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COURSE OVERVIEW

Are you fascinated by the corporate world?

Do you want to pursue a career in business leadership?

By taking part in client briefs and industry accreditation schemes, this exciting business management programme will help you to learn industry-relevant skills and be well prepared for a range of roles after graduation.

The BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year aims to fuse academic business with theory with industry application, enhancing your employability and career prospects. You will explore specialist theory and knowledge in a systematic and critical way in order to develop your understanding of contemporary international business and enterprise sector issues.

* This programme is currently under review for October 2021. The June 2021 intake is unaffected. We will update this page with information about planned intakes in due course.

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Key facts
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 48 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 or above, or IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Key dates
  • Start dates: October, February and June
  • Next application deadline: 07 June 2021
  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 48 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 or above, or IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • Start dates: October, February and June
  • Next application deadline: 07 June 2021
About The Course

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Business Management with Foundation Year is ideal for students who are just beginning their journey into the world of Business Management. The programme is tailored to support the development of those students lacking the formal qualifications necessary for direct entry onto a degree programme or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree.

Through engaging, contemporary and industry-relevant units that are academically rigorous, stimulating and challenging, you will build specialist transferable skills that facilitate your development as an independent learner, whilst gaining expertise in a range of business functions and topics.

On this programme, you will systematically and critically review the established business management knowledge, theory and principles whilst investigating new and specialised knowledge. You will identify underlying business skills, practices, concepts and principles in work-based situations. In addition, you will develop the skillset of analysing information and data from a range of sources that will allow you to make reasoned judgements and responses to solve complex problems in a range of business contexts including work-related contexts.

BUSINESS SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Teamwork
  • Communications skills through technical exercises
  • Projects and work placements
  • Strong business and customer awareness
  • Problem-solving
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Project management
  • Research skills

This course is delivered as part of a partnership between QA Higher Education and Solent University. The programme is validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education.

You’ll be taught using a range of teaching methods that include lectures, seminars, and workshops, totalling 9- 12 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 38 hours per week.

You will have access to Solent’s virtual learning environment that provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Assessments are based on coursework, presentations and business simulation.

 

EVENING AND WEEKEND STUDY

One of our study options available for UK nationals includes evenings and weekends.

This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life.

To study this programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 48 UCAS points
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who haven’t recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • GCSE English at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C)
  • IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent. (Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test)

INTERVIEW

  • Attend an Admissions or Academic interview.
  • The admissions interview is to help us understand who you are and why you would like to study a particular course.
  • The academic interview is offered to candidates whose qualifications are below the entry requirements or who have not been in education for a while (the interviewer will assess your knowledge in the specific field).

All units are core and are worth 20 credits, unless specified.

FOUNDATION YEAR

Your journey of personal development is a key skill in enabling you to continually assess your personal strengths and where you may require development; this important to you becoming a successful professional in the business environment. Through a range of activities you will self-assess your core strengths areas and create a plan of action to develop new skills, particularly in relation to ensure success at your further studies and employability prospects in the future.

Understanding the fundamentals of how a business operates and the environment it operates within is vital for the successful and efficient running of a business. It is important to have an oversight on the different viewpoints including owner, managers, staff and customers as well as responding to the demands of external stakeholders and markets.

Business fundamentals are broken down to main categories of people, operations, finance, strategy, marketing, organisational structure, markets and environmental factors, all of which are vital for you to understand as future managers and this module will cover some of these elements.

If done well marketing will allow businesses to have sustainable and valued relationships with clients/customers/audiences. The relationship with the brand is an important factor in this so it is vital to gain and translate insight from these groups; this will enable strategies to be devised to drive successful sales and marketing strategies to each targeted segment. These are all vital skills for not only those considering marketing as an industry in the future, but for all business professionals as these are key skills which are transferable to every job role.

This module is relevant to those not only wishing to start their own business at some stage, but also those seeking to take up a role in an existing organisation as the skills and traits that entrepreneurs draw from are now being required by employers for all employees.

Whatever path your career takes, understanding the finance element is key to ensuring a business thrives. Even if you don’t want to ever work in a financial function, understanding both the terminology and the concepts will ensure you are an asset to your business team.

We will teach you the basics of finance and ensure you are familiar with all the terminology, such as key performance indications (KPIs).You will start off by looking at your own personal finances, creating a budget of your cashflows. You will reflect on how this could best be used to manage your finances and why financial analysis is key.

Practical application and real-world learning will form the building blocks of understanding business finance and you will become familiar with the financial statements used to monitor the health of the business. We will show you how to use baseline numeracy to perform your financial analysis so you can be confident in your conclusions.

