This programme has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to work in your chosen specialism, to support entrepreneurial skills or other graduate opportunities. It is also a platform from which you can undertake additional vocational and academic qualifications.
The University Centre Somerset has strong industry links and we have close relationships with employers to ensure our courses prepare our students to be successful in their chosen careers and therefore work-based learning is an integral part of the programme.
During your course you will cover a range of topics which may include:
• Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting
• Managing Human Resources
• Mentoring, Training and Development in the Workplace
• Applied Marketing
• Current Issues in Management
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Teaching and Assessment
The course is assessed by means of 80% coursework and 20% tests or exams. Continuous assessment processes mean that individual and group assignments count towards your final grade, as do projects and formal written exams.
The FD is a perfect platform for progression onto the BA (Hons) Business Management degree. Our graduates have careers in varied fields from marketing to finance, management to HR.
Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MPP/Diploma - MM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.
Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.
The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.