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BSc single honours Management with Foundation Year 2019/20

Year of entry

 

Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Our Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to a related undergraduate degree.

Our Business Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degrees, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance. The foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree. The course aims to help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

 

 

The Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

The aim of this course is to provide a sound and relevant educational foundation for a range of professional management roles in industry, commerce, the service sector and self­employment. Professional body accreditation of modules gives you the option to gain qualifications from professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). We believe this enhances our programmes, linking academic achievement with the requirements of leading professional bodies. It will also develop the knowledge necessary for postgraduate study, and career development within the business and management field.

The aim for students in all programmes within the Business School undergraduate suite, is to enable them to obtain a sound understanding of theory in business management and its application in practice. There are many opportunities for work experience to prepare you for future employment.

This course is for you if you are looking to develop skills and knowledge of contemporary business management to enable you to enter into your chosen business field. You will develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and team­working skills, which are essential for any career in business.

On successful completion of the course, you will gain the required academic and professional knowledge, skills and values to enable you to work independently and collaboratively to promote effective business solutions, within a changeable business environment.

You will be able to select modules appropriate to your developing interests as the course progresses. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the key areas of management within the business environment including, people management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole programme.

All year two students study core modules in Management including Management and Leadership, Project Management (which is accredited by the Association for Project Management), Human Resource Management and the Management of Operations. All modules prepare you for a professional career and provide you with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the business world.

You can opt to spend the third year of a four year degree in a full­time, paid work placement, supported by the University’s career development service and receive tutorial support from an academic member of staff throughout the year. This valuable opportunity enhances your professional development by giving experience in a real environment. You can register on the programme at the end of your first year.

In you final year of study you will study Strategic Management, Financial Management and Service Management. These modules pull together many of the strands that you will have studied during the previous year.

Work experience

The programme provides students with the opportunity to take a work­based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three.

Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

Other information

The Business School is organising a student exchange project with Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, The Netherlands. This fully funded exchange will give a maximum of 15 undergraduate students the opportunity to explore what it is like to study abroad, work on a business project in The Netherlands, experience a different place and culture, and make new friends.

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Core modules

Communication and Academic Skills for HE

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Personal and Career Development

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing

To prepare students for the academic study of business, management and marketing by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment. This will be achieved through addressing key questions concerning current business issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and begin to use tools of analysis to discuss important contemporary issues. The module further aims to help students to understand the importance of issues around work and people in organisations by looking at basic HRM functions, activities and issues.

Contemporary Issues in Law

The aims of the module are to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary issues in law. Students will be introduced to a number of contemporary issues through the perspective of different areas of legal study. Students will be able to look into a range of contemporary issues that require the application of legal rules and structures to develop their awareness of the implications and limitations of different areas of law in regards to specific issues.

Individual Project

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate, under supervisory guidance, a particular topic or issue related to material covered in the subject-specific modules. A major aim of the project is to help students prepare for their chosen subject-specific study at Level 4.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Business Foundation Years

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and so prepare them for degree studies in Business Studies and Accounting and Finance. The module also aims to help students to understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and the contemporary issues that are currently affecting these disciplines.

Year 1

Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to accounting and finance for students who are NOT majoring in accounting or finance. It examines the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)

To prepare students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Marketing Principals and Practice (20 credits)

To provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice.

People Management (20 credits)

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Economics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Business Analysis (20 credits)

The module is designed to help students develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programs and in their future careers in business. Although there are no pre-requisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills. There will be a quick refresher lecture during the induction period.

Year 2

Management and Leadership (20 credits)

The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy and may cause ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. It explores a range of different perspectives on management and leadership and focuses in on particular managerial/leadership issues that lead to ambiguities and problems.

Project Management (20 credits)

This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Work Based Learning (20 credits)

The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Management of Operations (20 credits)

The aims of this module are firstly to critically evaluate the role of Operations Management within a business context. This will be developed into an understanding of the role and function of the operations management in contributing to an organisation’s competitiveness. This will include analysing the design and delivery of products and services, the management of quality and the management, control and improvement of the operation.

Year 3

Strategic Management (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable students to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Financial Management (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of corporate financial issues and an understanding of the treasury function and corporate financial strategy.