Community enterprises make up a key part of business landscape in most cities and understanding the value and social impact that they make and the challenges they are faced with.

You will develop vital skills that will assist you with your further studies whilst being able to draw down from the modules you have currently studied on the Foundation Year. This will also provide you with an excellent example of working in a group in a real-world scenario to develop these vital skills that employers are looking for.

The skills you will be refining are academic writing, researching from a range of credible sources, analysis, working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, how to be an effective team member and how to communicate across multiple forms. You will also need to use reflection to provide insights to the challenges that face these organisations

 

YEAR 1

We live and work in a globalised world, facing competition from firms around the world, working with people of different cultures, attributes and work practices. Global competition means that, as managers, you must be acutely aware of challenges facing business and employees including virtual team working, diversity and the impact of technologies. This module will provide with the opportunity to expand your organisational awareness beyond the classroom by studying key managerial concepts in the context of today’s business environment.

Digital skills and data analysis are in high demand, with organisations increasingly requiring skilled staff to collect, analyse and interpret their data. Many businesses think that digital is only about mobile and web based solutions and fail to understand that it is about a fundamental transformation of their business model in which digital technologies will be able to assist in driving digital solutions to support the organisational strategic aims, including to drive down the cost of doing business and drive up efficiency and experience to survive and compete.

You will develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills that will help you address the growing digital challenges facing organisations.

Personal, professional development (PPD) is a vital skill of future managers and aspirational leaders which allows you to be agile, adaptable and able to keep up with the complex and fast paced business landscape that you will be working in. The module is designed to build your academic skills, supporting you to adapt to independent learning and your employability skills especially in supporting you towards work placement and study abroad options.

In short, this module will allow you to have a plan of action so the ‘future you’ can reach for the stars with your career aspirations!

Business is the process of selling products or services. Without customers to buy products and services, there would be no business. It is therefore critical that you understand the interests, needs and motivations of customers, and that you engage customers in a structured and positive buying experience, driving them through the ‘sales funnel’.

Creating the customer experience involves understanding, communicating, negotiating and developing relationships with customers, particularly in relation to digital marketing and its capability to support 2-way communication. This has enabled customers to use their buying power to communicate, feedback, give star ratings, write publicly about their experiences in online blogs, chatrooms and social media, and to progress business sales through referrals and recommendations. Customers have become brand ambassadors, extending the marketing reach and opening new markets.

Marketing, communications and relationship management skills are generic professional skills for all staff, adding value across all business functions. They are essential skills in the creation and delivery of a branded customer experience.

The study of enterprise and innovation and the development of entrepreneurial capacity should not just be linked to self-employment. It additionally provides the competencies to lead a rewarding and self-directed professional life. By learning how to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others, you will be well placed to add significant social, cultural and economic value to society through entrepreneurial activity throughout your careers.

Financial management is one of the most important responsibilities of any business manager. They must consider the potential consequences of their decisions on profits, cash flows and the financial condition of the organisation. An understanding of the principles of finance will ensure that the business can effectively manage the funds they have to ensure they hit its targets and goals. These skills are vital for any manager, not just those working in finance.

 

YEAR 2

This module will introduce you to the exciting world of projects, with project management being a very fast-growing profession utilising a skillset much valued by employers. The content is based on the Association for Project Management (APM) body of knowledge, the leading association for professional project management. These project management skills will be transferable to any job role which you aspire to as well as directly for project management roles.

The products and service that result from operations management are all around us, including what we eat, wear, sit on, drive, read and the medical treatments that we get. Understanding how operations management enable these products and services to be created and delivered is vital in making sense of the world around us.

The ability to lead individuals and teams to success is arguably the most important skill a manager can possess; however, to be able to manage others you need to reflect on self-management too. This module has a dual focus, the first centred on self-management of ‘who am I’, ‘what my values are’ and what has been your ‘journey’ to date. From this, discussion will be interwoven around the essential management and leadership skills and knowledge required to successfully manage teams.

Social enterprise and working in community areas is a growth area in the employability market and an area that many will find themselves working in including working for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). These groups are vital parts of the community and require high business acumen to develop, be sustainable, expand and drive impact.

This module aims to build your knowledge of this important area and give you the chance to work on a live brief, which will enable you to replicate the types of skills you would develop in the work place. This will also enable you to illustrate to employers that you are values motivated, socially responsible and understand ethical business, which will enhance your CVs.

The global business landscape is at one of the most complex and challenging times. This module will examine, evaluate and assess some of the most important contemporary issues faced by business organisations. As future managers and global citizens, it is vital to understand how to assess and adapt to be able to consider these challenges.

