Business and Financial Management - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Business and Financial Management
For the Business theme:
The distinctive themed approach to the Business element of the Foundation degree is designed to prepare students for the wide variety of activities, functions, professional skills and the powerful critical awareness that careers in today’s business demand. Students are offered the opportunity to develop a broad base of business knowledge, a range of essential personal competencies and a comprehensive understanding of both the individual within an organisation and the organisation within its environment that will help to equip them for employment in large and small organisations, or setting up their own business.
For the Financial Management theme:
The ethos of the programme is one of practice-based learning, common to programmes within the School of Business and Professional Studies in which an in-depth, broad knowledge and understanding of a range of finance, and business-related subjects is developed. The course focuses on the application of modern finance and business theory and concepts to relevant finance issues in order to reach conclusions and make realistic and appropriate policy recommendations.
Course Entry Requirements
120 UCAS points from a level 3 qualification in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applications from those with relevant work experience at supervisory or management level 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 and GCSE Maths at grade C or above. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge at Supervisory or Management level will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
Students who successfully complete the FdA Business and Financial Management programme at merit or above will be allowed to progress onto the BA (Hons) Top Up in Business and Financial Management.
Modules and Assessment
Full Time Year 1 (Level 4)
|Managing in the Legal Context||One||4||20|
|Responding to Business Information Systems||One||4||20|
|Introduction to Financial Accounting||Two||4||20|
|Managing People in Organisations||Two||4||20|
|Developing Entrepreneurship for Small Business||Two||4||20|
|Academic and Digital Literacy||One & Two||4||20|
Full Time Year 2 (Level 5)
|Developing Human Resource Practice||One||5||20|
|Contemporary Issues in Business||Two||5||20|
|Financial Management Systems||Two||5||20|
|Work Based and Placement Learning||One & Two||5||20|
|Professional Skills Development||Two||5||20|
Assessments are designed and delivered in the context of realistic workplace situations and might include a range from the following throughout the duration of the programme.
- Live and contemporary case study assignments
- Workplace reports and audits
- Work-based learning
- Practical exercises
- Short tests
- Written examinations
- Project and dissertation
Breakdown of assessment methods:
- Managing the Legal Context; 60% coursework, 40% practical
- Responding to Business Information Systems; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Introduction to Financial Accounting; 100% practical
- Managing People in Organisations; 60% coursework, 40% practical
- Enterprise for Small Business; 70% coursework, 30% practical
- Academic and Digital Literacy; 100% coursework
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. These are used to explore the interrelationships between theory and practice using methods such as case-study analysis, role-play, group activities and business simulation games.
Percentage of time in different learning activities, by year for this course:
Year 1: 21% time in lectures, 79% time in independent study
Year 2: 23% time in lectures, 61% time in independent study, 16% time on placement
Work Placement and Field Trips
The Work Based and Placement Learning module at Level 5 will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 96 hours work placement in an appropriate area. This gives students the opportunity to contextualise their studies in a work environment, making sense of their studies in relation to their professional career.
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.
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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
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