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BSc (Hons) - Business Management (Integrated Foundation Year)

Are you looking to hone your skills across the many facets of business? Do you want to discover how to shape yourself into a leader in order to kick-start your dream career?

This hands-on programme uses collaborative methods to ensure you graduate with all the skills to reach the top, giving you a real-world insight to the many strands of business, from marketing and project management to people management and consultancy. We are ranked top in the North West for producing entrepreneurs (Novuna 2023)
Designed in consultation with leading employers and organisations, our BSc (Hons) Business Management degree focuses on creating forward-thinking, agile business leaders that are ready for the workplace upon graduating.

Throughout the programme you will explore the latest thinking from industry and build essential knowledge on key principles of modern business theory.

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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a foundation course in business that will enable you to discover your own personal leadership skills and those of others around you, then this course is for you.

Your introductory year has been designed to support you in developing essential university skills and the confidence needed to progress on to our degree level programme.

You will study management from a range of perspectives and address the big issues facing modern business. Industry-active tutors and resources will ensure learning stays current. You’ll become business-ready through access to the latest technology. Classroom activities, including leading lectures and mock office environments, will build managerial confidence. Our employer network will provide a strong practical insight, while challenge and creativity will develop your problem-solving, decision-making and team-working skills.

On this course you will...

  • Immerse yourself in practical experiential learning. Enhance your skills through applied learning and gain confidence in the workplace with engaging business simulations.
  • Benefit from Cumbria’s strong industry connections with global enterprises and local employers, grow your network and discover the many opportunities that await you.
  • Discover a global perspective and develop a robust skill set across the many elements of business, giving you the tools to start your own business, or to be a stand-out candidate on the journey to your dream career.
  • Shape yourself as a professional within the business space. You will learn the fundamentals of business, and how to present yourself as a leader.
  • Be inspired and guided by dedicated, research-active academics deeply passionate about the nuances of business. Experience personalised support from these experts, who are committed to nurturing your learning journey and sharing their wealth of knowledge with you.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

We’ll provide you with a firm grasp of operations management, economics and business management, while enabling you to develop core skills in problem-solving, decision-making, team-working and communications.

But you won’t just learn theoretically about business management - you’ll be doing it, thanks to our innovative teaching. From leading a lecture to turning the classroom into an office, you’ll get every opportunity to become the confident and effective manager that employers demand in today’s dynamic business environment.

Year one
  • Essential University Skills 1
    Develop the academic and professional skills required for effective learning and successful progression through your chosen course.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    Explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to your subject area.
  • Business Innovation
    Develop your own business idea and explore the interaction between different business disciplines to ensure success in profit and non-profit making organisations.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    Further develop the skills acquired in Essential University Skills 1.
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
    An introduction to key concepts in leadership and management.
  • Individual Case Study
    Undertake an individual given case study using a problem based approach.
Year two
  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Exploring Business Contexts
  • Measuring What Matters
  • Fundamentals of Business
    Learn about business; it's scope, nature, types, management functions, leadership, range and challenges and how they relate to stakeholder responsibilities.
  • Principles of Marketing
    Learn about the importance of marketing's role in driving success and delivering results.
  • Leading Teams and Managing Others
Year three
  • Human Resource Management, Theory and Practice
    Develop and understanding of the major theories and practice of HRM
  • Environmental, Social and Governance Issues in Organisations
  • Applying Strategic Analysis
  • Services Marketing and Customer Experience
  • Managing Operations
    Explore the principle, nature and scope of the operations and functions in both services and products organisations.
  • International Human Relations Management
  • Digital Communications and Content Marketing
Year four
  • Coaching, Mentoring and Empowering
  • International Marketing
  • Career Management
  • Global to Local Business Futures
  • Applied Digital Marketing
  • Capstone Project
  • Business Psychology

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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