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This two year full time Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

UCAS code: N101
Institution Code: H36 (University of Hertfordshire)
Campus code: H (Hertford Regional College)

To apply for the course please click here for the UCAS application form. Please use the above codes.

This two-year programme is designed to provide the essential skills, knowledge and understanding of business which will enable students to enter employment and/or progress to an honours top-up in Business disciplines. The programme offers an education in general business and management which puts emphasis on personal development and employability.

The course features a range of modules covering the core business functions, introducing marketing, human resources, finance, business organisations and a work-based learning project with a local employer. Work Based Learning (WBL) and engagement with employers is central to the Foundation Degree concept and has been embraced in this programme in accordance with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Foundation Degree Benchmark statement (2015). The Programme has been designed to reflect the real life experience of working in a business context, developing students to work independently and in teams. Engagement with employers is a focal point in the programme.

Why choose this course?

This programme will provide you with:

  • An excellent grounding in business and management relevant to the needs of a wide range of organisations
  • An opportunity to develop knowledge in a vocational and work based context
  • An opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study
  • A progression route to appropriate degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire.

It has been designed in consultation with employers, and is for those who already have some relevant experience on which to build on or those who are interested in developing their business management knowledge and skills.

Career Destinations

Foundation Degree graduates progress to a wide variety of careers in areas such as Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

Alternatively, you may progress to BA (Hons) in Business Administration or an alternative specialist Honour Programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

As part of the Foundation Degree, you will have access to the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Department at the University of Hertfordshire. The University offers dedicated individualised support to help students identify possible careers and employers as well as support for start-up businesses.

What will I be doing?

On this programme you will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of Business and Management skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated and agreed with an employer in year two. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures by guest speakers from industry, relevant to your vocational habitus.

Modules of study for the FdA Business Management programme are:

Level 4
Core Modules

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Methods and Systems for Business Decisions
  • Developing the Business Professional
  • Economics for Business
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Business Law

Level 5
Core Modules

  • Exploring Business Ethics
  • Enterprise
  • Global Business
  • Work Based Learning Project

An additional 3 modules will be studied in level 5 depending on your pathway.

Business Management pathway
For the generalist pathway (Business Management), students are advised to take one module from each specialist pathway (Accounting, Human Resources Management and Marketing) to give a good balance of subjects.

The specialist modules are:

Accounting pathway

  • Analysing Financial Statements
  • Financial Management
  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions 

Human Resources Management (HRM) Pathway

  • Organisational Psychology
  • Performance Management and Reward
  • Resourcing and Talent Management

Marketing pathway

  • Marketing Communications
  • Product Innovation
  • Marketing Planning 

For further information on the above modules please click here.

If there are small numbers on the level 5 pathways, then students will be offered a different college within the consortium.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points.

Applications will be welcome from those working in relevant employment who may not fully meet the above entry requirements but have a number of years relevant experience.

How to Apply?

Applications are via UCAS to the University of Hertfordshire. Please use the below codes:

  • UCAS code: N101
  • Institution code: H36 (University of Hertfordshire)
  • Campus code: H (Hertford Regional College)

Please click here for the UCAS application form.

Fee Information

£6,165 per annum is the fee for Foundation Degrees in 2022/23. Full and part- time students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See

There may be opportunities for trips and visits organised, these will be at an additional charge for the students.

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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