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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 37

Hours: 18.00

Start: 14/09/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 6500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. Please see the Student's Guide To Studying on a Programme Validated by the Open University: https://www.open.ac.uk/about/validation-partnerships/sites/www.open.ac.uk.about.validation-partnerships/files/files/A-Z/OU-Students-Guide-19-20.pdf

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.

Entry requirements

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:

  • UCAS points – from either an Extended Diploma or National Diploma in Business or a related subject area
  • At least two A-levels or AS Levels in a related subject
  • An AVCE, GNVQ or NVQ Level 3 in a related subject

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.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Strategy
  • Organisations and Culture (1)
  • Organisations and Culture (2)
  • Self and Professional Development

Year 2

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Psychology
  • Finance for Managers
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Project Management: Contemporary Issues

The purpose of this programme is to:

  • increase understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment,
  • ensure that students are fully prepared for a career or further study at Level 6 or postgraduate study in business and management
  • foster a range of skills and attributes that enable students to become effective global citizens

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) and D (Key Transferable Skills)

Level 4 Stage Outcomes:

  • Have a detailed understanding of organisations, organisational culture and the commercial, management and business environment (A)
  • Have a detailed understanding of a variety of processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations, along with a detailed understanding of the inter-relationships between business and management functions (A)
  • Have a broad understanding of global, national and local business and its influence on the business environment (A)
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate internal and external influences on business and management and understand their importance and impact (B)
  • Have a critical understanding of planning and decision-making tools within the business and management context   (B)
  • Demonstrate skills and competencies that are appropriate to the business and management environment (C)
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in a business and management context (C)
  • Demonstrate key skills synonymous with good academic practice (D)

Level 5 Stage Outcomes:

  • Have a detailed understanding of the inter-relationships among and the integration between business and management functions (A)
  • Demonstrate implementation skills of project management with good knowledge of project lifecycles and business improvement (A)
  • Demonstrate a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with competencies specific to business and management (B)
  • Apply relevant theoretical principles in order to analyse the range of internal and external influential factors that shapes and drives business and management (C)
  • Have the ability to synthesise information with regards to complex business and management contexts (C)
  • Demonstrate key work-ready skills for the business and management environment (D)
  • Demonstrate skills of reflective and independent researchers (D)

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

After completing the Foundation Degree in Business and Management Year 2, students can progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up qualification.

Careers

The programme is designed to produce professional managers for the private, public or third sectors 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.

 

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Fadoua Idrissi

Fadoua Idrissi

Single mum Fadoua pursues goal of becoming chartered accountant

Derby College Group accounting student Fadoua Idrissi already has a degree from her native Morocco but enrolled on the AAT course to gain UK recognised accounting qualifications.    
 
Fadoua, who came to Britain in 2016, worked in accountancy and banking in Morocco and is now pursuing her ambition to become a charted accountant.    
 
Juggling college work with looking after her three-year-old boy, she has completed the AAT levels 2 and 3 at the Roundhouse and will be progressing to level 4 next year.    
 
She said: “Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working  in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.”    
 
Fadoua, who described what she’s learned at DCG as “not new but different”, studied for her Moroccan accounting qualifications in French, the country’s unofficial second language.    
 
As a single mum, it’s a balancing act to fit in her studies with childcare.    
 
She added: “I have to do my college work between 8pm and 4am while my son is asleep. It’s hard work sometimes but my tutor understands and makes sure I have everything I need to get on with my work.”    
 
Fadoua has found everyone at DCG friendly and supportive and much prefers living in Derby to being in a big city.    
 
And, when it comes to numbers, it seems her young son takes after her. Fadoua added: “I always liked maths at school and I think my son is going to be good at it too. He’s only three and he can already count up to 100!”

Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working  in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.

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