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Develop a range of business skills as you prepare to confidently step into a management career with established organisations or to establish your own company. Get ready to make an impact.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or grade C or abov
Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis
UCAS points 96
UCAS code BUS3
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or six years part-time
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9% of the business population (ONS, 2019) meaning the overwhelming majority of Business graduates will either work for a SME or run one themselves. Yet most Business Schools do not teach with a SME focus instead choosing to teach their students about large scale corporate businesses, which in all likelihood they will never work for.
Our BSc (Hons) Business degree is different because it is designed to prepare students for the reality of the business world. You will learn about how SME businesses operate, what makes them successful and how you can effectively work for one or run your own. Your placement opportunities in the second and third year will all be with SME businesses allowing you to gain hands on practical experience and enhance your employability.
We also have a partnership with a University in Southern Spain so you can study overseas for a Semester in your second year to learn how business is different in an European context.
Our BSc (Hons) Business degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this is the leading body in the UK for leadership and management. You'll earn their Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership alongside your degree, at no extra cost. You'll continue to enjoy free access to the their online events and resources for a year after you complete the course.
Our strong links with the local and regional business community enhance the practical focus of this business degree and extracurricular activities provide additional opportunities for you to develop your business knowledge, skills and capabilities. The teaching team’s work with respected bodies including Enterprise Educators UK, The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Cornwall Chamber and the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network all help our students build valuable links for a prosperous future in business.
We have like a standard business core to the programme, but then with different avenues depending on where you might want to go subsequently in your career. Now the one hand we've got the content, you know, the placements, the structure of the course, but also in terms of the process, you know, how do, how do we deliver our content? It's a, you know, it's a one site kind of campus it's all located here. It's got a really strong community spirit. You know, studying business itself is quite a good kind of option if you're not 100% sure what you might want to do. And we do have different pathways within business at Plymouth Marjon and so, you know, if you're interested in sustainability, you can kind of focus on that. If you're interested in accounting and finance, you can kind of go down that route. Business Start-Up is also an option. And if you're into kind of human resource management, like coaching and mentoring, so you can kind of stick with the traditional business route if that's what you want to do. Otherwise, you know, there are opportunities to kind of explore certain areas of business in more detail. I think it's really important that it is about theory but it's also about the application of theory. Putting that into practise and we recognise that's what students want, that's what employers want as well. So yes, it's university. Yes, you will learn the nuts and bolts of the theoretical side of how to run a business, how to conduct business, but you also be given the opportunity to put that into practise. So the reason I want to choose this course is to take the next step in my career because I currently work for the NHS, but it's just finding a way to kind of gauge that academic experience to enable me to take that step. I would say the kind of class sizes did influence me quite a lot to choose my job, and that's because smaller class sizes allowed me to have the extra attention I needed for me. I'm quite an introverted person. It just helped me to come out of my shell and yeah, talk more, get that attention. And it's also nice to be able to know my lecturers, have them know me on that personal basis. So that's really nice. I would say for me, one of the big things is the kind of community it feels like a big family in Marjon. I've enjoyed the leadership modules. That's been something that I've been very interested in, and it's all very entrepreneurial as well, which is really great if you want to start the business. I do also have a little fitness business that I do as well. So I do that kind of evenings, weekends, so that helps me in that way. I'd say definitely choose Marjon. It's a great experience It's a great community. You get the attention and support you need and it's lovely people.
Accredited by CMI enabling you to graduate with an additional Level 5 diploma
Network with local, national and international businesses
Two extended business placements
Opportunity to study for a semester in Spain
Option to start your own business in the final year
Access to a diverse network of business people and entrepreneurs
“ During your first year you will be introduced to sustainable development and the importance this concept has on business’s both large and small. You will develop you understanding of enterprise and marketing strategy. You will also be introduced to key concepts around people management, finance and idea development. In the second year you will learn how entrepreneurs can thrive within an organisation and learn techniques for marketing and finance in small businesses. During the third year you will learn what it takes to be a great business leader, investigate the reality of running a business and look at current issues affecting business in this country and globally.”
“I’m learning from experienced and supportive lecturers and I'm helped by their feedback. There is a comprehensive range of online services to support my learning. I thoroughly enjoy the way we are able to reflect on our understanding through online assessments, quizzes and by contributing to the online forum. This course has given me great motivation and confidence and it’s been noticed by my family and friends.”
“There are so many broad subjects within the business course that we are always learning different things. The business course at Marjon has small groups so the lecturers get to know us by name and so it feels more personal. We have a lot of different talks and can express our own opinions at lectures and seminars. If we need any guidance, we can go to the lecturers and they know who we are.”
“I have become more confident in engaging with others about the topics discussed within the class. I did not expect the course to have as much interaction as it has, there are a lot of activities designed to enhance creativity and your interpersonal skills. This course has helped me a lot to break down the different aspects of business that I did not know about before.”
Are entrepreneurs born or made?
How can you effectively brand your business?
Why might some employees be more creative than others?
Can you be both an innovator and an inventor?
How can you measure the social impact of an organisation?
What is the best way to patent your business idea?
“ The team at Marjon has developed an environment that is not only a fabulous physical space but also a learning place that draws in business, academia and students into a community that adds real value to their excellent business programmes. The Chamber is delighted to be a partner in their offering which supports the strategic priorities of the city, county and region, by both attracting the finest candidates to the area and developing the skill base of our local businesses.”
The option to set up your own business or undertake a placement in your final year provides you with valuable experience that will stand out on your C.V.
Graduates go on to work for small to medium sized enterprises both nationally and internationally, large multinational firms or run their own businesses. Typical job opportunities for grdauates include Business Development Manager, Marketing Officer, Social Media Coordinator and Business Owner.
EE work to enable excellence in enterprise education, connecting educators and practitioners so they learn from each other and are inspired to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of their enterprise and entrepreneurship education.
CMI is the leading body in the UK for leadership and management. You'll earn their Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership alongside your degree, at no extra cost to you and requiring no additional assessments.
Field trips, business simulations, employer-led projects and modules where you can start and run your own business all provide practical opportunities to test your ideas and hone your problem-solving, decision-making and leadership skills. Accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute also provides you with a range of additional teaching and learning materials specifically in the area of leadership and management.
Assessment is diverse through coursework such as essays, business reports, group project work, consultancy projects, presentations, business simulations, and reflective portfolios, with no exams.
Course leaderView full profile
Dr Gregory Borne is an interdisciplinary social scientist with an emphasis on sustainability. He has worked for international organisations such as United Nations as well as organisations in the government, education and third sectors. He is the author of numerous journal articles and four books on different components of sustainability. Greg is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Greg is the programme lead for the innovative BA (Hons) Social Sciences and the MRes in Social Sciences. Greg is also: Post graduate research coordinator supporting post graduate research students. Responsibility for preparing the annual research environment statement Member of the research degree scrutiny panel Member of the research and knowledge exchange committee
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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Marjon Business LeadView profile
Laura’s academic background is in business and management. She is researcher and her PhD focuses on the phenomena of lifestyle entrepreneurship and lifestyle sports.
Associate ProfessorView profile
Andreas teaches and researches with a particular emphasis on enterprise, entrepreneurship and workforce issues in the service industries. He has worked on consultancy projects for both public and private sectors including the International Labour Office, Enterprise Educators UK, International Finance Corporation and the Higher Education Academy. Andreas is co-editor research for the journal Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy and is founding member of the Tourism Workforce research group at the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and Research Fellow at Neapolis University Pafos.
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