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Business Management

Management and Leadership are the two attributes that are arguably held in the highest regards by employers. Normally these courses were reserved for post-graduate study, however in the demand for the skill set has reached a point where numerous universities and colleges have started introducing it into their undergraduate programmes.

This CSBM programme will give you a strong understanding of how a business is organised, how they develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions. On top of this CSBM’s Business management programme will provide you with a general understanding of business organisations and their structures and cultures.

At CSBM we pride ourselves on the fact that unlike other programmes, ours looks at the wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how all these work together to contribute to organisational success. This course, like all CSBM courses has been designed with the outcome in mind. Namely a job. After your 18 month course with CSBM you will be able to enrol directly onto the final year of any of the 3rd year university programmes below.

Modules Covered

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Unit 1: Business Environment

Businesses operate in an environment shaped by the government, competitors, consumers, suppliers and international factors. You will learn that some influences on the business environment are direct and very easy to understand but others are less clear, perhaps coming from the international arena and sometimes with only a peripheral impact on the national business environment. The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of theses influences as well as different organisations, the influence of stakeholders and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments.

Unit 2: Managing Financial Resources and Decisions

The unit will provide you with an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance for a business, and the skills to use financial information for decision making. It is designed to give you a broad understanding of: the sources and availability of finance for a business organisation and how financial information is recorded and how to use this information to make pricing, investment, planning and budgeting decisions for example in planning and budgeting.

Unit 3: Organisations And Behaviour

This unit focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations. It explores the links between the structure and culture of organisations and how these interact and influence the behaviour of the workforce. By providing you with an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, you will be able to appreciate the key factors which contribute to motivating the workforce at all levels of the organisation.

Unit 4: Marketing Principles

This unit will provide you with understanding and skills relating to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. The unit starts by looking at the definitions of marketing and what is meant by a marketing orientation and the marketing process. Next, you will consider the use of environmental analysis in marketing and carry out your own analyses at both the macro and micro levels. You will also investigate the importance of market segmentation, targeting and positioning.

Unit 5: Aspects Of Contract And Negligence For Business

The aim of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of aspects of the law of contract and tort and the skill to apply them, particularly in business situations. You are encouraged to explore the content of agreements and then develop skills relating to the practical application of business contracts: including offer, acceptance, intention, consideration and capacity. Lastly, the unit will enable learners to understand how the law of tort differs from the law of contract and examine issues of liability in negligence relating to business and how to avoid it.

Unit 6: Business Decision Making

In business, good decision making requires the effective use and analysis of information. This unit gives you the opportunity to examine a variety of sources and develop techniques in relation to four aspects of information: data gathering; data storage; developing the tools available to create useful information and presentation of that information.

Unit 7: Business Strategy

One of the aims of this unit is to build on your existing knowledge of the basic tools of business analysis and draw it together so that you think strategically. You will be introduced to further analysis tools needed for the process of strategic planning. You will be able to explain the significance of stakeholder analysis and carry out an environmental and organisational audit of a given organisation. You will learn how to apply strategic positioning techniques to the analysis of a given organisation and prepare a strategic plan based on previous analysis and evaluating possible alternative strategies. Finally, you will compare the roles and responsibilities for strategy implementation and evaluate resource requirements for the implementation of a new strategy for a given organisation.

Unit 8: Research Project

This unit is designed to enable you to become confident using research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. The actual research will depend on your interest and the area of learning you feel comfortable with.

Unit 9: Management Accounting: Costing And Budgeting

This unit will provide you with the understanding and ability to use cost information for budgeting and forecasting purposes in the management of business. It looks at how cost data is collected, compiled and analysed, and processed into information that is useful for business managers. It also deals with budgetary planning and control and how to prepare forecasts and budgets, so they can be compared with actual business results. Finally, the unit considers different costing and budgetary systems and the causes of the resulting variances, together with the possible implications and the corrective action the business will need to take.

Unit 10: Human Resource Management

Staff must make a valued contribution to the work of the organisation. Eventually they will leave, more often than not because they find alternative employment or retire. Occasionally, however, employment has to be terminated. This unit considers how human resource management deals with these aspects of working. However, the focus of human resource management has moved beyond personnel management towards a more proactive approach that, in addition to the traditional roles associated with staff management, also considers how to get the best people and the best out of people so that they work in roles and ways that are closely aligned to organisational objectives

Unit 11: Operations Management In Business

Operations management is the area of business activity concerned with the production of goods and services. It includes the responsibility of ensuring that all business/organisational operations are efficient in terms of minimising costs by using as few resources as possible, and effective in terms of maximising quality and meeting customer requirements. It is concerned with managing the transformational processes that convert inputs (in the form of materials, labour and energy) into outputs (in the form of goods and services). It is important that anyone seeking employment in the business world realise that the ‘proper’ organisation of productive systems, and their interfaces with internal as well as external customers and suppliers, is essential if goods/services are to be produced on time, to cost and within the law.

