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 aims 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) 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 2021/2022 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. The hours allocated per week include taught hours with the teacher and independent study sessions for the research and the development of content covered during lessons.
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 per year.
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.
The part-time option allows students to accumulate 60 credits a year. After completing the Foundation Degree in Business and Management (240 credits), students can progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up qualification.
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.
When teenager Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her. The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells. She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.
But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion. She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.
Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face. She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts. As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.
Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum. It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.