FdA Business & Management

Start date(s):
10 Sep 2018
2 years
Level 5
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£3000 per year
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This programme is continually being reinvented to reflect the dynamic nature of the business and management sector. It will help you to progress your career or get your foot on the management ladder.

Our lecturers have industry experience and an extensive range of industry links and contacts to enhance your learning experience and develop your commercial awareness.

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This programme aims to meet the complex and organic needs of the business sector, by providing appropriately trained, qualified and certified staff at supervisory levels with the requisite knowledge and understanding of business organisations from a variety of sectors.

You will develop the skills and knowledge to allow you to work across various functions of a business. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to business management, and ethical practice.


At Level 4, you will study the following:
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Managing People
  • Business Environment
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Leading People
  • Events management.

At Level 5, you will study the following:
  • Personal Professional Development 2
  • Work Related Learning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Finance
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Developing Collaborative Relationships
  • Digital Technologies.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be allocated a personal tutor on commencement of the course, who will oversee your progression and provide pastoral support as required. In addition to support from your personal tutor, you will receive academic support from module tutors, if required. You can also request additional guidance from HE Academic Support to help them with your studies and gain access to a Personal Learning Coach, if needed.

A variety of summative assessment methods are used across the study programme to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. You will develop the skills required to present your understanding and research coherently. This could include the following:
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Professional discussions
  • Peer reviews
  • Case studies
  • Written assignments.

You will complete an assessment for each module, as a vehicle to assess key and transferable skills and learning outcomes. Assessments are mapped to learning outcomes.

Maths and English

As part of the programme, you will be provided with opportunities to develop a number of higher level skills, including academic writing.

Industry links:

This programme has been designed in line with industry intelligence. All modules have been approved by employers. Where possible, visits and guest speakers will be arranged to enhance your learning experience. Through work with the IOEE, the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, you will receive a dual certificate, based on the work submitted for the module on Innovation and Enterprise.

You could progress to a top-up degree in a related subject area, at New College Durham, to achieve a full honours degree.

Alternatively, you could use the knowledge and transferable skills you have gained through your foundation degree to progress your existing career, or as a stepping stone to a career in banking and the financial sectors, human resource management, marketing or consultancy roles. Good business and management skills are in demand in companies all over the world!

What else?

New College Durham has been approved as an IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) Academy, to support the development and growth of enterprise across the North East and beyond through innovative programmes - www.innovateuk.gov.uk.

New College Durham is also a founder member of Durham Business Club, which will provide you with networking oppurtunities

Useful links include:
Business Durham
Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs


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Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend a one-to-one interview. The interview will last for 30 minutes. Please bring your personal statement and all relevant qualifications or expected results, if you are still completing your full Level 3 qualification.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
Standard entry criteria:
  • Three GCSEs at a minimum of grade C (4), including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent)
  • Minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff Points (80 UCAS on previous tariff)
  • Level 3 Accredited Business Qualification
  • An Access to Higher Education course (which includes a business related programme)
  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • You must be in full-time employment to access this programme.

Additional entry criteria:
You are still welcome to apply even if you do not possess the standard entry qualifications. Non-standard entry criteria includes the following:
  • Qualifications in non-business management-related areas at Level 3.
  • No Level 3 qualifications but evidence of employer references that can support an application with any relevant working experience.
  • A personal statement.
  • A one-to-one interview.