Business Management FdA (Part Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Part-Time


If you have an eye for opportunity, a passion for working with people and the drive to solve problems and create innovative solutions, the Foundation Degree in Business Management will develop and hone your skills, building for success now and in the future. Focusing on four key areas of business management – leadership, finance, marketing and human resources – you will be challenged to tackle the issues that face modern businesses and entrepreneurs and make you ready to move on into critical roles in industry and enterprise.
Personal and professional development is key to success in the Foundation Degree in Business Management – you will be constantly critiquing and developing your skills and competencies, achieving a readiness to succeed in the current workplace, and a flexible mindset to tackle the challenges of the ever-changing business environment.
You will learn in our recently redeveloped £18 million Parsons Building at the heart of our bustling campus, within walking distance of the city centre and your lecturers are highly experienced in their particular business discipline, both as practitioners and through involvement with relevant professional bodies (i.e. CIPD, ILM, AAT etc.)
The Foundation Degree in Business Management holds the concept of ‘Student as Producer’ at its core – students working alongside local businesses and voluntary organisations on live project briefs and producing solutions and research with real-world impact. This isn’t business-as-theory – this is business theory put into real, valuable practice delivering impact to the local community and delivering invaluable practical experience of dealing with clients, fulfilling briefs and working in project teams.
Your course, which has been developed in conjunction with local businesses to ensure relevance, is supplemented by close ties to local and national companies. Guest speakers deliver masterclasses in specific subject areas and extra-curricular trips and events provide the opportunity to network and expand your understanding and influence.
The Foundation Degree in Business Management puts you on track to become a dynamic, imaginative and connected member of the business community – primed for success in whatever career you pursue upon graduation.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This Foundation Degree in Business Management is ideally suited to those who would like to learn the fundamental principles of business management and develop their professional skills and experience

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Business Management by NCG.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Year One:
Development Core Curriculum
Work Based Learning
• Addressing a problem or improvement opportunity for a local business, you will analyse, research and present professional, practical solutions.
Academic Skills
• You will develop the core academic presentation and research skills essential to both successes on the course and professional presentation to clients.
Personal Development
• Analysing your own skills, knowledge and aptitudes, you will develop and execute a development plan for yourself across the two years of the course. Where do you want to be? How can you get there?
Business Core Curriculum
Contemporary Business Environment
• This module focuses on analysis of the modern world and the impact it has on the strategy employed by any given business. Looking at politics, economics, technology, social change and global affairs, you will gain a holistic appreciation of the complexities of the environment business operates within.
Managing Businesses and People
• Introducing the fundamental building blocks of management theory, with an emphasis on organisational and human resource management.
Finance Fundamentals
• Understanding the role of accounts, budgets, cash flow and forecasting is critical to your success in business and this unit introduces the base concepts for this crucial topic.
Marketing Essentials
• What are you offering, and to whom? This fundamental business question will be tackled in this module, combining classical marketing theory with cutting edge modern examples and practice.
Year Two:
Development Extended Curriculum

Work Related Learning
• Taking a live brief from a local client, you will develop a solution for their issue, recommending an implementation and business plan for their business.
Professional Development
• Looking at your future career, you will map your current skills and aptitudes against the industry standards and develop a personal development plan to achieve your potential in that industry.
Business Extended Curriculum
Leading Innovation and Change
• Change is a fundamental part of business and this module enables you to develop and manage strategic change within a business using a variety of leadership styles and techniques.
Human Resource Management
• This module delivers an understanding of the complex organisational and legal requirements for human resources, as well as methods of planning for recruitment and training of staff.
Financial Decision Making
• This module challenges you to develop your analytical skills with financial data in order to evaluate and recommend courses of action for a business.
Digital Marketing Management
• When marketing channels change rapidly, how can a business connect consistently with their existing and potential customers? This unit addresses the knowledge and techniques required to adapt to the every-changing marketing landscape.

Learning Methods

The Foundation Degree in Business Management utilises a variety of different learning methods, allowing you to develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of the subject. Learning takes place in classrooms where delivery, discussion and small group work focuses on specific subject topics. You will be guided towards self-directed study in the form of articles, journals, podcasts and other media to expand your understanding and confidence with the subject. E-learning packages are used to target specific identified areas for development and to enhance already developing skills.
You will be challenged to develop your presentation and communication skills, producing professional documentation and presentations and using information and communication technology throughout your course.

Assessment Methods

Your work will be assessed using a variety of methods: written reports and assignments, paper and electronic portfolios, case studies, academic posters, recorded presentations and exams. Assessment will also include student reflections and development plans

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through one of our one-year BA Business Management (Top-Up) degrees

Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from the Foundation Degree in Business Management, you are primed to begin a career in management in virtually any business or industry, or to pursue your own enterprise. Students have moved into supervisory management positions, as well as roles in marketing, human resources and finance. Many also start their own companies and pursue entrepreneurial ventures alongside work, or as their sole career.
Every business requires managers – the career path you choose reflects the passion you have for a particular sector or specialism

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.