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BSc (Hons) Business Management Degree

If you want to impress potential employers or even start your own business, this programme is for you.

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Next start date:

October 2014

When:

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Annual fees:

£8000 £6000 £4500

Study options:

2 Years
Full Time
Part-time

Location:

Greenwich, Greenford

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As the business landscape continues to develop and evolve, studying this business management course*  will gain leading-edge knowledge about how business works and how organisations of all sizes can use their resources to best effect.

Secure a management role with this BSc Business Management degree. This course offers a broad base of business knowledge and the kind of leadership skills that employers richly reward.

From human resources to marketing, logistics to computing, you will learn the latest theory, as well as management skills for the modern business world.

*subject to revalidation

Key facts before you start

UCAS Campus (Institution) Code: G74

BSc (Hons) Business Management UCAS course codes

Mode of StudyUCAS Course Code
2 year acceleratedN200
2 year extended (incl 8 month foundation stage)NN12
3 yearsNNC2
3 year extended (incl 8 month foundation stage)NN1F

 Starting Dates

The BSc Programmes have enrolment dates in February, May/June and October each year.

Mode of attendance
The Plymouth University BSc Programmes at GSM London can be studied either full time or part time (over four years). The programme is available to study as a traditional three calendar year degree and also as an accelerated degree over two calendar years.

BSc (Hons) Programme structure
Please note, both the two year and three year programmes result in a full BSc (Hons) degree awarded by Plymouth University, your final award certificate will not state your chosen mode of study.

Three calendar year degree
Students study six subjects per calendar year, three subjects per semester. 
This degree programme takes thirty-two months (3 calendar years) to complete.

The first year/ stage offers fundamental academic grounding, the second and third years/ stages engage more directly with the specialist subject to advance the students’ analytical thinking and understanding of the industry.

Two calendar year accelerated degree
There are three stages to the programme, each stage takes eight months (two semesters) to complete. 
Students study six subjects (modules) at each stage.
This degree programme takes twenty-four months (six semesters) to complete.

Tuition fees

Please visit our Tuition Fees area to browse the options available for this programme.

Progression
Successful completion of the BSc(Hons) can lead to entrance to either the MBA or MSc programmes offered at GSM London

Exam Fees
Exam registration - £10 per exam

Assessment
The assessment methods for students on the BSc (Hons) Degree are a mixture of individual module assignments, group project work and written examinations.

Assessment will take place during and at the end of each semester period with a final research project presented at the final stage of the degree programme. This form of continuous assessment carefully prepares students for the world of work and allows students to receive regular feedback from their tutors.

What we'll cover

Programme Modules

Term 1

Study Skills

The Study Skills module is intended to provide the foundations for undertaking undergraduate studies. Some students are unsure about what is expected of them as they enter higher education; often the transition is difficult to negotiate. This module attempts to address any potential problem by providing the development for good academic practice. It is important to make explicit the criteria and standards applied in assessing students’ work and accordingly this module aims to initiate an understanding of what is required.

Management

The role of the manager has developed significantly over the past twenty-five years. Not just a person who gives orders and sees that they are applied, the modern manager must be aware of business strategy and understand how that can become reality through effective business policy. Modern managers understand how personnel is motivated, how policy is communicated and how market awareness is vital to survival in a competitive free-market economy.

Introduction to Accounting

A business manager who neglects a proper control of finances will soon encounter difficulties. Good accounting methods are essential both to budgetary control and to forward planning.Whilst the module does not attempt to deliver the skills associated with a fully qualified accountant, course members will become familiar with the principles of creating records of profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet analysis.

Term 2

Introduction to Computing

Computer systems have become a familiar feature of the modern business environment. However, the effective use of this tool depends upon an understanding of data collection and retrieval techniques as well as the theories underlying the analysis of statistical data. Successful analysis will assist in the development of reliable predictive skills and, therefore, better decision making.

Business Economics

Economic theory assists the modern manager to understand the ways in which the scale of operations may impact upon cost savings, as well as the influence of world economic trends upon individual business strategy. In this way, managers utilise micro and macro-economic data to improve decision making about future policy.

Business Law

An understanding of the legal environment within which business can thrive is of vital importance to a business manager. Apart from the intricacies of contract law, managers must be aware of EU legislation in respect of employment, exports and business development. In addition the entrepreneur, who may wish to establish a new business, should understand the benefits of incorporation as well as the advantages of other forms of company identity.

