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Business Management BSc(Hons)

Develop your leadership and management skills for the modern business world.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Full-time / Professional Placement
UCAS code
3B6G / PY16

Course overview

Step into the world of business as a creative and future-proofed manager, ready to oversee performance, drive innovation and motivate team success. From understanding global economies, big data and business strategy to learning to navigate uncertainty and developing responsive and ethical leadership skills, this course will give you the knowledge, confidence and personal attributes to lead the future of business. You’ll gain critical business theory and management expertise while responding to real-world team challenges, supported by experienced industry professionals.

You will:

  • Explore the principles of effective leadership, investigating different management styles, strategies and techniques
  • Work on real-life challenges and take part in work placements 
  • Build your own portfolio of skills, experiences and development plans
  • Learn key skills in sales, networking, negotiation and identifying business opportunities
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of the importance of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity for organisations of all sizes and form
  • Study at a university recognised by the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing

While studying this Business Management course, you will be eligible to receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership upon successful completion of the degree.

For the duration of your Business Management course you’ll also be an Affiliate Member of the CMI. This opens access to a host of member benefits to help you progress on your professional journey.

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Course details

On this Business Management degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BSc(Hons) degree over three years or study Business Management BSc(Hons) with a professional placement year option.

Across the three years of this degree, you will be inspired to think laterally and make connections. Learning to work confidently on your own and in diverse groups, you’ll form concepts and solutions for real-world business challenges, with a specialist focus in management.

You will gain a firm understanding of the commercial environment and how industry can impact communities, economies and the environment. You will explore the fundamentals of business structure including the core elements of markets and market research. This will then be explored in the light of how data management is evolving and the implications of technological advances.



You will also address the importance of wellbeing within an organisation and, crucially, you will explore the importance of wellbeing for your own personal and professional development.

Market Intelligence

In this module you will gain a working knowledge of robust market research methods. You will be introduced to types of market research, including primary and secondary modes, and learn how to segment markets and analyse trends, as well as different analytical methods. This will enable you to carry out research and analysis that will help you to identify market trends and gaps, using robust data to inform business decisions.

Fundamentals of Business

You'll explore the inter-relationships of functions that make up a successful business operation. You will learn about financial systems and their impact on national economies, commercial environments and national policy. You will learn about the concepts, frameworks and legal structures of the commercial business environment.

Exploring Sustainability

The module will take a proactive stance and focus on contemporary practices and positive change across a range of topics including responsible consumption, production and economic development. You will also explore potential criticisms of the concept of sustainable development, and ask whether it is truly the most appropriate way forward.

Data Management

In this module you will build knowledge of cultural contexts around Big Data, examples of data as a resource and a product and considerations for mitigating risks associated with privacy and data ethics. This will culminate in a data-centric activity where teams will aim to manage, integrate and use different forms of data to achieve specific outcomes.

Principles of Marketing

You will explore what marketing is all about in business. You will build on your existing knowledge and focus on a real business, looking at the interrelationship of how it is viewed and perceived through its marketing. This module provides a foundation on which future study of marketing can be built, particularly within the digital and social marketplaces.

You will build on your knowledge and application of sustainable practice and key management disciplines including financial management and project management. Your skills in relation to finding and applying information sources will be further developed. Live briefs and expert speakers will add context to your studies as well as an opportunity to build your collaborative skills. You will also understand business management from specialist perspectives such as risk managers and human resources managers.


Research Methods

You will develop a research project that employs both primary and secondary research methods and then present that project visually, through a poster presentation.

Risk Management

Uncertainty is a standard condition of nearly all business practices, and managed through risks. We investigate how this impacts effective leadership, company culture and productivity, risk assessments, new business opportunities, enterprise risk management, the cyber environment and fraud prevention.

Human Resource Management

You will learn best practices for recruiting and retaining talent, line managing for best results, performance management and conflict resolution. You will develop a working knowledge of Human Resource Management (HRM) in organisations, and familiarise yourself with policy structures and theory, including how these translate in everyday use.

Collaborative Working

In this module, you’ll learn about the concept of ‘design thinking’. In multi-skilled teams you’ll work on a live brief and deliver a practical project, which you’ll then evaluate through a team performance review.

Financial Management

In this module, you will acquire knowledge of financial terminology to the level where you can confidently debate the financial health of a business. You will explore differences between financial accounting and management accounting and understand the central role of cash and how finance impacts business operations.

Project Management

This module provides you with the rationale, approach, techniques and essential tools to lead, undertake or be an effective member of a project team. You will take a critical view of alternative and often complementary philosophies  and techniques such as Waterfall and Agile and you will be given the opportunity to ‘learn through doing’, applying and reflecting on the processes and tools you learn as you undertake a project.

You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year. 

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability Team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your professional placement

You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. 

You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. 

Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. 

By the end of your final year, you will have the confidence and skills to organise and deliver your own complex, original, management project.

You will build your understanding of how international trade is conducted including assessment of your knowledge at government level. You will further develop your leadership capabilities and produce a portfolio that brings together all of your learning from the course. Connecting with industry both on and off campus, you will build valuable relationships to launch your career upon graduation. You will also broaden your views of strategic awareness in the commercial environment and the important areas of governance and ethics.


