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Foundation Degree in Business Management

Busness Comp

Course outline

If you’re looking for a successful career in business, this course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required, and is solid preparation for progression onto a top-up degree course.

You’ll study one of three pathways: information systems; sales and marketing; or small business enterprise.

Year 1 modules include:

  • developing business skills
  • business liability
  • managing communications
  • marketing tools
  • business finance
  • employment law
  • work placement (May to July)

Year 2 core modules include:

  • human resources management
  • business decision-making
  • research project
  • management and leadership

Year 2 pathway modules include:

Information Systems:

  • project management
  • business information systems

Sales and Marketing:

  • marketing campaigns for the 21st century
  • sales operation

Small Business Enterprise:

  • entrepreneurship
  • enterprise development

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, you’ll study five modules in the first year and four per year after that.

A final year research project module allows you to combine many of the skills you’ll have developed to produce findings about a particular area of interest. This will help with your progression should you decide to top up to an honours degree. 

You’ll complete an industrial placement in your first year. You’ll need to arrange this by February of the first year. The course begins with a two-week business skills module to introduce you to the study and research skills required at higher education level.

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


City (Adams)
Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


03 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

per year. Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.


Depending on the pathway chosen you will graduation with one of the following:

  • Business Management (Information Systems) FdA
  • Business Management (Sales and Marketing) FdA
  • Business Management (Small Business Enterprise) FdA

2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS points:

  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply.

You may be required to attend an interview.

Teaching & assessment

Each module is internally assessed through a variety of individual assignments, group assignments and exams.


There is a wide range of career opportunities available to you along with the chance to continue your studies to a higher level.

You may progress on to our BA (Hons) Business Studies Top-up Degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University.

Alternatively, you may wish to move to a related honours degree or you could undertake further specialist study.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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