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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: Various days and times

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)


This Foundation Degree is designed to help you become a qualified, employment-ready graduate, who can play a leading role in a wide range of business-related careers. The range of subjects covered has a clear emphasis on developing your management skills and knowledge relevant to the world of work – as well as making practical links between theory and the demands of modern day management. 

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 five different pathways at the University of Plymouth.

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

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 the following

  • 32 UCAS tariff points, to include a full level 3 qualification, or T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • 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 you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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Course Code: UF2524

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

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.

Stuart Elford

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