FdSc Business and Enterprise
This course provides you with the education, knowledge, and skills necessary to gain employment in business.
As the business world becomes increasingly competitive, entrepreneurial spirit and a firm grounding in the nature of enterprise are in high demand. Our foundation business course will set you up to meet that demand, whether you aspire to set up your own business, lead an organisation to success, or excel as part of a strong team.
Designed in partnership with industrial experts and Cirencester College, this prestigious business course is tailor-made to help you develop practical and academic expertise in creativity and innovation.
We also offer you the additional opportunity of progressing on to the final year of our BSc (Hons) International Business Management. Progression opportunities will also be available to appropriate honours conversion programmes at other HEIs in the UK.
You will gain a practical understanding of the dynamic business environment during a work placement between your first and second year. This will embed your theoretical understanding of every element of business, from marketing and management to e-commerce and social media.
- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.)
- BTEC: MPP
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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Practical experience is emphasised in the first year, where you will work through the core modules and focus on work-related situations to ensure your experiential knowledge is developed alongside your academic skills. The second year will see you further develop broader business and management expertise.
There are many opportunities to engage with individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses, enabling you to gain valuable, hands-on ‘real business’ experience.
The foundation business course will be assessed through research projects, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. The overall grade for your foundation degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 4 and level 5 (weighted 30:70) accordingly.
Modules studied on this course include:
- 1238 Being Enterprising
- 1239 Foundations of Marketing
- 1241 Management and Leadership 1
- 1242 Personal and Professional Development
- 1243 Work Placement
- 1244 Managing People
- 1245 Introduction to Business Finance
- 1255 Managing Operations
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
This course will set you up to start and your own business, or pursue a career in business development, marketing, finance, human resources or enterprise partnership.
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
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