Professional Development

You will reflect upon your ongoing professional development journey and build a portfolio that is designed to document a wide range of skills, attributes, and experiences.  This will enable you to understand the value of reflective practice to inform professional development.  You will also learn how to apply effective reflective practice, informing personal and professional development.


You will learn to think strategically about business objectives, engaging with a number of approaches and frameworks. You’ll engage with a variety of case studies across sectors, industries, geographical and cultural landscapes, making links among common strategic practices.

Global Economies & International Trade

You will explore different modes of entry in international markets. By the end of this module, you will produce a project proposal developed to global contexts and with a practical focus, delivered with a rationale for decisions taken. This will be based on innovative thinking designed to disrupt, involving both creativity and calculated risk-taking.


You will explore and review a range of leadership models, styles and frameworks, enabling you to understand leadership practice and its impact in organisations. You will complete a leadership self-assessment, and be encouraged to seek external feedback to engage in a comprehensive reflection and development process.

Management Research Project

This module provides an opportunity for you to research a topic of interest, of your choice. You will produce a consultancy or transformation plan for any business or industry. The topic must be agreed by the module leader within the first three weeks of the study block.

Corporate Governance & Ethics

You will examine global corporate governance systems and assess the roles, responsibilities and challenges for board members and senior executives. This will be set with the context of stakeholder theory, corporate governance theory, policy and current issues. The context of sustainability, resilience and accepted practice will be investigated in light of boardroom and director responsibility from both ethical and legal perspectives.



The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn & be assessed

You’ll deliver real products or services as you form a business team, develop a plan, create your venture and launch it to market. For each module, you’ll attend a weekly lectures and seminars, and fit online study materials around your schedule. This Business Management degree is designed to give you time to embed your learning into your entrepreneurial venture. 

This course includes a variety of different teaching methods ranging from ‘content delivery’ sessions to more collaborative seminars and workshops. This combination of teaching methods means that you are exposed to relevant frameworks and concepts, have the opportunity to enhance your understanding through discussion and can then experiment through your own practical application. 

You may also have the opportunity to take part in micro-internships with a variety of businesses, such as Wonderland Magazine and Bijoux De Mimi, and draw knowledge and experiences from guest speakers that bring their own industry expertise to your learning journey.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

There are no formal written exams with this course; all assessment is coursework-based.  

The coursework includes a varied range of assessments across the duration of the course, including reports or essays, case studies, reflections, presentations, projects, collaborative activity or portfolios. 

Assessments are distributed across the duration of the course. Developmental and formative feedback will be provided on your work within modules in order to build confidence, add knowledge and improve your skills. This will be available both in class and within a more informal environment. Each summative assessment (the final assessed work) will also be accompanied by formal feedback, providing an opportunity to reflect on your own work but also to look forward to future assessment(s). 

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This Business Management course is based on Penryn Campus, a purpose-built site which is shared with the Games Academy, Fashion & Textiles Institute, Institute of Photography, the School of Film & Television and students from the University of Exeter. We encourage collaboration across disciplines.  

Campus facilities include: 

  • Specialist media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content 
  • Libraries containing a wealth of digital resources, magazines, specialist material and journals
  • Breakout spaces for collaboration across disciplines  


You will work with an experienced, dedicated and supportive course team. Their interests and backgrounds reflect the wide scope of business, industry and commerce. Areas of specialism, knowledge and experience include: enterprise, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, finance, e-commerce, the cyber world, security and fraud, project management, accounting and tax. The team has a mix of both academic and practical experience, and all staff are committed to enhancing sustainability and helping you to identify how this can be improved. You will also have the opportunity to meet with several industry or specialist speakers who will bring their contemporary industry experience.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

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On graduating from this course, you could look towards a career in: 

  • Company ownership and management 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Marketing based roles
  • Leadership roles 
  • Product/service development 
  • Consultancy and project management 
  • Corporate sector leadership programmes 
  • Operations management 
  • Government departments and policy makers  
  • Risk management 
  • Postgraduate or doctoral study 

How to apply

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2024 through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

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Course route UCAS code
Business Management BSc(Hons) three year degree 3B6G
Business Management BSc(Hons) with professional placement PY16

All applications are considered on their individual merit and we welcome applications from all subject backgrounds including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts or humanities.

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2024

UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 31 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Has business knowledge, experience, and an enquiring attitude.
  • Shows self-motivation, a good work ethic, resilience, and perseverance.
  • Wants to learn, is open-minded, and takes on uncertainty and challenging situations.
  • Values others’ opinions and backgrounds, and accepts feedback to improve their reputation and performance.
  • Can take responsibility for their actions and behaviours.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees for September 2024 entry

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,950 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per professional placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international

Tuition fees for September 2025 will be confirmed in summer 2024.

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • Personal laptop (if not already owned) capable of running Microsoft Office Suite - typical cost £500-800
  • Suggested reading. Approx £40 (also available to read for free in the library)

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

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