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Foundation Degree (FD) Business Management

Subject Area
Business, Tourism & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
2 Years full-time (2 evenings per week), 4 Years part-time
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time per year
Entry Requirements
48 UCAS points or relevant experience
Validated by
The Open University

This course will offer you a high-quality learning experience, delivered in a supportive learning environment that will contribute to the development of you becoming a skilled and knowledgeable business leader or manager. It will help you to develop subject expertise and transferable skills so that you will be equipped with the capacity to contribute effectively within a business organisation, operating locally, nationally, or internationally. It incorporates work-related learning, transferable skills development, and contemporary management themes in all modules to allow for the application of theoretical concepts to the contemporary workplace and to enhance your employability.

 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, 4.00pm-7.30pm to fit around your other commitments.

The ultimate aim of the course is to provide you with a foundation degree that is relevant to the needs of contemporary and responsible business organisations and will develop prospective managers and leaders who have an innate ability to promote diversity and equality, both in the workplace and in wider society.

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

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.

This qualification opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities. After completing the course, you will be able to work in a number of business function roles such as:

• Finance Assistant
• Marketing Coordinator
• Human Resources Coordinator
• Business Consultant
• Accountancy
• Operations Management
• Management Accountant Assistant

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 pharmaceuticals distribution company and in the fraud department of a major high street bank. His main academic interests are micro-economics, ethics and customer experience management. Chris is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Linda Laverick

MA in Professional Development, CIPD Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM, Cert Ed, Linda 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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