BSc (Hons) Marketing Management (Including Foundation Year)

Marketing managers lead a business in its efforts to understand, create, and keep customers. Marketing management is a mix of art and science that needs creativity, data, and innovation to succeed. You’ll learn these skills both in the classroom and in your interactions with real businesses throughout your study.

Studying this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform efficient, effective, and engaging marketing. You’ll be immersed in key areas of marketing such as consumer behaviour, marketing communications, and market research. Through flexible and creative assessment, you’ll build a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of desirable marketing management skills and behaviours.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing, alongside other practitioner qualifications of your choosing, all as a part of your program of study. The BSc (Hons) Marketing Management is the only marketing degree in the UK to be recognised by three different professional bodies. By studying at USW, you’re able to join the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Graduate Gateway program. The course is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.

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The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N51F Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N51F Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Year 1 – Marketing Management

Students will study six modules, which will be assessed via a number of examinations, assignments and presentations. The study skills module is designed to help you with examinations and revision techniques, as well as skills including note taking, essay writing, referencing and planning assignments.

  • Study Skills
  • Investigative Project
  • Business Administration
  • Statistics and Mathematics
  • Advanced IT
  • Psychology

Year 2 Marketing Management – Contemporary Management Challenges: 

This year focuses on developing your fundamental knowledge and skills in marketing management, and business management more widely. Developing a holistic understanding of business functions and processes enables you to establish transferable skills and integrate a marketing orientation more deeply into your future organisation. You’ll study the following modules:

  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • People, Work and Society 
  • Principles of Supply Chain Management 
  • Economics, Law, and the Business Environment 
  • Becoming a Professional: Critical Enquiry 
  • Becoming a Professional: Enterprise Project 

Year 3 – Marketing Management in Practice:

  • This year aims to make clear links between the theory and practice of marketing management. You’ll be introduced to a range of new marketing theories and concepts to build your understanding of the discipline. You’ll further your understanding through working with real businesses in an internship or business consultancy position this year. You’ll study the following modules:
  • Creative Marketing Communications
  • Digital Marketing: Tools and Techniques
  • Project Management
  • Skills for Market Research
  • Marketing Employment Experience 1: Reflection
  • Marketing Employment Experience 2: Portfolio

Year 4 – Critical Perspectives of Marketing Management:

  • The focus this year is on developing you into a marketing manager who is well-rounded, critical, strategic, and confident. You’ll work on further growing your marketing management knowledge with a range of new modules which explore the current boundaries of the discipline. You’ll also conduct your own investigation into a topic of interest to give an added boost to your CV. You’ll study the following modules:
  • Omni-Channel Marketing Strategy
  • Public Relations and Reputation Management
  • Professional Selling and Business Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Critical Enquiry Project (option)
  • Consultancy Project (option)


University of South Wales is a CIM-Accredited Study Centre.


You will get a minimum of 10 weeks of work experience in the industry during your second year of study, with a range of fantastic employers in the region - maximising your employability. You will also benefit from the established practitioner relationships the South Wales Business School has developed over the past decade. This provides excellent opportunities for your professional practice through practitioner-led guest lectures, field visits, career development events, observational and practical research, student placements and scenario-led assessments. The inclusion of placements, company visits and organisational engagement (through the South Wales Business Clinic and CIM events and visits) provides the opportunity to engage with organisations and professionals and be involved in discussions with companies as they seek to provide solutions to real company problems and issues.


Your Course Leader is Dr Lauren Thomas.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing £80 - £80
Students are able to opt to take the assessment for the Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing. Scholarships may be available to undertake this assessment.
CIM Award in Marketing in Action £150 - £150
Students are able to submit their work for the "Award in Marketing in Action".
IDM Student Membership £45 - £45
Access to IDM members portal and professional development resources. Students are also eligible to undertake the "Award in GDPR" as part of their membership.
CIM Student Membership £65 - £65
Access to the CIM members portal and professional development resources.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly. 

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

With extensive transferable skills development throughout the course, the BSc (Hons) Marketing Management prepares students to go into a range of marketing and non-marketing careers. Examples of jobs that graduates go into include:

  • Marketing communications (in-house and agency)
  • Market research
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Public relations
  • Business management and business development roles
  • Event management
  • Entrepreneurship (running your own business)