FdA Business and Management - University of Portsmouth

Business and Management

part time3yrs

Increase your performance in a range of business functions

Course Overview

Why take this course?

An integrated structure of classroom and work-based learning to help you progress both personally and professionally. You will gain a broad-based education in business, which includes fundamental topics such as marketing, finance and project management.

This course aims to be mutually beneficial to both you and your employer, as you apply your learning to your workplace via work-based learning and assignments. 

Find out more about this course, our facilities and the top up BA (Hons) Leadership, Business and Management by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and nationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings. If you’re already in work, this course can also be a tool to facilitate a move to another department or improve your promotion prospects.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

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


Keeley Ormsby, business student

Ultimately I wanted to get this qualification to increase my confidence and achieve something that will boost my personal development.

Keeley Ormsby, business student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

Browse all courses in Business and Management

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Your first year will cover central business topics such as budgeting, human resources and will include a conference specifically focusing on exploring the role of the manager. You’ll also be expected to produce an evidence-based portfolio profile of your career to date.

Core units in this year include:

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

Year two

In the second year you will undertake a work-based individual project that will essentially provide a solution to a problem in your workplace. Study the use of marketing tools and concepts, and learn how businesses can influence, change or respond to the external environment.

Core units in this year include:

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

Year three

The final year has an emphasis on the study of business excellence and for the final conference. Throughout your course you will compile a professional development portfolio which will be invaluable in helping you to develop reflective practice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Business Conference 3

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Our approach to learning is friendly, supportive and participative with teaching taking the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and work-based learning. You will benefit from the diversity of students on the course, who come from many different business backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 7% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 93% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 8% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 72% studying independently and 20% on work placement
  • Year three students: 7% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 93% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • essay assignments

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

  • Year one students: 0% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework
  • Year two students: 0% by written exams, 14% by practical exams and 86% by coursework
  • Year three students: 0% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework

Tutor's view


Andy Perrins
Business and Management

If you think you have missed the opportunity to gain a Business degree, think again: our Foundation Degree in Business and Management is aimed at students who are in full-time employment.

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Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

If you live or work in Hampshire, south west Sussex, or the Isle of Wight, you can study this Foundation course close to your home or place of work - whichever is most convenient for you. It is available at:

  • Chichester College
  • Isle of Wight College
  • South Downs College

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

The skills and knowledge you’ll gain are designed to be transferable to work. This course is also a route to further study. If you successfully complete the Foundation degree, it is the equivalent to the first two years of a degree-level course. You will then be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) Leadership, Business and Management through a further 18 months of part-time study at the University of Portsmouth.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • emarketing executive
  • publicity officer
  • graduate food buyer
  • financial analyst

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

This course is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now

Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

Portsmouth Business School visiting opportunities

Portsmouth Business School holds regular open evenings for those interested in postgraduate and part-time study. For more information and to register please visit our events page.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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