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 the 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) and 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.
Assessment elements are based on the following assessment volumes:
The cost of the course is £6500. Most prospective students can apply for a loan through Student Finance to cover this cost. Students may also need to provide their own materials for specific projects or purposes, for example 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 for the private, public or third sector and for 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.
While she was at school, Alison Biskup was academically gifted enough to be identified as a potential university student. But there was a drawback – going to university was the last thing she wanted to do.
She wanted to find a job. Derby College has helped her realise that dream. Alison, 19, from Long Eaton, dropped out of sixth form college after a year, having completed four AS Levels.
Through Derby College she found an opportunity to become an apprentice case administrator at growing Derby business Create Finance.
Now she is working towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Derby College, having already passed Level 2 during her year as an apprentice.
Alison has been taken on as full-time administrator, and has seen her responsibilities grow as she gains more experience. Her role involves working one-to-one with a Create Finance Mortgage broker, looking after documentation and handling calls.
In the future Alison intends to either become a mortgage broker herself or become an expert in mortgage-based administration. She is aiming to take her industry recognised CeMAP qualifications.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Alison has been with the company for nearly two years and is a very popular member of the team, who gets her work done effectively and with minimal supervision.
He said: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance. The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."
Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.