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Business Management FD (Subject to Validation)

If you want to develop your business skills, have a change of career or climb the promotion ladder, then the Business Management FD will equip you with the key business and management topics to enable you to have a broader understanding of what it takes to have a successful career in business management.

The Business Management FD is a challenging vocational course which will provide an ideal preparation for anyone planning to pursue a career in the business sector, and will support the development of those already working in a business environment. The course will give you an understanding of a broad range of business concepts and techniques, giving the ability and confidence to effectively communicate and apply skills in any business environment. This course provides focussed and relevant training to allow complementary development of academic and work skills, to support employability needs both locally and nationally.

The course includes Work Related Learning modules which will enable you to complete an assignment based on your own place of work. If you do not have a permanent job, then Voluntary Work or Work Shadowing or case study research for each Work Related Learning module is acceptable. The place of work should be external to College and you will be responsible for organising your placement.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, role plays and presentations, which will be supported through group discussion, presentations by external expert practitioners, individual and group tasks and independent reading and writing. Alongside the contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours (pro-rata for part time study) of independent study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. Some of the modules are shared with other courses within the Business suite, allowing students to share experience and best practice across a wide range of Businesses. The average class size for this course is 8-10.

You will also receive an individual tutorial session each semester. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre.  The Business Management FD is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of a full BA (Hons) course. Once you complete your FD, you may then move on to the Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) for a further year.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
2 Years (FT) | 3 Years (PT)
FT - £6,950 | PT - £1,160 per 20 credit module
Institution Code
The Open University
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Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent

Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview.

In addition, if you have a relevant HNC you may be able to transfer credit in certain modules onto the Foundation Degree.

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What you will study

1 • Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Project
1 • Business Environment 20 Report
1 • Principles of Finance 20 Case Study & Open Book Exam
2 • Work Related Learning 20 Health & Safety Audit Report
2 • Operations Management 20 Case Study
2 • Business Law 20 Case Study x 2
1 • Human Resource Management 20 Role Plays & Open Book Exam
1 • Work Related Learning 2 20 Research Report
1 • Marketing 20 Portfolio
2 • Principles of Finance 20 Report & Closed Book Exam
2 • Business Management 20 Report & Practical Exercise
2 • Work Related Learning 20 Presentation & Research Report

What's Next?

To apply for a part-time higher education programme, please complete our online application form. To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.

Further Study

  • Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) Top-up at Craven College
  • Business BA (Hons) Top-up


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