Unit 12: Quality Management In Business

Quality has a wide range of meanings and is a term that can be used in a variety of contexts; as a result it is hard to define. What is the different between “Quality Control”, “Quality Assurance” and ‘Total Quality Management’? Customer satisfaction is at the heart of quality management, but this, in itself, implies a different concept of quality. Customers are becoming more sophisticated and more demanding, requiring superior performance from goods or services and quicker responses from suppliers. Quality has been defined as ‘fitness for purpose’ but needs to be aimed at the needs of the consumer, driven by what the consumer wants and will pay for. The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the concept of quality and quality management and define it in the context of business and service operations.

Unit 13: Project Management For Business

The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with understanding and skills relating to project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that are used in business. You will develop an understanding of what constitutes a project and the role of a project manager. You will develop the skills needed to plan the activities required to carry out the project, including how to set up a project, how to control and execute a project, and how to carry out project reviews.

Unit 14: Financial Accounting And Reporting

It is essential for the success of any business that it has good financial control and record-keeping. Lack of effective control, planning and recording can ultimately lead to making poor management decisions. Owners and managers need to be able to recognise the indications of potential difficulties and take remedial action when required. You will use records to complete financial statements and you will measure financial performance using a profit and loss account and balance sheet and analyse the profitability, liquidity and efficiency of a business through the application of ratio analysis.


Unit 15: Personal And Professional Development

This unit will help you become an effective and confident self-directed employee: confident in managing own personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals. It is designed to enable you to assess and develop a range of professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career development. It also aims to develop your ability to organise, manage and practise a range of approaches to improve your performance as self-directed learners in preparation for work or further career development. The unit emphasises the needs of the individual but within the context of how the development of self-management corresponds with effective team management in meeting objectives.

Unit 16: Project Design Implementation and Evaluation

This unit is designed to develop your skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to your vocational, academic and professional development. It requires you to select, plan, implement and evaluate a project and finally present the outcomes, in terms of the process and the product of the project. This can also be done as a group project and each member of the team must be clear about their responsibilities at the start of the project and supervisors must ensure that everyone is accountable for each aspect of the work and makes a contribution to the end result. You must work under the supervision of programme tutors or work-based managers.

Unit 17: E-Business Operations

An e-business infrastructure comprises a large number of business processes that are exposed through web and electronic services. E-business operations concern how technologies are used to manage the procurement of products/services supply and transport, handling of goods and the fulfilment function. This area of study is subject to rapid rates of change with an immense array of continually developing technology converging and impacting on how e-businesses operate. This unit will provide you with an understanding of e-business operations so you can develop the skill to use internet and electronic processes for supply chain activities and other business applications. It will allow you to develop learner understanding and skills in the complex processes and transactions which support e-business operations.

Unit 18: Work-Based Experience

This unit aims to enable you to experience the scope and depth of learning which may take place in a work-based context by planning, monitoring and evaluating the work experience. To fulfil the learning outcomes of this unit, you must undertake work whilst in the UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age, 18 years old
  • Full secondary education. NQF 3
  • Minimum of 2 A levels (no less than grade D) or equivalent (contact for more info) for UK applicants
  • English proficiency: PTE 51 (minimum: Listening 51, Reading 51, Speaking 51, Writing 51) or equivalent, IELTS 5.5 (minimum: Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5) or equivalent, TOEFL 87 (minimum: Reading 22, Writing 21, Listening 21, Speaking 23) or equivalent
  • Mature students (over 21) are accepted, subject to professional references

Course Structure

  • Pathways: Management and Business
  • Work Experience Element – (optional 3 months Full-time or 6 months Part-time)
  • Option of Overseas work experience.
  • Enter the Bachelor Degree of your choice upon completion of all 4 Terms.

Course Outcomes

Students that take up all optional extras in this course, including work experience and the degree year will come out of the course with Dual Qualifications; an academic degree and a professional qualification, 6 months work experience, and be finished before their counterparts in University. What more can you ask for?

University Year

Students who complete all of the above units become eligible to enter direct into the third year of university. Some options are presented below, however, if you seek a university programme that is not listed below, then please get in contact with CSBM to discuss the possibilities.

Bournemouth University

BA (Hons) Business and Management
BA (Hons) International Business Communication
BA (Hons) Business and Management with Project Management

Bradford College

BA (Hons) Business Studies
BA (Hons) Business Administration

Coventry University

BA (Hons) International Business
BA (Hons) European Business (will require good command of another language)

University of Greenwich

(Merit/Distinction profile required)
BA (Hons) Business Administration
BA (Hons) Business Management
The above programme allows you to choose from the following specialties.

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Communications

Oxford Brookes University

BA (Hons) Business & Management
BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Enterprise
BA (Hons) Business Logistics
BA (Hons) Business & International Finance

Sheffield Hallam University

BA (Hons) Business Management

Southampton Solent University

BA (Hons) Business
BA (Hons) Business & Management
BA (Hons) Business and Finance
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing




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