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Foundation Degree in Business

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HEB018 / N101
Brannams Campus
Two years, full-time; three years, part-time.

This qualification enables students in full-time or part-time employment to achieve a business degree through flexible study. The course is designed for those who would like to improve their current skills through degree level study and aims to meet the employment needs of local businesses.

The distinctive features of the FdA Business are the fact that a number of the module assessments relate directly to the career paths of the learners and give learners the opportunity to apply a number of business related disciplines such as HRM, finance and marketing to real business case studies and situations. The course is delivered by staff with significant industry experience.


This programme has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to work in your chosen specialism or other graduate opportunities.

Subjects you will study include:
-Finance - introduces key aspects of accounting for decision-making purposes. The aim is for students to gain an understanding of the management of finance within an organisation.
-Economics - introduces students to the national and European business environment and considers a range of economic factors that affect decision making.
-Enterprise - covers a range of business start-up concerns including initial business ideas, researching a market, finance and legal requirements.
-Marketing - introduces basic principles of marketing and their application in a business context. Students will investigate the principles that underpin the marketing process and how they apply in a business.
-Organisational Behaviour - uses a range of theories and managerial approaches to analyse and explain human behaviour at work. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of how organisations manage employees to achieve a range of managerial objectives.
-Human Resource Management - provides learners with the principles and theories of human resource management. The module will focus on the employer need for a flexible workforce and the importance of training and staff development.
-Corporate Strategy - introduces the theory and practice of strategic planning. The emphasis is on the application of a range of planning models.
The method of assessment varies between modules and your lecturers will advise you of the method(s) to be used. This reflects the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. During your programme you may experience some, or all, of the following types of assessment:

- Coursework essay questions
- Coursework group reports
- Coursework case study problems
- Group presentations
- Small group assessed discussions
- Formal examinations
- In-class tests
- Research projects
Students should have prior attainment of a Level 3 qualification with 56 UCAS points but you may also be considered if you have relevant employment experience.
Upon successful completion, students may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Professional Development (Business and Management) at Petroc or the BA (Hons) Business at Plymouth University. Please note there is a progression application deadline and places may be subject to availability.
Students can also progress to careers in administration, management, finance, marketing and HR. Business degrees are very attractive to employers with over 90% of graduates entering full-time employment within six months of graduation.
The programme will be delivered at our University Centre on the Brannams Campus in Barnstaple.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
A: For more information about course fees, please visit

Q: What is the pass rate for this course?
A: The FdA Business has a pass rate of over 90% which is above national benchmarks.

Q: Do students have to purchase text books for this course?
A: There is a core reading list for each module and these books are available in our Learning Resource Centres.

Q. Is this course suitable for mature students?
A. Yes, there is a diverse range of ages and backgrounds on this programme.

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Course Fees

Annual Fee: £7400