The Foundation Degree in Business and Management Practice provides a practical business education programme for students who wish to study at Higher Education level in their local area. Designed in cooperation with and supported by employers, the programme has a strong focus on employability skills appropriate to the workplace. Critical to this programme is the opportunity for work based learning to take place, combining academic knowledge with real life business scenarios.
The aim of the programme is to prepare individuals and organisations to meet the challenge of a continually changing environment. We do this in many different ways, but key to our success is the development within our undergraduate programmes of skills, competences and attitudes which are of immediate value in the busy business world alongside the more traditional academic skills such as research, analysis and reasoned argument. These will serve you well in whatever direction your career takes you.
The aim of the programme is to support and develop students for careers in the areas of Business and Management. Modules include:
- Introduction to Marketing
- Personal Development
- Managing Business Operations
- Managing Work performance
- Project Management
- Human Resources Management in practice.
On a Full Time basis (2 years), this course will be delivered one day a week 10:00-8:00; alternatively, on part time (3 Years) basis, the course will be delivered 3:00-8:00
The Foundation Degree in Business and Management Practice is awarded to a student who successfully completes 240 CAT credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded, as an exit award only, to a student who passes 120 credits of Level 4 modules.
A variety of methods of assessment will be used within the programme, including coursework assignments, examinations and presentations. Most modules consist of more than one method of assessment.
You must apply through UCAS (code: N2N2). This will notify both Oxford Brookes and Solihull College that you have applied. Places are offered by interview with the course tutors, this can be over the telephone or face to face depending upon what best suits your circumstances. All interviews are held at Solihull College.
Applicants may be required to undertake IT, numeracy and literacy tests as part of the assessment by the College, to ensure that they possess the appropriate attributes to succeed on the programme.
Full-time students apply through UCAS, while part-time students may apply direct to the College for admission to the Foundation Degree
Entrants to the Foundation Degree programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:
Three passes at GCSE (grades A - C) or O-level (grades A - C), normally including Mathematics and English Language:
· a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level;
- a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other level 3 vocational qualification.
- exceptionally, applicants who can demonstrate, through an extended CV, references and interview, that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the level 3 qualification, listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.
Potential students without level 3 qualifications should be advised that their future progression to higher level study may be limited as a consequence of not holding the formal qualifications.
Contact hours comprise a mix of lectures (including guest speakers as well as more theory-based material), seminars, workshops and tutorials. The students' approach to enquiry is supported and structured through, for example, in-class exercises, debates, discussions and case study analysis, during their contact hours.
Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?
All enrolled students have access to Oxford Brookes University e-library and Solihull College & University Centre library. If you wish to purchase course text-books you will need to budget for either new or used text-books.
There is the opportunity for students to progress on to a further year of study in order to complete a full Honours Degree. The minimum entry requirement for progression to the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice Level 6 'Top-Up' year is a Pass in this Foundation Degree programme. However, a typical offer will be conditional upon an average of at least 55% over the Level 5 modules of the programme.
The qualification will also provide you a broad range of business skills which will enable you to progress in your career now and in the future.