About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

This two-year programme is designed to provide you with a basis for entering a career in Marketing. Additionally, you will develop your understanding of the role of business in society and develop knowledge of the main functional areas; accounting and human resources.

You will study the principles of marketing and marketing communications as well as developing an strategic awareness of how marketers develop products and services to build a superior value proposition. You will also examine how decisions are made and how they impact the organisation. You will also be able to work on a work based learning project, giving you hands-on experience.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of business studies or marketing before choosing this subject. You will gain a broad introduction to the subject in your first year and study more specialist subjects in the second year.

Take a look at the course booklet to find out more.

Progression routes

All progression routes outlined below are currently valid; however available progression will be updated on an annual basis in accordance with changes in UH provision.

Entry is to Level 5 or Level 6 depending on individual performance and programme specification guidelines. Additional routes may be available to students at the time of FdA completion.

  • Business Management - BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with Accounting - BA (Hons) Business and Accounting, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, BA (Hons) Accounting, BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with HRM - BA (Hons) Business and Human Resources, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management, BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with Law - BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with Marketing - BA (Hons) Business and Marketing, BA (Hons) Marketing, BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with Event Management - BA (Hons) Business and Event Management, BA (Hons) Event Management, BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • Business Management with Tourism - BA (Hons) Business and Tourism, BA (Hons) Tourism, BA (Hons) Business Administration
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 FdA Business Management with Marketing
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 FdA Business Management

Why choose this course?

This programme will provide you with:

  • An excellent grounding in business and management relevant to the needs of a wide range of organisations.
  • An opportunity to develop knowledge in a vocational and work based context.
  • An opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study.
  • A progression route to appropriate degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire.

It has been designed in consultation with employers, and is for those who already have some relevant experience on which to build on or those who are interested in developing their business management knowledge and skills.

This Foundation Degree is available full-time at Oaklands College (Welwyn Garden City), North Hertfordshire college (Stevenage), West Herts College (Watford), and Hertford Regional College (Ware). And part-time at North Hertfordshire college (Stevenage), West Herts College (Watford), and Hertford Regional College (Ware).

Professional Accreditations

Not applicable

Course details

Careers

Foundation Degree graduates progress to a wide variety of careers in areas such as Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law, Tourism and Event Management.

Alternatively you may progress to BA (Hons) in Business Administration or an alternative specialist Honour Programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

As part of the Foundation Degree, you will have access to the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Department at the University of Hertfordshire. The University offers dedicated individualised support to help students identify possible careers and employers as well as support for start-up businesses.

Teaching methods

On this programme you will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of Business and Management skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated and agreed with an employer in year two. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures by guest speakers from industry, relevant to your vocational habitus.

Work Placement

If you decide to progress to the BA (Hons) top up Degree you may, subject to guidance and approval, also consider applying for a Work Placement, or Study Abroad opportunity in North America, Europe, Australia, Mexico or Singapore. This study opportunity should be taken before progressing onto your final year of study at the University of Hertfordshire.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Accounting for Managers (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting for Managers (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting for Managers (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting for Managers (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods and Systems for Business Decisions (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods and Systems for Business Decisions (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods and Systems for Business Decisions (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing the Business Professional (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods and Systems for Business Decisions (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing the Business Professional (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing the Business Professional (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing the Business Professional (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics for Business (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics for Business (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics for Business (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics for Business (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Human Resource Management (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Human Resource Management (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Human Resource Management (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Marketing (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Marketing (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Marketing (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Research Methods (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Marketing (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Research Methods (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Research Methods (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Research Methods (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Law (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Law (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Law (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Law (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Exploring Business Ethics (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Product Innovation (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Product Innovation (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Product Innovation (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Product Innovation (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Business (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Business (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Business (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Business (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Communications (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Communications (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Communications (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Communications (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Planning (HRC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Planning (NHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Planning (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Planning (OAK) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Work Based Learning Project (HRC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Work Based Learning Project (NHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Work Based Learning Project (OAK) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Work Based Learning Project (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £6165 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £770 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    48 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one A level (A2), a BTEC QCF Subsidiary Diploma or equivalent. IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). GCSE English Language at Grade C and Maths at Grade D (Grade 4 for both if completed from 2017 onwards). For Business Management and Accounting only, GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards). 

    Applications will be welcome from those working in relevant employment who may not fully meet the above entry requirements but have a number of years relevant experience.

    The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 2 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years

    2020

    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    12/09/202031/05/20211North Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202031/05/20211Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202031/05/20211Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202031/05/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202031/05/20212North Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202031/05/20212Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202031/05/20212Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202031/05/20212West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202030/09/20211Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    12/09/202030/09/20211North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    12/09/202030/09/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    11/09/202030/09/20212North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    11/09/202030/09/20212West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    12/09/202131/05/20221North Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202131/05/20221Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202131/05/20221Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202131/05/20221West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202131/05/20222North Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202131/05/20222Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202131/05/20222West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    11/09/202131/05/20222Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
    12/09/202130/09/20221West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    12/09/202130/09/20221North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    12/09/202130/09/20221Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    11/09/202130/09/20222West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    11/09/202130/09/20222North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)