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University of Portsmouth

Business and Management

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Part-time | 2021

Subject

Business studies

**Overview**
If you're already working, but want to develop professional skills to take your career further, then this part-time FdA business and management foundation degree is ideal.

You'll get a robust grounding in all things business, including marketing, finance and project management. And you'll get to put what you learn to work in your job, making it mutually beneficial to both you and your employer.

The course takes you two thirds of the way to a full Bachelor's degree. You'll be able to top up to a Bachelor's degree by continuing your studies once you graduate.

**What you'll experience**
On this foundation degree course, you'll:

* Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management

* Get an understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and management

* Have the flexibility to study at Chichester College, the Isle of Wight, Havant & South Downs College with full access to University of Portsmouth facilities and support

* Take what you learn in the classroom back to your job

**Careers and opportunities**
This course can improve your promotion prospects and make you more effective in your current role. Once you graduate, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification in business and management, which you could top up to a Bachelor's degree.

**What can you do with a Business and Management FdA?**
Previous graduates have pursued careers in:

* business development and consultancy

* management

* recruitment

* emarketing

* financial and risk analysis

After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

- Managing People
- Work-Based Learning 1
- Managing Information and Financial Resources
- Business Conference 1

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

- Marketing
- Work-Based Learning 2
- The Business Environment
- Business Conference 2

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

- Business Excellence
- Project Management
- Business Conference 3
- Manager Development

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- examinations
- online activities
- presentations
- essay assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 14% by practical exams and 86% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework

The Uni


Course locations:

Havant and South Downs College - South Downs Campus

Isle of Wight College

Chichester College

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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