About the course
This course is delivered on behalf of, and validated by, Canterbury Christ Church University. It is suitable for you if you are already employed and want to gain a business management qualification while working. It is delivered over two evenings per week and some Saturdays during the year. The course includes sessions and workshops combined with work-based application and projects, thus enabling students to develop a range of practical skills and to acquire an appreciation and understanding of the diverse factors involved in business management.
How to apply
- UCAS Code N104
- You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
- The Institution code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10
- GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and Maths
- 64 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels or equivalent
- OR Business Level 3 Extended Diploma
- OR other business-related Level 3 qualifications
- Mature students with relevant employment experience are welcome to apply
Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Additional Entry Requirements
- Mature applicants, without the normal entry requirements, are encouraged to apply and will be accepted if there is evidence of their ability to succeed.
- You should be in full-time employment.
- If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.
What you will study
This course is for those looking to understand the changing business environment and gain a practical, comprehensive and specialised range of knowledge of business. You may be taking your first degree or adding to existing skills. If you want to enhance your skills and increase your employability or your career goals then this degree is for you.
The programme aims to utilise experience from your current workplace and business experience to equip you with the additional skills to enable you to reach your full potential throughout their career.
Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)
This module will provide an introduction to accounting and finance for students who are NOT majoring in accounting or finance. It examines the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making. You will learn key accounting and finance topics and be introduced to financial statements and case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.
Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. You will learn how marketing differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. You will gain a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus and the impact of the marketing environment. The module will define the main core marketing concepts, such as the marketing and services mix, consumer buyer behaviour, product development, market research and strategy, marketing communication, relationship and digital marketing.
Business Analysis (20 credits)
This module will help you develop a range of statistical and computing skills that can be used during the course of your academic course and future career in business. You will learn and engage in business and market research, statistics used in business, marketing, economics and finance. You will engage with published literature and various statistical techniques.
Economics (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation. You will analyse the operation of the individual market by means of demand and supply models. You will appraise different markets and the dynamic nature of these markets regarding, perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition. You will be introduced to macro-economic affairs and will learn how to critically assess current developments in the U.K. and Europe, free market versus government intervention, fiscal and monetary policies and global economies.
Work Based Learning Project 1 (40 credits)
You will be required to carry out research and activities within your work setting to demonstrate a full understanding of the links between theory and practice. Foundation Degrees have a high level of emphasis on work place competency in addition to theoretical knowledge and both come together into a Work-Based Learning Project. Work-Based Learning projects need to be negotiated with the Work-Based project tutor and a nominated workplace mentor and meet the need for closely linking learning from the programme with actual business practice.
Management and Leadership (20 credits)
The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy, ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. Students will explore a range of different perspectives on management and leadership with particular focus on particular issues.
Project Management (20 credits)
You will gain a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of the discipline of Project Management and will examine the role of project management through the application of a range of analytical models and tools as applied to a range of case studies. You will learn a range of topics in line with various project management methodology, such as the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BOK). Additionally, the knowledge gained will enable you to operate effectively in a project oriented environment within any type of business organisation.
Research Method (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research. You will learn about the nature of academic research and the characteristics of an effective research plan. You will be introduced to a range of more complex statistical techniques that build on the understanding they developed in Year 1. The use of PASWS to input and analyse data quantitative data will be covered along with techniques for collecting and analysing qualitative data.
Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
What do we know about consumers and how can we manage our marketing activities to influence them to buy the products we take to market? The aim of the module is to develop a critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.
Work Based Learning Project 2 (40 credits)
You will be required to carry out research and activities within their work setting to demonstrate a full understanding of the links between theory and practice. For project 2 you will be encouraged to develop a project closely linked to one or more subjects from the Year 2 programme. However, the project should be more in-depth than the year 1 project and reflect the learning from both Year 1 and Year 2.
You can either choose a new subject for your project or, where appropriate, expand your Year 1 project by completing linked projects which you would not have had the skills, experience or knowledge to complete in Year 1. Either route should reflect learning outcome from levels 4 and 5.
A wide variety of assessment methods are employed to develop both academic and professional skills. The overall emphasis within the programme is on coursework assessment. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. This will include essays, reports, presentations, computer- based projects, reflective and critical assignment, research activities and case studies. Examinations and Time-constrained assessments may be used to recognise end of module achievement, particularly where professional body accreditation is offered, and may involve unseen or open-book exercises.
Each year, there is a 40 credit Work-Based Learning project which supports you in the practical application of your studies in your workplace.
You will receive feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
COST AND LOANS
You can apply for a student loan for this course.
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.
You will be required to cover the cost of:
- Text books
- Travel to other sites - Where required
- Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable
- Printing and photocopying - Ypu will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning
- Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Our teaching supports students in reaching their potential in the course. We recognise the diversity of learning styles and techniques they will use and offer a variety of means through which they can engage with the subject: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, visiting speakers, digital materials, coursework and tutorials.
We offer timely feedback from tutors. We also value the learning from students’ experiences with other work and organisations and support their reflections on their academic and personal development. We encourage them to develop skills relevant to life and work as well as for academic study. Typically, teaching takes place in face to face mode and in on-line environments and is informed by student feedback.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
INDEPENDENT LEARNING AND OVERALL WORKLOAD
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For the Extended Essay in year two, and the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.
Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be field trips.
For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.
The college has close links with the college’s Business School and benefit from the Employers Advisory Board that has established partnerships with representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.
Our faculty staff have a wide range of industry and academic experience and deliver the vast majority of lectures and seminars. We recognise the importance of continuing professional development and the accreditation of awards relating to the HE Sector, such as HEA recognition.
Successful completion of a Foundation Degree in Business and Management this course allows you to continue your studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Student who study on this degree programme often apply to study on our BSc (Hons) Business Studies Level 6 Top programme available during a day or evening route.
Prepare you for new and/or existing employment opportunities and development.