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The Business and Management Foundation Year aims to provide you with an introduction to both the theoretical and practical dimensions of business and management. The programme blends theory and practice to develop your understanding of management practice and is aligned to the principles of responsible management and sustainability goals.

A Foundation Year offers a transition into university life, bridging the gap between earlier forms of education and undergraduate degrees in Business. This programme will provide you with a challenging insight in to the subject specific elements including Professional Development, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Business Environment and Functions and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. You will develop research rich skills, with modules enabling and encouraging you to take responsibility for your own learning.

The curriculum aims to enhance your employability and career readiness as the modules blend skills and knowledge in a practical environment.  This incorporates learning data analytical skills, acting ethically and responsibly in business and understanding how to lead business organisations within a global context

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto one of our Level 4 Business degree programmes: 

Alternatively, students may progress to one of our Accounting and Finance courses (subject to agreement):

 

Subject to validation

The Business and Management Foundation Year aims to provide you with an introduction to both the theoretical and practical dimensions of business and management. The programme blends theory and practice to develop your understanding of management practice and is aligned to the principles of responsible management and sustainability goals.

A Foundation Year offers a transition into university life, bridging the gap between earlier forms of education and undergraduate degrees in Business. This programme will provide you with a challenging insight in to the subject specific elements including Professional Development, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Business Environment and Functions and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. You will develop research rich skills, with modules enabling and encouraging you to take responsibility for your own learning.

The curriculum aims to enhance your employability and career readiness as the modules blend skills and knowledge in a practical environment.  This incorporates learning data analytical skills, acting ethically and responsibly in business and understanding how to lead business organisations within a global context

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto one of our Level 4 Business degree programmes: 

Alternatively, students may progress to one of our Accounting and Finance courses (subject to agreement):

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
N765

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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#IAmNorthumbria / Samuel Akanya

Samuel owns his own tech business and alongside learning how to run a business and be a better manager, loves to spend time socialising as part of the Afro-Caribbean Society here at Northumbria.

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

The Business Clinic / Real-World Experience

Highly acclaimed by clients as successful, as students get to the root of the problem, and results in a detailed report and presentation of their recommendations.

Sustainability / Northumbria supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This programme introduces the key concepts of human resource and marketing management and the concept of strategic and contemporary management through the innovative module Business Environments and Functions. It will provide you with a broad context of knowledge and development of the essential skills required for industry.  You will then learn how to apply key theoretical themes in an end of year project.

The Foundation Year aims to build on your potential management and leadership skills throughout the curriculum. Through integrated project and research rich assignments, you will master essential skills and knowledge to support you throughout your academic journey and professional career.

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A range of academic staff, who have a wealth of professional and academic experience form the teaching team.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading.

In addition to direct academic support, you will also have access to a range of learning support services. These include sessions facilitated by library staff on core academic skills such as referencing and academic writing. There are also ranges of online support materials, which are available through the electronic learning portal. These include; lecture recordings, webcasts, pre-recorded sessions on the use of specialist software and key academic skills.

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Based in City Campus East, the Newcastle Business School (CCE 1) comprises of purpose designed academic accommodation at the cutting edge of design and technology. From social spaces and classrooms to lecture theatres and exhibition space, the facilities on offer are exceptional.

Our ground floor hosts our innovative Bloomberg Trading Room, which allows students to train and learn how to use real time and historical financial news and information. Our undergraduate students predominately use the second floor, which provides access to a large suite of computers as well as teaching and seminar space.

On New Bridge Street, the Business Clinic is home to consultancy projects with external organisations, which students have access to in later degree study.

Business Facilities

Newcastle Business School delivers first class teaching in a world class environment.

City Campus East

360 Tour

As a professional and international School, the Newcastle Business School develops individuals to achieve leadership, management and employability potential through business relevant, research engaged education.

Northumbria University Library

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study a Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria, we have a strong research ethos that is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Newcastle Business School was the eighth most improved business school in the 2015 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The curriculum of our modules are research-informed, with academics drawing on their personal research throughout lessons.

The active research themes our staff are involved in directly influences your learning, with specialist subjects including risk, responsibility ethics and governance, and public policy and public management. You will become skilled in formulating questions, analysing different interpretations and developing well-founded arguments.

Research / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study a Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Newcastle Business School, we have excellent links with local, national and international organisations. Through guest lectures and live projects, our students gain a knowledge and understanding of what it is like to work in industry. Employability is embedded throughout the Business and Management Foundation Year, providing you with the skills and knowledge to be career ready by the end of your degree.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be positioned to automatically progress onto level 4 study. Your progression course will then build upon the skills gained throughout the yearlong foundation course, preparing you for future employment.

