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Business Management

Course Code: UF2524, UX2524

Level: 5
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 1.30pm - 7.00pm (part-time)

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About the course

Do you have what it takes to run or manage a successful business? This two year Foundation Degree in Business Management has been developed through strong partnerships with employers to ensure that it is relevant and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be work-ready.

This includes employer involvement and preparation for progression to bachelor’s degree(s) with honours. This clear and planned integration within a single award, underpinned by work-based learning, makes the award distinctive. Once you have completed the 2 years at the college, you then have 6 different progression routes at the University of Plymouth.

New for 2018/19, students will have the opportunity to work with international business in Europe’s economic centre, Berlin. As part of an intercultural partnership between City College and German college, OSZ Burowirkshaft 1, this fully funded 12 day exchange will equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to work in the global business environment.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

Programme Leader: Sharon Brooks, CMgr MCMI
Programme Director CMI: Karen Sweeting, CMgr MCMI

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

Stage 1 Modules:

  • organisational behaviour- structure, culture, leadership, management, teams – roles and group development, personality, change management
  • employability skills- this module enables learners to research issues relating to real working environment
  • marketing- 4Ps or 7Ps, marketing plans and processes and marketing communications
  • managing knowledge and information- data, information and knowledge management, rational and intuitive decision making and IT systems
  • economic environment- macro and micro economics- balance of payments, global economy, inflation, interest rates, fiscal and monetary policies, demand and supply, business environment
  • business finance- cash flow, profit and loss, balance sheets, ratios, budgeting and costing.

Stage 2 Modules:

  • project management- phases of project planning, critical paths, risk management, Gantt chart, project deliverables and work breakdown structure and project triangle
  • developing research practice- qualitative and quantitative methods, surveys, interviews, focus groups, forecasting, regression, correlation etc.
  • managing people- performance management, recruitment and selection, training and development
  • e-business for management decision making
  • operations management- product and process design, 5 performance objectives, capacity management, inventory and supply chain management, quality planning and control, failure prevention, Six Sigma, lean
  • enterprise and innovation- business strategy, PEST LEE & SWOT, Porter’s 5 Forces, value chain and enterprise within business.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 32 UCAS tariff points
  • four GCSEs at grades 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a combination of individual reports, presentations, group work, seminar-led sessions, case studies, tests and research projects.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: UF2524

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £6950

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.