Foundation Degree (FdA) Business and Management Practice (part-time)
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About this course

Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Chippenham campus, the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Business and Management Practice is delivered in a franchised partnership with Oxford Brookes University.

This course provides a practical business education programme over three years for those students who wish to study at Higher Education level in their local area.  Designed in cooperation with and supported by employers, the course has a strong focus on employability skills appropriate to the workplace and you can continue in employment whilst studying. 

Although this course is taught at Wiltshire College, you will also be able to access many of the learning and support facilities at Oxford Brookes University as well as those of the college.

You will benefit from university level teaching in a college environment with tutors who will ensure that you get the help and support you need to get the most from your studies.  You will put theory into practice by using your current role at work to reflect upon teaching and to fulfil some of the assessment criteria.

The aim of this course is to support and develop you for a career in the areas of Business and Management. The course explores each of these strands progressively whilst maintaining a holistic view of business within various contexts. The Business strand introduces you initially to the scope and functions of business and gradually develops your understanding of the internal and external environment in which businesses operate. The Management strand takes basic management concepts and theories to a contemporary and practical level and integrates organisational behaviour aspects with management and decision making.

On this course, you will explore business and management issues and problems that are set in realistic contexts which allows theory to be looked at through interesting and challenging situations marrying critical enquiry with practical insights.

What will I learn?

Within your first year, you are introduced to areas including criticality and academic writing in addition to developing a portfolio to support your professional development.

In the second year, you will focus on research skills and developing your skills of enquiry in preparation for your Business Project (work based focus). 

This also helps prepare you for your Honours year modules (e.g. Dissertation) should you wish to progress to the final year BA (Hons) top up in Business and Management Practice which is planned for delivery at the college from September 2021.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business and Management Concepts
  • Personal Development
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Accounting for Business

Year Two:

  • Digital Information for Business
  • Project Management
  • Business Project
  • Internal and External Communications

Year Three:

  • Managing Work Performance
  • Strategic Management
  • Business and Finance
  • Developing Management Capabilities
  • Human Resource Management

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the Foundation Degree programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:

Three passes at GCSE at grades A–C (8-4) to normally including Mathematics and English Language.


A minimum of one pass at A Level or 6 unit Vocational A Level.

A National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification such as GNVQ / NVQ or other level 3 vocational qualification.

Exceptionally, applicants who can demonstrate through an extended CV, references and interview that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the level 3 qualification listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.

Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Study, assessment and qualifications

This course emphasizes active learning and facilitative teaching and is an interactive course so you will work in small groups and receive frequent and informal feedback.  It encourages a participative approach to learning including collaborative learning and peer review.

Assessment plays a key role in ensuring that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to complete your programme.  Each assessment is written so that you can show that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module and for the whole programme.

The range, type and timing of assessment have been carefully chosen to enable you to become independent and reflective learners. Modules are assessed either by coursework and / or examination and full details are given in the module descriptors.

Support for students studying Foundation Degree (FdA) Business and Management Practice:

We understand that going into full time or part time education can have a big effect on people's lives.  There may be many questions you want to ask before you start on a course.  There may also be times during your studies when you will want to seek information and advice from a reliable source.

Wiltshire College has a dedicated independent team of advice and guidance staff for the benefit of both students and potential students.  Available throughout the year, they provide information, advice and confidential support services for all students. 

They are there to enable you to make informed decisions about your studies and to help you deal with any difficulties that may arise.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Business and Management Practice, accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and the cost of this programme is £5,045 per year.

If a student wishes to apply for this programme, they are welcome to apply directly to Oxford Brookes University by clicking on the Part Time HE Application icon.  

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

Previous successful level 4 - 5 Business graduates have gone straight into employment or continued their studies by doing a top up degree or entering other full-time degree qualifications at UK universities. 

You will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) top up Business and Management Practice course at the college which is planned for delivery from September 2021.

You may wish to find employment in a related area and continue part time professional studies in areas such as Marketing (CIM), Human Resources Management (CIPD), Legal Studies (ILEX) or Accountancy (AAT).

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.