FdSc Business and Enterprise
Whether you aspire to set up your own business, lead an organisation to success or excel as part of a strong team, this Foundation Degree will give you the core business skills and entrepreneurial spirit to achieve just that.
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, you will explore core business disciplines and develop practical and academic expertise in creativity and innovation. During your time here you will benefit from access to a host of CV-enhancing activities such as our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme, business plan competitions, careers fairs and mentoring activities. You will also have the option to progress on to the final year of one of our BSc (Hons) International Business Management degrees upon completion of this course.
Business students have the opportunity to work with real start-up enterprises based at the Gloucestershire Growth Hub on campus, using their knowledge to find and implement solutions to current industry problems.
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 complete a period of compulsory work experience during the summer holiday between your first and second year. This will allow you to put the knowledge and skills that you have gained in the first year into practice in the workplace and gain industry contacts before you graduate.
- 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)
The Royal Agricultural University is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Start-up visa route. The Start-up visa is for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time.
The Start-up visa is administered by the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and facilitated by School of Business and Entrepreneurship. To be endorsed for the Start-up visa by The RAU, you must be an RAU student or graduate, and have taken part in the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Contact email@example.com for further information.
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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You will benefit from a course that has been designed with our partners at Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions. You will gain the fundamentals in your first year through core modules and teaching based on practical and work-related situations. In your second year you will develop broader business and management skills and there will be many opportunities to engage with individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses to gain valuable, hands-on experience.
You will be assessed through a wide range of techniques including research projects, case studies, business plans, portfolios, 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.
- Re-sit examination fees or coursework re-submissions are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.
Our graduates have gone on to start their own enterprise or pursue careers within companies in roles such as:
- Business Development Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Human Resources Manager
- Enterprise Partner
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
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.
Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.
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