BSc (Hons) Business Management with Creative Industries

In partnership with Plymouth University

  • Hear about Business Management with Creative Industries from our Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) - Liz Larner

Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by Plymouth University
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option

Next start date

June 2018


February, June, October

Study options

3 years, 2 years


Greenwich, Greenford**

*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run at each campus
**This degree programme is not running in June at our Greenford Campus


From film and TV to gaming, tech, arts and music, creative industries are big business. Our degree in Business Management with Creative Industries will help you land a lead role in this thriving sector.

  • Hear about Business Management with Creative Industries from our Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) - Liz Larner

Why choose this degree?

The Creative Industries is a rapidly growing sector aiming to double UK creative exports by 2020. This degree is focused on the management around Creative Industries and designed by industry experts to reflect their unique operational approach:

  • Students gain knowledge across a wide spectrum of subjects and business functions, and the ability to apply it to creative and cultural businesses
  • Explore dimensions of management and enterprise and the distinctive context in which creative businesses thrive
  • Connections with Creative Industries group to enable relevant live projects and placements 

Where will this degree take me?

The Business Management with Creative Industries degree is aimed at those geared towards becoming a business leader within the creative and cultural industries. It will prepare you to tackle the unique nature of the creative sector head on. With this degree you can work in advertising, design, TV, film, craft, fashion, games, publishing, technology, arts, culture and music.


What will I learn?

The programme is designed to enhance self-reflection and personal development. The three stages of the programme are designed to facilitate increasingly challenging learning techniques as students’ progress.

  • At stage zero: embarking on the Foundation course will be the stepping stone towards achieving the degree in which your strengths can be realised. The first semester is the same for all students however in the second semester a choice of two further elective modules will be chosen to prepare for the degree you will be commencing.
  • At stage one: students will focus on the principles and fundamentals of core management and be given the opportunity to define the role of managers within organisations.
  • At stage two: students focus on using their knowledge of business management to build their skills capacity and to model the required behaviours of professional managers.
  • At stage three: students critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of various models of management practice that contribute to driving organisational performance. 


To read more about each module in detail for this programme click here

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

Foundation year:

  • Semester 1 English for academic purposes, Numeracy 1, Introduction to Computer Skills, Effectiveness in the Business World
  • Semester 2 English for Academic Purposes 2, Numeracy 2 Elective Modules (choose two) Understanding Accounting and Finance, Understanding Human Resources Management, Understanding Law, Understanding Management, Understanding Marketing and Events, Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environment’s, Understanding Oil and Gas, Understanding Technology, Understanding Travel and Tourism      

Three and two-year degrees:

  • Semester 1: Academic Skills, Effective Ideas Generation, and Creativity in Context
  • Semester 2: Professional Skills, Financial Decision Making for Creative Projects and Events, and Marketing and Communications
  • Semester 3: Employability Skills, HRM in the Creative Industries, Global Creative Brands and the Cultural Marketplace, and Elective modules (choose one) E-Commerce or Cultural Tourism
  • Semester 4: Project/Placement Design and Implementation, and Evaluations and Reflection (Work Based/Related Learning)
  • Semester 5: Emerging Themes, Intellectual Property and Regulation CI, Stakeholder and Community Engagement, and Elective modules (choose one) Research Methods or Research and the Professional
  • Semester 6: Creative Cities, Capstone Project (Dissertation/Consultancy Project/Work Based Learning), and Elective modules (choose one) Social Enterprise, or Hospitality and Venue Management, or Destination Marketing

Programme specification

Please see the programme specification for further details on this programme; note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and hold one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • 2 A Levels (A*-E, 32 UCAS points); New UCAS entry tariff for 2017 explained
  • GSM London’s Foundation Year programme (with a minimum of 120 credits);
  • Equivalent qualifications (subject to Plymouth University approval) including: BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced


If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the programme, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. 

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.


*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s:  Young or Vulnerable Applicants


Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered on your individual merits via our non-standard entry process.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • A fully completed and up to date CV
  • Evidence of at least 1 year of full-time work experience
  • signed and stamped work reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)


In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.


Candidates who do not meet the requirements as listed above maybe able to apply for our Foundation Year programme

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will gain direct entry on to this degree programme.


Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from an undergraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by Plymouth University.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.


Please see Advanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning  for further details.



Tuition fees 



  • 2 years, £8,000 per year
  • 3 years, £6,000 per year



  • 2 years, £12,750 per year
  • 3 years, £8,500 per year


For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated degree programme. Degrees at GSM London are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for this degree programme to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. Visit for more information.

Apply direct to GSM London

You can apply directly to GSM London by completing our online application form.

Applications can also be submitted in person at one of our campuses: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.You can do this by booking a meeting with a course advisor.

You'll need to include the following documents with your application form:

  • Originals of your qualifications
  • Your CV/Resume
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A document to verify your address see table of acceptable evidence below

Table of address evidence:

Mortgage statement


Issued in last 12 months

Bank or building society statement

UK and Channel Islands or EEA

Issued in last 3 months

Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter


Issued in last 3 months

Credit card statement


Issued in last 3 months

Financial statement, eg pension or endowment


Issued in last 12 months

P45 or P60 statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Council Tax statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Work permit or visa


Valid up to expiry date

Utility bill

UK - not mobile telephone bill

Issued in last 3 months

Benefit statement, eg Child Benefit, Pension


Issued in last 3 months

Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 3 months

 Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Apply through UCAS

You can also apply through UCAS (undergraduates only) by contacting our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7856 and quoting your 10-digit UCAS ID number and details of your chosen programme. We may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, you can visit the UCAS website here to register and apply.

UCAS Code Information

Greenwich School of Management (GSM London)

Institution Code Name: GSM London

Institution Code: G74

Programme Codes:

  • Two-year accelerated, 1NN1
  • Two-year extended (includes Year Zero), N1NN
  • Three-year, NNN1
  • Three-year extended (includes Year Zero), N22N

Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Registration and enrolment

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing programme cost and duration.  

If you choose to accept the offer you will need to return the acceptance form to the Admissions Team and agree and sign the Terms and conditions (standard student contract).  Once you have accepted your place you will be offered an induction date to commence your studies.  This will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

Key information sets about this programme