Derby College Group is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.
This programme aims to give students a balanced and holistic grounding in the different facets of business and management in a supportive and collaborative environment, drawing on the expertise of a wide range of stakeholders.
The qualification will aim to develop knowledge, practical and theoretical skills, while fostering a creative and authentic approach to scholarship and research which enhances the employability attributes needed for engagement with the commercial sector.
As well as the prescribed overarching themes and concepts, students will be encouraged to reflect on their activities based on their own academic and skills-based performance and to develop the skills of good academic practitioners throughout the course.
This will generate and develop graduates who engage in critical reflection, critical thinking, evaluation and related academic abilities which complement and enhance the skills and attributes that are fundamental for student success in a variety of contexts within the business and management sector. Students will also develop analytical skills throughout the course, taking both a qualitative and quantitative approach to projects, assessments, research and scholarship.
Students will learn about business and management operations and functions as well as the overarching principles, norms and protocols in a variety of settings from large companies to sole traders and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The local D2N2 area (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) is a hive of business activity, with large employers (such as Rolls-Royce, JCB and Toyota), small and medium sized enterprises and sole traders all combining to create a rich business landscape that is constantly growing and evolving.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
Students will also need:
• At least four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* - C) to include English and Maths or the equivalent
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
The purpose of this programme is to:
The overall aims of this programme have been written with due respect given to the Subject Benchmark Statement for ‘Business and Management’ as articulated by the QAA (QAA, 2019).
The Programme Learning Outcomes are as follows and are classified as one of the following: A (Knowledge and Understanding) B (Cognitive Skills) C (Practical and Professional Skills) D (Key Transferable Skills)
Level 4 Stage Outcomes:
Level 5 Stage Outcomes:
A variety of learning and teaching methods appropriate to the level will be used, from formal lectures, tutorials and supervised practical exercises through to critical reviews of the work of other practitioners and development of research techniques. The taught sessions are complemented by directed and private study done in your own time.
We are planning that our teaching, learning and assessment for 2020/21 will be both online and face to face (blended). Each module will take a unique approach that best supports you in achieving the learning and assessments. You will be part of a variety of online lectures, discussions, tutorials and activities. You will have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where a range of resources and activities will be provided. You will engage with your peers and teachers via Microsoft Teams, partaking in a range of planned sessions.
At times, we may be required to change our plans in order to comply with Government guidelines. If we make changes, you will be kept up to date via announcements through your course VLE.
It is expected that you will attend all planned sessions, whether they be online or in person. If you are not able to attend, you will be able to contact your tutor to discuss it with them and receive any support or guidance. A range of resources will be provided on the VLE for you to access following a missed session.
An agreed assessment strategy for Open University courses has been adopted at DCG in order to standardise across programmes in different curriculum areas.
The cost of the course is £3250.
Students may need to provide their own materials for specific projects or purposes for example any costs associated with text books and educational visits to businesses around the UK and potentially abroad.
After completing the Foundation Degree in Business and Management Year 2, students can progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up qualification.
The programme is designed to produce professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation. Specific job roles may include manager, middle manager, head of department, operations manager, business analyst, project manager, consultant, account manager, marketing and communications manager, event manager, product manager, marketing generalist and business development manager.
Lifestyle company managing director, personal trainer and former business student, Alex Watts, enjoyed many aspects of his time at the Roundhouse.
And, he said, one of the best things about Derby College was the flexible work schedule offered by his BTEC level 3 business course.Alex also met his fiancée and business partner Joanna Kyiang on his course, and straight after College, they left the UK together to work in Myanmar.
For two years Alex was a director of primary athletics in an international school, where he discovered a passion for coaching. Eager to start a business of his own, he went to Bangkok to become a certified personal trainer.
Offering an international standard of personal training to high profile clients, demand for his services quickly boomed. So, racing to capitalise on this untapped market, he and Joanna co-founded Lifestyle Centre and fitness business, FORM Yangon.
Alex said: “We pitched our idea to investors, raised the capital we needed for expansion and began building our Lifestyle Centre from the ground up. We now offer personal training, group training and youth fitness within our purpose-built centre, and are on a mission to elevate active, healthy lifestyle living in Myanmar.”
As well as gaining further qualifications in personal training and coaching Alex is now a certified nutritionist. He has also hosted a child fitness TV show, which he and Joanna scripted, planned, directed, edited and produced with a local TV company – in what was the first English-speaking programme for the channel.
Reflecting on his time at College, Alex said marketing, economics and business development were the stand-out areas for him.
He added: “One of my lecturers, who taught marketing, showed me how to find answers to problems. She would constantly encourage me to look deeper into situations and ask myself why, why, why? This is something I now use with my team.”
One of my lecturers, who taught marketing, showed me how to find answers to problems. She would constantly encourage me to look deeper into situations and ask myself why, why, why? This is something I now use with my team.