BSc (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year

Every business needs to find and keep customers. Marketing is fundamental to business success and organisations in all sectors need skilled managers with marketing knowledge. Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management – this impressive dual-award offers an excellent start to a career with global opportunities.

Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

N351

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you are looking to pursue a career in business, or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work.

Our BSc (Hons) in Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year offers a strong grounding in an essential range of contemporary business management subjects combined with the opportunity to focus your studies in the final year. When you successfully complete the course you’ll also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management and exemptions for some CIM professional qualifications.

The foundation year is the first year of this four-year degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of business and management alongside study skills development. It's designed to prepare you for degree level study.

By studying core modules that are common between all our BSc (Hons) Business Management programmes, you’ll be exposed to key concepts in marketing and areas such as business law, leadership and people management, strategic management, information systems and big data, project management, finance, innovation and enterprise. This solid foundation will support your advanced studies into specialist subjects including digital marketing strategy, marketing for E-commerce and global consumer behaviour.

Highlights
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic business management lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • On successful completion of this dual award course you’ll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You don’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • On the Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year pathway you’ll also have the opportunity to gain exemptions from professional qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
  • This course is part of our Business Management suite of degrees. All students study the same modules during the first three years of this four-year degree to gain an in depth knowledge of the major business disciplines. At Honours level, you can follow the specialist pathway in Marketing, choose to transfer to one of our other specialist pathways in Law, People Management, Supply Chain, Finance, Enterprise or Retail, or follow the core Business Management route.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisation to SMEs.
  • The University offers excellent 24/7 library and IT facilities, WiFi, and well-appointed learning areas.
Key Features
  • This course is offered within our vibrant Institute of Management environment in Bolton town centre.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Contemporary research findings are woven into our teaching. We offer a robust academic underpinning to your studies of business management.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year pathway will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute). The Level 5 Diploma is the CMI’s benchmark qualification and offers the quickest exemption route towards Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) status. Chartered Manager status is only awarded by the CMI and is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession. Additionally, graduates of the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year pathway will also be eligible for exemptions from the following CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) qualifications: CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing and CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If English is your second language and you feel you need extra help with your language skills, you have the option of studying specialist language modules during the foundation year. Please contact the English for Academic Purposes team for further information and advice.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) with foundation year course is designed to provide a broad understanding of business functions within the business and commercial world with the opportunity to develop expertise in the specific area of marketing.

The course offers you a route into general management as well as the specialist area of marketing, so you can tailor your skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career. Areas such as business supply chain management, enterprise, finance, law, retail and people management would also be open to you. The dual qualification gained on successful completion of this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred field of management.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector specific knowledge, the programme aims to support your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist marketing knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Possessing knowledge of the marketing landscape, brand and consumer analysis and digital communication is valuable for most management roles. You’ll be well placed to embark on careers in areas such as retail management, human resource management, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, logistics and supply chain management. You might also pursue a career specifically as a marketing manager or consultant.

You may choose to undertake further study in order to develop your expertise in a particular area. A wide range of postgraduate and professional development courses are available in specialist areas of marketing such as digital, content and social media marketing, market research or public relations. Alternatively, you could focus your studies on human resources, finance, law, computing or international business management. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space for you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios as a means to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Furthermore, you’ll be expected to adopt work-based learning as part of your employment or during a work experience placement.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic Skills and PDP
  • Business In Practice
  • Further Academic Skills
  • World of Work
  • Applied Business Finance
  • Practical Digital Marketing
  • Professional and Academic Skills Development
  • Business Law
  • Business Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Information Systems and Big Data Analysis
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • People and Performance
  • Business Management and Career Development
  • Leading and Managing Teams
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Business Project
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • E Commerce and Contemporary Marketing Practice
  • Global Consumer Behaviour
  • Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 70%, Practical exams 22%, Written exams 8%
Level twoCoursework 42%, Practical exams 32%, Written exams 26%
Level threeCoursework 67%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 8%
Level fourCoursework 66%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 19%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level threeGuided independent study 66%, Placement/study abroad 17%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 17%
Level fourGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Ian McDonald
Programme Leader

I.McDonald@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903687

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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