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Foundation Degree in Management and Business

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Who is the course for?

Foundation degrees are the first two years of an honours degree programme, but they are also a qualification in their own right. Our Foundation Degree in Management & Business is quality assured by the University of Chichester and you will receive a Chichester Award on successful completion. Students studying a Foundation Degree can apply to do a "top-up" year to obtain a full BA (Hons) degree in Management & Business . This course is also available at AHED. 

The Foundation Degree in Management and Business is specifically designed to cater for the needs of employees working in a management or supervisory role or those aspiring to such a role. It aims to equip students to understand the nature of organisations and the way in which they work, the roles they are called upon to play, and how they might enhance their own performance in pursuit of chosen careers.

Successful completion of this two year course will lead to a Foundation Degree in Management and Business from Chichester University and enables students to progress to the BA (Hons) in Management and Business, also taught at AHED.

What are the aims of the course?

This programme aims to provide students with a firm grounding in the principles of management; enable students to study the nature of organisations, their internal aspects, functions, processes and cultures through exploring their own experience at work; develop self-aware, reflective managers; develop management awareness and skills in practice, for example: leadership, initiative and decision making, alongside an ability to manage change; provide a learning environment that supports student development through active engagement with peers.

The programme allows students to develop knowledge and understanding of how their decisions will impact on an organisations’ objectives and students will gain knowledge of how organisations can be run in an efficient and cost effective manner whilst maintaining customer satisfaction and staff morale.

The programme aims to set work within an academic context and consequently the Foundation Degree offers a mix of academic and vocational/professional study that encourages students to develop within their work environment and to be reflective, lifelong learners. The majority of assignments and the majority of the module taught content is related to an individual’s own workplace.

What does the course involve?

Each year is divided into three terms of approximately 11/12 weeks. College attendance is for one afternoon and evening a week (1:30pm –7:30pm) over 2 years. The overall hours that you attend the course are not dissimilar to what you would experience at University. We teach for 34 weeks per year, many University teaching years are much shorter than this e.g. 22 weeks per year.

We use a 'blended approach to learning' where students are supported through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, online materials and one to one tutorial support. Personal tutorials and study support sessions are held at mutually convenient times outside taught hours. In year 2 you will be expected to take on an increased responsibility for your learning and become an independent learner making increased use of research you carry out as well as formal taught sessions. Lecture and reading materials will be placed on the Moodle.

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications?

  • All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview.
  • Under 21s require 2 A levels (64 UCAS points) or the equivalent.
  • Mature students (Over 21s) require either a Level 3 qualification in Business Administration and/or Management, 2 A levels (64 UCAS points) or equivalent; or based on interview and significant relevant work experience.
  • Mature students without traditional qualifications may also be accepted following recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL) providing they can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.

What topics will I be covering?

Course structure and module chartSee course structure diagram for details of the modules you will study in each year of the course. Students may be able to focus assignments on their existing workplace and on areas of particular interest to them.

What do I need to prepare for the course?

To apply please complete the online application form, contact Paula Baker at or call 01962 886166 for an application pack.

How much time do I need to spend on home study?

You should expect to complete a minimum of at least 4 or 5 hours additional work outside attendance at college per week. If you are working, relevant additional work may naturally occur in your workplace.

What could the course lead to?

Students would have the option of applying to top up to BA Hons Business at Peter Symonds College or at a local Universities. Successful completion of the course will lead to a Foundation Degree in Management from Chichester University.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes essays, reports, individual and group presentations, case studies, research reports and work based assignments. These strategies are also designed to enable the development of key transferable skills into the workplace.

Please note that tuition fees for this course are charged annually - the fee for entry in September 2022 is £5,950 per year (2 year course). For further information about fees and funding click here.

Any queries should be directed to Paula Baker on To view the programme specification for this course, please click the link below.

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Courses Information

Foundation Degree in Management and Business

Course Code: T43H
Course Dates: 21 Sep 2022 - 03 Jul 2024
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. For degree programmes, please note that the fee showing is charged per annum.

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