In almost any industry, running a business with a triple bottom line; a focus on people, the planet and profit, has inherent financial benefits (Forbes, 2017). There is a growing demand for businesses to demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Business management strategies that impact profit and society are achieving successful and sustainable results.
The world needs business graduates who have leadership skills and understand that they have the power to bring about positive change. Join Glasgow Caledonian University and become part of a global network of individuals committed to responsible management and ethical leadership. You will study as part of a diverse student cohort who bring with them a wide range of experiences. As you learn together, you begin to expand your understanding of how teams can perform at their best.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
A Level: CCD at plus GCSE Maths C and English at C (A Level CDD at is acceptable as long as you have a relevant subject such as Business Management/Applied Business/Accounting/Economics, as well as GCSE requirements)
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business or other relevant subject at MMP as well as GCSE requirements
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: ABBBB including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: BCC PLUS GCSE Maths and English at 4/C
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H3 H3 H3 must include English at H2, and Maths at H5 or O2
IB Diploma: 25 points must include English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
SWAP: Humanities at ABB
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
Your business management degree carries the prestigious international EPAS accreditation. You will join a select number of graduates whose programmes have this quality benchmark. Our business school graduates are highly regarded. Working around the world, they form a community of proficient, entrepreneurial, confident, responsible and capable leaders, owners and management consultants.
Business management at Glasgow Caledonian University is flexible. You will learn on a theoretical and practical level, in the way that suits you best. You will become proficient in financial management, marketing, operations and resource management, from both UK and international perspectives.
You will master key business functions such as strategy, leadership, managing people and operations, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management. The teaching you receive is informed by the latest research methods. You can include a language in your degree and select the modules and placements that match your individual aspirations. The communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills are what set our graduates apart from others in their chosen field.
Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Essentials of Managing Human Resources; Foundations of Marketing; International Economics Issues and Challenges; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Option module or language
Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Financial Management for Decision Makers; Management Issues and Concepts; Project Management and Risk; Learning and Development for Individuals, Organisations and Society; Option module or language
Business Management Undergraduate Placement: Employability in Practice or Entrepreneurship for business, society and the professions; International Business Strategy; Employee Relations; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Operations Management; Option module or language
Honours Dissertation; Management of Innovation and Creativity; Leading Organisations in a Changing Global Context; Managing Sustainable Business Excellence; Option module or language
The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.
Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the world’s biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UN’s Global Goals. This is a calling for future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
We are the University for the Common Good, are our business management degree is focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society. Join us and discover social responsibility and leadership practices that leave a lasting impact.
This programme has been awarded EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS represents excellence in management development internationally. EPAS accredited degrees such as this meet the high-quality standards set for programme delivery.
At Glasgow Caledonian University, we bring bright, experienced leaders and entrepreneurs on to campus to share their experiences with you. Through live casework; analysing and challenging current practice; you will establish your own innovative business practices and management styles.
Paid work experience is available in year three. You have the opportunity to choose a year-long work placement or an international exchange. As the University for the Common Good, we are entrepreneurs and we care about business ideas that begin in the community. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in local projects and discover the latest in social innovation.
Choose the kind of student experience that drives your ambition. Exchange opportunities are available with partner institutions in Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia or Latin America. Learning a second language can also increase your options. Multilingual business leaders have greater choice when it comes to securing a global customer base. You can choose to include a language in your business degree. Choose from French, Spanish, German or Italian from beginners to professional level.
UHatch is our campus-based business incubator. It is here that social entrepreneurship, responsible leadership, curiosity and divergent thinking is put into practice on a daily basis. Students and entrepreneurs are working together to address real societal issues and making their business ideas a reality.
As a student of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, you also have the unique opportunity to become a member of Enactus GCU. Enactus is an international non-profit organization which allows you to work with other like-minded students to co-design and co-deliver entrepreneurial projects that empower people to make real, sustainable progress for our community. You can benefit from the support of an Enactus UK network that offers mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as leadership and managerial training.
Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the worlds biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UNs Global Goals. This is a clear calling to all future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
We are the University for the Common Good, our Business degrees are focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society. Join us and discover social responsibility and leadership practices that leave a lasting impact.
During your degree, you will strengthen your portfolio of intellectual and personal skills. The learning and teaching methods we use, ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers. We have moved away from traditional teacher-centred learning. Our approach is geared toward independent learning and critical thinking.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work. A variety of learning technologies are utilised to support the assessment and feedback process.
Learning is much more than attending lectures, seminar and workshops. You have the support of a wide range of resources during your degree. These include podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including online) study.
Our approach to learning provides you with knowledge transfer and exchange. That is, you will learn from the interactions you have with peers, academics, and business leaders. We expect students to adopt an active stance to their own learning, and that of others.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.