University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business Management with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Our Business Management programme helps you fulfil your potential by developing the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build your career in the competitive world of business. This four-year course starts with a foundation year, 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. Over the remaining three years of your course, you’ll further develop analytical and problem solving skills through focusing on the practical aspects of management including strategy, people management, ethics and corporate social responsibility, sustainability, decision making, and project and operations management. You can also opt to focus on a particular field and graduate with a specialist named degree. Your final year project will enable you to work in partnership with companies on real business-related issues to enhance your career-readiness and gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area that really interests you. You’ll also get the chance to put theory into practice during consultancy projects and you can boost your employability with paid, real-world experience during an optional work placement. The work placement enables you to work in a range of settings, the private or public sector, with social enterprises or charities or even work on starting your own business. Placements can be undertaken nationally or internationally. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute; complete the course and you will be eligible for a CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management. 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 and roles, from project management to human resource management, logistics, operations and marketing, and our Business Management students are in high demand.

Course details

Modules

In your foundation 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. In 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. Year 2 will allow you to 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. 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. 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 have the opportunity to complete a research or consultancy project which is also in an area of your choice.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Business Management with Foundation Year at University of Plymouth - UCAS