BSc (Hons) Professional Management

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

  • This degree enables you to develop your career through engagement with a range of learning activities and uses real projects within your workplace.

Why choose GSM London?

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

Next start date

June 2018


February, June, October

Study options

1 to 6 years (based on exemptions)


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


Are you already in a professional role and want to continue developing your skills and expertise? Our part-time degree in Professional Management lets you do just that, with a tailor-made learning programme based around your own work projects.

  • This degree enables you to develop your career through engagement with a range of learning activities and uses real projects within your workplace.

Why choose this degree?

This part-time degree provides a flexible and personalised programme of learning to suit your individual needs, and support your current and future career aspirations. It is especially designed for you to develop your expertise, and work more effectively as a professional practitioner, within your current role in any sector or if you are self-employed:

  • Choose taught modules from any of our undergraduate degrees, or negotiate your study based on your work
  • Plan your own learning with your programme leader
  • A part time flexible programme of study
  • Gain academic recognition for your professional skills

Where will this degree take me?

Professional Management is a career-focused degree that will help you to develop your existing and an array of new transferable skills, including decision making, critical thinking and analysis. The utilisation of these skills is highly valued by industry professionals, and will enable you to progress from your current position and accelerate your career by gaining a degree through your existing practice and professional development.  Learning is tailored to meet your own development needs and you will use your own work place activities to underpin your learning journey.

What will I learn?

The programme is a flexible framework award providing a personalised programme of learning to suit individual needs, using the employment role and workplace as a context, and support current and future career aspirations.

The programme is structured over three phases – Certificate; Diploma; Honours/Bachelor’s degree – and the curriculum framework facilitates a programme of negotiated learning (work-based projects and selected modules from the GSM London portfolio), to support the learner to engage in the development of their professional practice.


To read more about each module 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.

Level 4: Professional Development Planning, Foundations for Learning, and Elective modules (Any mix up to 90 Credits) Negotiated Study (Small)Negotiated Study (Large), Negotiated Study (Medium)

Level 5: Professional Management, and Elective Modules (Any mix up to 105 Credits) Negotiated Study (Small), Negotiated Study (Large), Negotiated Study (Medium)

Level 6: Research and the Professional Manager, and Elective modules (Any mix up to 105 Credits) Negotiated Study (Small), Negotiated Study (Large), Negotiated Study (Medium)

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 University of Plymouth approval) including: BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced


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 University of Plymouth.

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


The typical tuition fee for this degree is £3,000 to £4,500 per year, depending on whether you complete 60 or 90 credits, respectively. A university degree is 360 credits and can take up to 6 years to complete.   If you hold prior qualifications these may exempt you from parts of the course (see Entry Requirements) your tuition fees may vary, the price per credit is £50.00. Prior exemptions will be considered on an individual basis.

This course will cost a maximum of £18,000.


This degree programme is not available for international students.

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.

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.