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Foundation Degree Business Management


The FdA Business Management is an innovative and flexible programme of study which has been designed in conjunction with local employers and Birmingham City University. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge required to operate in today’s challenging business and management environments.

This course is validated by Birmingham City University. Note: We are planning to formally revalidate this course during 2016-17 to ensure currency is maintained, so there will be some changes as part of this updating. We will keep all applicants informed.

Entry requirements

Please note: the university is planning to re-validate this course. If you register an interest, we will contact you.

To start this course you will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points (160 points 2016-17 tariff) at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • NVQ Level 3 in a related subject.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Diploma with MM profile or Extended Diploma with MMP profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).

Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.


Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, conferences, etc.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
07/09/2020 Mon,Wed
252 yr(s)1007D1£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course, normally eight hours over two evenings per week or one afternoon and one evening per week with occasional all day events. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

If you were seeking employment, possible options include a wide range of supervisory or management roles within the public, private and voluntary sectors. For example, the course may lead to roles within finance, marketing, human resource management or planning and operations. This list is not exhaustive.

What does the course lead to?

Completed foundation degrees are worth 240 CATS points in line with the UK universities’ credit accumulated transfer scheme.

What will I study?

The foundation degree consists of 16 modules which includes:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Work-Related Learning
  • Business Environment
  • Management, Organisations and Society
  • Business Problem Analysis
  • Managing Risk
  • Legal Contexts
  • Managing Individual and Group Performance
  • Business Financial Management
  • Negotiating and Agreeing Budgets
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Doing an 'Action Research' Project

Module titles subject to change.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion you may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Business and Management (top-up) available at the college, or another appropriate top-up award at another institution. All further study options will be subject to entry requirements.
  • Alternatively, you could complete an appropriate top-up degree at another institution.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext 8996, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

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However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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