Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Business Management 

Our Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Business Management will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to start your Business Management degree at BPP University. You will cover a range of subjects including business management and quantitative techniques for decision-making, together with key study skills such as academic English language, presentation and communication skills.

We also offer an online study mode to enable students to benefit from flexible study, without compromising on the quality of their learning.^

The Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Business Management is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush
Online: Distance Learning^

Start Date

September, January and May


Coursework, case studies and examinations (seen and unseen)

Modes of study

Online: Distance Learning^

Length of programme

One term (full-time) 20 hours a week over 10 weeks
Two terms (part-time)

How to apply

To apply online please apply direct or request a call back for more information.

*Subject to any UK regulatory requirement
**Full terms and conditions apply for more information see

^Subject to demand

Key Information

  • You will gain the required skills and knowledge to progress to BPP University’s BSc (Hons) Business Management degree
  • You will have access to online resources, via BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere
  • Our tutors will provide regular feedback on your progress
  • Funding available through scholarships and interest-free payment plans
  • You are guaranteed a place on the BSc (Hons) Business Management when you pass our Pathway programme*
  • You will learn from a mix of experienced academics and business professionals
  • Our online study mode enables you to learn conveniently and at your own pace, without compromising on the quality of your education^
  • Our personal tutors and student advisers will work closely with you to help you settle in
  • Students who progress immediately on to a BPP University undergraduate degree after passing their Pathway to Higher Education Certificate and have demonstrated commitment and engagement in their studies through attendance may receive £500 off their first year fees**

Your certificate

The Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Business Management gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the most of your future undergraduate degree at BPP University. This includes improving written academic and business English, and improving your key study, presentation and communication skills.

It is aimed primarily at future business students, so you will also gain a valuable grounding in business principles and in quantitative techniques for business decision making.

The programme is studied full-time over one academic term or part-time over two terms. There are three start dates each year in September, January and May.

If you are an international student please visit our International Foundation Certificate in Business Management page.



At BPP University, you will find all teaching to be practically-focused. There are plenty of face-to-face classes with your tutor (16 hours a week) through small group workshops. You will also have extensive support and feedback to make sure you fully understand each module and how you will be assessed.

Outside the classes, you will be expected to do additional self-study, analysing and applying new skills. To help you get the best learning experience, we provide comfortable facilities and the latest technology. This includes BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment, our student intranet, which features a variety of resources and revision aids, including interactive modules, podcasts, videos and multiple-choice tests.

If you ever have questions after seminars, or if you're finding a subject difficult, support is always available from your subject tutors, your allocated personal tutor and Student Advisors.


As this is an online programme you are expected to study at your own pace. To help you achieve this, you'll have access to BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will find all the study materials available 24/7.

You will have regular progress reviews with your personal or programme tutor. These meetings enable you to monitor your personal and academic progress and to receive support if you have difficulties.

You will receive additional personal support from your Personal Tutor and if you ever have questions after classes, or if you're finding a subject difficult, support is available from your subject tutors and your allocated personal tutor.


On successful completion of all the programme assessments you will be able to progress to the following BPP University programmes:


The BPP University Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Business Management is made up of three modules.

All modules are compulsory.

  • English for Academic Purposes (20 Credits)
  • Study and Employability Skills (0 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business and Business Law (20 Credits)
  • Numeracy and Data Analysis (20 Credits)

Entry requirements

Face-to-face-study at our Shepherd’s Bush centre

You must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme and have completed a minimum of 12 years of schooling with evidence of good grades.

Online Distance Learning study

You must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme and be able to demonstrate good grades in your +10 year qualifications, including Maths and English to C grade. However every application is taken on its own merit so we do encourage you to apply.

At BPP University we are committed to you being successful in your studies. As part of your application you will be asked to undertake and experience a sample online lesson and write about your experience – we ask you to do this so you are happy with the online learning style and understand the level of commitment required to be successful. We would also like to talk to you over the phone so that you are aware of what is expected of you If you are a non-EEA international student please apply for the International Foundation Certificate in Business Management.

International - for those whose first language is not English

IELTS minimum score of 6.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or Equivalent.

If you need an uplift in your English capability you can enrol on BPP University’s Pre-Sessional English Language Programme.

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers Service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways, which together ensure you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are also offered ‘Career-Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, these have been identified as the skills critical to the success of organisations and cover areas as diverse as negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It is never too early to start learning all the essential skills you will need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University, and continue to access the Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

To help you make the most of your time at university, there is a Students’ Association which offers a number of exciting opportunities to socialise, develop your skills and enhance your CV. You can look forward to lots of student-led events all year round wherever you choose to study. What’s more, thanks to the wide range of student clubs and societies on offer, catering for all interests and backgrounds, there’s something for everyone.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme. The Association aims to put you – the student – at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Study locations

Paying for your programme


  • One term (Full-time) £500
  • Two terms (Part-time) £500

Students, who progress immediately on to a BPP University undergraduate degree after passing their Pathway to Higher Education Certificate, will receive £500 off their first year fees with the School of Foundation and English Language Studies Success Bursary.

If you are a non-EEA international student please apply for the International Foundation Certificate in Business Management.

For more information, please contact the Student Finance Office:

Additional Charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

BPP University Scholarships

We know that you are a student with passion, drive and a real desire to learn. That is why we have scholarships that you may find helpful if you simply do not have the finances to go to university. In 2015 alone, we offered over £400,000 in scholarship funding. For more information please visit:

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company ( or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit /bpp-university/student-finance

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website at BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.