Business Ethics (20 credits)

To help students develop an understanding of ethical theory, the ability to apply relevant theory to business situations, and to encourage students to develop their own individual perspective as ethical decision makers.

Service Management (20 credits)

To provide students with an appreciation of the significant issues relating to management in the service sector and the management of the service provision in all sectors.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Accounting for Business (20 credits)

Accounting for Business (AB) extends the scope of Financial Accounting for Professionals to more advanced topics in Financial Accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential.

Human Resource Management (20 credits)

To equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational Human Resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of creativity, innovation and problem-solving processes in organisations and how these contribute to business sustainability and competitiveness. It aims to develop students’ awareness of how entrepreneurial skills and capabilities impact on and relate to business start-up, development and competitiveness.

Research Methods (20 credits)

This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.

Retail Marketing (20 credits)

To develop in students a critical awareness and understanding of key marketing and management concepts involved in the retail industry.

Year 3

Marketing: Culture and Communication (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to gain a critical understanding of the importance of cultural context(s) in influencing worldwide customer and consumer behaviour and in particular, the impact on marketing communication.

New Venture Creation (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation. It will support the development of the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out a detailed feasibility study for the creation of the new business venture and to test the business model in the market place.

Retail Strategy (20 credits)

To develop a critical awareness of the strategic factors and operational implications a retailer needs to achieve in order to establish a clear market position in a competitive market.

Public Relations (20 credits)

To develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Individual Study (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular line of enquiry selected by the student and related to entrepreneurship and innovation within, and for business.

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles. Graduate employment has included accountancy, financial service, retailing, leisure management, marketing, human resource and public sector management. The Erasmus exchange programme provides opportunities for students to study in Europe for part of the degree.

The Management degree opens up career routes into any sector and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully­completed Management degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that are transferable and valued by many organisations.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Professional Body Registration Professional Body qualification is optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Fees

Each of your modules is typically taught concurrently (‘short and fat’), meaning that you will be studying three modules simultaneously for half of the academic year. This will enable you to become accustomed to the demands and expectations of university in the first term, and then move onto increasingly complicated subject-specific content in the second semester. Consideration is made within the module delivery to ensure that foundational content is taught at the beginning of the module, and that increasingly complex concepts and processes will be encountered as the year progresses. This body of study, twinned with the academic support module that is core to this programme, will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto L4 of your named programme with a sound foundational knowledge of core subject principles, and with essential study and research skills for undergraduate progression.

This programme consists of six modules that run concurrently, enabling you to see the connections between them and to apply your growing skills with increasing confidence. These modules will adopt a range of techniques appropriate to the subject matter and stage of module progression. Typically, core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including Lecture & Discussion; Student-led Seminars; Tutorials; Individual Oral Presentations; Problem Solving Exercises, Case studies and Projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars. Therefore teaching on the Foundation year is focused on preparing students for the methods employed at L4 study.  Throughout the Foundation Year degree, your will receive academic and personal support from your module lecturers and Programme Director who will act as your Personal Tutor.

TUTORIALS AND PERSONAL ACADEMIC TUTORING

Personal Academic Tutorials will be provided by lecturers delivering the modules on the Foundation Year. You will be provided with scheduled slots for your Personal Academic Tutorials, which you are expected to attend. You may also contact the Programme Director for an Academic Tutorial additional to scheduled slots.

Attending Personal Academic Tutorials is a vital component of the Foundation Year and these are set up to review your academic progress during the Foundation Year.

You will have Personal Academic Tutorials in Induction week and as part of your modules.  You will be provided with a tutorial appointment slot which you must attend. You can also request a tutorial in a lecturer’s office hours. Your lecturers will provide you with these.

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical project work, group and or individual work, Oral presentations, Computer based assessment, Seminar presentation, Paper presentation, Seminar papers, Case study and Audio or video presentation. Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer-based assessment), presentations and examination.

As a student within the Business School, you will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

As an accounting student, you will have easy access to historical data, asset prices, macroeconomic data and financial statement information. You will also be able to develop your own trading strategies and portfolio management styles tailored to your riskprofile as part of your hands­on learning experience here in the Business School.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

Accounting at Christ Church holds all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post­graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers.

We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • N20F Management with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

Location

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