Business and Management

Foundation Degree (University of Portsmouth)

This degree is aimed at those who are (or aspire to be) working within an organisation in a supervisory or management role. It seeks to provide the students with the opportunity to develop appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills through a combination of taught units of study, work based learning and an annual three-streamed business conference, which will enable you to make an effective contribution to the organisation. Considerable thought has gone into developing a curriculum which is flexible, relevant to employers and which prepares the successful student for entry to an honours degree.

A fundamental principle of the foundation degree is the support of the employer, especially the provision of a mentor and access to appropriate work-based learning. A mentoring system will be put in place for those in work and a Mentors Handbook has been developed to provide information to the employer and the student on the role of the mentor and what the student should expect from the employer and the mentor.

Please note: All UK HE providers are required to register with the newly-created Office for Students (OfS) for the 2019/20 application cycle. All courses offered are subject to OfS confirming HSDC as a provider, expected September 2018.

Type of study
Higher Education, Part-Time

Availability & Details

Business & Management, Foundation Degree SP-BMANFD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2019-20 (1 year)

The entry requirement will normally be 60 tariff points from one A2, GNVQ, NVQ3, professional qualifications or equivalent. We welcome applications from mature candidates (over age 21) who may not meet the normal entry requirements but whose work experience will have prepared them to succeed in this degree. Admission to the programme will be open to those without formal qualifications who demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme. Normal university APEL policies and PBS procedures will apply.

In addition, the student is expected to be in appropriate employment with support from their employer which allows access to appropriate work related learning for agreed work based learning, coursework assignments and other forms of assessment. An over-riding criterion will be the academic judgement that the student will benefit from the programme and success will benefit from the programme and successfully complete it.

On this course you will study:

Year 1

  • Managing People
  • Managing Information and Financial Resources
  • The Business Conference
  • Work Based Learning

Year 2

  • Marketing
  • Economic Environment
  • The Business Conference
  • Work Based Learning

Year 3 

  • Project Management
  • Business Excellence
  • Manager Development
  • The Business Conference

You will work closely with a highly qualified team with both academic and industry-based backgrounds. The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, lectures, one-to-one tuition, tutorials and workshops with a focus on independent learning development.

The course will be delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, utilising the College’s latest learning resources. These will include CD roms, contemporary business software and the latest business periodicals.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mind set is at the core of our courses and the College enterprise society, Evolve, works closely with students to achieve this via mentoring, support and guidance.

The course structure has two taught units and two work based learning units (WBL) each year and attendance will normally be a regular two hour session each week plus additional tutorials for the work based units and the manager development unit. 

In addition there will be a one day induction in September and a one day conference around November each year where students will visit the University and network with other students on the courses at the 3 different centres.

The assessment strategy varies from organisational reports, group presentations to individual portfolios all of which focus on your own organisation. This allows an in depth critique of your place of work and puts into perspective the learnt theory that you absorb both in and out of the classroom.

You will also complete a 5,000 word, business-related research project, which will develop the skills and analytical tools you will need for your final year dissertation on an Honours Degree.

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The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student


Successful graduates of the Foundation Degree can then progress to the final stage in order to top up their degree to the BA (Hons) Leaderships, Business & Management which is delivered from the University of Portsmouth.