Management - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Management
The Foundation Degree in Management leading to the BA (Hons) Management in the Workplace provides a route for those aspiring to work in management and provides the opportunity to develop the skills, expertise, knowledge and understanding needed to enhance students management employment potential. Throughout each level of the programme there is an emphasis on self-development as well as understanding the motivations of other people, useful facets for a management career. The use of a personal development profile process enables students to reflect upon your skills development and establish objectives that will edge you closer towards your professional goals.
The embedding of employability is integral to the culture of the programme and this view of employability mirrors that of the School of Professional Studies, focusing on the enhancement of lifelong employability, reflecting research on the graduate attributes sought by employers: intelligent, flexible, self-aware lifelong learners with communication, interactive and team working skills, who add value to and transform organisations
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 120 points in an appropriate discipline (excluding functional skills) in an appropriate discipline.
We also welcome applications from those with relevant work experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120) excluding functional skills in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who are able to demonstrate substantial relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
The programme offers progression to the BA (Hons) Management in the Workplace with electives on achievement of Foundation Degree at Commendation level. Opportunities exist to progress into graduate employment and with the demand for well-qualified management graduates, employability opportunities are widely available.
Modules and Assessment
Full Time Year 1 (Level 4):
- MAN401 Managing Human Resources - 20 credits
- MAN402 Managing Teams and Practice - 20 credits
- MAN403 Continuous Professional Development and Reflective Practice - 20 credits
- MAN400 Business Economics - 20 credits
- MAN404 Market Environment - 20 credits
- MAN406 Psychology and Motivation - 20 credits
Full Time Year 2 (Level 5)
- MAN500 Business Statistics and Financial Management - 20 credits
- MAN501 Organisational Research Project - 20 credits
- MAN507 Nature of Leadership - 20 credits
- MAN503 Coaching and Mentoring (Optional) - 20 credits
- MAN505 Business Ethics - 20 credits
- BFC501 Work Based and Placement Learning - 20 credits
Each inpidual module has a detailed assessment strategy that reflects that module’s aims and objectives. The range of assessment techniques comprises of written reports, essays, case studies, oral presentations, professional discussions, simulations and examinations.
Breakdown of assessment methods:
Full Time Year 1 (Level 4)
- MAN401 Managing Human Resources; 100% coursework
- MAN402 Managing Teams and Practice; 50% coursework, 50% practical
- MAN403 Continuous Professional Development and Reflective Practice 1; 50% coursework, 50% practical
- MAn400 Business Economics;50% coursework, 50% exam
- MAN404 Market Environment; 60% coursework, 40% exam
- MAN406 Psychology and Motivation; 100% coursework
Full Time Year 2 (Level 5):
- MAN500 Business Statistics and Financial Management; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- MAN501 Organisational Research Project; 80% coursework, 20% practical
- MAN503 Coaching and Mentoring; 40% coursework, 60% practical
- MAN505 Business Ethics; 60% coursework, 40% exam
- MAN507 Nature of Leadership; 60% coursework, 40% exam
BFC501 Work Based and Placement Learning course work 60%, 40% practical
Teaching and Learning Methods
Students encounter a range of learning and teaching methods. Lectures are used to deliver core knowledge and theoretical concepts, whilst seminars and workshops are devoted to the opportunity to engage in discussion, evaluation and reflection at both and level five. The first year scaffolds skills and knowledge of the underlying concepts in Business Management and no prior specific knowledge of management is necessarily required and the level four mode of study. The work placement element of the course supports the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility. At level four the notion of developing the skills to be a reflective practitioner is key and the CPD and Reflective Practice module fosters these skills and supports the development of reflective practice.
The level five mode of study continues and progressively builds on the theme of reflective practice and is geared towards management situations and scenarios’ and requires reflection to propose solutions arising from that analysis and evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving managerial problems and dilemma’s. Student-managed and experiential learning feature prominently, at both individual and group level, and students are encouraged to share their experiences of learning, learn from the experiences of others, to enhance their reflective skills and become more critically self-aware at both levels. A variety of learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, case studies, directed and independent learning and a live consultancy project.
Percentage of time in different learning activities, by year for this course:
Year 1: 24% time in lectures, 65% time in independent study, 11% time on placement
Year 2: 24% time in lectures, 65% time in independent study, 11% time on placement
Work Placement and Field Trips
All full-time students will be required to undertake a minimum of 40 days work experience. Placements are completed between semesters one and two. This work experience is fundamental to the Foundation degree and is a key element in the delivery of module learning outcomes and skills.
The basis of each placement will be a specifically agreed work placement project, with set objectives, which benefit both the employer and the student. Each placement will be monitored by a module tutor.
It is not unusual for students who have completed a placement to be encouraged by their placement employer to apply to them again for a graduate trainee position, and this usually means that students are able to go straight to the final stage of the graduate selection process. In addition the team maintains strong links with placement providers; this also results in the team being notified of recruitment opportunities for our students.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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