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Business Management - Foundation Degree


With the Degree in Business Management you’re gaining a professionally accredited qualification that will allow you to compete for the best roles across a diverse range of industry sectors.  To give you an even greater head start, the course has been co-created with employers and delivers ‘hands-on’ experience. A dynamic curriculum not only builds specialist leadership skills, but also develops an understanding of other key business

disciplines to take your career to the next level. Business Management degrees provide the greatest variety of career routes in national and international organisations, both private and public, as well as in small and medium companies around the world. Some graduates also go on to start businesses themselves.

Well-qualified management graduates are in high demand especially if your people and leadership skills are second to none. These skills are embedded throughout all modules within the course. You have the choice of optional modules in Finance, Marketing or Human Resource Management. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your specialism through the Work Based Learning and Dissertation modules.

Though the course is delivered in Blackpool, it’s actually awarded by Lancaster University, providing graduates with a top university qualification. And as if that wasn’t enough, the course also gives you an opportunity to gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in Leadership and Management.

You will be taught by our friendly, professional teaching team, all of whom benefit from extensive management experience to support your future success. But don’t just take our word for it: our student satisfaction rate is a phenomenal 100% and our graduates are now employed by blue-chip employers, such as Tesco and the NHS.

  • Course code TH1HE188
  • UCAS code N190
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday
  • Time 09:00 - 16:30

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
2 Years
  • £31,000 average annual starting salary
  • Opportunities in both established businesses and dynamic start-ups
  • 34,700 job openings per year

What Uni Reviews

Best thing I have ever done! Increased my self confidence and given me the skills to achieve the things I want in life. The tutors are extremely encouraging and supportive. Thank you. *****
Very helpful tutors team and friendly environment in the campus. *****
Anna Rubule
I loved every moment. *****
Bethany Kingsbury

Student case study - Aneta Moss

Why did you choose B&FC?
There were several reasons. I was impressed that I could do a degree awarded by Lancaster University here plus it's local which works for me as I have a little one and a husband to think about.

What have been the benefits of studying here?
The Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs) have been amazing. They have made such a difference to my learning experience on an almost weekly basis.

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Good leadership skills are a genuine asset to any company so a programme that promises to develop them is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a career in business management. Even if you don't work directly in an area like human resources, being able to lead a project or team effectively is critical to success. What's more, because the leadership element of this degree is embedded in broader business concerns, students are able to utilise what they learn in a real-world context.

Next steps at B&FC

Successful completion of this foundation degree will allow you to ‘top up’ your qualification to a full honours degree with one of the following:

Other study options

Other graduates, who have chosen to top-up the foundation degree with our honours programme, have then progressed to teacher training, professional qualifications and masters' degrees.

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Full Access to HE Diploma with Merits in Level 3 subjects
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualification obtained

FdA Business Management

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

You will not be required to purchase any additional equipment to undertake this programme as the college has resources available to students. However, there may be some opportunities that will not be a requirement of the programme but will be available to students at an additional cost.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

All students have the opportunity to experience work-based learning through the Work Based Learning module this is studied at Level 5.

Also, the industry experience of the team feeds into the assessments through engaging authentic assessment equipping you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you will need as you progress into employment. 

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Managing People TH4MD336 20 No
    Operational Leadership TH4MD337 20 No
    Finance for Business TH4MD338 20 No
    Marketing TH4MD339 20 No
    Dynamic Business Environment TH4MD340 20 No
    Professional and Academic Skills Humanities TH4MD375 20 No
  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Leadership Practice TH5MD348 20 No
    Project Management TH5MD349 20 No
    Managing Teams TH5MD350 20 No
    Work Based Learning TH5MD351 20 No
    Professional Skills Development TH5MD352 20 No
    Digital Marketing Strategy TH5MD353 20 Yes
    Coaching and Mentoring TH5MD354 20 Yes
    Resourcing and Talent Planning TH5MD355 20 Yes
    Financial Decision Making TH5MD356 20 Yes

Study Support - at a glance

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

Tutor Profile - Daniel Hogg

Industry Background:
Worked in sports marketing at Blackpool FC before moving on to an operational management role at

Area of Expertise:
Strategy and Innovation, Global Marketing, Leadership, Operations.

Enjoys teaching at B&FC because:
It gives me the opportunity to use my academic knowledge to develop new and engaging course content for our degree-level provision.

How will I learn?

Expert tutors

Every course request should nominate a course tutor who is responsible for delivering the course and that the marketing team can use as a case study.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 288 273 0
Independent 912 897 0
Placement 0 30 0
Total 1200 1200 0
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How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined above. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 64% 71% 0%
Exam 30% 8% 0%
Practical 6% 16% 0%