BSc (Hons) Enterprise and Small Business Development

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

  • Hear from our Enterprise and Small Business Development Senior Lecturer and Head of Formation Zone - Paul Moran

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

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


Are you looking to set up your own business? Or take an existing one to the next level? Our degree in Enterprise and Small Business Development gives you the knowledge and skills you need for entrepreneurial success.

  • Hear from our Enterprise and Small Business Development Senior Lecturer and Head of Formation Zone - Paul Moran

Why choose this degree?

This degree is ideal for students looking to set up their own business, or to develop a business they are already running. You will be taught by professionals who have extensive experience of running businesses. It aims to create enterprising mind-sets and nurture ideas into businesses, providing the knowledge to run a successful enterprise:

  • Designed in collaboration with professional bodies to ensure content reflects industry
  • Specific resources available to support students develop their own entrepreneurship, so they can turn ideas into viable businesses
  • Grow your business through case studies, projects and invitation to external events
  • Knowledge and skills gained can be applied across a wide range of sectors and industries 
  • Option to gain the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) professional qualification based on taught modules

Where will this degree take me?

The Enterprise and Small Business Development degree is designed to help you succeed in developing your own business or growing a small business through the development and enhancement your own entrepreneurial skills. Upon completion of this degree, you will be able to analyse entrepreneurial practice in terms of how it contributes to small business performance as well as developing skills to put this into practice.  Career options include marketing, management consultant, HR and small business advisory as well as developing your own business.

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 entrepreneurial activity and will be given the opportunity to define enterprise activity within the context of small business.
  • At stage two: students focus on using their knowledge of enterprise to build their skills capacity and to model the required behaviour of entrepreneurs.
  • At stage three: students will critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of various models of enterprise practice that contribute to driving organisational performance. 


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.

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 Marketing and Communications
  • Semester 2: Professional Skills, and Developing an Enterprise Culture
  • Semester 3: Employability Skills, Sustainable Enterprise and Social Responsibility, and Digital Marketing (dual accredited)*
  • Semester 4: Project/Placement Design and Implementation, and Evaluation and Reflection (Work Based?Related Learning)
  • Semester 5: Funding the Enterprise, Social Enterprise, Emerging Themes, and Elective modules (Choose One) Research Methods, or Research and the Professional
  • Semester 6: Capstone Project (Dissertation/Consultancy Project/ Work Based Learning), and Elective modules (Choose Two) Strategic Management and Change, or Starting and Online Enterprise, or Stakeholder and Community Engagement, or Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

*Students have the opportunity to gain a professional qualification whilst the Digital Marketing module through registering with the DMI (£300 fee) and minimum of 40% pass.

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


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 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 2017/2018



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



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

Students taking the Digital Marketing module as part of their programme may also register to receive a Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute conditional on passing the module assessment. A registration fee of £300 will be applicable for this additional DMI recognition this is not covered by student loans. 

Payment of the full fee is required before teaching commences. Payment plans are available, contact us for more details.

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 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, 22NN
  • Two-year extended (includes Year Zero), NN22
  • Three-year, N2NN
  • 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