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Business, Management and Communications (FdA)

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

Business School

This work-based course will develop your knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career in business, management or communications. You will gain practical management and communication skills, transferable within a range of industries and sectors.

The course is offered at the following Oxford Brookes' Associate Partner Colleges:

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Abingdon and Witney College / Solihull College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years
  • Part time: 3 years (up to a maximum of 6 years)

UCAS code

NP1Y - Abingdon & Witney College
NP1X - Solihull College

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • On this course you will receive input from regional and local employers and expert staff, and drawing on your previous and current work experience, you will explore business, management and communications within a variety of contexts.
  • Successful completion of a foundation degree entitles you to progress to the final year of a related bachelor’s degree at Oxford Brookes, or to undertake a top-up year at a local college.
  • You will have access to many of the learning, social and support facilities at both Oxford Brookes plus those of either Abingdon & Witney College or Solihull College.
  • To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

This foundation degree is currently taught at our partner colleges Abingdon & Witney College and Solihull College. The foundation degree has been designed with three elements:

The business element introduces you to the scope and functions of business, gradually developing your understanding of the environments within which organisations operate.

The management element takes basic management concepts and theories to a contemporary and practical level, integrating organisational behaviour aspects with management and decision making.

The communications element looks at the interaction and communication between staff and the internal and external customers and stakeholders.

On this course you will develop the professional, academic and research skills that you need in order to enter or progress within the workplace. In Year 1, you will be introduced to areas such as critical thinking and academic writing. In Year 2, you will focus on research skills and developing skills of enquiry in preparation for your final-year business project (which will be focused on your workplace).

This will also help prepare you for your honours modules (eg synoptic module or dissertation) should you decide to progress on to the final year of an honours degree. Your options are:

  • BA (Hons) Business and Management delivered at Oxford Brookes University
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management delivered at Solihull College
  • BA (Hons) Business, Management and Communications delivered at Abingdon & Witney College

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from the ones shown here.

The modules listed below are compulsory.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Management Concepts
  • Customer Communications
  • Personal Development (Double Module)
  • Business Context
  • Accounting for Business
  • Digital Information for Business
  • Year 2 (Level 5) modules

  • International Business
  • Strategic Management
  • External Communications
  • Business Project (Double Module)
  • Managing Work Performance
  • Business and Finance
  • Developing Management Capabilities
  • Work placements

    You need to have access to an appropriate work environment (voluntary or paid; full-time, part-time or work placement).

    Essential purchases

    It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

    Teaching and learning

    You will experience a range of teaching and learning methods which will include lectures, workshops, seminars, group work and directed activities carried out independently.

    Work-based learning is also an important part of the course and will be linked in with core modules. You need to be employed in either a voluntary or paid role for the duration of the course, and we will provide you with opportunities to use your workplace as a point of reference for your assignments. This will enable you to appreciate the links between theory and practice and to develop your understanding of key business-related issues within a vocational context.

    Approach to assessment

    A variety of assessment methods will be used, including the submission of written reports, delivering individual and group presentations, completing time-constrained assessments, simulation exercises, role play, and submitting a personal development portfolio.

    Tuition fees

    Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2017/18: £7,000

    Home/EU - part time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £4,760

    International - full time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £8,000 2018/19: £8,200 - only at Abingdon & Witney campus

    *Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

    Undergraduate fee levels for 2018/19 have not yet been announced by the government and are therefore yet to be confirmed. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level for new and returning Home/EU students.

    Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

    Questions about fees?
    Contact Student Finance on:
    +44 (0)1865 483088

    Funding and scholarships

    For general sources of financial support, see:

    Specific entry requirements

    Entrants to the programme should normally meet one of the following three sets of requirements:

    • a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and a line manager's letter of support and recommendation (a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience is normally required)
    • a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C), or equivalent, normally including Mathematics and English Language
    • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) , or equivalent, normally including Mathematics and English Language
    Admission with credit
    • Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4 and 30 credits at Level 5.

    Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

    English language requirements

    Please see the University's standard English language requirements

    International and EU applications

    Preparation courses for International and EU students

    We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

    Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

    Country specific entry requirements

    If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

    How to apply

    Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

    Students wishing to undertake part-time study should apply directly to the college of their choice.

    International applications

    International students requiring a Tier 4 visa cannot study this course at Solihull College or Swindon College, but can apply to study it at our other partners.

    Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

    When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

    Credit transfer

    Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

    Specialist facilities

    You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the kind of study you will undertake. Additionally, the College offers a wide range of other resources and facilities which will be available to you.

    Although this course is not taught at Oxford Brookes, you will have access to many of the University’s facilities and support services. This includes access to:

    • Oxford Brookes' libraries
    • The Centre for Sport
    • The Students' Union
    • Professional advice and information from Oxford Brookes’ Career and Employment Centre.

    For more information, visit our pages for students attending partner colleges.

    General support services

    Supporting your learning

    From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

    Personal support services

    We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

    Career prospects

    This foundation degree prepares you to pursue a career in business in a variety of roles. You will gain practical management and communication skills, which are vital within a range of industries and sectors.

    Further study

    You may be able to progress on to a further year of study at Oxford Brookes University, or at one of our partner colleges, in order to 'top up' to a full honours degree.

    Normally, students who achieve an average of 55% over the second year (Level 5 modules) of the foundation degree will be eligible for progression on to the BA (Hons) in Business and Management final (honours) year offered at Oxford Brookes University or Solihull College, or the BA (Hons) in Business, Management and Communications at Abingdon & Witney College.