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Foundation Degree Business & Management (Year 1 of 3)

The University of Portsmouth Business School has partnered with South Downs, Chichester and Isle of Wight Colleges which deliver the course to students living or working in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.  Successful graduates of the Foundation Degree can then progress to the final stage in order to "top up" their degree to the BA (Hons) Leaderships, Business & Management which is delivered from the University of Portsmouth.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement will normally be 60 tariff points from one A2, GNVQ, NVQ3, professional qualifications or equivalent. We welcome applications from mature candidates (over age 21) who may not meet the normal entry requirements but whose work experience will have prepared them to succeed in this degree. Admission to the programme will be open to those without formal qualifications who demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme. Normal university APEL policies and PBS procedures will apply.

In addition, the student is expected to be in appropriate employment with support from their employer which allows access to appropriate work related learning for agreed work based learning, coursework assignments and other forms of assessment. An over-riding criterion will be the academic judgement that the student will benefit from the programme and success will benefit from the programme and successfully complete it.

Applicants will normally be aged 18 years or over by the time they commence the course and will normally be interviewed for entry to the programme.

Course Content

This degree is aimed at those who are (or aspire to be) working within an organisation in a supervisory or management role. It seeks to provide the students with the opportunity to develop appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills through a combination of taught units of study, work based learning and an annual three-streamed business conference, which will enable you to make an effective contribution to the organisation. Considerable thought has gone into developing a curriculum which is flexible, relevant to employers and which prepares the successful student for entry to an honours degree.

A fundamental principle of the foundation degree is the support of the employer, especially the provision of a mentor and access to appropriate work-based learning. A mentoring system will be put in place for those in work and a Mentors Handbook has been developed to provide information to the employer and the student on the role of the mentor and what the student should expect from the employer and the mentor.

How will I be taught?

The course structure has two taught units and two work based learning units (WBL) each year and attendance will normally be a regular two hour session each week plus additional tutorials for the work based units and the manager development unit. In addition there will be a one day induction in October and a one day conference around February each year.

Year 1 – Managing People – taught unit

Managing Information and Financial Resources – taught unit

The Business Conference 1 – work based unit

Work Based Learning – work based unit

Year 2 – Marketing – taught unit

Economic Environment – taught unit

The Business Conference 2 – work based unit

Work Based Learning – work based unit

Year 3 – Project Management – taught unit

Business Excellence – taught unit

Manager Development – work based unit

The Business Conference 3 – work based unit

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Course Information

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Portsmouth.

If you require more information on the Foundation Degree or how to apply, please visit www.port.ac.uk/busandman

or email admissions@southdowns.ac.uk.

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