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BA (Hons) Global Business (Business Management) with Foundation Year

To compete in today’s dynamic and interconnected global economy, businesses and managers need to adopt a truly global outlook. Perfect for those already in, or seeking a career in management, or current and budding business owners, this course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will give you that competitive edge.

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Course overview

Our diverse programme, delivered in the heart of major financial hubs, will provide you with a great platform for a successful career in leadership. The first year is a Foundation Year programme that will introduce you to fundamental topics in business and management.

The rest of the course will focus on core global business and management topics including marketing, organisational behaviour, international business law and strategy. During your final year, you can choose to undertake a dissertation, a consulting project, or an internship. 

Committing to study at degree level will give you transferrable skills that can be applied in any career context. Leadership, business operations, strategy and entrepreneurship are all essential to keep our global economies thriving.

As you develop and plan your career goals, we help you align your industry specialisms, giving you the critical knowledge essential for your professional career progress.

  • How do finances and economics affect management decisions?
  • What role do marketing and communications have in business growth?
  • Which core business functions are essential for effective management?

Studying our programme will develop both the core and specialist skills that are in high demand by UK and global employers, giving you a competitive edge as you progress your career in leadership.

Intakes
October, February, May

Duration
4 years

Awarding Institution
University of Suffolk

Awarded Degree
BA (Hons) Global Business (Business Management) with Foundation Year

Delivery
Weekdays, evenings and/or weekends

Locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds

Fees
£9,250 per year

Year 0 (Foundation)

Introduction to Management (20 Credits)
Project (20 Credits)
Academic Research and Writing (20 Credits)
Business Communication (20 Credits)
Preparing for a Professional Career (20 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing (20 Credits)

Year 1

Business Context and its Management (20 Credits)
Business Environment (20 Credits)
Managing People (20 Credits)
Marketing & Communications in a Digital World (20 Credits)
Business Finance and Economics (20 Credits)
Global Business Aspects (20 Credits)

Year 2

Research Methods (20 Credits)
Business Decision Making (20 Credits)
Organisation Behaviour (20 Credits)
Project Management (20 Credits)
Business Plan and Analysis (20 Credits)
International Business Law (20 Credits)

Year 3

Global Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (20 Credits)
Building a Sustainable Business (20 Credits)
Innovation Management (20 Credits)
Global Strategy (20 Credits)

Then choose one of:

Dissertation (40 Credits)
Consulting Project (40 Credits)
Internship (40 Credits)

This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessments. Formative assessments will be completed before your formal ‘summative ’ assessment, which will determine your final marks.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your course team. Formative assessments are purely for developmental purposes and do not count towards your final module mark. They are designed to help you to gain more knowledge and confidence in the module material and approaches to formal assessment. Students who do not engage with informal assessments often struggle with Foundation Year progression, as well as with the academic levels above.

The formal summative assessment usually occurs towards the end of each module. Assessment methods may include written examinations and a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The marks awarded for summative assessments count towards your final module mark. Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated in consultation with students, for example in response to student or External Examiner feedback. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from another higher education provider; , and they are appointed by the University of Suffolk to provide external assurance regarding the academic standards of your course.

Standard entry requirements (applicants under 21 years)

80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 60 Credit Ofqual qualification at level 3). 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualifications. Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.


Applicants aged 21+

If applicants aged 21+ do not meet the standard entry requirements, we take into consideration life/work skills which would make them suitable for undergraduate study with our Foundation programme.

All applicants

All applicants must be assessed by the GBS Admissions team via an interview for listening and speaking skills and for writing via a statement of personal reflection.

Process required:

1.Application form

2. Supervised Personal Reflection Statement

3. Personal interview

Funding your study

All students can access student finance through the University of Suffolk. 

Tuition Fee Loans

A Tuition Fee Loan covers the cost of your tuition fees. This is paid directly to your awarding institution (in this case the University of Suffolk). Loan repayments only start once you have finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full- and part-time learners can apply.

Maintenance Loans

If you are eligible, you can also apply for a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. This loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. Maintenance Loans has are repaid after you finish your course and your earnings are above £26,575 per year. For more information, please visit  www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Maintenance Grants

You can also apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with living costs. Maintenance Grants are paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay them back, but any funds you get will reduce the size of the Maintenance Loan you could receive, should you also wish to apply for one.

New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

For more information please click here for course fees or call us +44 (0)20 3011 2638

Year 0 (Foundation)

Introduction to Management (20 Credits)
Project (20 Credits)
Academic Research and Writing (20 Credits)
Business Communication (20 Credits)
Preparing for a Professional Career (20 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing (20 Credits)

Year 1

Business Context and its Management (20 Credits)
Business Environment (20 Credits)
Managing People (20 Credits)
Marketing & Communications in a Digital World (20 Credits)
Business Finance and Economics (20 Credits)
Global Business Aspects (20 Credits)

Year 2

Research Methods (20 Credits)
Business Decision Making (20 Credits)
Organisation Behaviour (20 Credits)
Project Management (20 Credits)
Business Plan and Analysis (20 Credits)
International Business Law (20 Credits)

Year 3

Global Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (20 Credits)
Building a Sustainable Business (20 Credits)
Innovation Management (20 Credits)
Global Strategy (20 Credits)

Then choose one of:

Dissertation (40 Credits)
Consulting Project (40 Credits)
Internship (40 Credits)

Early admission for January 2022

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What our students say

It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

Raimon Larrainzer Make
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It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

Raimon Larrainzer Make

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