Term 3

Human Resource Management

This module complements the study of Employee Resourcing and considers, amongst others, theories of human motivation as an important area of understanding for all managers. In their efforts to obtain the best efficiencies from the human resource, managers will find the study of social scientific theories very helpful.This is especially so when a business is faced with the task of implementing necessary changes brought about by company mergers or the deployment of new systems.

Marketing

It has been argued that a market-led business will survive most challenges. Such a business ensures that every member of the organisation accepts the importance of delivering the best possible product/service to every customer. Understanding customers’ needs and responding appropriately is a fundamental pre-requisite of a market-led business.The module will explain how this might be achieved.

Management Accounting

This Module Complements the study of Introduction to Accounting in which course members gain an understanding of the principle methods used to record business financial data. In this study, course members will appreciate a range of accepted methods used in the interpretation of that data. By the close analysis of financial data, managers are able to respond to business needs such as future investment and cost savings.

Term 4

Logistics and Operations Management

The study of logistics and operations management is of particular importance in the context of manufacturing industry, although it may be adapted for almost any context.The theories and principles explored in this module assist managers to make the best use of time and resources and to affect change in processes in order to create greater efficiency.

Business Organisation and Policy

Managers are continuously under pressure to adapt their policies and organisational structure to the changing environment together with the opportunities and threats presented.We need to understand the benefits of alternative policies in the face of change and how organisations ought to adapt to meet their business aims. Managers should, therefore, be aware of the nature of external and internal pressures and the ways in which these might influence short-term objectives.

Information Technology

Management decisions are based on both qualitative and quantitative information relating to the company and its environment. Particularly in respect of storage and retrieval of information, computers have taken over from more traditional methods and it is vital for managers to be fully aware of the technology of handling information. This module dwells on the variety of hardware and software available to the modern manager in achieving the aim of making informed decisions.

Term 5

International Marketing

The opportunities for companies to develop an international business enterprise are greater now than they have ever been. Managers should be aware of certain principles which need to be observed when engaged in international marketing.The module seeks to develop an awareness of these principles by exploring the challenges of cultural differences, the legal environments of other countries and the various methods which could be employed to penetrate a new market.

Total Quality Management

The concept of total quality management (TQM) is, perhaps, one of the most exciting in a contemporary study of efficient management practices. Modern managers are well advised to appreciate the advantages of employing TQM principles. Significant benefits may be derived from the ways in which TQM encourages empowerment and ownership within the human resource of any organisation so that greater efficiencies may be promoted.

Information Systems Management

Management forecasting and effective decision making relies heavily upon the nature and quality of the data available.The management of modern information systems offers the possible benefits of better informed strategic decisions.This module explores the most effective ways in which data may be captured, stored retrieved and interpreted.

Term 6

Strategic Management

The module explores the ways in which the overall aims and objectives of a business might interact with the need to institute changes in response to external challenges. Management structures within organisations must accommodate these changes and adapt according to the business environment.

Project and Project Management

A major skill relevant to business organisations is that of managing projects. It frequently entails using teams in which individual responsibilities need to be coordinated to ensure that objectives are met. The module explores the basis of an effective planning process through the appropriate scheduling of resources and offers the opportunity to final year undergraduates to demonstrate their skills in the preparation of a research project.The project should focus upon a particular business problem or opportunity.Typically, course members will choose a case study and make a critical appraisal in the light of related business theories.The benefit of this study is that it provides a real possibility that the conclusions of the project could make a contribution to business efficiency.

 

If you choose our 2 or 3 year extended degree programme you will start on our foundation year (year zero). The foundation year will include the below modules:

Principles of Management

Computer Literacy

Advanced Critical Writing Skills

Numeracy

Academic Writing

Personal Development

 

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will have built strong capabilities in: analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, and business communications. The theoretical knowledge, combined with the practical skills you will gain via our dedicated Careers Service, will ensure you graduate from GSM London with the skills and knowledge necessary to make an impact in business.

