Business with Management with Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: F101
Code: BS3021A21Z
Fees: View fees and financial information
Study Mode: Full Time
Start Dates: september 2022
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The BA (Hons) Business with Management with Foundation Entry route does not focus on one narrow area of a business, but instead allows you to study a wider range of business practices, including marketing, finance, human resources and operations.

The Business with Management degree is designed for students who want to work in the fast-paced global world of private and public organisations, coordinating teams and using resources efficiently, or perhaps establishing and running their own business.

You will develop powers of analysis, problem solving skills, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.

The degree is a modular programme which enables you to study a wide range of business-related topics. Our supportive, qualified and experienced staff, together with accessible and interactive lecture/seminar formats, all help to ensure you will have a rewarding academic experience.

What will I study?

When you study at Level 3 of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of business. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practice studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

At Level 4 you will study a range of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with business topics.

As part of your course, you will develop employability skills across all modules. In particular in the ‘Career Planning and Personal Development’ module you will begin to consider your own career and personal development. This module complements the broader skills that you will gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.

At level 5, you develop these further to encompass all the skills necessary for a successful career in any type of organisation.

At Level 6, you will have a choice of optional modules to choose from to enable you to focus on a topic which you find most interesting.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 3 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Business and Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing & Digital Media
  • Developing Professional Practice

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Business Economics & Environment
  • Principles of Human Resource Management
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Career Planning and Personal Development
  • Business Law

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Operational Decision making
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Research Methods
  • International Dimensions of Business
  • Business Marketing and Promotions
  • Business Sustainability

Level 6 Modules (2 optional modules as indicated by *) include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Enterprise & Innovation
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Financial Management
  • Research Development and Planning
  • Development and Evaluation (case study) Project*
  • Business Project*
Entry Requirements

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 32 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 48 UCAS points overall. Students meeting these criteria may be admitted without interview.

Applications from those without formal qualifications: 

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you, you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience. The interview will consider your prior formal qualifications, and your evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable source.

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. For non-native speakers of English, you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us.

Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

See our General Entry Requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be undertaken through a range of established methodologies at various stages throughout your learning experience. Various assessments are designed using live case studies, contemporary topics and guidance from industry specialists. Assessments incorporate standard practices through initial, diagnostic, formative and summative stages. Examples of assessment activity include:

  • Essays & reports – Academic writing is an important skill to learn for graduates.
  • Examinations – These may be written or online and are used to test knowledge and understanding.
  • Dissertations / projects - This is an opportunity for you to explore topics of interest to them and engage in academic research in Higher Education, whilst promoting independent learning.
  • Group & Individual presentations – This method of assessment is widely used in the business industry, these assessments give you an experience presenting to a wider audience.
  • Peer assessment - This builds up confidence in giving and receiving feedback from others and enables a student led approach to learning
  • Group assessment – This encourages collaborative working and helps build interpersonal skills.
Teaching and Learning

Learning and teaching will be delivered through a range of established methodologies including:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars that use techniques such as flipped learning to actively engage students with studies
  • Workshops where tutors are available to guide learners with the planning of assessments
  • Audio Visual materials provides a modern teaching experience for learners and enhances the classroom experience.
  • Research aids broadening knowledge of topic areas
  • Archive and Library searches using traditional library services or online library services
  • Distance and e-learning (via VLE) using online technology encourages independent learning.
  • Attendance and presentations at conferences providing networking and intern opportunities
  • Debates where students are encouraged to build on confidence levels using a critical approach to topical discussions.
What can I do next?

Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals and they are actively sought after in a wide number of business-related occupations and professions.

The skills gained on a business degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Human Resources officer, Logistics and Distribution Manager, Marketing Executive, Retail Manager and Sales Executive and many more.

You may also choose to progress onto a Graduate Management Scheme or postgraduate study. Many of our graduates choose to progress on to a Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the course. You can continue your study of Professional Qualifications at University Centre at Blackburn College.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification. This Programme Specification is subject to change, but will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Work Placements

Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

What will my timetable be like?

If you choose to study this course in September 2022, your timetable will consist of the following days of study at our University Centre.

The day that has been set for this course, for the first year intake only, is Tuesday.

You will be required to undertake work in your own time and also undertake private study. This will be in addition to your taught hours in class. You may also be required to undertake a work placement/work-based learning. This is in addition to the taught timetabled classes, please bear this in mind with your planning. 

The University Centre reserves the right to change timetables for the year ahead and this information is provided to you as a guide. The days of study in subsequent years of the course may vary.