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Business and Enterprise (FdA)

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this work-based course you will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career in business or enterprise development. You will receive input from regional and local employers and expert staff, and, drawing on your previous and current work experience, you will develop your understanding of business and innovation principles.
The course is offered at City of Oxford College (part of Activate Learning, and an Associate College Partner of Oxford Brookes), and is designed to allow you to continue working while you study.

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Activate Learning - City of Oxford College

Course length

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

UCAS code

N102 - City of Oxford College

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

  • On this course you will develop a wide range of knowledge, understanding and entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. You will learn how to run and manage a small business and also acquire the key competences that employers are looking for in today’s changing business environment. On completion of this foundation degree you can choose to progress to the final year of an honours degree in Business and Management.
  • Although this course is taught at City of Oxford College, you will also be able to access many of the learning, social and support facilities at Oxford Brookes University, as well as those of the college.
  • You will benefit from university-level teaching in a college environment, with tutors who will ensure that you get the help and support you need to get the most from your studies.
  • You will put theory into practice by using your current role at work to reflect upon teaching and to fulfil some of the assessment criteria.
  • Oxford Brookes has close links with local businesses and entrepreneurs who add their input to this course and ensure that the emphasis is on real business skills that will be valued in the workplace.
To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership college pages.

This course has been developed in partnership with the Business School at Oxford Brookes University and in consultation with local employers and entrepreneurs. On this course you will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of business and the range of contexts and environments that organisations operate within. You will explore core business disciplines alongside the dynamic nature of enterprise, developing your creativity and innovation skills and promoting new ideas.

You will engage with individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organisations in order to develop your own entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

The business element of the course will equip you with an understanding of the scope and functions of business, as well as an appreciation of the internal and external environments in which businesses operate.

The enterprise element explores the concepts and theories of enterprise and entrepreneurship, while examining organisational behaviour, the nature of creativity and the concepts of management and decision-making.

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 listed here.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Business Context
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Financial Accounts for New Businesses
  • Entrepreneurial Traits
  • Marketing and New Media
  • Critical Skills/Personal Development (double module)
  • Developing Business Ideas

Year 2 (Level 5) modules

  • Meeting Customer Needs and Quality
  • Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Financial Accounts for a Developing Business
  • Leadership and Managing People
  • Your Business and the Law
  • Work-based Business Project (double module)

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Over half of the course consists of independent study with the remainder being guided learning. Throughout the course, you will:

  • participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which will develop your knowledge and understanding of issues related to your role in the business environment
  • work in groups to examine and discuss issues
  • compile portfolios
  • work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software
  • undertake projects to benefit your employer and your own professional development.
You will have the opportunity to use your workplace to provide appropriate evidence for assessment. This will be particularly relevant for the Work-based Business Project, but will also offer opportunities for other modules where you may be able to apply theory in practice and then provide a reflective evaluation of your experiences in a work situation.

Modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. Teaching and learning strategies will include group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, experiments and note-taking.

Approach to assessment

The assessment you undergo will be formative (such as in class exercises, tests and activities - these do not form part of your grade) and summative (providing a measure of your achievement - this determines your grades).

At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee : 2018/19: £4,900

International - full time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £8,000 2018/19: £8,200

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

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS - normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components.

Please also 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.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

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

Applications for foundation degrees should be made through UCAS.

Part-time applicants should apply directly to City of Oxford College, tel. 01865 550550.

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. This will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which are appropriate for the nature of study you are required to undertake.

Additionally, the colleges offer a wide range of other resources and facilities which will be available to you. Further details of these can be found in the Higher Education Student Handbook. As well as being enrolled at City of Oxford College, you will also be registered and enrolled with Oxford Brookes University and so will be able to use many of the same facilities and services as on-campus students. These include:

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

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 will equip you with knowledge and understanding of the business world, and much sought-after entrepreneurial skills. This is a varied course which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business. It is designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing business environment.

Further study

You may be able to progress on to a further year of study at Oxford Brookes University, or at City of Oxford College, in order to 'top up' to a full honours degree. Typically, 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 to the BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise ‘top-up’ year offered at City of Oxford College.


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  • Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure 2018 - PDF