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Award in Business Management and Study Skills

The Award in Business Management and Study Skills provides an academic and professional foundation to students in essential and contemporary areas related to business and management together with the essential study skills needed to succeed in higher education. Students will be supported in their career plans.

Course overview

The Award in Business Management and Study Skills provides an academic and professional foundation to students in essential areas related to contemporary business and management. This includes theories, practices and applications to different types of business, approaches to management and contemporary topics in business and management. Students will also be introduced to the area of project management in a business-related context.

In addition, the Award covers the academic writing, communication and digital skills as well as  study practice that are necessary for successful achievement in higher education. Students will also explore their career aspirations and develop a career plan.

The Award in Business Management and Study Skills provides a solid foundation in both business and management, supplemented by a broader base of knowledge and skills to enable students to study business and management at higher education levels (MQF/EQF Levels 5 and 6) and so pursue a career in business organisations.

The overall objectives of the programme are to provide students with the following: 

  • An understanding and appreciation of the business environment in which organisations operate.
  • Different approaches to management and leadership
  • The impact of globalisation on businesses
  •  An understanding of contemporary topics in business and management
  • Effective study skills and career planning
  • Communication and digital technologies, including e-business and digitalisation in the workplace


Intakes February/April/October
Duration One year full-time
Mode of Delivery Face-to-face learning and Online
Awarding Institution GBS Malta
Awarded Qualification Award in Business, Management and Study Skills; Pre-Tertiary Certificate in Business, Management and Study Skills
Level MQF Level 4 (UK Level 3)
MQRIC Accredited Status Accredited
Locations Malta
Fees €5,000 per year

Get Qualified Scheme

GBS Malta is offering students access to the Malta Get Qualified Scheme, enabling students to benefit from tax credits that help lower overall study costs. This scheme is highly valuable, giving back 70% of tuition fees after graduation.

Credits needed to earn the degree:

ECTS Credits UK Credits
60 ECTS 120 Credits

The Award in Business, Management and Study Skills consists of six compulsory 10 ECTS modules as follows:

(a) Understanding Business and Organisations   
(b) Developing Academic Skills 
(c) Contemporary Topics in Business and Management 
(d) Effective Study and Career Planning 
(e) Communication and Digital Skills 
(f) Business Project 

Assessment  will be through a range of different types of coursework. The range of coursework assessment will include: essays, case studies, Group and individual presentations, posters, team work, project proposal and project report.

Formative and summative approaches to assessment will be employed. Formative assessment tasks will be used in all modules and will be aimed at supporting students to understand and prepare for the module summative assessment requirements. In this way, students with different learning styles and abilities will be able to gain a good understanding of the summative assessment requirements and on their journey to submitting their summative assessments. 

Assignment briefs will be produced for each of the summative assessments required by each of the modules on this programme. Assignment briefs will set out the learning outcomes being assessed, appropriate material, context, etc. for the assignment. Suggested reading  will include book chapters, published articles, weblinks to companies, and case studies, as appropraite, to the assignment brief. Each assignment brief will include marking/grading criteria so that participants have a clear understanding of what is required to pass the assessment and what is required to achieve higher grades. Grading of a participants assessment will be made using the pass, merit, distinction and fail criteria common to MQF/EQF Level 4 programmes of study.

Feedback will be provided to each student on their assessed work identifying both areas of strength and areas that could be improved. Where a fail grade is awarded the student will recieve detailed feedback on the reasons for awarding such a grade and the areas that would need to be addressed for improvement.

The learner will be able to: 

a) Describe different types of business and identify different approaches to management in international and global contexts

b) Understand and appreciate business and management in international/global organisations (public, private and voluntary)

a) Describe and identify different theories, concepts and ideas in business and management

b) Identify different types of business organisations including pritate, public and voluntary

c) Identify the importance of project management from inception, implementation and completion in different types of businesses and through developing own project.

d) Understand, demonstrate and improve upon a range of academic and writing  skills necessary to study effectively in higher education.

e) Identify study practices, personal qualities and attributes, self-awareness and reflection necessary for progression to higher education

f) Identify career aspirations and develop a write career plan

g) Identify communication and digital skills, including e-business and digitalisation, required to support studies and learning in business and management education.

This MQF/EQF Level 4 Award in Business, Management and Study Skills is for students who want to progress to a higher education course, for example, an undergraduate honours degree (MQF/EQF Levels 5 and 6) in business and management, in areas related to business and management and thereafter pursue a career in business and management. 

The Award could also be used by those who achieve the award to take up junior managment positions in business organisations.

It is envisaged that there would be a range of different backgrounds of learners holding at least MQF/EQF Level 2 certifctae in business and/or managment related areas who would be interested in study for the Award in Business, Management and Study Skills. These include the following:

  • Learners holding or about to hold MQF/EQF level 2 certificates in business-related areas
  • Mature learners holding at least MQF/EQF level 2 certificates in business-related areas working in junior management roles in a business organisation (local, national or global) who wish to pursue further studies to enhance their career prospects in more senior managment roles
  • Learners who have worked in a family business and/or wish to set up their own business and hold at least MQF/EQF Level 2 certificate in business-related areas.
Test Overall
IELTS Academic (in centre and Online) 6.0
TOEFL iBT (at test centre and Home/online) 35
PTE Level B2 (in centre and Home/online) 52
Duolingo (online) 105

Other requirements: Commitment to study and achieve the qualification.

What doors will this open

This programme is designed to prepare students for a wide range of occupations in general management across all industry sectors and the international environment. This course is also designed to provide progression to an honours degree programme in business and management or related subjects.

Why GBS?

– Flexible study options – weekdays or evenings
– Experienced lecturers with excellent education and professional qualifications
– Simplified learning
– Personal attention to all learners
– Small classes
– Free career development mentoring programme
– Connect with our very successful alumni

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