Business Studies Foundation Degree FdA (Subject to Revalidation)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: N102
Code: BS2511A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
Start Dates: september 2021
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In this Foundation Degree in Business Studies you will study all of the major elements of a traditional business degree including marketing, human resources, finance, business, law and IT. This course should appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into Higher Education after a gap of study. You will have the opportunity to top up your Foundation Degree to Honours level once you have successfully completed this course.

By studying business, you will graduate with an advanced knowledge of managment theory and professional skills and industry insights to embark on an exciting career across multiple sectors and roles.

This programme is designed to link business theory with practice and provide students with a range of transferable business skills such as communication, ICT, numeracy, problem-solving and working in teams. The course encompasses all the main functions of business. Students will also work in a relevant business area as students are expected to undertake a minimum of 40 days' work placement over the two years in paid or voluntary roles.

What will I study?

When you study Level 4, you will study modules which provide a background perspective of the business you operate in. All businesses need to be aware of the economic, financial, legal and social environments in which they operate. All students also undertake one module on research methods which acts as preparation for a research project when studying at Level 5.

When studying at Level 5, you will expand on the Level 4 modules and be introduced to a number of management modules.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Business Environment: Economic Context
  • Principle of Human Resource Management
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Research Methods
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Business Law
  • Digital Business

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Quantitive Techniques
  • Business Operations and Quality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Management and Leadership
  • Word Based Learning
  • Research Project


Entry Requirements

You'll need 48 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Professional dialogue
  • Case study reports
  • Reflective portfolios
  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Research projects

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice and assessment of course work (such as an art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence). This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following your formal submission.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic writing (including referencing)
  • Research skills
What can I do next?

The course should lead to enhanced job prospects and promotions linked to the work placement. Alternatively, many students progress onto the BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up) at the University Centre at Blackburn College, validated by Lancaster University.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Business Foundation Degree FdA. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

What does subject to validation/revalidation mean?

We are continually looking at enhancing our courses to ensure they are up to date and relevant. This means we may add new courses or update existing courses in our portfolio. As this happens, the courses are advertised as ‘subject to validation/revalidation' to make you aware that the course you are looking at may not yet be finalised, or is undergoing changes.

Any course listed as ‘subject to validation/revalidation’ is in the process of approval. Validation is a rigorous process undertaken with academic staff, students, independent subject experts and employers to ensure the course is current, of high quality, and able to prepare students well for their future employment or further study.

Success through validation/revalidation is not guaranteed, which is why these courses are highlighted. In the event the course is significantly amended, or does not meet the necessary requirements for a successful validation/revalidation, we will get in touch to support you in finding a suitable alternative, either at Blackburn University Centre or at another provider.

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