FdA Business & Management

Start date(s):
10 Sep 2018
2 years
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Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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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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The programme aim is 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. It aims to develop students to be able to work across various functions of the business. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to business management, and ethical practice.


Level 4
  • Personal Professional Development (M)
  • Innovation (M)
  • Managing People (M)
  • Business Environment (M)
  • Sales and Marketing (O)
  • Leading People (O)
  • Events Management (O).

Level 5
  • Personal Professional Development 2 (M)
  • Work Related Learning (M)
  • Entrepreneurship (M)
  • Business Finance (M)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (O)
  • Developing Collaborative Relationships (O)
  • Digital Technologies (O).

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 receive academic support from module tutors and can request additional guidance from the HE Academic Tutor to help with your studies. You can also access a Personal Learning Coach, if required.

A variety of summative assessment methods are used across the study programme to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills of alternative ways of presenting coherently their understanding of topics. This could include reports, presentations, professional discussions, peer reviews etc.

Assessment of the modules will also be used as vehicles to assess the various key / transferable skills and learning outcomes. Assessments are mapped to learning outcomes.

Maths and English

As part of your programme you will be given opportunties to develop a number of higher level skills including academic writing

Industry links:

The programme has been designed in line with industry intelligence. All modules have been approved by employers and where possible visits/guest speakers will be arrange to enhance your learning experience. We work closely with Business Durham.

You could progress to a top-up degree in a related subject area to achieve a full honours degree, or 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


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
  • 3 GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including Maths and English or 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 also must be in full time employment in order to access this course.

Alternative entry criteria:
Students with non-standard qualifications are welcome to apply. This includes students with qualifications in non-business management-related areas at Level 3, and students without Level 3 qualifications but with employer references that can support an application with any relevant working experience. Students will be asked to attend an interview and provide a personal statement to determine suitability for the programme.