Business Management (at Bromley College), Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree at Bromley College Business and Management  2017/18

Year of entry

 

This course is delivered on behalf of, and validated by, Canterbury Christ Church University. It is suitable for you if you are already employed and want to gain a business management qualification while working. It is delivered over two evenings per week and some Saturdays during the year.

The course includes sessions and workshops combined with work-based application and projects, thus enabling students to develop a range of practical skills and to acquire an appreciation and understanding of the diverse factors involved in business management.

It is a two year degree, with the first two years of study taking place at Bromley College University Centre.  A Foundation Degree award enables students to continue their studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject and students can choose to study their final year either at Bromley College University Centre on a Top Up degree or at Canterbury Christ Church University.  

Find out more about Business and Management at Bromley College.
The course is for those looking to understand the business environment and gain a comprehensive and specialised range of knowledge of business.  You may be taking your first degree or adding to existing skills.  If you want to enhance your skills and increase your employability or your career goals then this degree is for you. 

Year 1

  • Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)
  • Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
  • Business Analysis (20 credits)
  • Economics (20 credits)
  • Work Based Learning Project 1 (40 credits)

Year 2

  • Management and Leadership (20 credits)
  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • Research Method (20 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Work Based Learning Project 2 (40 credits)

Year 1

Accounting & Finance for Business

The module will provide an introduction to accounting and finance for students who are NOT majoring in accounting or finance. It examines the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making.  Students will learn key accounting and finance topics and be introduced to financial statements and case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Marketing Principles and Practice

The module is designed to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice.  Students will learn how marketing differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. Student will gain a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus and the impact of the marketing environment.  The module will define the main core marketing concepts, such as the marketing and services mix, consumer buyer behaviour, product development, market research and strategy, marketing communication, relationship and digital marketing. 

Business Analysis

The module will help students develop a range of statistical and computing skills that can be used during the course of their academic program and future careers in business.  Students will learn and engage in business and market research, statistics used in business, marketing, economics and finance. Students will engage with published literature and various statistical techniques.   

Economic

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.  Students will analyse the operation of the individual market by means of demand and supply models. Students will appraise different markets and the dynamic nature of these markets regarding, perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition.  Students will be introduced to macro-economic affairs and will learn how to critically assess current developments in the U.K. and Europe, free market versus government intervention, fiscal and monetary policies and global economies.  

Work Based Learning Project 1

Students will be required to carry out research and activities within their work setting to demonstrate a full understanding of the links between theory and practice.  Foundation Degrees have a high level of emphasis on work place competency in addition to theoretical knowledge and both come together into a Work-Based Learning Project.  Work-Based Learning projects need to be negotiated with the Work-Based project tutor and a nominated workplace mentor and meet the need for closely linking learning from the programme with actual business practice.

Year 2

Management and Leadership

The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy, ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches.  Students will explore a range of different perspectives on management and leadership with particular focus on particular issues.

Project Management

Students will gain a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of the discipline of Project Management and will examine the role of project management through the application of a range of analytical models and tools as applied to a range of case studies.  Student will learn a range of topics in line with various project management methodology, such as the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BOK).  Student will study a range of topics including, Project Selection Methods, Project Cost Estimating, Project Scheduling, Team-building within Projects, Project Risk Management, Project Quality Management and Project Termination methods.  Students will have access to interactive project management software, applications and training programs including, Microsoft Projects and ILX Simulation Program.  Student will also have an opportunity to qualify for an Introductory Certificate in Project Management on successful completion of the module.  Additionally, the knowledge gained will enable students to operate effectively in a project oriented environment within any type of business organisation.

Research Methods

This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.  Students will learn about the nature of academic research and the characteristics of an effective research plan.  Students will be introduced to a range of more complex statistical techniques that build on the understanding they developed in Year 1.   The use of PASWS to input and analyse data quantitative data will be covered along with techniques for collecting and analysing qualitative data.

Consumer Behaviour

What do we know about consumers and how can we manage our marketing activities to influence them to buy the products we take to market?  The aim of the module is to develop in students a critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.  The module will cover three aspects of consumer behaviour.  Firstly, the psychology of the individual consumer and the roles that memory, learning, motivation and perception play in consumer decision making.  Secondly, the module will examine the social, cultural and environmental influences on the consumer, the family, reference groups, digital 

technologies, social class, age cohorts, broader socio-economic factors and the ways in which group membership influences individual consumers, and the impact of the ethical consumer.  Thirdly, it will cover the main characteristics of organisational buyer behaviour and how they differ from household buyer behaviour.

Work Based Learning Project 2

Students will be required to carry out research and activities within their work setting to demonstrate a full understanding of the links between theory and practice.  For project 2 students will be encouraged to develop a project closely linked to one or more subjects from the Year 2 programme.  However, the project should be more in-depth than the year 1 project and reflect the learning from both Year 1 and Year 2.

Students can either choose a new subject for their project or, where appropriate, expand their Year 1 project by completing linked projects which the student would not have has the skills, experience or knowledge to complete in Year 1.  Either route should reflect learning outcome from levels 4 and 5.

Successful completion of a Foundation Degree in Business and Management this course allows you to continue your studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. 

Prepare you for new and/or existing employment opportunities and development.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £6,000  N/A
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Our teaching supports students in reaching their potential in the course. We recognise the diversity of learning styles and techniques they will use and offer a variety of means through which they can engage with the subject: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, visiting speakers, digital materials, coursework and tutorials.

We offer timely feedback from tutors. We also value the learning from students’ experiences with other work and organisations and support their reflections on their academic and personal development. We encourage them to develop skills relevant to life and work as well as for academic study. Typically, teaching takes place in face to face mode and in on-line environments and is informed by student feedback.  

 

A wide variety of assessment methods are employed to develop both academic and professional skills. The overall emphasis within the programme is on coursework assessment. This will involve the use of essays, reports, presentations, computer- based projects, reflective and critical assignment, research activities and case studies. Examinations may be used to recognise end of module achievement, particularly where professional body accreditation is offered, and may involve unseen or open-book exercises.

 

64 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels or equivalent and five GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths.

Mature applicants, without the normal entry requirements, are encouraged to apply and will be accepted if there is evidence of their ability to succeed.

The University Centre recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The University Centre has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.
A University Centre has close links with the college’s Business School and benefit from the Employers Advisory Board that has established partnerships with representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS code

  • N104

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 2 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths

    OR Business Level 3 Extended Diploma

    OR other business-related Level 3 qualifications

    You should be in full-time employment

    Mature students with relevant employment experience are welcome to apply

    Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Location

School

  • Not applicable

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