Undergraduate study
Business Management

FdA Business Management

UCAS code: N202 FdA/BusMgt

Looking for a work-related qualification in business and management to study alongside your job? Whether you’re new to business, or already have experience, look no further. You gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in business management, including marketing, finance and people management.This course is delivered at Darlington College.

Course information


  • Length: 2 years

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2017 entry

  • Typical offer: 48 tariff points


  • Minimum 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College 01325 503030

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£500 cash available to kick-start your degree – for travel, accommodation or other living expenses

Eligibility criteria apply


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(National Student Survey 2016)

Why choose Teesside

The emphasis is on developing skills relevant to the real world of work, and making practical links between theory and the demands of business management. You develop general skills in communication, teamworking, problem solving and analysis.

Year 1 covers the main business functions plus a personal development module. In Year 2 you will focus on international business, operations and entrepreneurial skills.


Year 1 core modules

Fundamentals of Marketing

This module aims to provide an introduction to the main principles of marketing as it impacts on a changing and competitive environment. It also aims to define its relationship between the organisation and the outside world. The module will focus on the fundamental principles of marketing and will challenge conventional thinking suggested by relationship marketing theory. In addition, the module will focus on a range of topical issues, as well as advertising, public relations and retailing in marketing and in so doing, will expose students to areas of marketing that they may wish to study further.

Managing and Developing People

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the main theories of Human Resource Management (HRM) and how they are applied within a practical setting. The module will provide the necessary theoretical and practical underpinning necessary to the comprehension and analysis of the nature of HRM

Managing Financial Resources

The aim of the module is to equip learners with techniques that will enable them to participate in the efficient management of the financial resources of the organisation. This covers the planning and budgeting process through to the evaluation of performance. This process includes decision making based on financial data; preparing budgets and analysing performance against budget; looking to ways to add value.

The Organisation

This module looks at the nature of organisations and different approaches to managing organisations. You will also consider some of the key issues that influence people's performance in work, such as motivation management, leadership, dealing with conflict and teams.

The Work Environment and Self-analysis

This module is designed to support learners in coping with HE level study. It is specifically for work-based learners and addresses the development of key personal skills. The delivery encourages the students to actively participate in their own learning process through small group activities, peer-reviewed presentations and learning contracts. This module develops the capacity of individuals to reflect upon their own learning and achievement and to design their Personal Development Journal.

Work-based Learning 1

This module is located in the place of work, that is either your place of employment or a voluntary placement. In both respects the module involves applying learning to a vocational setting and seeks to develop understanding of your work situation and your role within it, incorporating the theory learned on the programme into the working environment. Further you consider some aspects of work related to your role and seek to propose strategies to enhance your performance in that respect.


Year 2 core modules

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills

International Business

Managing Change

This module explores the respective roles of managers and leaders within organisations and the qualities required by those who wish to move from manager to leader. It considers the role of communication both within and outside the organisation and the importance of ethical behaviour and trust. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of leadership skills and the development of a strategic and visionary approach to organisational leadership.

Operations and Project Management

This module introduces you to the key management techniques involved in operations and project management, and approaches to production and operations management in the logistics environment.

Work-related Research Project

This module builds on the learning from the Self Analysis and Career Development module. The learning takes place in the workplace, either the normal place of work or a placement appropriate to the sector of study. The module is project based, mainly. The individual should identify a significant aspect of dysfunction in the organisation, identify the underlying factors and develop proposals for how that problem can be addressed. This will be agreed between the student, the employer and the tutor. The module also builds on the Personal Development Plan which the student produced in the Self Analysis and Career Development module in year one of the programme. The individual will reflect on the original personal development plan, drawing on and analysing the learning they have received throughout the programme together with the development of individual key skills. An updated plan will be produced.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Lessons are delivered through a variety of methods including interactive presentations, lectures, group discussion and case studies. Self-study gives you the opportunity to cover a wider range of learning.

Where you study

This course is delivered at Darlington College (part-time only) (campus code 1, call 01325 503030) or Stockton Riverside College (part-time only) (campus code 3, call 01642 865400).

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a range of work-related assignments and work-based projects. All modules must be successfully completed to achieve the award.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist in a variety of business and management areas. Once you have completed the course successfully you can move to an honours degree.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure sandwich year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level)
  • appropriate training through work.
  • maths and English at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)

We also invite you to attend for interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information


  • Length: 2 years

More full-time details

2017 entry

  • Typical offer: 48 tariff points


  • Minimum 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College 01325 503030

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