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

*Please note that the course is going through re-validation and your course at the colleges may be subject to change.

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 small and medium sized businesses which will enable students to enter employment or progress to an honours top-up in Business disciplines. The programme offers an education in business and management which puts emphasis on enterprise, personal development and employability.

The course features a range of modules covering the core business functions, introducing marketing, human resources, finance, small 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.

Why choose this course?

This programme will provide you with:

  • An excellent grounding in small business management relevant to the needs of a wide range of organisations
  • 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 in year two.

Modules of study for the FdA Business Management programme are:

Level 4
Core Modules

  • Accounting in Practice 
  • Analysing and Managing Business Data
  • Business Development Skills
  • Economics for Business
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Applied Research Methods 
  • Business Law

Level 5
Core Modules

  • Exploring Business Ethics
  • Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Management
  • Enterprise
  • Global Business
  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions
  • Work Based Learning Project

For further information on the above modules please click here.

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 2023/24. 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 2022-23 costs and may be subject to change


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