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.

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Next start date

February 2019


February, June, October

Study options

1 to 6 years (based on exemptions)



*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run


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.

Why choose our BSc (Hons) Professional Management 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):

Equivalent or lower qualifications**, ELQ, including: HNC/HND, Certificate of Higher Education, BSc/BA etc. can be considered and are subject to University of Plymouth approval.

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.0, 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing) or equivalent qualification.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review and abide by our policy on under 18’s: Young or Vulnerable Applicants
**For further details on Equivalent or lower qualifications, ELQ, please click here.

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:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications (if requested by Admissions)
  • A fully completed and up to date CV
  • Minimum one year of good work experience
  • A verifiable work reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

In such cases, the Admissions assessor 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 listed above may be 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.

How to apply direct to GSM London

For details on how to apply direct to GSM London see our online pre-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
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport

What happens once I submit my application?

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will make you an offer of place.  The offer letter will contain information on the 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 (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.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Admissions team on

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