Foundation Year Business (Year Zero)

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This course is offered in partnership with Kingston University and will provide you with the academic and transferable skills needed to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. You will study at Kingston College for one year and then progress to Kingston University itself to study on one of the following: Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Advertising, Accounting & Finance or Real Estate Management.

Throughout the year long course you will gain an insight into these subjects, allowing you to gain a better idea of which ones you prefer. It will guide you in the direction of a business degree which is of particular interest to you. The Foundation Year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

Introductory course information

Award: Foundation Year Business 

Awarding body: Kingston University

UCAS Code:

N222- Business Management with Business Experience

N121- International Business with Business Experience

N591- Marketing and Advertising with Business Experience

N421- Accounting and Finance with Business Experience

N292- Real Estate Management with Business Experience 

Location of study:

Foundation Year- Kingston Hall Road, Kingston College.

Followed by three years of study at Kingston University. 

Course duration:

Foundation Year (Level 3) is one year (full time).

Then three years (full time) at Kingston University (Levels 4, 5 and 6)

Students who complete the four year course successfully will receive a degree from Kingston University 

Academic year dates: 18 September 2019 - 15 May 2020

Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 3 days a week. At present this is TBC. The two days of the week that you do not need to attend (TBC) will be free for studies and for part-time work commitments. 

Timetables: Timetables will be available to you on the first day of the Induction programme, which will be 19 September 2019. 

Course leader: Alan Garofall, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Direct Line: 020 8268 2919 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points. Minimum of grade C (or equivalent- e.g. 4) in GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics and a minimum of grade D (or equivalent – e.g. 3) in the other.

Additional requirements

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.

International Student Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent English Language Certificate. All Kingston College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course Overview

This course is offered in partnership with Kingston University and will provide students with the academic and transferable skills needed to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. You will study at Kingston College for one year and then progress to Kingston University itself to study one of the following: Business Management, International Business, Marketing and Advertising, Accounting and Finance or Real Estate Management. The foundation year will guide you in the direction of a business degree which is of particular interest to you, and will also develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.   

Module Information

Students will study the following Level 3 core modules:

  • Professional and Personal Skills for Business (Core, 30 credits): This module provides students with a strong foundation of academic and transferable skills for their further studies at Kingston University. Learners will consider their future careers and how to build their employability skills. Students also have the opportunity to apply their learning in a capstone project where they will research a topic of particular interest.
  • Applying Business and Numerical Concepts (Core, 30 credits): This module provides students with the basics of mathematics, statistics and finance relating to business. There is usage of spreadsheets (microsoft excel) and an understanding of some basic accounting concepts is also developed.  A problem-centric approach is taken to allow students to apply mathematical techniques and accounting concepts.
  • Introduction to Business Law (Core, 30 credits): The main aim of this module is to give students a general understanding of the principal areas of English Law that may be encountered in business. Key topics include business liabilities under criminal and civil law; methods of resolving business disputes; enforceable contracts; basic principles of employment law; and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace.
  • Marketing and Customer Care (Core, 30 credits): This module will allow students to consider the role of marketing and customer service within different types of organisations (both non-profit and profit-making).  Learners will consider the application of the extended marketing mix, the importance of customer satisfaction and retention, as well as key concepts such as segmentation in customer relationship management.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures and practical sessions. 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, 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.

 

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written assignments and a range of coursework assessments such as assignment reports, online tests, presentations and written tests/examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable.

 

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

 

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. Link

 

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.

 

Course Costs and Financial Support

Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £7800
  • Overseas/International students: £TBC

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

  • Awarding body fees (Home/EU students)
  • annual printing allowance/consumables

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

  • Awarding body fees (International Students)
  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books 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 year will provide you with the knowledge and skills to successfully undertake a business related degree. You will develop your independent study skills, be able to understand your academic ability and develop the skills that employers look for in graduates. 

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