Business Foundation Degree (awarded by University College Birmingham)

Business Foundation Degree (awarded by University College Birmingham)

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The Foundation Degree in Business is delivered over two years as a full time course. Each year contains two semesters of 12 weeks with extra weeks for revision and exams. Students attend timetabled sessions and tutorials in college over 3 days each week. Approximately 16 hours per week of additional study will be needed for research and assignment preparation. Students will be expected to attend all lectures and tutorial sessions. Non-attendance could lead to withdrawal from the course.

Course dates and times Years 1 & 2
Semester one September - February (12 weeks)
Semester two February - May (12 weeks)

Study hours – 12 hours per week plus for the Voluntary Initiative module students should expect to undertake 3 hours per week of voluntary work.


The course puts emphasis on enabling the business professionals of the future to acquire the skills they will need to work towards a degree and maximise their personal growth and career progression. This course is designed to provide an insight into key aspects of business both at a macro and micro level through the provision of academic knowledge and the promotion of understanding & evaluative expertise so that the business principles engaged with throughout the course can be successfully applied.

The Foundation Degree in Business is taught at our campus in Longbridge. Due to the location of our campus the college can boast strong transport links with Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Warwick and other surrounding areas.

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  • Students will study 14 modules over two years, comprising 13 compulsory modules and 1 optional module. The units for this programme offer excellent opportunities for progression, both academically and professionally.
  • Year 1 modules include: Business Economics, People in Organisations, Marketing for Services, International Business, Personal Communication Technologies, Business Law
  • Year 2 modules include: Research in Practice, Finance for Enterprise, Voluntary Initiatives, Applied Marketing Research, Human Resources Planning, Appraising Business Activity, Enterprise Start-up Studies

Teaching Methods

Teaching and learning activities are designed to develop student's knowledge, understanding and skills for success in either a subsequent higher education environment or in a variety of administrative and management positions in business. The lessons are practical and interactive, focusing on how business theory applies in the contemporary workplace.

Up to 20% of the learning on this course will be delivered online, through flipped learning or online lessons.


A flexible approach to the assessment of learning is used, enabling learners to adopt a pro-active view of the thinking, planning and decision-making processes, as they will have to, when they enter the working business environment. The type of assessment will vary to include a mix of formal report, seminars, workplace-relevant case studies, group or individual presentations, display, or timed test/examination.

Qualification Gained

This is a level 5 qualification and you will receive a certificate from the University College Birmingham following the successful completion of your studies.

Opportunities for Progression

Completion of the programme provides students with various alternatives, including further study (such as the Final Year Business Enterprise ‘top-up’ programme at University College Birmingham), or a range of career opportunities in various business functional areas or management positions.

Entry Requirements

Entry onto the FdA programme is via one of two routes; Applicants who have completed a level 3 programme of study and attained a minimum 120 tariff points at this level are accepted onto the programme. You are also required to have a level 2 or a grade C or above in English and/or Maths. You will need to provide academic references.

Additional Learning Support

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a:

  • disability
  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia

This should be applied for at the earliest opportunity so that you are aware of the level of support available to you before the start of your course.

For further guidance please call our Inclusive Learning Team on 0121 477 1750 or visit

Tuition Fees

£4,995 per academic year

Additional Costs

Overseas residential £350 (subject to change)

Financial Assistance

If you’re enrolling on a higher education course, you can apply for a higher education loan to cover your tuition fees and help towards your living costs.

Admissions Policy

Bournville College is committed to offering education to a diverse range of applicants. There is a policy in relation to mature students or applicants with few or no formal qualifications which can also be found in our Admissions Policy where each applicant will be interviewed and considered on an individual basis.

A minimum enrolment of 12 is required for the opening of any class. The College reserves the right to cancel or change a class, course or programme if there is a significant reduction in attendance, or where the minimum enrolment is not achieved, or due to changes beyond our control.

For Further Information

If you're interested in studying Foundation Degree in Business enquiries should be made to the Advice Zone at Bournville College. Please telephone 0121 477 1300 for further information, call in or email [email protected]

Applications for this course can be made directly to Bournville College or via UCAS website by choosing the course under Bournville College (B48).


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