Business and Management FdA

Overview

If you're already working, but want to develop professional skills to take your career further, then this part-time FdA business and management foundation degree is ideal.

You'll get a robust grounding in all things business, including marketing, finance and project management. And you'll get to put what you learn to work in your job, making it mutually beneficial to both you and your employer.

The course takes you two thirds of the way to a full Bachelor's degree. You'll be able to top up to a Bachelor's degree by continuing your studies once you graduate.

Location 

You can study this course at our partner colleges – Chichester College, Isle of Wight College or Havant and South Downs College. While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students' Union and our library's online resources.

What you'll experience

On this foundation degree course, you'll:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management
  • Get an understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and management
  • Have the flexibility to study at Chichester College, the Isle of Wight, Havant or South Downs College with full access to University of Portsmouth facilities and support
  • Take what you learn in the classroom back to your job
  • Study at one of our partner colleges – Chichester College, Isle of Wight College or Havant and South Downs College

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you can carry out auditing, accounting and finance projects for local charities in your final year. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other relevant other work experience during your course, including placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that complement your studies and enhance your CV.

Your personal tutor also supports you with your career planning and helps you develop your workplace skills.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Managing People
  • Work-Based Learning 1
  • Managing Information and Financial Resources
  • Business Conference 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Marketing
  • Work-Based Learning 2
  • The Business Environment
  • Business Conference 2

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Business Conference 3
  • Manager Development

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • work-based learning

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • essay assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 14% by practical exams and 86% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

This course can improve your promotion prospects and make you more effective in your current role. Once you graduate, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification in business and management, which you could top up to a Bachelor's degree.

Previous graduates have pursued careers in:

  • business development and consultancy
  • management
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • financial and risk analysis

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

FdA Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Qualifications or experience

  • Students are expected to be in part time or full time, paid or unpaid employment of a kind that will allow access to appropriate work-related learning opportunities. An over-riding criterion will be the academic judgement that the student will benefit from the programme and successfully complete it.
  • Applications are welcome from candidates who may not meet the normal entry requirements but whose work experience will have prepared them to succeed in this degree.

English language requirements - English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Selection process - Applicants will normally be interviewed for entry to the programme.

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