The content of the module, by its nature, cannot be too prescriptive and will be continually updated as new issues present themselves and assume significance within the business community. However, focus will be given to the current megatrends faced across the globe, for example, rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, shift in global economic power, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change.

The pace of change is such that businesses are grappling not only with complexity but keeping up with the speed of advances has now become imperative to maintain competitive advantage. Exploration will also take place around how the UK’s Industrial Strategy has strategically identified areas of strength to ensure competitive advantage for the UK across the world.

Growth is not just about starting a new venture, but also for established and large firms as we have seen in recent times many examples of where organisations have run day to day business, but not focussed on the changing horizons in the business landscape. Activities based around growth, regardless of whether you are a small SME or large multi-national offers a major source of not only sustainability, but competitive advantage for organisations employing them. As graduates in this market place you will be required to understand this concept and show creativity and innovation in business growth and this module will give you this vital knowledge base.

 

YEAR 3

 

You have now studied two previous personal, professional development (PPD) modules, which were designed to firstly make you self-aware and introduced you to the concepts of managing people. This final PPD module now aims to provide some challenging reflective activities so that you can evaluate your careers aspirations and create career development plan to give you a clear plan of action to gain that aspiration graduate position. It will also immerse you in some key topic areas, vital not only to gain a job, but to be successful in this, e.g., how to stand out in the first 100 days, business etiquette, staff welfare and digital profiles.

This module gives you the opportunity to develop your research and analytical skills and begin to apply them to an area of business which is of interest to you. Research into approaches to business, management and leadership can lead to dynamic results. Innovation, product development, performance improvement, change, customer service excellence, strategy and problem solving are just some of the areas you may be considering as part of your studies..

With ever-shortening product life-cycles and an ever-rapidly evolving competitive environment, it has never been more important for senior managers and leaders to choose the ‘right’ organisational strategy. While selecting the right strategy could transform an organisation, continuing with the wrong one could lead to failure, being acquired or bankruptcy, as many recent high profile corporate failures can testify.

If we do not change the way we live fast, our world will become very difficult to live in; recent estimates suggest we have 12 years at current CO2 emissions before we push warming to above 1.5 degrees. Your future in business and as global citizens will be fundamentally different in ways, and at a pace, which is impossible to predict, because we do not know what society will do, especially with that society being both global and local, as it is a global and local problem everywhere.

Understanding different economic explanations of what needs to be done is essential to inspiring and engaging you in these areas as a future manager and leader, both to predict the possible futures and to take part in shaping that future business outlook in the changing world you will work in.

While starting a business remains an aspiration there are some perceived barriers to entrepreneurship, for example, lack of capital, lack of experience and knowledge and fear of failure, which frequently conspire to prevent it. This module is important in that it will equip you with the knowledge required to overcome these barriers, establish a business and engage various stakeholders to take the business from vague aspiration to commercial reality.

This module gives you the opportunity to apply your research and analytical skills to an area of business which is of interest to you and is defined in your research proposal.

What you will learn on the module
You will carry out primary research, analyse and interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, use the research findings for formulate options and draw conclusions and recommendations. Using this in conjunction with your refined project proposal you will develop a final major project write-up.

TUITION FEES 2020/21 & 2021/22

  • £9,250 per annum

Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources at our Centres, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

In addition to the tuition fees, you should be prepared to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each. This would average around £200 per annum.

WHAT DOES YOUR TUITION FEE COVER?

  • Your tuition cost (lectures, seminars and registration) along with academic support.
  • Access to campus facilities, this includes computers, Wi-Fi, vending machines, quiet study spaces, multi-faith rooms and spaces to socialise.
  • Our Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team who can provide help with many aspects of your studies, such as academic writing, research skills and many more.
  • The Careers and Employability Service team, who are here to help you prepare for an interview or to write a CV.
  • Access to Library resources, including a large online catalogue of books, journals and other resources.

 

This course provides the academic skills and professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas. Recent graduates have gone on to recruitment consultant, operations manager, omni-channel analyst and TV research executive roles at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management.

Birmingham Centre

5th Floor Centre City
5-7 Hill Street
Birmingham
B5 4UA

London Centre

St James’ House
10 Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TF

Manchester Centre

Saint James Buildings
61 – 95 Oxford St
Manchester
M1 6FQ

READY TO APPLY?

If you are ready to apply, please complete our online application form in the links below and provide any required supporting documents. We will assess your application and provide you with a response. If you experience any issues, please contact home.admissions@qa.com

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