Foundation Degree (FdA) Business

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Validated by Kingston University, the Foundation Degree in Business is designed for part time study at College and is recognised as a full time programme as it incorporates learning taking place at work. It corresponds with the first two years of an Honours degree with the opportunity to progress on to a third year 'top-up' to a full Kingston University Honours degree.

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Introductory course information

Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Business

UCAS Code: NN11 (January start: N101)

Institution Code: K83

Location of study: Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Kingston University.

Course duration: 2 years (full-time)

Academic year dates: JANUARY 2018 to July 2019 OR September 2018 - June 2019

Days of the week: Classes take place every Tuesday evening 18.30-21.30 and one Saturday per month 09.00-17.00.

Work placements: The Foundation Degree in Business is designed for part time study at College and is recognised as a full time programme as it also incorporates learning taking place at work. While studying on the programme, students are required to be in employment, working at least 16 hours per week in a relevant business field (UK/EEA applicants) which provides sufficient opportunity for contextual research and learning.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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Entry requirements

The entry qualifications for the programme are flexible to accommodate the different levels of work experience of candidates. Successful students sometimes join our course with extensive work experience in a business related role and no formal qualifications.

However, students will normally have:

  • Two A-levels or equivalent qualifications (minimum 32 UCAS points) at level 3 plus two years' relevant business work experience (reference required).
  • Alternatively two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications at grade C or Merit profile (minimum 32 UCAS points) or above, and strong and evidenced employer support such as involvement in a structured training programme (reference required).
  • GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) in Maths and English Language at grades A–C.

In addition, whilst studying on the programme, students are required to be in employment, working at least 16 hours per week in a relevant business field (UK/EEA applicants) which provides sufficient opportunity for contextual research and learning.

Course overview

The Foundation Degree will develop your awareness and knowledge of business, both generally and with direct relevance to your own work context. You will build upon, enhance and add to your existing business skills and develop study skills that will enable you to study successfully at university level. Because of the emphasis on the work context, entry requirements are flexible to take account of the significance of students' prior work experience.

Module information

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree requires accumulation of 240 credits, with a requirement for 120 credits at each of the two levels. The course will comprise the following Level 4 and 5 units:-

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Professional Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Business and Legal Environment (core, 30 credits)
  • Marketing (core, 30 credits)
  • Leading and Managing an Organisation (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Human Resource Management (core, 30 credits)
  • Financial Management (core, 30 credits)
  • Operations Management (core, 30 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation (core, 30 credits)

Teaching and learning

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and in the workplace, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. Assessment comprises a variety of methods including coursework, group work, practical activities, presentations, written reports, essays and examinations.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £4,600
  • Overseas/International students: Full-time £TBC

 

Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.

 

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • awarding body fees
  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books, or software that you might wish to purchase.

 

Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.

 

Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.

 

Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

The Foundation Degree enhances students’ skills in the world of work, but also prepares them for 'top up' conversion Degree programmes. There is a very significant focus on refining business and employability skills that will provide successful students with career enhancing opportunities and the opportunity to proceed to a full Honours Degree. After completion of their Foundation Degree, students can further their studies by taking the third year of the BA (Hons) in Business, also offered at Kingston College.

 

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