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Foundation Degree (FdA) Business Management

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
2 Years full-time (2 evenings per week)
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time per year
Entry Requirements
48 UCAS points or relevant experience
Validated by
The Open University

The qualification is suitable for anyone hoping to gain a solid academic foundation in business or management and is aimed at those who would like a good knowledge of all business aspects. 

 Students could be school leavers or could be currently employed in any sector so long as they have an interest in how businesses run, and aspirations to progress a career in management. This course will be delivered on two days a week, 3pm-7.30pm to fit around your other commitments.

Completion of this course would improve job prospects in the business sector and also allows progression onto our BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) one year course to convert your foundation degree into a full degree.  

The programme is equipped to provide you with a comprehensive base of key theoretical concepts and practical situations, with a strong focus on career prospects, as well as teaching and learning strategies to develop vital employability skills which will allow you to thrive in professional situations.

You will develop your knowledge and skills for contemporary organisations, with flexible delivery options to suit your personal needs, whilst working with dedicated tutors who are on-hand to support you whenever you need it.

UCAS Code: F1M2

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 4 Level 5
Professional and Academic Skills Leading and Managing for Performance
Foundations of Management Business in the International Environment
Introduction to Business and the Changing World Managing the Customer Experience
Introduction to Marketing Human Resource Management
Finance and Budgeting for Business Managing Operations and Activities

Entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points. Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for each unit takes place using a mix of methods including; essays, reports, presentations, exams and research projects.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the course students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, self-management, adaptability, resilience, self-analysis and reflection, budget management/ monitoring, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation.

Method of delivery

This is a classroom-based course. Teaching will primarily include lectures, seminars and workshops. There will be a requirement for students to engage with online resources over the duration of the course and you will need to undertake independent study outside of taught sessions.

Additional costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your next steps

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree Business Management will enable you to enrol onto BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up)* to convert your existing qualification into a full honours degree.

The skills and knowledge gained through studying this course can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the business sector including:

  • Retail
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Hospitality
  • Customer service
  • Administration

Jobs roles could include: Team leader, HR Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant, Customer Service Assistant, Event Coordinator, Finance Assistant, Buyer or Junior Manager to name but a few.

Course leaders and tutors:
Chris Burley

Chris has been a business lecturer for 10 years and has over 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of organisations, including secondary schools and sixth form colleges. He previously worked in shipping, accounting at a pharmaceutical’s distribution company and in the fraud department of a major high street bank. His main academic interests are microeconomics, ethics and customer experience management. Chris also currently works as the Treasurer of a local co-operative public house in York and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Linda Laverick

MA in Professional Development, CIPD Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM, Cert Ed, has been a Business and Management lecturer for 30+ years. She has significant experience designing, implementing and delivering a wide range of HE programmes across a range of curriculum. Her experience in industry includes Employment Consultancy and Employment and Redundancy Liaison, involvement in local/regional partnership committees at strategic level, dealing with redundancy, employment issues and legislation in organisations across the region. Her main academic interests are Strategic Human Resource Management, Employment Legislation and Equality and Diversity.

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