The BSc (Hons) Business Management will be relevant in many management careers; particularly within all business related sectors. This course will provide the perfect gateway for a career in:

Junior rolesSenior role
Payroll Assistant Accountant
Accounts Assistant Investment Analyst
Trainee Accountant Accountant
Accounts Assistant Bookkeeper Bursar Financial Consultant
Bursar Tax Advisor
  Mortgage Advisor
  Stock Broker

Entry requirements

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and as a minimum have obtained one of the following:

  • Minimum 2 ‘A’ Level passes, grades A* - E. 
  • A NQF Level 3 qualification (or an equivalent International qualification)
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate
  • Bachelor Extended Pathway (Year 0)

Mature candidates (aged 21 or above) who do not meet the standard entry requirements, should show evidence of good work experience on their CVs (minimum of one year) in order to be considered for entry onto the extended route (year 0)

Other qualifications as may be considered equivalent including recognised Access Courses (subject to approval by Plymouth Business School), and the International Baccalaureate. Applications from candidates who lack the normal course entry requirements are positively encouraged. In such cases, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the course successfully. Candidates with non standard qualifications will be invited to attend an interview.

Accreditation of prior learning - partial exemptions can be obtained from the programme subject to Plymouth University Academic Regulations and dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit.

To find out if you qualify to study for a Bachelors degree at GSM London contact one of our dedicated Course Advisors on 0208 516 7850 or email enquiry@gsm.org.uk

In addition students who hold GCSE's, Level 2 or equivalent level qualifications may qualify for direct entry onto the Bachelors degree through our Extended mode of study. This programme combines the Bachelors degree with a Foundation programme and allows students direct access to the degree without having to complete Access programme or A Level or equivalent studies.

If you are unsure if you qualify or would like advice concerning your eligibility for your chosen programme please contact a Course Advisor at the School on +44 (0) 208 516 7850 or by email enquiry@gsm.org.uk  

The GSM London Course Advisors are available for informal personal consultations to help you ensure you choose the right programme compatible with your career and educational goals. If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact our Course Advisors on +44 (0) 208 516 7850.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate English Language proficiency at the levels below:

Cambridge English (Advanced) : Grade C or above (No less than "weak" in any skill)

Cambridge IELTS (Academic Test) : 6.0 or above (No less than 5.5 in any skill & No less than 6.0 in the Reading and Writing skills for all Law related programmes)

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) : 55 or above (No less than 51 in any skill & No less than 56 in the Reading and Writing skills for all Law related programmes)

For those that do not currently have an English Language qualification we offer the  IELTS  English course at our Greenford campus  View English language programme details 

Please feel free to call our Admissions Advisors on +44 (0) 208 516 7850 or email enquiry@gsm.org.uk for information about English Language requirements.

How to apply

1.

Your completed GSM London Application Form

2.

Copies of your qualifications as listed on your application form.

3.

Your CV/Resume

4.

A Reference from a place of study or an employer.

5.

A photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport.

6.

The £85 registration fee

Send the above to our Admissions Department at GSM London either by post or email:
By Email: admissions@gsm.org.uk
By post to your chosen GSM London Campus:
Admissions
GSM London (Greenwich, south-east London Campus)
Royal Hill
Greenwich
London
SE10 8RD

GSM London (Greenford, west London Campus)
GSM London
Horsenden House
891 Greenford Road
GREENFORD
UB6 0HE

To email your application, scan and attach your documentation and arrange the application fee payment as above. If you wish you can submit an application in person. Our Admissions Team & Course Advisors are available to receive your application in person between Mon – Fri 9.a.m. – 6.p.m.
Entry criteria
For information on programme entry requirements please click on the 'entry requirements' tab above.
Making your application through UCAS
If you would like to apply through UCAS you will not need to complete the application form detailed above (undergraduate applicants only).
Please contact our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7850 with your UCAS ID number (the 10 digit number beginning with '10') and details of the course you would like to study and we may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, Click Here to apply for your chosen course through UCAS
If you would like to register with UCAS please visit their website: www.ucas.com for more information.
UCAS Code Information
GSM London (GSM London)
Institution code name: GSM London (GSM London)
Institution code: G74

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Registration
On receipt of your application form and enclosures the School will quickly assess your application and:
Accept you for your chosen course if you are qualified for the programme. (If you are not qualified the School may suggest an alternative programme that suits your needs and qualifications).
Forward to you an acceptance letter and statement of fees. These letters will inform you of the date that you should enrol and the duration and cost of the programme.

Enrolment
You should arrive at your chosen GSM London campus on the date and campus specified on your acceptance letter.
International students will be expected to pay a percentage of their tuition fees on or before enrolment.

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