subject relevant to your chosen specialist route.
  • Applicants with credits or qualifications in a non-related subject must demonstrate that they have knowledge and skills sufficient to meet the demands of this programme.
  • Applicants who do not possess the qualifications outlined above may also be eligible for admission on the basis of previous work experience or training. In consultation with your employer, the programme team will ensure that applicants can demonstrate their capacity to benefit from and successfully complete the programme as above. Applicants will be required to complete a form of assessment in order to demonstrate that they have satisfied the learning outcomes of the module(s) for which credit is claimed.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent in a secure English language test. If the English language of students does not meet these requirements, students may complete one of the University’s pre-sessional English Language courses.
  • Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Fees, costs and funding

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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Incentives to help reduce the cost to employers

For apprentices starting in 2017-18 there are three employer incentive payments available to help reduce the cost to them. In some circumstances, this would mean an employer also pays nothing towards course fees, or could even be entitled to ‘cashback’.

  • Successful completion payment: £2,700 paid back to employer following successful completion of the final assessment
  • Small business (fewer than 50 employees): £2,700 paid back to employer 90 days after start date
  • Apprentices who are care leavers aged between 19 and 24: £5,400 with 50 per cent paid back to employer in year 1, and 50 per cent in year 2.

Employers can qualify for more than one incentive for each of their apprentices. The incentives (which together total £10,800) will help offset the costs of the course fees, and could even see an employer receive a repayment.

For example:

An employer eligible for all three incentives will receive repayment of £10,800 for the initial employer course fee cost of £4,000 (employer £6,800 in credit). This offer is limited to apprentices starting in 2017/18.

How to apply

Currently employed

If you are already in work, and you’ve discussed the possibility starting a degree apprenticeship with your employer, get in touch with Enterprise Solutions at Plymouth University on or 0800 052 5600, who can put you in touch with the relevant Degree Apprenticeship Account Manager.

Seeking a new position

If you are not currently in work, are a school leaver, or are looking to change your job in order to start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to apply for an apprenticeship vacancy.

The government offers an apprenticeship vacancy search at:

Key features

  • @ Earn while you learn. Apprentices are employed and receive a full wage while studying.
  • @ No course fees – costs are paid for by government and your employer.
  • @ Choose to specialise in a number of career-specific areas.
  • @ Gain experience of, and have access to, industry-leading tools and applications.
  • @ The learning is relevant to your workplace.
  • @ Practical unique hands-on approach to teaching and pastoral support throughout your degree.
  • @ Experienced academic staff involved in internationally recognised research and/or industrial collaboration will support you throughout this course.
  • @ ‘Chartered Manager’ is internationally recognised as the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

Your lecturers

How students are assessed

Students are expected to submit a written piece of work following each module, these are known as ‘summative assessments’. These could be in a form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. Students will receive feedback from their e-learning tutor leading up to their deadline which will guide them and help shape their assessments. The two work-based modules will require more interaction with the workplace and feedback from work-based tutor and mentor/senior employees supervising them. The work-based research project requires students to submit two written pieces of work, one at an interim stage, and one final summative assessment. The professional management practice module will you to build a portfolio to evidence your learning. This portfolio will form the basis of your application to CMI to receive Chartered Manager status.


The course is usually delivered over two years and includes a combination of work-based core topics and academic learning.

This course is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and no mandatory campus attendance required. However, as a registered student at Plymouth University, you will have full access to all of our facilities, i.e. library, study space and core reading material, including journals and industry reports.

Study commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the course. Your employer will be expected to support your study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments, and they may also allow you to allocate some of your usual work time to study. The amount of time you can spend studying while at work will be down to negotiation, and this is something that can be discussed with your employer and University Account Manager before your course begins.

Degree Apprenticeships

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Degree apprenticeships: information for employers

Plymouth University understands some of the difficulties employers have in accessing specialist or higher level skills development in this diverse region, and the impact this has on business growth and the local economy.

The degree apprenticeship courses at Plymouth University have each been designed to offer a solution to this problem.

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