business and management fda
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
3 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020

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

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.

What can you do with a Business and Management FdA?

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.

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

Keeley Ormsby, FdA Business and Management

What you'll study on this FdA Business and Management course

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

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.

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.

Core modules in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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

Entry requirements​

FdA Business and Management entry requirements

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.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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

​Course costs

Tuition fees

Please contact tuition.fees@port.ac.uk to confirm the tuition fee, or telephone Student Administration Services on +44 (0) 23 9284 5259.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form:

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

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