Business Management FD

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.

Course Level:
Level 5
2 Years (FT)
3 Years (PT)
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
The Open University

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a Foundation Degree to a top-up year are subject to a new fee.


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.


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course; six x 20 credit modules (120 credits) are studied at each Level.

Level 4

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Project
1 Business Environment 20 Report
1 Principles of Finance (1) 20 Case Study & Open Book Exam
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Work Related Learning 1 20 Health & Safety Audit Report
2 Operations Management 20 Case Study
2 Business Law 20 Case Study x 2

Level 5

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Human Resource Management 20 Role Plays & Open Book Exam
1 Work Related Learning 2 20 Research Report
1 Marketing 20 Portfolio
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Principles of Finance (2) 20 Report & Closed Book Exam
2 Business Management 20 Report & Practical Exercise
2 Work Related Learning 3 20 Presentation & Research Report

Further information on feedback, pass marks and classifications can be found in Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

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.


Your choices may include:

  • Office Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Marketing Manager
  • Events / PR Officer

Your choices may include:

  • Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) Top-up at Craven College
  • Business BA (Hons) Top-up
Enrolment 19 August & 28 August
Open Evening – Skipton 13 October
17:30 - 19:30