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 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. Many past students have been promoted more than once during completion of the course and have commented on the impact that their study has had on their personal development.

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)

There are no entry requirements for this course. Adult learners will be considered on a case by case basis based on experience and specific workplace knowledge.

On this course you will study:

Year One:

• Managing People
• Managing Information and Financial Resources
• The Business Conference (the culture of an organisation)
• Work Based Learning (your place within the business and the business environment)

Year Two:

• Marketing
• Economic Environment
• The Business Conference
• Work Based Learning (managing a change project)
• Business Conference 2 (change management)

Year Three:

• Project Management
• Business Excellence
• Manager Development
• Business Conference 3 (the impact of the external environment on your business)

The course structure has two taught units and two work based learning units (WBL) each year and attendance will normally be a regular three 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 three different centres.

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 online journals, contemporary business software and the latest business periodicals.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mindset 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 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.

How to apply

Contact us

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

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level 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


Following completion of the course many students progress to the top-up year at the university to gain the full BA (Hons) in Business Management. Other students who have excelled have progressed directly on to Masters level study in subjects such as management and project management.

This course has been completed by professionals working in various organisations including BAE, Boeing, L’oreal and The NHS to name but a few. In addition, this course has been completed by those who own their own business and others working in small to medium size businesses.