Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business Management with Professional Placement

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Course summary

Develop your leadership and management skills for the modern business world. From understanding global economies, big data and business strategy to learning to navigate uncertainty and developing responsive and ethical leadership skills, this Business Management degree course will give you the knowledge and confidence to lead the future of business. You’ll gain critical business theory and management expertise while responding to real-world team challenges, supported by experienced industry professionals. You’ll graduate with the skills to affect positive change that benefits organisations, the environment, society and communities. You will: Explore the principles of effective leadership, investigating different management styles, strategies and techniques Work on real-life challenges and take part in work placements Build your own portfolio of skills, experiences and development plans Learn key skills in sales, networking, negotiation and identifying business opportunities Develop an understanding and awareness of the importance of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity for organisations of all sizes and form Study at a university recognised by the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing While studying this Business Management course, you will be eligible to receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership upon successful completion of the degree. For the duration of your Business Management course you’ll also be an Affiliate Member of the CMI. This opens access to a host of member benefits to help you progress on your professional journey.


You will be inspired to think laterally and make connections. Learning to work confidently on your own and in diverse groups, you’ll form concepts and solutions for real-world business challenges, with a specialist focus in management.. Stage One: You will gain a firm understanding of the commercial environment and how industry can impact communities, economies and the environment. You will explore the fundamentals of business structure including the core elements of markets and market research. This will then be explored in the light of how data management is evolving and the implications of technological advances. Modules Wellbeing Market Intelligence Fundamentals of Business Exploring Sustainability Data Management Principles of Marketing Stage Two: You will build on your knowledge and application of sustainable practice and key management disciplines including financial management and project management. Your skills in relation to finding and applying information sources will be further developed. Live briefs and expert speakers will add context to your studies as well as an opportunity to build your collaborative skills. You will also understand business management from specialist perspectives such as risk managers and human resources managers. Modules Research Methods Risk Management Human Resource Management Collaborative Working Financial Management Project Management Stage Three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability Team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Stage Four: By the end of your final year, you will have the confidence and skills to organise and deliver your own complex, original, management project. You will build your understanding of how international trade is conducted including assessment of your knowledge at government level. You will further develop your leadership capabilities and produce a portfolio that brings together all of your learning from the course. Connecting with industry both on and off campus, you will build valuable relationships to launch your career upon graduation. You will also broaden your views of strategic awareness in the commercial environment and the important areas of governance and ethics. Modules Professional Development Strategy Global Economies & International Trade Leadership Management Research Project Corporate Governance & Ethics The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

There are no formal written exams with this course; all assessment is coursework-based. The coursework includes a varied range of assessments across the duration of the course, including reports or essays, case studies, reflections, presentations, projects, collaborative activity or portfolios. Assessments are distributed across the duration of the course. Developmental and formative feedback will be provided on your work within modules in order to build confidence, add knowledge and improve your skills. This will be available both in class and within a more informal environment. Each summative assessment (the final assessed work) will also be accompanied by formal feedback, providing an opportunity to reflect on your own work but also to look forward to future assessment(s).

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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