Business and Management

Business Foundation Degree FdA

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

September 2020 This course is delivered over two years, full-time.

Entry requirements

Entry onto the course requires the following UCAS tariff equivalents.

A minimum of 60 points selected from any of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 in Business: (equivalent grades accepted: Extended Diploma: Merit, Pass, Pass, Diploma: Merit, Merit, 90-Credit Diploma: Distinction, Merit)
  • AS / 2 Level profile which shows a strong performance in relevant subjects
  • Access to HE (Business), with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit grade from a QAA recognised course
  • Another related Level 3 qualification


GCSE grades 4/C or above including English and maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths. Also considered is a minimum of one year related work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in the work sector will be considered.

This qualification is suitable only for learners aged 18 years or over. Students will take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and a good personal reference will be required.

You will achieve

Business Foundation Degree FdA

Awarding Body

Validated by the Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

The course includes a broad range of modules which cover the key areas of modern business giving you a well-rounded knowledge base and the confidence to work as a professional within any organisation.

The range of subjects you will study include marketing, finance, human resource management, business strategy, international business and entrepreneurship.

You will also have the opportunity to develop an array of key transferable skills sought after by employers. These include strategic and critical thinking, problem solving, working with others, leadership and negotiation.



Course content

Study consists of the following Core Modules:

Year 1

  • Managing Organisations and People
  • Business in Context
  • Human Resource Management
  • Foundations in Marketing
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Business Information, Communication and Networking

Year 2

  • Work-Based Learning
  • Introduction to Strategy for Business
  • International Business
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Most modules are assessed on 100% coursework, with some modules being assessed by a mixture of coursework and module exams. Assessment methods are assignment based and may include practical projects including presentations, group activities, written reports or research projects.

You will need to provide your own writing material, paper and folder.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Following this course you can progress on to university to undertake a range of business related top up degrees, or go into business related employment. This qualification may enable you to claim accredited prior learning against an undergraduate qualification dependent on the institution’s entry policy and the programme that you are considering.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Extra information

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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