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Foundation Degree in Business with Computing

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HEB005 / GN41
Brannams Campus
Two years, full time; three years, part time.

During the course, you will study a number of business and computing modules including Website Design and Development, Business Accounting, Developing Graduate Skills, Organisational Behaviour, Economics for Business, Marketing Fundamentals, Human Resource Management, Research Methods, E-Commerce, Corporate Strategy and Risk, Enterprise and Innovation and a Group Project.

A distinctive feature of the course is that it is based on Agile principles - current industry 'best practice' project management theory.


This programme combines the disciplines of both business and computing and is designed to teach students how to:

- Apply the fundamental concepts of business computer systems
- Appreciate the relationship between the knowledge and understanding of business computing theory
- Critically evaluate solutions to business and computing related problems
- Appreciate and understand the need for creativity during the design of business computing solutions
- Work effectively within a group
- Communicate orally and through the written word
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, examinations, individual and group presentations, and, research projects.
Students will ideally possess an NVQ, National Diploma or A-level, preferably in an appropriate subject. Mature students will be considered individually but must demonstrate at interview that they have the necessary motivation, potential, experience and/or knowledge to follow the course successfully.
Students who successfully complete the FdA Business with Computing may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Professional Development (Business) 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. Finding a placement would be the responsibility of the student but assistance, guidance and support will be provided.
There is a dedicated computing room (C213) for the course.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
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Q: What is the pass mark for assignments?
A: There are two grades: Pass and Distinction. The Pass mark for all assignments is 40%. A module mark of 70% will earn you a Distinction. FdA Business and Computing (Distinction) can be gained with an overall module average of 70% over two years.

Q: Can I take a 'year out' between the second and third years of study.
A: Yes, we encourage students to try and find an internship and gain industry experience.