South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Kingston University

Business - Foundation Degree (FdA)

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Course summary

Validated by Kingston University, the Foundation Degree in Business is designed for part time study at College and is recognised as a full time programme as it also incorporates learning taking place at work. It corresponds with the first two years of an Honours degree with the opportunity to apply and progress onto a third year ‘top-up’ to complete a full Kingston University degree (offered at Kingston College). The Foundation Degree will develop your awareness and knowledge of business, both generally and with direct relevance to your own work context. You will build upon, enhance and add to your existing business skills and develop study skills that will enable you to study successfully at university level.

Course details


Students will study the following core Level 4 modules each worth 30 credits, resulting in 120 credit for Level 4 study: •Professional Development: This module focuses on self-reflection, development and personal effectiveness from a career and character profile allowing the student to focus on how their performance is affected by their past and future experiences and learning. There are 2 coursework assessments. •Business and Legal Environment: This module introduces the concept of the business environment within which individual business organisations operate and how it has an impact upon their aims and objectives, day to day operation, and their future strategy. The sources of law are explored the influence that the legal environment has on business in general, and in particular situations and settings. There are two written assessments, and one on line test. •Marketing: This module aims to introduce students to the marketing concept and enable them to apply the theory to their workplaces. It challenges students to think about how customers’ needs can be met using the resources available. Critically, the marketing concept of value underpins all the tools and techniques covered in the module. There are 2 coursework assessments •Leading and Managing an Organisation: This module is intended to answer three key questions for students – What is an organisation? What is Leadership and Management? What knowledge and skills do leaders and Managers need in order to be successful? Students will consider key aspects of organisational behaviour, apply these to their own organisations and be given opportunities to develop and reflect on their own skills. There is a group presentation with reflection and written coursework. On successful completion of Level 4, students will progress to Level 5 to study the following core modules, each worth 30 credits giving the required 120 credits at Level 5: •Financial Management: Students learn the importance of the management of finance and in particular the management of working capital and gearing and the associated financial reporting requirements and the implications for financial recording. The module equips students with management accounting techniques and skills for internal planning and decision-making. There are three assessments: an online multiple choice assessment, an open book, mid module exam and written coursework. •Operations Management: This module studies a range of operations management strategy and operational management processes to ensure that customer needs are satisfied. It aims to identify mistakes that are made operationally and how they can be controlled effectively. There are 2 coursework assessments. •Enterprise and Innovation: An introduction to issues in the external environment affecting the small business population, enterprise start up and development. Students gain awareness of specific management and development issues for small businesses and their significance to national economies. There are 2 pieces of coursework. •Human Resources Management: The module introduces the role that HRM plays in the success of an organisation. Students carry out research into a specific HRM policy area within their own organisation (learning and development, pay and reward, performance management & HR strategy and planning) and consider the effects of this policy on other areas of the business and on business performance. There is an individual presentation, reflection and a classroom test.

Assessment method

Assessments are a variety of coursework, practical presentations, and tests. Formative feedback is widely used to ensure the students are well prepared for their final assessment. Alongside the formal teaching, there are subject tutorials to give one to one feedback.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeKC21
Institution code K82
Campus nameKingston College
Campus codeK

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please contact the international office to see whether this course is able to accept international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points
A level EE Plus at least 2 year’s work experience (employer reference required).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 To include English Language and Mathematics grade C/4 or above (or level 2 equivalent).

The entry qualifications for the programme are flexible to accommodate the different levels of work experience of candidates. Successful students sometimes join our course with extensive work experience in a business related role and no formal qualifications. While studying on the programme, students are required to remain in employment, working at least 16 hours per week in a relevant business area, which provides sufficient opportunity for contextual research and learning. Strong and evidenced employer support is required, such as involvement in a structured training programme.

Additional entry requirements


Suitable applicants will be required to attend a formal interview with the course leader - either in person or online.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 4 is "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5, or; • B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5625 Year 1
England £5625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5625 Year 1
Scotland £5625 Year 1
Wales £5625 Year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs are included in the fees: annual printing allowance. The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: additional printing over and above the annual allowance; the cost of books, software or hardware that you might wish to purchase.
Business - Foundation Degree (FdA) at South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) - UCAS