Career Edge / Added Experiences

You can boost your CV and develop your experience whilst studying at Northumbria.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

Newcastle Business School

Book an Open Day / Experience Business and Management Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study a Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

104 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

104 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

NX9308 -

Professional Development for Responsible Management Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning is achieved via a combination of weekly workshops, seminars and fortnightly group and/or individual tutorials. The aim of all sessions is to create a friendly, interactive and inclusive learning environment. Indicative topics include (but are not limited to):
• Researching and referencing reliable sources of information
• How to thinking critically and analytically
• Time management for professional development
• Presentation skills – visual, verbal and written
• Team work – how to work with and influence others
• Professional skills in business leadership and management
• Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
• Introduction to Career Planning

More information

NX9309 -

Business Environment and Functions (Core,20 Credits)

How are business organisation organised in order to deliver on their strategic mission and prosper in an increasingly competitive globalised environment? This module is designed to develop your understanding of business practice and the key strategic concerns of senior managers. In doing so, this module will provide through the exploration of the functions of a business, the foundation for your later career as a manager.

Contemporary business operations are dependent on the efficient and effective application of certain key functions, namely Strategy, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. You will explore how each contributes to organisational performance, as well as how these all are inter-related and mutually dependent. In your study of Strategy, you will explore the idea of strategic positioning and choice, which is so important for businesses in setting out their intended direction of travel. In your study of Human Resource and Management, you will think about what human capital means and what are competencies. In your exploration of marketing, you will consider how businesses engage in market segmentation and promotional strategies. These activities may appear very different but in reality, these all contribute to the business as a whole.

In this module you will be assessed by the submission of Professional Report. You will be guided on how to construct the report in lectures and seminars.

More information

NX9310 -

Business Information Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the practical challenges faced by organisations in creating business information and communicating this information in an understandable way. You will learn about business data, its key sources and how this can be created for specific project purposes through survey design and associated data collection. You will learn how to undertake primary data collection in an ethically appropriate way and how to handle, prepare and analyse your data using analytical tools e.g. Excel. The importance of communication to your business audience is reinforced through verbal and written presentation of your study findings.

Within this module, you will cover the following topics:
• Introduction to Business Information.
• Data and Information Management: sources; types; storage; accessibility.
• Data Collection: survey design and distribution, taking account of the different types of data we might want to collect.
• Ethical aspects of data collection.
• Data Preparation - extracting and importing data to analytical tools e.g. Excel; preparing data for analysis.
• Data Analysis and Presentation with analytical tools: converting data into business information and intelligence.
• Communicating the Information and Intelligence – using reports and presentations.

As an integral part of your learning, you will use “real” data, which you will subsequently learn to manage, prepare and analyse. You will learn how to present your work in verbal and written formats, leading to the development of a 2,000 word individual report for your summative assessment.

More information

NX9311 -

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

This module examines how our business organisations are organised in order to deliver on their strategic mission in an increasingly competitive globalised environment. This module is designed to develop your understanding of business practice and the key strategic concerns of senior managers. This module will provide, through the exploration of the functions of a business, the foundation for your later career as a manager.

In this module you will be assessed by a Project that involves a presentation and a project whilst working in a team. You will be guided on how to approach this examination in lectures and seminars.

More information

NX9312 -

Introduction to Responsible Business (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning is achieved via a series of coherent lectures & seminars. The aim is to create a friendly, highly interactive and inclusive learning environment including a range of diverse learning activities. Indicative topics include (but are not limited to):

• Sustainability Literacy
• Global Environmental Issues
• Sustainable Development Goals
• Business and Society
• Contemporary Business Issues
• Introduction to Business Ethics
• Responsible Business Models
• Sustainable Business Theories
• Sustainable Business Innovation

In addition to knowledge generation this approach will enable you to further develop transferable skills essential for success at both university and in the world of work: personal confidence, teamwork & collaboration, self-management and independent learning. You will be assessed through a combination of debates/presentations and coursework, which will equip you with the transferable skills required for your programme and future employment. Above all, this module will stimulate your curiosity as to how business can be a force for good in making the world a better place.

More information

NX9313 -

Leadership and Management in Professional Practice Project (Core,20 Credits)

How are businesses organised and who is responsible for this? How do both leaders and managers contribute in their own way to the collective performance of a business organisation?

In particular, the functions of management are to: Set objectives/targets for individuals, teams and larger work units; make day-to-day decisions, especially in relation to staff recruitment, costing projects and budgeting for the future; reviewing individual and collective performance and planning for the future.

For leaders, you will explore how their role is primarily concerned with changing the emotional state of colleagues through inspiration, concern and authentic commitment. You will also consider how poor leadership is manifested and study examples of how poor leadership impacts on others and the wider organisation. You will gain an understanding of differing views of leadership and what models (Transactional; Transformational, Authentic, Distributed) have been put forward to explain its practice in the real world.

