South Thames Colleges Group

Business - Foundation Degree (FdA) South Thames Colleges Group Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Kingston University


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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.

How to apply

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 code KC21
Institution code K82
Campus name Kingston College
Campus code K

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Qualification Offer Further information

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.

However, students will normally have:

Two A-levels or equivalent qualifications (minimum 32 UCAS points) at least 3 plus 2 year’s work experience (reference required)

Alternatively, two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications at grade C or Merit profile (minimum 32 UCAS points) or above, and strong and evidenced employer support such as involvement in a structured training programme (reference required)

GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) in Maths and English Language at grades A-C

In addition, whilst studying on the programme, students are required to be in employment, working at least 16 hours per week in a relevant business field which provides sufficient opportunity for contextual research and learning.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

You will need to nominate a work place Mentor to support your workplace learning for the duration of the course.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by talking through their work experience and demonstrating the motivation for combining studying with learning.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:

If you have achieved a qualification such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend an interview

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.

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

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for a 2020 start are yet to be confirmed.

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