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Business Foundation Year 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing.
Contact us to discuss your options.

0203 873 0690

 

Reasons to make us your Clearing choice

  • Degree courses awarded by Coventry University
  • Modern assessment techniques means no end of year exams
  • Courses designed to launch your career
  • Small class sizes allowing for high contact hours with tutors
Course code:

N101

Study options:

4 years

 

Location:

CU London

Starting:

September 2017
November 2017
January 2018
February 2018
April 2018
June 2018

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

0203 873 0700


Overview

This foundation course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in management. You’ll learn all the key components of successful leadership, along with essential knowledge of general business operations domestically and globally.

The course enables students who successfully pass to automatically progress to the Business Management & Leadership BA (Hons) Degree course at CU London. This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to study in the exciting field of business and management.

At CU London, we focus on seeing our students all the way through to employment, via our Careers & Employability department. In addition to proven, traditional methods, students also benefit from invaluable information from experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Why CU London

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Modules within the programme include units based on the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma in First Line Management. Upon successful completion of these elements you’ll have the opportunity to individually enrol with CMI and undertake assessments in order to complete this additional qualification. This is not, however, a condition of academic credit; assessment for the professional qualification is independent from those undertaken for the academic award. Should you decide to take the professional qualification with CMI, there is an initial affiliate membership fee. Please visit the CMI website for further details.

Course information

Business Communications
This module explores the application of communication in business through a variety of methods. You are required to undertake a range of practical activities, such as role plays, in different organisational and cultural settings and examine the relationship between management and workforce. You’ll also conduct thorough research of communication, using analysed theories and exploring key management communication tools. Finally, you’ll identify your own, personal learning style, and have an opportunity to develop these skills within a supportive and culturally sensitive environment.

Management Skills
This module aims to provide you with an overview of the skills required by managers and leaders in business. You’ll analytically explore why having an effective manager is crucial to the success of an organisation. You’ll identify successful characteristics of a manager and highlight how they contribute to the development of a cohesive and productive workforce. We also encourage you to develop and refine your own management characteristics, as you look at relevant theories such as motivation, decision-making and problem solving. You’ll get to practice a range of management activities and learn the competencies required to manage a business effectively.

Marketing for Business
The role of marketing within an organisation is critical to success in any business. This module develops your understanding of the key principles of marketing and how these contribute to the achievement of business objectives. Marketing is a vibrant, fast-paced and exciting area of business and by the end of this module, you’ll know the role of marketing research, effective planning and the development of a fundamental tool—the marketing mix. You’ll also exercise your acquired analytical skills and evaluate key, contemporary techniques and their practical applications in a business setting.

Business Operations and Strategy
In today's highly competitive environment, strategic operation capabilities must be in place for organisations to provide goods and services that meet and exceed customer requirements.

You will explore a range of operational activities and consider their interdependent roles and impact upon the wider strategy of the organisation. This module will cover the principles of quality management, process engineering, inventory control and scheduling from the viewpoint of achieving both operational and strategic objectives.

Course Specification
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In more detail...

  • Guaranteed progression onto a related degree course upon successful completion.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in London, Coventry and Scarborough.

Our main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, referencing skills, presentation skills and more.
  • Management Skills:  You will have an understanding of management skills and appropriate approaches. You will also learn motivational skills, decision making, problem solving and more.
  • Communications: Exploring communicating with teams and the important role this plays in the business industry. You will also look at different forms of communications from presentations to written, with a focus on how to share information effectively.

At CU London, students learn through a variety of modes. The Foundation Year programme is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the programme, requiring full commitment from students. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 20% Interactive Assessments

80% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of policies and strategies in business organisations.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Showcase an understanding of the principles of management of resource and organisations, along with comprehension of global, national and local contexts.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced.

Full-time students.
There are two full-time study styles at CU London. Full week morning or afternoon (Monday-Friday 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm) or early week study (Monday and Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-11am).

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm.
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm.

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Class groups are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,009 (per year)


November 2017

£6,009 (per year)


January 2018

£6,009 (per year)


February 2018

£6,009 (per year)


April 2018

£6,009 (per year)


June 2018

£6,009 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,009 (per year)


November 2017

£6,009 (per year)


January 2018

£6,009 (per year)


February 2018

£6,009 (per year)


April 2018

£6,009 (per year)


June 2018

£6,009 (per year)


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Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2017/18, each six-week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU London Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.
Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18, each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU London from Student Finance England.

Please note: If you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group you may be liable to pay the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

  • CU Coventry
  • CU London
  • CU Scarborough
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London

Career prospects

If you successfully pass your Foundation Year, you will be guaranteed a place on an Honours Degree course at CU London, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria.

The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are currently unwilling or unable to follow the more traditional route into the business profession, for progression on to a related degree course within CU or at other institutions.

However, the course is not solely intended for students who wish to pursue a career in business. The knowledge and skills acquired because of completing the course are readily transferable onto a range of degree courses, such as: