UK's first-ever Foundation Degree in social enterprise

Monday, 29 April 2013

Ruskin College library

The UK's first Foundation Degree in social enterprise will be taught at Ruskin College in Oxford through a special partnership with Oxford Brookes University.

The Foundation Degree in Business and Social Enterprise is designed to broaden students' knowledge and practical understanding of the sector, as well as focus on key business skills such as leadership, management and strategy.

A social enterprise is a business that operates with social or environmental benefits and can range from large international companies to small community based enterprises.

This unique qualification will cater for a rapidly growing sector and it is hoped it will inspire even more people to make a difference.

The course is now recruiting for entry in September 2013.

This is the first Brookes validated course to be taught at Ruskin College – an independent college based in Old Headington and an Associate College Partner of Brookes.

Ruskin's ethos is to change the lives of those who need a second chance in education and want to put something back into society.

David Hodges, UK and International Partnership Development Manager within the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes, said: "We're delighted to be introducing a course in Social Enterprise which is the first of its kind. Those who complete the Foundation Degree at Ruskin College will have the opportunity to continue their education with Brookes via a BA (Hons) in Business and Management.

"We hope to be able to provide further courses through Ruskin College in the future and I am sure that this innovative new course will be of great benefit to both students and the wider community."

Chris Wilkes, General Secretary for Ruskin College, added: "Ruskin College is delighted to be working in partnership with Oxford Brookes on this brand new programme. We believe it fits the changing business needs of the 21st century and our aim is to attract adults who wish to learn to make a difference in their communities through social enterprise."