This foundation degree provides the a variety of business skills required for the workplace. We have consulted with prospective employers on the content and design of this course to ensure that the skills students learn are industry-standard.
The course is designed for students to develop as versatile learners. The first year of the course provides students with a grounding in a variety of business disciplines, which underpin later learning. In year two students have a choice of optional modules, providing the opportunity to tailor their course with specialist knowledge.
Teaching staff have strong professional profiles, and our close partnerships with local businesses allow us to draw on their expertise and resources for both input and assessment. Assessments are designed to prepare the learner for the real business world.
Case studies will be used for the learner to apply higher level intellectual skills in their analysis and problem solving. In some modules a group presentation made in the form of a pitch to senior management will form the assessment.
Students will be encouraged to be active learners whose knowledge and understanding is gained through a positive relationship with academic staff, who will act as mentors, rather than ‘lecturers’. The involvement of industry specialists will also be crucial, and again they will not be seen purely as ‘guest lecturers’, but as part of the university community.
You will automatically become a member of CMI (Chartered Management Institute) for no extra cost and receive access to a CMI online management resource portal.
Students studying Business Management at University Centre Peterborough get CMI (Chartered Management Institute) accreditation which means they will graduate with a degree and may be eligible for a professional qualification.
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.
If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:
48 UCAS points in any subjects:
- A-levels (DD)
- BTEC (PPP)
- Cambridge Technicals (PPP)
- Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss equivalent qualifications (such as the ILM Leadership and Management) or relevant work experience.
You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.
If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.
EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS
We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.
We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.
The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).
The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY
APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)
It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.
You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.
Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
- Academic and Business Skills (15 credits)
- Insight into Economics (15 credits)
- Global Business Context (30 credits)
- Accounting and Finance Fundamentals (15 credits)
- Insight into Marketing (15 credits)
- People, Planet and Profits (15 credits)
- Human Resources in Context (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
- Research and Employability Skills (15 credits)
- International Trade Dynamics (15 credits)
- Management and Leadership Today (30 credits)
- Project Management Fundamentals (15 credits)
- Project Preparation (15 credits)
- Data Interpretation for Managers (15 credits)
PLUS CHOOSE 15 CREDITS OF OPTIONAL MODULES:
- Social Innovation (15 credits)
- Managing People (15 credits)
- Integrated Marketing Communications (15 credits)
If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.
A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.
When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).
We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.
Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:
Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
- 40% Lectures
- 60% Seminars
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
- 55% Lectures
- 30% Seminars
- 15% Workshops
There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.
If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.
The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.
Business Management students also receive access to a 24/7 online management resource portal from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) to increase their skills and knowledge.
Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.
The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.
Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:
Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
- 75% Coursework
- 10% Written Exams
- 15% Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
- 80% Coursework
- 20% Written Exams
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.
Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.
When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:
A Business Management student who has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 has three options.
- They may choose to accept their foundation degree, with the classification calculated as described above, and cease their studies.
- Alternatively they may choose to apply for the level 6 BSc (Hons) Business Management course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification based solely on their level 6 credits.
- A third option allows students to decline conferment of their FdA qualification and continue as an existing student so that both level 5 and level 6 credits are used in the calculation of their BSc (Hons) award. Guidance will be provided to students making this decision.
FdSc Business Management students may receive the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) on completion of their FdSc.
As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience to aid their career development.
Students studying Business Management at University Centre Peterborough get CMI accreditation which means they will graduate with a degree and a professional qualification.
The CMI (Chartered Management Institute) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
To give graduates the edge in a competitive business environment, UCP give students the best chance of succeeding by working with the CMI (Chartered Management Institute). The CMI work with both businesses and education institutions to inspire people to unleash their potential and become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.
Students automatically become a member of CMI for no extra cost or study involved. This membership helps students with their studies and development as they also receive access to a 24/7 online management resource portal from the CMI to increase their skills and knowledge.
FdSc Business Management students may be eligible to receive the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) on completion of their FdSc.
After successful completion of the FdSc Levels 4 and 5, you have the opportunity to complete the Level 6 of the BA (Hons) Business Management to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study.
Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:
- Management Trainee
- Departmental Manager
- Management Consultant
- Management Analyst
- Human Resources Manager
- Sales and Marketing Manager
- Administration Manager
- Office Manager
You can also continue your development by studying professional qualifications from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Membership to the CMI will help students stand out to employers as 62% of the managers surveyed by the CMI expect new graduate recruits to have professional management skills.
I am the Course Leader for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Business Management degrees at University Centre Peterborough. I started teaching at University Centre Peterborough in October 2014 on both the BSc (Hons) Business Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management courses.
Over the last 30 years I have worked in central government as a Policy Advisor for the Department of Trade and Industry, in local government as an Economic Development Manager for Peterborough City Council, as a Fundraising Manager for leading charities such as Cancer Research UK, Save The Children and Alzheimer’s Research UK and as a Business Planning Manager for University of Cambridge International Examinations.
I am currently a postgraduate researcher in the field of education for sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University. I am researching student perceptions of education for sustainability. The findings will help to inform adaptive approaches to teaching sustainability in higher education and this research will lead to a Doctorate in Education award. I love to see students grow in their learning, understanding and application of complex topics including economics, international trade and organisational behaviour.
I am an award winning poet and was Poet Laureate for Peterborough in 2006 and as an active Christian I have published four books.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Leeds
- BA (Hons) Environmental Studies, Sheffield City Polytechnic
- Diploma in Education and Training, Peterborough Regional College
- Certificate in Enterprise Skills, University of Stirling
When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.
All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).
All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.
Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.
If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
If you are currently studying
University Centre Peterborough are committed to supporting all of our applicants who are currently studying A-level, BTEC, Access to HE or other qualifications. We want everyone achieve the best possible outcomes and we will support applicants in the coming months so they are not disadvantaged in any way due to recent changes in exams and grading. All applicants should continue to work hard as this will help teachers assess your ability and help prepare you before starting your higher education or degree course.
When to apply
We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.
The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2021.
FIRST UCAS DEADLINE
- Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 29th January 2021 (previously 15th January 2021).
- If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.
- If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 4th July 2021.
- This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.
- From Monday 5th July 2021 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
- Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
- If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
- If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.
Types of offer
When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:
- CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
- UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
- DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.
- We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
- This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
- If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.
Advice Sessions and Open Days
- If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
- During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
- For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.