BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year – (Arden University)

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Program Description

BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year

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Do you want to learn about the basics of business and management, but you’re not sure if you qualify for university study?

Arden’s BA (Hons) Business is available to study with an integrated Foundation Year. Studied over four years, this programme is perfect to prepare you for success at the undergraduate level. The foundation year will equip you with the essential skills needed to embark on your undergraduate degree in Business, including basic numeracy, academic and research skills.

  • The four-year route with an integrated foundation year is perfect for those with a desire to return to education or seeking to develop key study skills in their first year.
  • This BA (Hons) Business undergraduate degree includes an integrated foundation year, an additional year of study which will prepare you with the relevant skills and knowledge to continue on to your full degree.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme, taking into account:

  • Their motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

If your previous learning was not in English, you will also need to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Structure & Modules

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This four-year route is perfect for those who need a little extra support when entering the world of higher education. Whether it’s been a while since you last studied, or you feel you didn’t do well in previous academic study, the foundation year gives you the basics needed to go on to graduate with a full degree.

You’ll only need to commit to three days of face-to-face classroom sessions at one of our study centres in Manchester, Birmingham, or London during your foundation year. Once you move onto your full degree (from the second year), this reduces to 2 days face to face commitment per week across the remaining three years.

Modules you will study are:

Foundation Year (Level 0):

  • Skills for Academic Study
  • The Structure of Business
  • Using Numeracy, Data & IT
  • Using Information
  • Working Ethically
  • Research Skills

Year 2 (Level 4):

  • Developing Personal & Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Management Information Systems
  • Understanding the Tourism Environment
  • Marketing Communications
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Management Accounting

Year 3 (Level 5):

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis

Plus, choose 2 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Market Intelligence
  • Marketing Planning
  • Planning Human Resources
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Auditing

Year 4 (Level 6):

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • International Management
  • International Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Issues in HRM
  • Financial Decision Making

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Assessments

Assessments provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Assignment
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the Course Specification.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Career Opportunities

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This degree will take you four years to complete. Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll graduate with an undergraduate degree in BA (Hons) Business, with CMI accreditation.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute upon completion of this degree. This professionally-recognised accreditation will stand you in good stead to embark on a career in all areas of business management.

You’ll have a wide range of transferrable skills, such as analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, and an appreciation of organisational structures, that can be applied into any of the following potential roles:

  • Business Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Business Analyst

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. You could continue your studies with Arden and enrol onto one of our postgraduate courses, such as:

  • MBA – available via distance and blended learning
  • MBA (Data Analytics)
  • MBA (Finance) – available via distance and blended learning
  • MA Strategic Marketing (CIM) – available via distance and blended learning
  • MSc Strategic IT Management
  • MSc IT Security Management – available via distance and blended learning
  • MSc Telecommunications Management
  • MA Human Resource Management
  • MSc Project Management (APM) – available via distance and blended learning

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Blended Learning at Arden University

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What is Blended Learning in Arden University?

Do you want to study for a degree, but feel like you just don’t have the time to fit it into your life? Arden University’s Blended Learning courses combine innovative online learning with traditional, face-to-face classes to give you a more flexible way to study.

How does it work?

The face-to-face hours are delivered as a part-time course would be, but with the additional independent online learning, you can still complete your degree in 3 years*. This Blended approach means you can study anytime, anywhere and your tutors and support teams can be contacted outside of the classroom, online or over the phone.

When can I study?

Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, you will have the opportunity to select when you want to learn: weekdays, evenings or weekends.

  • Weekdays: 2 days per week either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30
  • Evenings**: 2 evenings per week 17.30–21.30
  • Weekends: Saturdays

Where can I study?

With 5 Arden study centres across the UK, in Birmingham, London and Manchester, we believe we can offer a study option that suits most lifestyles.

So, whether you’re a full-time parent, striving to be an employee of the month, or just don’t want the traditional study methods offered by other universities, Blended Learning at Arden University offers all the flexibility and support you need to fit study around your life.

Take a look at the courses on offer and talk to one of the Ulearn’s course advisors through our Live Chat function, or complete an enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

*4 years if taken with a foundation year.

** selected centres and courses only.

Flexible Intake Dates

At Arden University you don’t have to start your Degree in September like most other universities. We offer 5 different intakes throughout the year so you can start your course at a time that suits you and fits around your commitments.

Undergraduate Intake Dates

  • September
  • November
  • February
  • April
  • June

How much will it cost?

The course fee is only £6,000 per year which is £3,000 per year cheaper than the rest of the UK Universities.

The course is around £3,000 a year cheaper than going to University full time and it is funded by the Government scheme called student finance, that means that you will not have to pay anything upfront for the course.

Once you start earning more than £25,000 per year you will pay back from as little as £30 per month and if you no longer earn more than £25,000, this transaction will stop automatically.

Last updated Mar 2020

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