Project Management - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Project Management
With global competitiveness posing a real threat to UK business, the onus is on industry to become smarter and more responsive through the appointment of highly effective project management personnel. Our BSc (Hons) Project Management and preparatory Foundation Degree programmes were designed in close collaboration with large local employers such as BAE Systems to meet the project control and management needs of industry locally, regionally and nationally. Many past students are now employed by BAE Systems, other major companies such as Rolls Royce and local councils: through our well-developed employer relationships we will actively support you to follow in their footsteps. Progression to the MSc in Project Management at Lancaster University is also an option.
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 120 UCAS Points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline. You should hold an appropriate Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Levels or an equivalent qualification. 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. You should hold an appropriate Diploma/Extended Diploma, A-levels or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
On completion, successful students could progress to our BSc (Hons) Project Management and/or to employment in Project Control and Project Management roles within medium to large employers eg BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and DWP.
Modules and Assessment
This industry-focused programme introduces you to the tools and techniques required for effective project management, focusing on how to implement those techniques and the various scenarios to which they apply. This emphasis on learning through application enables the development of cognitive skills and capabilities and a set of competencies for addressing ‘real world’ issues. The variety of students’ working backgrounds allows for cross-pollination of working practices and ideas to strengthen your understanding of the dynamic role of practising project managers.
Core modules include:
Year 1 Level 4 120 credits
PC02 Managing Teams and Decisions - 20 credits
PC03 Project Management Tools & Techniques - 20 credits
PC04 Methodologies and Principles of Project - 20 credits
PC07 Business Environment and Supply Chain - 20 credits
PC13 Academic and Vocational Practices - 20 credits
PC10 Project Management Software - 20 credits
PC11 Innovation, Technology & Sustainability - 20 credits
Year 2 Level 5 120 credits
PC01 Managing Finance within Projects - 20 credits
PC05 Conflict Resolution - 20 credits
PC06 Organisational Strategy and Principles of Risk - 20 credits
PC08 Major Project - 40 credits
PC09 Coaching & Mentoring (Interpersonal Skills) - 20 credits
PC12 Legal & Professional Issues within Project Management - 20 credits
Both formal and informal formative and summative assessments will require students to demonstrate advanced study skills and to use them in the critical analysis and synthesis of information from a variety of sources. Modes of assessment may be drawn from the following:
- Essays will allow the students to explore the theoretical context.
- Literature review. Students learn how to use existing literature to help solve a problem, win support, or determine what further research needs to be conducted. Results reported in written form, in poster form, or as multimedia presentation.
- Individual reports encourage independent study through a structured framework.
- Pre-seen and unseen written assessments and examinations add academic rigour.
- Presentations develop communication skills.
- Short exercises involving data analysis promote statistical research skills.
- Portfolio work develops appropriate methodologies and reflective practice. They will facilitate reflective practice, including critical self and peer evaluation, enabling students to chart their own developmental progress both academically and professionally.
- Tasks aimed at the assessment of specific skills (eg. research skills, statistical presentation skills).
The percentage weighting of coursework, practical and exam assessments for each module are as follows:
Year 1: Managing Teams and |Decisions - coursework 60% / exam 40%; Project Management Tools and Techniques - practical 100%; Methodologies and Principles of Project Management - coursework 80% / exam 20%; Business Environment and Supply Chain - coursework 100%; Project Management Software - coursework 60% / exam 40%; Innovation, Technology and Sustainability - coursework 60% / exam 40%; Academic and Vocational Practices - practical 100%
Year 2: Managing Finance within Projects - coursework 100%; Conflict Resolution - coursework 50% / practical 50%; Organisational Strategy and Principles of Risk - coursework 100%; Major Project - coursework 100%; Coaching and Mentoring (Interpersonal Skills) - coursework 50% / practical 50%; Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues within Project Management - coursework 60% / exam 40%.
The overall assessment breakdown is as follows:
Year 1: written exams - 17% / coursework - 58% / practical - 25%
Year 1: written exams - 7% / coursework - 85% / practical - 8%
Year 1 Level 4
PC02 Managing Teams and Decisions - 60% Coursework, 40% Examination
PC03 Project Management Tools & Techniques - 100% Practical
PC04 Methodologies and Principles of Project - 80% Coursework, 20% Examination
PC07 Business Environment and Supply Chain - 100% Coursework
PC13 Academic and Vocational Practices - 100% Practical
PC10 Project Management Software - 60% Coursework, 40% Examination
PC11 Innovation, Technology & Sustainability - 60% Coursework, 40% Examination
Year 2 Level 5
PC01 Managing Finance within Projects - 100% Coursework
PC05 Conflict Resolution - 50% Coursework, 50% Practical
PC06 Organisational Strategy and Principles of Risk - 100% Coursework
PC08 Major Project - 100% Coursework
PC09 Coaching & Mentoring (Interpersonal Skills) - 50% Coursework, 50% Practical
PC12 Legal & Professional Issues within Project Management - 60% Coursework, 40% Examination
Teaching and Learning Methods
Our learning and teaching strategies are based on informal, interactive lecture and seminar sessions and inclusivity of the virtual learning environment (VLE) platform. You will be required to be autonomous in your approach to study, demonstrating advanced study skills and using them in the analysis and synthesis of information from a variety of sources. The percentage breakdown of how your time is allocated throughout the course is as follows:
Year 1: lectures and seminars - 32% / work placement - 2% / independent study - 66%
Year 2: lectures and seminars - 32% / independent study - 68%
Work Placement and Field Trips
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 40 days' work experience. Placements will either be between semesters 1 and 2 of Year 3 on the part-time route or Year 2 of the full-time route. (If a student is able to secure a placement earlier than the aforementioned, then this can be arranged). This work experience is fundamental to the Foundation Degree and is a key element in the delivery of module learning outcomes and skills
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).
This course is accredited by the Association of Project Managers (APM). This means that a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) formally recognises the professional value of the qualification. APM Academic Accreditation assesses programmes or modules to help students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers. Academic Accreditation identifies courses and modules which are aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition. Click here for further information.
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