FdA Business Management

  • At the colleges, you will benefit from studying in small groups which provides a supportive environment for those who would like more support and guidance
  • This environment also helps you to develop friendships with your peers and their support during your studies can be a great motivator
  • You will also benefit from having the opportunity to use the university's facilities and resources, which is just down the road from the colleges

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 Hertford Regional College (Ware), North Hertfordshire College (Stevenage), Oaklands College (Welwyn Garden City, and Smallford Campus) and West Herts College (Watford). And part-time at North Hertfordshire College (Stevenage) and West Herts College (Watford).  

What's the course about?

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

Please note that the part-time route is suspended at Herts Regional College for 2021 entry.

This two-year programme is designed to provide the essential skills, knowledge and understanding of business which will enable students to enter employment and/or progress to an honours top-up in Business disciplines.  The programme offers an education in general business and management which puts emphasis on personal development and employability.

The course features a range of modules covering the core business functions, introducing marketing, human resources, finance, business organisations and a work-based learning project with a local employer. Work Based Learning (WBL) and engagement with employers is central to the Foundation Degree concept and has been embraced in this programme in accordance with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Foundation Degree Benchmark statement (2015). The Programme has been designed to reflect the real life experience of working in a business context, developing students to work independently and in teams. Engagement with employers is a focal point in the programme.

Progression routes

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

What will I study?

Throughout the course, you are 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.

Student Blogs

Alastair Lawrence - From college to university

Choosing the right course at university can be hard, and believe me, this isn’t a bad thing. There are so many factors to take into consideration for what is essentially one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a young adult. After spending a few months at another university and realising it just wasn’t the right time in my life for that, I applied for the FdA in Business at West Herts College. This then became BA(Hons) Business and Event Management at the University of Hertfordshire, which was the degree I graduated with three years later. I chose this pathway due to the diversity in options upon completion.

Life at college

Being an undergraduate student at college can take time to adjust to due to the environment of younger students. However, after a while it becomes just like any other academic setting. The timetable was structured well and allowed me to essentially work full time alongside my studies. The available facilities. including the bespoke degree centre for higher education students allowed a suitable environment for independent work, as well as group work and social interaction. The thought of progressing to my final year at the University was daunting at first. However, the staff at Herts were extremely welcoming of any direct entrant students and I got on very well with those on my course. It was great to meet new people and also see those from college around campus. Although I did not make use of it myself, there is more than enough support for direct entrant students. Although I must say, by the time you get to third year… you become slightly too busy to think about transitioning from the college!

University life

The experience at the University is certainly different from that at the college. Whereas at the college you can make the most of tutors being present for the majority of classes, the University modules required more independent learning and thinking. However, this was extremely beneficial for my progression, both as a student and in the workplace. The forms of delivery and assessment really encourage you to develop your creativity and ability to approach a topic. Forming a line of discussion supported by research often led to coming up with well-structured academic writing. Alongside this, working in groups was a common aspect of studying, which not only meant you met new people, but learnt from each other too.

In terms of the social activities at the University, the list is endless. Whatever sport you’re interested in, they have a team for it. Whatever social activity you’re interested in, they have a society for it. Although - if I’m honest - I’m not great at many sports, I played campus football weekly with a few guys I met on my course. We didn’t do too well… but it was definitely fun to get out on a pitch once a week.

Finishing university can be as intimidating as starting. Suddenly you wake up and think… wow… what do I do now? The thought of packing your bags and jetting off travelling can be very attractive at first. However, to each their own. With the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately in full swing upon completion of my degree, options were limited. The University realised this and attempted to ensure every student left knowing that there is something out there for everyone.

The future

So, you may be wondering what I’m doing now a year after graduating? Funnily enough, I now work as a business lecturer at West Herts College - the consortium college I previously attended. I expressed an interest in teaching in my second year, and was lucky enough to get a role in the energetic business department working alongside some of my previous lecturers. Having a combination of both workplace and academic experience helped me to progress in a role despite my lack of previous teaching experience.

Thank you to everyone I met at both West Herts College and the University of Hertfordshire.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.