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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 4

Weeks: 33

Hours: 12.00

Start: 21/09/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 11:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 3250.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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 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.

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Introduction to Business
  • Organisations and Culture (1)
  • Organisations and Culture (2)

Year 2

  • Introduction to Strategy
  • Self and Professional Development

Year 3

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Psychology
  • Innovation and Change Management

Year 4

  • Finance for Managers
  • Project Management: Contemporary Issues


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 (MM/MPP - 64 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

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)


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Course Handbook Foundation Degree in Business and Management (PDF)

Foundation Degree in Business and Management

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.  Out of the 12 hours a week, seven hours a week are taught and the rest are self study.  You are also able to access Academic Coaching sessions.

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

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.


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Kacper Bidniuk

Kacper Bidniuk

Business student Kacper is enjoying exploring his options

HNC business student Kacper Bidniuk hasn’t got an ultimate career destination in sight but he’s enjoying his further education journey.
He enrolled on the level 3 course after going along to a Derby College open evening and says his studies are giving him plenty of options to explore.
Kacper, who came to the UK from Poland when he was 14, was partly influenced in his choice of course by his parents who studied management and accounting.
And, although he enjoys learning about business, he’s interested in lots of other fields, including art and design and languages.
He said: “One of the best parts of taking level 3 business is the opportunity to gain good work experience. In the first year we had a placement with First Response Finance in Nottingham. We were put into two groups and our group went to work with Head of IT and the team leader. As part of our work experience, we got to present our ideas to all the staff. It was fun – helpful and really well done.”
Kacper, who was highly commended in the college’s Peak Awards in his second year, plans to go on to take the HND in business at the Roundhouse.
Impressed with the teaching staff and college facilities, he added: “I like the way we can be open with our tutors. You feel they respect you. The availability and standard of the learning resources – the monitors, handouts, presentations etc – is good too.”
To earn money and gain further work experience, Kacper is currently balancing his studies with working for a logistics company in Derby. His job entails some physical work, forklift driving and assisting in the office.
And he’s found that his parents’ study choices have come in useful.
He added: “Members of my family went to university in Poland but I’m the first one of us to go into higher education in the UK. My dad studied some of the same topics we’re doing at college on his course in Poland though so he’s been able to help me with my work.” 

One of the best parts of taking level 3 business is the opportunity to gain good work experience. In the first year we had a placement with First Response Finance in Nottingham. We were put into two groups and our group went to work with Head of IT and the team leader. As part of our work experience, we got to present our ideas to all the staff. It was fun – helpful and really well done.


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