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Overview

The BA (Hons) Business Studies with Foundation is specially designed for those students, who may otherwise miss opportunities to study for a UK business degrees due to their inability to meet minimum entry-level requirements to a UK University degree. The programme will be also suitable to also those international students coming from the countries where the qualifications frameworks are different then the UK and so their qualification are not equivalent to direct Level 4 entry requirements at a UK Higher Educational Institution.  The BABS with foundation year course is thus an integrated 4 years programme, where the first year is counted towards bridging the gap of education required for entry to a UK University.

BA (Hons) Business Studies (BABS) with foundation offers wide and in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills of effectively running for profit and not for profit organisation in fast changing global business world. BA (Hons) Business Studies is designed to enable the student to develop a critical understanding of ethical principles and practice, and an awareness of effective management principles set in the many contexts in which businesses operate and also captures the essence of entrepreneurship.

The course encourages students to develop the skills and competences of future managers. To do this, students should be capable of making management decisions at both a strategic and at a tactical level, emphasising the complexity and dynamics of business and management and taking cognisance of the integrative nature of the various factors which impinge upon management decisions

Students who complete this programme will be able to enter the world of business with a breadth of knowledge that should provide them with greater confidence and understanding aptitude for business world. The structure of the Programme is as below:

The course has been designed to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the national need for adaptive, adaptable and transformative graduates.
  • Empower students from a variety of educational backgrounds to fulfil their academic potential.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to use their work experience to gain an understanding of current theory and practice.
  • Develop the students’ personal and interpersonal transferable skills.
  • Equip students for a range of career opportunities and increase their earning potential.
  • Provide an academic basis for further study at final year undergraduate level and/or vocational training.
  • Provide students who are in full time employment a relatively inexpensive and accelerated (dependent on their own personal circumstances) mode of obtaining a degree.
  • Provide employers with graduates who possess the specialist technical knowledge and skills needed in their sector.
Study mode
Full Time
Start Date
September / February / May
UK Fees
£9,250 / year
EU & Non EU Fees
£12,000 / year
Global Plus Fees
£17,000 / year
Study Level
Level 6
Study Length
4 years

Course Details & Modules

Structure of the Programme BA (Hons) Business Studies with foundation year

Programme structure for Level 4, 5 and 6 – September intake
  Semester 1 Semester 2
  Core Core Core Core Core Core
Level 3 Personalised Learning Introduction to Business Recording Business Transactions Managing People and Systems Data Handling and Using ICT Academic Performance
Level 4  

Professional Skills for Business

Researching Business Data  

Introduction to HRM

 

Principles of Marketing Information Communications Technology Business Accounting
  Core Core Core Core Core Core
Level 5 Enterprise and Business Development

 

Managing Business Operations Business Economics Business ethics Organisational behaviour Research Methods
Level 6 Strategic Management International Trade, Finance and Investment Business Research report (semester 1and 2) International Business  

 

Managing Small and medium enterprise

 

 

Programme structure for Level 4, 5 and 6 –  February intake
  Semester 1 Semester 2
  Core Core Core Core Core Core
Level 3 Managing People and Systems Data Handling and Using ICT Academic Performance Personalised Learning Introduction to Business Recording Business Transactions
Level 4  

Principles of Marketing

 

 

Information Communications Technology Business Accounting

 

Professional Skills for Business Researching Business Data Introduction to HRM
  Core Core Core Core Core Core
Level 5 Research Methods Business ethics Organisational behaviour Enterprise and Business Development

 

Managing Business Operations Business Economics
Level 6 International Business  

Managing Small and medium enterprise

 

Business Research report (semester 1and 2) Business Research report (semester 1and 2) Strategic Management International Trade, Finance and Investment

 

Teaching and Learning Data

Percentage of students’ study time: Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled teaching & learning time 20% 28% 28% 28%
Scheduled teaching & learning time 80% 72% 72% 72%

Assessment

Percentage of final marks assessed by: Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Exam 0% 0% 0% 0%
Coursework 100% 100% 100% 100%

Key Facts

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment seeks to develop the skills and attributes you require when working in a professional business environment, and to be able to demonstrate your professionalism.

The delivery of the course consists of lectures, seminars, supported tutorials and independent learning. Guided learning will be used for Business Research and the Final Business Project, which aims to support students through tasks designed to develop skills and understanding, and to promote communication, responsibility, and appropriate decision-making.

Oxford Business College will provide each student with access to a virtual learning environment or VLE (Moodle) to engage with course content. Units will require students to prepare for, participate in and further develop skills explored.

Two of the characteristics that employers want from you are the “soft skills” acquired through interacting effectively in groups, and the ability to work independently. This profile of teaching and learning strategies therefore prepares you for the world of work by inculcating these transferable skills.

Where required, and where possible, learning and teaching can be adapted to the specific needs of the student, through the adaptation of teaching materials as well as support from College staff.

We are committed to integrating sustainability into the curriculum. This is specifically embedded in the BA (Hons) Business Studies with Foundation Year course, with a specific module on Enterprise, Sustainability, and Business Ethics as well as an emphasis on the creative industries.

Given the scope of the course, employ ability skills at business management level are embedded throughout and linked to every unit. It is a core ethos of the course and is evidenced in the overall course aims, approach to teaching and learning, as well as underpinned by co-curriculum activities, where students will gain transferable skills which are enhancing their future employability  and/or laying the groundwork for their own entrepreneurial ventures.

The assessment strategy for the BA (Hons) Business Studies with Foundation Year is concerned with the student’s development through knowledge, understanding and application of a range of technical and professional skills in the development of this knowledge. In order to make this relationship clear, learning outcomes are mapped against assessment criteria in each unit descriptor.Variety of assessments including written assignments, presentations, research proposal, and a final business project allow for diversity of assessment methodology.

Entry Requirements

UK Entry Requirements

Higher Education Course:

  • UCAS Tariff (UG only)
  • Subject-specific requirements
  • Additional information

The formal qualifications required for level 3 will normally be:

  • 72 UCAS tariff points normally in a minimum of two subject areas plus:
  • Level 2 English and Maths.

International entry criteria: 
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above or a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). TOEFL ibt at score at 76 or above, Pearson PTE Academic at score 51 or above or an equivalent secure English language test. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.

To assist widening participation, the Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(EL) is encouraged, it is recognised that work place knowledge, skills and understanding can be achieved through certificated, non-certificated and experiential learning. Candidates may be able to claim exemption from some modules, if they have attained other accredited educational or training programmes, or have appropriate substantial work experience.  Applications will be judged through the Faculty’s Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning Committee.

Applicants without the above qualifications but possessing relevant work experience or alternative qualifications are invited to apply. Each application will be considered on their merits. In addition, a satisfactory academic and or professional reference will be required.

Potential students may be able to claim exemption from some modules, if they have attained other accredited educational or training programmes.  Applications will be judged through the Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning Committee.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS Score for International Students

  • Standard L3 entry (i.e. for UG Course with Foundation): 5.5 – minimum 5.5 for each of the 4 individual elements: reading, writing, speaking, listening.
  • Standard UG (L4 entry): 6.0 – minimum 5.5 in each individual element.

How to Apply

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