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About Business and Management at University of Portsmouth

Why take this course?

An integrated structure of classroom and work-based learning to help you progress both personally and professionally. You will gain a broad-based education in business, which includes fundamental topics such as marketing, finance and project management.

This course aims to be mutually beneficial to both you and your employer, as you apply your learning to your workplace via work-based learning and assignments.


What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain a thorough grounding in essential business management functions
  • Choose where you study from; Chichester College, Isle of Wight or Havant and South Downs College
  • Proceed to a full degree by doing a ‘top up’ at the University of Portsmouth or elsewhere


What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and nationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings. If you’re already in work, this course can also be a tool to facilitate a move to another department or improve your promotion prospects.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • management
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • financial and risk analysis


Module Details

Year one

Your first year will cover central business topics such as budgeting, human resources and will include a conference specifically focusing on exploring the role of the manager. You’ll also be expected to produce an evidence-based portfolio profile of your career to date.

Core units in this year include:

  • Managing People
  • Work-Based Learning 1
  • Managing Information and Financial Resources
  • Business Conference 1

Year two

In the second year you will undertake a work-based individual project that will essentially provide a solution to a problem in your workplace. Study the use of marketing tools and concepts, and learn how businesses can influence, change or respond to the external environment.

Core units in this year include:

  • Marketing
  • Work-Based Learning 2
  • The Economic Environment of Business
  • Business Conference 2

Year three

The final year has an emphasis on the study of business excellence and for the final conference. Throughout your course you will compile a professional development portfolio which will be invaluable in helping you to develop reflective practice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Business Conference 3


Programme Assessment

Our approach to learning is friendly, supportive and participative with teaching taking the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and work-based learning. You will benefit from the diversity of students on the course, who come from many different business backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other.

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • essay assignments


Student Destinations

The skills and knowledge you’ll gain are designed to be transferable to work. This course is also a route to further study. If you successfully complete the Foundation degree, it is the equivalent to the first two years of a degree-level course. You will then be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) Leadership, Business and Management through a further 18 months of part-time study at the University of Portsmouth.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • emarketing executive
  • publicity officer
  • graduate food buyer
  • financial analyst

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Entry requirements

Students are expected to be in part time or full time, paid or unpaid employment of a kind that will allow access to appropriate work-related learning opportunities. An over-riding criterion will be the academic judgement that the student will benefit from the programme and successfully complete it.

Applications are welcome from candidates who may not meet the normal entry requirements but whose work experience will have prepared them to succeed in this degree. Applicants will normally be interviewed for entry to the programme.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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