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Business Management - Certificate of Higher Education


This Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management offers a more flexible approach to degree level learning. Lasting for just one year. This course allows you to develop key business skills both in preparation for industry or potentially start your own business.

This option supports students who aren't ready to commit to three years of further study but want to explore key business concepts like marketing, finance and the inner workings of operational businesses.

The course covers a wide range of business issues from managing people to finance and marketing and provides you with fundamental knowledge to support your route into self-employment or work.

The Certificate which is awarded by Lancaster University, although you'll study here in Blackpool, is part of a programme of accredited learning which could see you gaining a business qualification.

  • Course code TH1HE189
  • UCAS code N900
  • Duration 1 Year
  • Day/s of week Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Time 09:00 - 16:00

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year
  • £31,000 average annual starting salary
  • Opportunities in both established businesses and dynamic start-ups
  • 34,700 job openings per year

What Uni Reviews

Best thing I have ever done! Increased my self confidence and given me the skills to achieve the things I want in life. The tutors are extremely encouraging and supportive. Thank you. *****
Very helpful tutors team and friendly environment in the campus. *****
Anna Rubule
I loved every moment. *****
Bethany Kingsbury

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Successful completion of this Certificate of Higher Education, will allow you to progress to year 2 of the Foundation Degree in Business Management.

However, many people study the qualification to gain base knowledge to support success when opening/starting their own business. The wide range of topics support you knowledge of motivating your employees, and budgeting your finances.

Good leadership skills are a genuine asset to any business so a programme that promises to develop them is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a career in business management.

What's more, because the leadership element of this degree is embedded in broader business concerns, students are able to utilise what they learn in a real-world context.

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Full Access to HE Diploma with Merits in Level 3 subjects

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualification obtained

CertHE Business Management

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

You will not be required to purchase any additional equipment to undertake this programme as the college has resources available to students. However, there may be some opportunities that will not be a requirement of the programme but will be available to students at an additional cost.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Student case study - Aneta Moss

Why did you choose B&FC?
There were several reasons. I was impressed that I could do a degree awarded by Lancaster University here plus it's local which works for me as I have a little one and a husband to think about.

What have been the benefits of studying here?
The Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs) have been amazing. They have made such a difference to my learning experience on an almost weekly basis.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

There are no field trips and work placements on this one year programme.

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Managing People TH4MD336 20 No
    Operational Leadership TH4MD337 20 No
    Finance for Business TH4MD338 20 No
    Marketing TH4MD339 20 No
    Dynamic Business Environment TH4MD340 20 No
    Professional and Academic Skills Humanities TH4MD375 20 No

Study Support - at a glance

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

Tutor Profile - Daniel Hogg

Industry Background:
Worked in sports marketing at Blackpool FC before moving on to an operational management role at

Area of Expertise:
Strategy and Innovation, Global Marketing, Leadership, Operations.

Enjoys teaching at B&FC because:
It gives me the opportunity to use my academic knowledge to develop new and engaging course content for our degree-level provision.

How will I learn?

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors.

Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study.

Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 288 0 0
Independent 912 0 0
Placement 0 0 0
Total 1200 0 0
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How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around key topics areas and could be tailored to your specific interests.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context.

Practical/ Presentations

Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 64% 0% 0%
Exam 30% 0% 0%
Practical 6% 0% 0%