As a result of studying this module, you will have a foundation for later study in your undergraduate degree and understand the benefits of effective leadership and management for business organisations.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

NX9308 -

Professional Development for Responsible Management Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning is achieved via a combination of weekly workshops, seminars and fortnightly group and/or individual tutorials. The aim of all sessions is to create a friendly, interactive and inclusive learning environment. Indicative topics include (but are not limited to):
• Researching and referencing reliable sources of information
• How to thinking critically and analytically
• Time management for professional development
• Presentation skills – visual, verbal and written
• Team work – how to work with and influence others
• Professional skills in business leadership and management
• Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
• Introduction to Career Planning

More information

NX9309 -

Business Environment and Functions (Core,20 Credits)

How are business organisation organised in order to deliver on their strategic mission and prosper in an increasingly competitive globalised environment? This module is designed to develop your understanding of business practice and the key strategic concerns of senior managers. In doing so, this module will provide through the exploration of the functions of a business, the foundation for your later career as a manager.

Contemporary business operations are dependent on the efficient and effective application of certain key functions, namely Strategy, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. You will explore how each contributes to organisational performance, as well as how these all are inter-related and mutually dependent. In your study of Strategy, you will explore the idea of strategic positioning and choice, which is so important for businesses in setting out their intended direction of travel. In your study of Human Resource and Management, you will think about what human capital means and what are competencies. In your exploration of marketing, you will consider how businesses engage in market segmentation and promotional strategies. These activities may appear very different but in reality, these all contribute to the business as a whole.

In this module you will be assessed by the submission of Professional Report. You will be guided on how to construct the report in lectures and seminars.

More information

NX9310 -

Business Information Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the practical challenges faced by organisations in creating business information and communicating this information in an understandable way. You will learn about business data, its key sources and how this can be created for specific project purposes through survey design and associated data collection. You will learn how to undertake primary data collection in an ethically appropriate way and how to handle, prepare and analyse your data using analytical tools e.g. Excel. The importance of communication to your business audience is reinforced through verbal and written presentation of your study findings.

Within this module, you will cover the following topics:
• Introduction to Business Information.
• Data and Information Management: sources; types; storage; accessibility.
• Data Collection: survey design and distribution, taking account of the different types of data we might want to collect.
• Ethical aspects of data collection.
• Data Preparation - extracting and importing data to analytical tools e.g. Excel; preparing data for analysis.
• Data Analysis and Presentation with analytical tools: converting data into business information and intelligence.
• Communicating the Information and Intelligence – using reports and presentations.

As an integral part of your learning, you will use “real” data, which you will subsequently learn to manage, prepare and analyse. You will learn how to present your work in verbal and written formats, leading to the development of a 2,000 word individual report for your summative assessment.

More information

NX9311 -

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

This module examines how our business organisations are organised in order to deliver on their strategic mission in an increasingly competitive globalised environment. This module is designed to develop your understanding of business practice and the key strategic concerns of senior managers. This module will provide, through the exploration of the functions of a business, the foundation for your later career as a manager.

In this module you will be assessed by a Project that involves a presentation and a project whilst working in a team. You will be guided on how to approach this examination in lectures and seminars.

More information

NX9312 -

Introduction to Responsible Business (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning is achieved via a series of coherent lectures & seminars. The aim is to create a friendly, highly interactive and inclusive learning environment including a range of diverse learning activities. Indicative topics include (but are not limited to):

• Sustainability Literacy
• Global Environmental Issues
• Sustainable Development Goals
• Business and Society
• Contemporary Business Issues
• Introduction to Business Ethics
• Responsible Business Models
• Sustainable Business Theories
• Sustainable Business Innovation

In addition to knowledge generation this approach will enable you to further develop transferable skills essential for success at both university and in the world of work: personal confidence, teamwork & collaboration, self-management and independent learning. You will be assessed through a combination of debates/presentations and coursework, which will equip you with the transferable skills required for your programme and future employment. Above all, this module will stimulate your curiosity as to how business can be a force for good in making the world a better place.

More information

NX9313 -

Leadership and Management in Professional Practice Project (Core,20 Credits)

How are businesses organised and who is responsible for this? How do both leaders and managers contribute in their own way to the collective performance of a business organisation?

In particular, the functions of management are to: Set objectives/targets for individuals, teams and larger work units; make day-to-day decisions, especially in relation to staff recruitment, costing projects and budgeting for the future; reviewing individual and collective performance and planning for the future.

For leaders, you will explore how their role is primarily concerned with changing the emotional state of colleagues through inspiration, concern and authentic commitment. You will also consider how poor leadership is manifested and study examples of how poor leadership impacts on others and the wider organisation. You will gain an understanding of differing views of leadership and what models (Transactional; Transformational, Authentic, Distributed) have been put forward to explain its practice in the real world.

As a result of studying this module, you will have a foundation for later study in your undergraduate degree and understand the benefits of effective leadership and management for business organisations.

More information

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