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BA (Hons) Global Business Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Top-Up)

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The programme aims to provide students with a broad, analytical integrated study of business management from a global perspective together with the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies specific to business management through a multi-disciplinary approach. This will involve consideration of a wide range of external and internal factors, which will include inter alia, economic, cultural social, political and technological issues. In addition, the programme seeks to lay a firm foundation for those students wishing to continue their academic studies at a higher level.

Course Content

The BA (Hons) Global Business Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Top-Up) is a one-year top up pathway degree that consists of 5 core modules and 1 optional module determined by the college.

Core Modules

This module aims to assess the impact of effective global human resource management on an organisation’s international operations.  The role of multinational companies (MNCs) will be centre-stage in the analysis of global HRM functions – including recruitment and selection, training and development, and pay and reward. This module also provides an understanding of how globalisation and national contexts have shaped and influenced MNCs and their HRM policies and practices.  

This module introduces the student to the fundamental principles of Supply Chain systems within a business context. It aims to enable the study of global supply chain systems and networks , their management and the changing external context in which they operate.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the economic theory of international trade and to make links between these core principles and business strategy as applied to global business.

This module introduces the student to the fundamental principles and activities of Logistics and its management both within a business and supply chain context. It aims to enable the study of logistics and international supply chain networks, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.

This module introduces the student to the subject of international operational systems within a business context and aims to provide the student with an understanding of strategic corporate management issues, including an awareness of supply chain systems, operations management and business improvement tools and approaches. The module will also provide students with an awareness of the responsibilities of leadership, management and coordination of functions within the business processes.

Optional Modules (determined by the college)

Global Financial Markets are at the heart of international business and a clear balanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges arising from their construction and operation is essential in today’s global economy. The module considers the historical developments of these markets, both real and financial, and gives platform for understanding the ongoing developments in the balance of economic and financial power.

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the theory and practice of strategic management and the holistic way in which it draws upon a wide variety of managerial functions in its creation. It will establish the main principles against which strategic decisions are made, how strategy is created and the forms it may take, together with the problems and issues associated with its implementation.

Innovation and creativity have become critical skills for achieving success. The need for creative problem solving for management problems require creative insights in order to find the most suitable solutions. This module aims to challenge the student to investigate problems, identify solutions by looking at things from different perspectives and applying theoretical principles within a global context. The aim is to increase productivity for organisations with creative endeavour at their heart within innovation-based, multicultural societies.

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the theory and practice of managing a global brand within the competitive environment of the 21st century Marketplace. The module will help students to build an understanding of the management activities which are needed in the 21st century to effectively manage a global brand in the international marketplace. It will also provide the theoretical underpinnings of global brand management to explore in depth activities of global brands using conceptual frameworks to understand the remit of international and global management within the 21st century market. Finally, students will be given the opportunity to apply the analytical and business skills built in previous modules to management activities in the global market decision-making process.

The aim of this module is to introduce cross-cultural communication differences in various business contexts and examine how cultural attitudes influence the way that international management is conducted. Students will gain an understanding of the cultural challenges that organisations face nowadays and the importance of managing cultural diversity in the workplace in order to achieve long term success.

This module aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of current organisational approaches to the attraction, development and retention of global talent. Managing talent across an organisation’s global network presents many challenges including expatriation and repatriation issues, cross-cultural adjustment of employees, and operating in different regulatory and economic environments. This module also encourages critical reflection of how global talent management is affected by policy, society and economy.

This module provides students with the knowledge to explore and assess a business venture and to present heir findings in both verbal and written format. It aims to develop relevant enterprising and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills which will enable the student to recognise opportunities and take responsible and measured risks within the world of global business.

Admission Criteria

Age Requirement

At least 18 years old

Academic Requirement

  1. Applicants must possess at least Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or NARIC qualification equivalent to 1st and 2nd External Degree Programme (EDP).
  2. Applicants may apply on the basis of RPL and RPEL for admission with Credit. Such claims must conform to CARDIFF MET regulations for advanced standing and applicants must submit a portfolio of evidence. This will be accessed by the programme team and a report sent for confirmation to the School. The details required in this portfolio will depend upon the nature of the credit being claimed.

English Entry Requirement

  1. Students whose first language is other than English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard, a minimum score of 5.5 in each element,

2. or the equivalent

Key Facts
Accredited by: Cardiff Metropolitan University

Course Length:

12 Months (Full-Time & Part-Time)

Support for students and their learning:

  • All students studying in Beacon benefit from the team of dedicated tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact for students
  • An induction programme both for first year students and direct entry year two or three students
  • Student handbook, programme handbook  and individual module handbooks
  • Module content and materials via  Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
  • Library and study skills packages
  • Library and learning resources of both Cardiff Metropolitan University and Beacon
  • 24 hour wifi, photocopying & printing services, library with PCs and laptop recommendation services
  • Unlimited worldwide web access
  • Access to student services including those offered by careers, welfare and counselling.

Teacher-Student Ratio

Beacon maintains a maximum teacher-student ratio as follows:

Practical and Tutorial – from 1:11 to 1:40
Lecture – from 1:11 to 1:72

About Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Awarded ‘UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021’ (Times Higher Education, 2021)
  • Awarded ‘Welsh University of the Year 2021’ (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020)
  • Ranked the best university in UK for sustainability in People and Planet’s Green League 2022/23 (People & Planet, 2022)
  • 95.6% of CMET graduates employed or in further study 15 months after graduation. (Graduate Outcomes 19/20)
  • Cardiff Met is the best university in Wales for graduate employability, and ranked the 16th best university in the UK for graduate employability. (Cardiff Met, 2022)
  • Ranked 10th university in the Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism subject in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2023)
  • 85% of CMET students are satisfied with the quality of the course (National Student Survey 2019)
  • Cardiff Met produced world-leading research across its entire submission, with nearly two thirds of research outputs found to be Internationally Excellent or World Leading. (Cardiff Met, 2022) (REF, 2021)

Find out more about Cardiff Metropolitan University: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk