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Managing in the workplace

If you’ve completed vocational study at Framework for Higher Education Qualifications level 3 and you want to move into undergraduate study, this module is for you. This introductory OU level 1 module introduces management ideas and uses activities to build on your existing knowledge and skills. You’ll also use your own workplace experiences to develop an academic understanding of management and valuable study skills, which you’ll demonstrate by writing about management and reflecting on your own skills as a learner.

Please note that this module has a compulsory entry qualification - see Entry for more information.

There is a version of this module specifically designed for people working in delivering public services – see module code BXS121.

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Module code
Study level
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

This module begins with a brief outline of the type of learning and subject areas that it covers. It then helps you to assess your own learning style and preferences, so that you will know how to tackle the work ahead.

You will look at six areas of management. These include:

  • strategy and the organisation
  • marketing
  • finance
  • leadership, management and motivation
  • managing people
  • monitoring and evaluation.

Using a textbook, you’ll carry out various activities asking you to compare the theories that you are reading about with what you see around you in your workplace. Some of the activities may be similar to those you have done in your previous work-based learning. Some of them will be new, and have been designed to help you develop your academic skills. These include: critical reading; note-taking for a range of purposes; recognising and evaluating arguments; and learning how to write clearly.

By the end of the module you’ll have developed a new, more theoretical understanding of how and why managers do what they do in organisations. You’ll build a toolkit of management concepts, theories and models that you can use to tackle workplace issues. You’ll also feel more confident in embarking on further undergraduate study.

Vocational relevance

This module is directly relevant to you if you have completed a module at OU level 3 in the vocational qualifications framework that contains a significant component of business administration or management. If you’re unsure if your qualification fits this description, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll have a tutor who will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We also offer group tutorials which you are encouraged but not obliged to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You can choose whether to submit your tutor-marked assignment (TMA) on paper or online through the eTMA system. 

Your end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that started in April 2014 for the last time.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

1 Tutor-marked assignment (TMA)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


You must have an NVQ level 3 qualification in management, business administration or customer care or an equivalent vocational qualification which contains a significant business or management related component to study this module. Check this list to see if you have the necessary entrance qualifications.

This is an introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2.

It is an ideal first module if you are thinking of studying at university level, and might want to go on to an undergraduate certificate, diploma or a degree in business studies or management. It is of particular value if you have completed or are just about to complete a competency-based qualification, and now wish to gain further understanding of the academic theories underpinning this area.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

This module draws on your vocational qualification, so you will find it useful to refer to your portfolio while you are studying this module.


Start End Fee
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No current presentation - see Future availability

This module is expected to start for the last time in April 2014.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later - OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

For more information about employer sponsorship speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 23/07/2014.

What's included

Module guides, textbook, supplementary readings, website and online forums.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

If you have a disability

Transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. 

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.