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Business - Mansfield Campus FdA

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree
  • UCAS Code(s): N104
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Taught in Mansfield, this course is an innovative programme of study which has been designed in conjunction with local employers. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge required to operate in today’s challenging business and management environments.

This is the ideal choice if you want to keep your options open and shape your career aspirations during your studies

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Business.

  • Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.
  • On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Business.

What you’ll study

During your studies you will learn about the key facilities within business such as operations, HR, marketing, accounting and finance to provide you with a comprehensive overview of how each of these functions impact real-world businesses across the globe.

In the first year you will study six core 20 credit point modules, as follows:

  • Business Development and Operations
  • Personal and Academic Development (FdA)
  • Foundations of Marketing
  • Essentials of Managing and Organising
  • Finance and Budgeting for Business
  • Data Analysis for Managers

A 6 - 8 week placement within a company/organisation will take place in May/June once the first year teaching and assessment period is completed.

In the second year you will study six core 20 credit point modules:

  • Business Development in a Digital World
  • Employment and Enterprise (FdA)
  • Marketing for Managers
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Research Methods and Analytics for Managers

Further information on what you'll study

Students will develop their knowledge of the core theoretical concepts relevant to the subject, apply theory to practice in organisational settings and relate practice to theory, learning relevant disciplinary methods and skills. Students will experience the professional world and gain insight into business practices and behaviours. Developing the skills for reflection is a key element through both years so that students reflect upon and further develop their knowledge, skills and attributes.

Students will be expected to undertake some work or work-like experience during their studies.

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How you’re taught

Teaching on the course will be from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.  You will be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

You will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play and project work.

You will also have a number of tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you are working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Contact hours

On average you will receive minimum 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.  You will be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through additional independent study each week.

How you’re assessed

Each module on the course is assessed in a variety of ways including reports, essays, group work, presentations, research projects and written examinations.

Careers and employability

Your future career

With an FdA in Business, study for an extra year and you’ll get your BA (Hons) Business at NTU.

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the business industry and students can go straight into work after their foundation degree.

With an FdA in Business you can start your career path towards roles such as Marketing Assistant, Finance Assistant, Human Resources Officer or Customer Service Manager.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes an optional sandwich year placement between Year One and Year Two. You can develop your skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers.

Students could undertake placement opportunities in small, medium and large businesses in the Mansfield/Ashfield area and in public-sector, private -sector, or voluntary organisations in their chosen area of Business.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’s £6.5 million University Centre,  which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.