Business Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: N102
Code: BS2511A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
Start Dates: september 2019
Term Dates: View term dates
Overview

In this Foundation Degree in Business 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 intoroduced 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 Leadershi[
  • Word Based Learning
  • Research Project

 

Entry Requirements

You'll need 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS 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. 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.

 

 

 

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, assessment of course work e.g. 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 the submission of your formal submission of work.

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.

Timetables

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 progree onto the BA (Hons) Business (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.

Career Options

Advertising Account Executive

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Advertising account executives provide the link between an advertising agency and its clients. If you want a challenging business role and enjoy being in a creative workplace, this could be the perfect job for you.

You’ll need to be well organised and have excellent communication skills. Determination and a passion for communicating with people through advertising will help you deal with long working hours and strict deadlines.

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Advertising Account Planner

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As an advertising account planner you’ll develop a plan for an advertising campaign to make sure it is effective and reaches the right audience. If you’re interested in working in a creative environment and have great organisational skills, there may be opportunities for you in this career.

You’ll need to have an interest in the way people think and what motivates them to buy products. Excellent written and spoken communication skills will help you work well with customers and your project team.

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Human Resources Officer

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

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Digital Marketing Officer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a digital marketing officer, you will promote your employer's products, services or ideas online. If you love working with digital technology and are interested in using your marketing and IT skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

Using your confidence and creativity you will market your products across channels like websites, apps and through social media. You’ll also use you budgeting and planning skills to make sure your advertising campaigns are successful.

Most new digital marketing officers have a degree in marketing, business or a related subject. Entry without a degree may also possible with relevant experience and professional qualifications in marketing.

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Marketing Executive

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a marketing executive, you would promote your employer's products, services or ideas. If you love using your communication skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

You would need organisational skills to plan product launches, market research and public relations events. Using your confidence and creativity you would also market your products across TV, radio and the press.

Most marketing executives get into this role through completing an HNC/HND or degree. Entry is also possible with relevant experience and professional qualifications.

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Public Relations Officer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a public relations officer, you would be responsible for managing an organisation’s image and reputation. If you like variety and challenge this job could be perfect for you.

You will need to have excellent communication skills. You’ll also need to be good at managing your time and working with many different kinds of people.

There are no set qualifications for this job, although many public relations officers will have a degree qualification.

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Training Officer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-38 hours per week

Training officers organise training for staff within companies. This can involve delivering training personally, or arranging events through colleagues or external providers such as colleges.

If you are good at communicating and organising and you like to help people develop and learn, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need to get on well with all levels of staff and have the confidence to deliver presentations. You would need to be able to plan your time well.

You could get into this career by starting as an assistant or an apprentice in a training department and working your way up. You could also study for professional qualifications in learning and development before looking for a job.

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