Introductory course information
Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Business
UCAS Code: NN11 (January start: N101)
Institution Code: K83
Location of study: Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road
Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Kingston University.
Course duration: 2 years
Academic year dates: September 2018 - May 2020
Days of the week: Classes take place every Tuesday evening 18.30-21.30 and one Saturday per month 09.00-17.00.
Part time study: 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.
Work placements: It is necessary to be in employment for the duration of the coursefor a minimum of 16 hours per week. Ideally this is business-related role. This is because of the high level of work-based application needed for assessments and application of theory into practise.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before enrolment. However, an indication of Saturday dates is available 2 months before. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that these dates are not changed, it may be the timetable has to change for operational or student benefits. This will be communicated as soon as possible and arises rarely.
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.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
You will need to nominate a work place Mentor to support your workplace learning for the duration of the course.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by talking through their portfolio and demonstrating the motivation for combining studying with learning.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or Certificate in Higher Education, or have gained credit at another higher education institution in a relevant subject, you may be able to enter the course at level 5. For further information, please visit our Credit Transfer page [link]. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
- Professional Development: This module focuses on self-reflection, development and personal effectiveness from a career and character profile allowing the student to focus on how their performance is affected by their past and future experiences and learning. There are 2 coursework assessments.
- Business and Legal Environment: This module introduces the concept of the business environment within which individual business organisations operate and how it has an impact upon their aims and objectives, day to day operation, and their future strategy. The sources of law are explored the influence that the legal environment has on business in general, and in particular situations and settings. There are two written assessments, and one on line test.
- Marketing: This module aims to introduce students to the marketing concept and enable them to apply the theory to their workplaces. It challenges students to think about how customers’ needs can be met using the resources available. Critically, the marketing concept of value underpins all the tools and techniques covered in the module. There are 2 coursework assessments
- Leading and Managing an Organisation: This module is intended to answer three key questions for students – What is an organisation? What is Leadership and Management? What knowledge and skills do leaders and Managers need in order to be successful? Students will consider key aspects of organisational behaviour, apply these to their own organisations and be given opportunities to develop and reflect on their own skills. There is a group presentation with reflection, and written coursework.
On successful completion of Level 4, student will progress to Level 5 to study the following core modules, each worth 30 credits giving the required 120 credits at Level 5:
- Financial Management: Students learn the importance of the management of finance and in particular the management of working capital and gearing and the associated financial reporting requirements and the implications for financial recording. The module equips students with management accounting techniques and skills for internal planning and decision-making. There are three assessments: an online multiple choice assessment, an open book, mid module exam and written coursework.
- Operations Management: This module studies a range of operations management strategy and operational management processes to ensure that customer needs are satisfied. It aims to identify mistakes that are made operationally and how they can be controlled effectively. There are 2 coursework assessments.
- Human Resources Management: The module introduces the role that HRM plays in the success of an organisation. Students carry out research into a specific HRM policy area within their own organisation (learning and development, pay and reward, performance management & HR strategy and planning) and consider the effects of this policy on other areas of the business and on business performance. There is an individual presentation, reflection and a classroom test.
- Enterprise and Innovation: An introduction to issues in the external environment affecting the small business population, enterprise start up and development. Students gain awareness of specific management and development issues for small businesses and their significance to national economies. There are 2 pieces of coursework.
Teaching and learning
The delivery will be based on a combination of formal tutor input and group activities, supported by reference to the core text and other learning materials. The emphasis will be on the student applying theories and practice to their own workplace, using academic theory as well as knowledge and research into their organisation and customers.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. You will need to research how the taught concepts apply in your workplace with the guidance of your mentor. Your independent learning is supported by on line resources on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Assessments are a variety of coursework, practical presentations, and tests. Formative feedback is widely used to ensure the students are well prepared for their final assessment. Alongside the formal teaching, there are subject tutorials to give one to one feedback.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity as well as workplace research.
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.
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
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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