University of Chester

Programme Specification
Business and Management GradCert
2016 - 2017

Graduate Certificate

Business and Management

Pre Master's Programme Business and Management

University of Chester

University of Chester Foundation School

Queen's Park Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme


Classroom / Laboratory,

18 weeks

3 Years

Biannual - May - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Business and Finance

Business and Management, 2015

Business and Finance

Foundation School (PM6001)

Friday 15th April 2016

  • To prepare international students for the demands of a taught postgraduate course at the University of Chester by consolidating and further developing prior knowledge acquired in their undergraduate (or equivalent) programme of study or within the workplace.
  • To further develop students’ English language skills, particularly in writing, and ensure that they are equipped with the academic and research skills required for postgraduate study in the UK.
  • To support students in identifying their areas for development in terms of knowledge and understanding, personal development, transferable skills and future vocational needs in the world of business and management.
  • To introduce international students to UK higher education teaching, learning and assessment styles, and to provide guidance on academic protocols that underpin their studies.
  • To provide opportunites for students to identify and explore their employment and career aspirations within business and management. 
  • To direct students to the expected level of ability in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data and information in preparation for postgraduate study relating to business and management.
  • To support international students in developing confidence in their English language skills so that they are able to engage academically with their peers and lecturers as part of the learning process.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate level 6 knowledge and analytical skills within the discipline of business and management.
  • Recognise, critically understand and evaluate key concepts in business and management.
  • Critically evaluate internal and external conditions and constraints which impact upon business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods and ability in assessing the reliability and validity of published conclusions.   
  • Analyse strategic and operational models and evaluate a range of leadership concepts and theories.
  • Examine competitive advantage and strategic marketing tools.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

  • Critically apply theory to practical contexts.
  • Solve problems by evaluating and assessing a range of options.
  • Utilise appropriate level research and analytical skills to source, interpret and analyse complex information.
  • Synthesize a range of principles, models and concepts.

By the end of the programme students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English at a level equivalent to 6.5 IELTS.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team. 
  • Self direct for independent research activities and autonomous learning applying an innovative, creative and self-critical approach to work.
  • Present work orally and in writing in a suitable format and to a high professional standard.
  • Demonstrate organisational and commercial awareness.
  • Communicate in a coherent, succinct and professional manner.



By the end of the programme students will be able to:

  • Communicate with a high standard of second language skill with confidence.
  • Write fluent and accurate presentations and reports suitable for an academic or business audience.
  • Orally present complex information and elicit discussion from an audience. 

The Pre Master's Programme (PMP) in Business and Management is a 60 credit course of study comprising of three 20 credit modules. The PMP is exclusively for international students holding an undergraduate degree with a classification no lower than third class honours (or equivalent). It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for postgraduate taught programmes at the University, offering level 6 subject knowledge in business and management, English language skill development and the underpinning academic and research skills required in preparation for postgraduate study in the UK.

The PMP has two subject modules; Strategic Management (BU6002) and Marketing Communications (TM6004). These modules are level 6 modules already validated as components of the Faculty of Business and Management's undergraduate provision. They are therefore aligned to the Faculty's curriculum offer and enable students to experience the teaching, learning and assessment methodologies they will encounter on their postgraduate programmes. The third module is English and Academic Skills for Pre Master's (PM6001). This module focuses on development of the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and the application of these for appropriate level research activities and the presentation of academic and professional work.  

The PMP is an intensive programme of study delivered over an 18 week contact period. Students will be supported by a structured bi-weekly personal tutorial system whereby they will be expected to reflect on their own development and identify (with their tutor) interventions for addressing any difficulties with their studies.   

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BU6002 6 Strategic Management 20 Comp
PM6001 6 English and Academic Skills for Pre Master's 20 Comp
TM6004 6 Marketing Communications 20 Comp

60 credits at level 6 entitles the student to a Graduate Certificate.

An undergraduate degree with third class honours (or equivalent).

5.5 IELTS with no skills component less than 5.0 (or equivalent).

Subject Benchmark Statements make reference to bachelor's degrees with honours. These are referred to in detail within each of the bachelor degree programme specifications that hold the Strategic Management (BU6002) and Marketing Communications (TM6004) modules.

Examples for reference:

BA (Hons) Business Management

BA (Hons) International Business Management

BA (Hons) Global Entrepreneurship and Business Management

BA (Hons) Business Finance  

Students will attend lectures, seminars, language workshops and personal tutorials. These will provide an opportunity to experience the teaching, learning and assessment methodologies that they will encounter during their postgraduate studies. There will be reference to the transfer of skills into the workplace and for professional practice. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this within formative and summative assessments.

Students will prepare for and engage with continuous formative assessment throughout the programme to ensure that they can reflect on their own development and performance. This will inform discussion (feedback) and action planning within the personal tutorials. There is a highly structured personal tutorial system that underpins the PMP. Students will attend a personal tutorial every 2 weeks for the tutor and tutee to review and discuss development across the programme. These sessions are also an opportunity for students to seek academic and pastoral support. Students will be encouraged to review their own performance and, with guidance from their tutor, set objectives to lead their own development.

There will be an expectation that skills development within the English and Academic Skills for Pre Master's module will be applied to learning and assessment within the subject-specifc modules. Grading criteria for these modules will cross-reference to skills development from the English and Academic Skills for Pre Master's module. 

The educational aims, programme learning outcomes and curriculum content provide opportunities for students to acquire skills which are transferable to the workplace and make reference to professional practice. Upon successful completion of the PMP students will be able to demonstrate level 6 knowledge and understanding of topics within business and management and academic study skills. This is primarily to achieve progression to a postgraduate degree at the University of Chester. It is anticipated that students will receive a more focused approach to careers and employability during their postgraduate studies. 

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilites to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

The Foundation School is committed to upholding the University's committment to equality and diversity. This is particularly significant in the context of teaching students from a variety of countries where culture and customs, legal and belief systems may not be tolerant of people and practises that are protected by UK and EU law.

Successful completion of the Pre Master's Programme Business and Management will allow progression to the following postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Business and Management:



MSc Management

MSc Management with Information Systems

MSc Management with International Business

MSc Management with HRM

MSc Communications and PR

MSc Management with Finance

MSc Management with Marketing

MSc Digital Marketing

MBA (full-time)

MSc Sport, Leadership and Management     

MSc Health Services Management            

MSc Creative Industries Management


MSc Management

MSc Management with Finance

MSc Management with Marketing

MSc Digital Marketing

MBA (full-time)

MSc Sport, Leadership and Management     

MSc Health Services Management            

MSc Creative Industries Management

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