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Get ready to enter the corporate world with confidence in your ability to operate and manage at a high level by studying this Business Management degree.

  • This degree programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • Students who successfully pass all mapped modules will be eligible to be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (subject to CMI moderation).
  • Work placement opportunities integrated into the second and third year of the programme
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Why study Business Management (with a Foundation Year)?

The world needs good managers. It needs them at every level, whether managing day-to-day business operations or in the headquarters of businesses, government or charities. If you want to climb the corporate ladder of an international organisation developing managerial concepts, skills and disciplines will be critical to that ambition.

This Business Management course has been designed by an experienced team of academics, many of whom have experience of working as managers in a variety of industry sectors. The degree takes into account what employers and industry experts expect from new management recruits.

This degree gives you the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful manager, in private, public or charitable sectors throughout the world. It builds on contemporary management skills and approaches, giving you everything needed to secure and succeed in your first management job.

Completion of the degree leads to dual accreditation: Bachelor's Honours degree and Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University is a small and beautiful campus university in West London, with a friendly and professional atmosphere.

Our Business Management programme combines coverage of the key business areas from finance and marketing, through to strategy and human resources, with the opportunity to study more specialist subjects, such as business law, management consultancy and digital business.

You can undertake a work placement as part of your degree. This will allow you to experience the benefits of combining academic theory with the practicality of the working environment. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.

Being located in the capital means we are near many large companies, including a range of sectors that supply, run and use Heathrow Airport. However, we are also surrounded by successful small businesses who need management expertise and welcome student placements.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Business Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Business Management.

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Combine Business Management (with a Foundation Year) with another degree

Business Management (with a Foundation Year) can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required

CDE - DD

A Levels

MMP - PPP

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

GCSE maths grade C/4 (or equivalent) is required for the Business foundation year pathway.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

You will learn what makes business tick, including the financial and economic aspects of business, how to manage people, and how to organise for success.

You will learn how to manage the long-term future of a business by studying changes taking place in the business world, in societies, markets, finances, economies, technology, political intervention and legal or ethical requirements.

You will also discover how to develop and implement strategy to meet requirements and the processes behind completing in-depth research projects investigating the different choices your business needs to make.

You will have the opportunity to gain managerial experience during one of several work placements offered throughout the programme.

It is possible to gain professional accreditations and certificate exemptions by successfully completing selected core and optional Business Management modules.

Professional bodies include Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA).



Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • London: A Global City Core
  • Fundamentals of Business Management Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively, and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Contemporary Marketing Practice Core
  • Introduction to Management Theory Core
  • Organisational Behaviour Core
  • Contemporary Business Issues Core
  • Financial Decision Making Core
  • Human Resource Management Core

Year two

  • Fundamentals of Accounting Core
  • Research Methods in Business and Management Core
  • Corporate Finance Optional
  • International Human Resource Management Optional
  • International Management Optional
  • Philosophy and Ethics for Business Decision Making Optional
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship Optional
  • Project Management and Practitioner Skills for Managers Optional
  • Business Economics Optional
  • Business Law Optional
  • Consumer and Commercial Law Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • International Marketing and Supply Logistics Optional
  • Leadership in Organisations Optional
  • Management Accounting Optional
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation Optional
  • Starting a Business Venture Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Optional
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Employment Law Optional
  • Financial Markets and Institutions Optional
  • Financing and Marketing the Small Business Venture Optional
  • International Entrepreneurship Project Optional
  • Law of International Trade Optional
  • Management of Organisational Change Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Charity Management Optional
  • International Financial Reporting Optional
  • International Strategic Management Optional
  • Management Consultancy Project Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Social Enterprise Optional
  • Stock Market Investment Optional
  • Strategic Marketing Management Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

The degree is designed to help you develop a wide range of skills that will enhance your employability portfolio. These skills include communication, presentation, analysis, quantification, research techniques, teamwork and working to deadlines.

Career opportunities for graduates include banking, insurance, law and business consultancy, as well as a wide variety of specialist and generalist management posts in leisure and sport, marketing and human resources.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Business Management students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

As well as highly interactive lectures, you’ll receive presentations from leading researchers and top management professionals and practitioners. Seminars will deepen your understanding of the skills you’ll need to be an effective manager. Individual tutorials offer further support in learning the subject matter on a one-to-one basis.

These approaches are supplemented by an online virtual learning environment where you can find additional learning materials.

Class sizes in year one lectures can be up to 190 students. In year two and three, lectures will be around 70 students as optional modules are chosen. Seminar groups are typically around 30-35 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways that test knowledge, understanding and skills development throughout your degree.

The programme uses a broad range of assessments including business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies, examinations, assessed blogs, seminar and simulation exercises as well as traditional exam-based assessments and coursework. Wherever possible, you’ll be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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