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Business Management

Course Code: UF2524, UX2524
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Full-time: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.00am to 4.00pm; part-time: Mondays, 9.00am to 4.00pm

What's it all about?

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 two-year course, you then have the four approved progression routes at University of Plymouth:
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management.
  • BA (Hons) Business.
  • BA (Hons) International Trade & Operations Management.
  • BA (Hons) International Management.

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

Programme Manager: Sharon Brooks, CMgr MCMI

Course information

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.

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, and research projects.

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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