Plymouth Business School

Management, Government and Law (Foundation Route for Specified Qualification)

Our foundation route covers management, government and law and is integral and common to our degree courses in management, law, criminology, sociology, international relations, politics and tourism, for students admitted through the foundation route. Upon successful completion of the foundation route, students will continue their studies on the degree course of their choice within the Faculty of Business.

These include BA (Hons) (4 years or 5 years with placement), BSc (Hons) (4 years or 5 years with placement) and LLB (Hons) (4 years). Full details of these degree courses are set out below.

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Key features

  • The foundation route is designed to help you find the best possible direction for your studies and to provide the grounding necessary to progress with your chosen course.
  • You will develop your knowledge and hone your skills across the foundations of the discipline areas of study (management, law, criminology, sociology, international relations, politics and tourism) and the professional competencies and confidence required for successful careers in your field.
  • This route is suitable for everyone, including those returning to education after a break or those with qualifications other than A levels.
  • Upon successful completion of the foundation route, students progress to their chosen degree course automatically within the Faculty of Business.

Course details

  • Foundation route
  • The foundation route is delivered in a flexible and blended way. A dedicated tutor will work closely with you to make sure your experience is fulfilling, as well as being a first point of contact for advice.
    Core modules
    • MGL005 Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice Studies

      This module will introduce students to the main institutions and processes of the legal system and criminal justice in England and Wales, while developing key transferable skills related to the study and practice of law and criminal justice.

    • MGL007 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • MGL008 Business and Accounting

      The module will provide participants with an understanding of the components of a business including its: products/services; completive position; environmental and stakeholder perspectives, the principles of entrepreneurship; risk management; the globalised market; and the internal and external impact of organisational strategy/decisions together with an understanding of the role of the Accounting function. The module looks at contemporary organisational constructs (including triple bottom line, not for profit and social enterprise) and explores new ways of doing business and generating holistic, values-based, creative and innovative solutions. Sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes.

    • MGL010 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • MGL012 Foundation Year Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

    Optional modules
    • MGL006 Introduction to Government and Society

      The School of Government, which consists of four programmes (International Relations, Politics, Public Administration and Sociology), engenders and number of cross cutting themes, concepts and issues, not least evidence-based (research methods) policy formation (e.g. security, social, public policy) and associated questions of governance, regulation and sustainability. These themes, concepts and issues will provide the red line running through this module, allowing students to compare and contrast the different approaches of the four programmes within the School. The module will introduce learners to key aspects of public policy and politics, International Relations and key issues in the social world.

    • MGL009 Introduction to Tourism Hospitality and Events

      This module will provide students with an overview of the tourism, hospitality and event industry by introducing their key components. It will explore current issues and facilitate the application of theory to business operation and consumer experience whilst supporting the development of key transferable skills.

    • MGL011 An Introduction to Economics

      This module provides an introduction to the key theories and concepts of modern economics, and essential mathematical modelling and statistical analysis skills in order to explore contemporary economic issues.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Management Government and Law Foundation Route for Specified Qualification 17 18 5006

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

48

A level: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: PPP in any subject

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass Access course in any subject

IB: 24 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level

Must have GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Please note: The foundation route offers performance bursaries to any students who demonstrate full commitment and high grades throughout their foundation year. This bursary will be offered at progression to undergraduate stage up to the value of £1,500 and will appear as a reduction of Plymouth Business School undergraduate fees only. Full details of the bursary requirements will be discussed during the induction week.


How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Assessment breakdown

  • T 100% coursework

Why choose this foundation route? 

The foundation route is designed to help you find the best possible direction for your studies and to provide the grounding necessary to progress with your chosen course. You will develop your knowledge and hone your skills across the foundations of the discipline areas of study (management, law, criminology, sociology, international relations, politics and tourism) and the professional competencies and confidence required for successful careers in your field. 

This route is suitable for everyone, including those returning to education after a break or those with qualifications other than A levels. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students progress to their chosen degree course automatically within the Faculty of Business.

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for PBS students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking. Plymouth Business School engages in a partnership with CMI to offer students free membership, enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multimedia knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

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Journal of Research Studies in Business and Management

The Journal of Research Studies in Business and Management is an open access journal founded in 2015, which is devoted to publishing the very best undergraduate business projects produced by students from Plymouth’s Faculty of Business.

We are committed to excellent research and teaching and are proud that our undergraduate students are able to produce some excellent research, which is relevant, interesting and insightful. This journal will showcase the very best student research projects produced each year.

View current issue – Volume 3 (2017)

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