Undergraduate FdSc

Business Management (taught at Salford City College)

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of core business management practices central to the operation of all businesses.

The course is aimed at those seeking entry or career progression into management positions. You will be taught at Salford City College in our new FutureSkills centre, close to the University of Salford MediaCity campus and a short bus ride away from the Peel Park campus. Although you will study at FutureSkills, you can access all main University services and facilities such as student life, the library and accommodation.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can apply to join level 6 of related programmes delivered at the University of Salford's main campus:

For details of open days and how to apply, visit the Salford City College website. Find out more about the benefits of studying at a partner college here.

You will:
  • Learn the core skills needed for business and management
  • Get an introduction to a range of key business areas
  • Develop practical business skills
Placement

options available

This is for you if...

1.

You want to start to learn about business management

2.

You want to learn in small groups within a supportive environment

3.

You are looking to progress on to the Honours degree programme at Salford Business School

Course details

All about the course

This course offers small class sizes, excellent teaching and competitive tuition fees. You will study topics core to business such as management, accounting, economics, HR and law. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of key theories to practical projects and in the work environment as part of the work based placement module. This will help to prepare you for both the world of work and also for further study.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can apply to join Level 6 of related programmes delivered at the University of Salford's main campus.

This course is taught at Salford City College. Please check their website for details of upcoming Open Days.

Year one

Digital and Business Skills

The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities.  Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.

Understanding Organisations

This module provides you with an introduction to the key functions of business and is an opportunity to see how they work. You will get an understanding of functions including people management, accounting, marketing and operations, and how they underpin business success. This is illustrated through the lens of some of the successful businesses from across the Greater Manchester region that Salford Business School work with: we will look at a range of businesses including startups, family businesses and large scale enterprises and multinationals from different industry sectors. It is a first opportunity to see what makes businesses tick and will help you think about your future learning and employment journeys.

Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

How do we get inside the problems that businesses face, and reach the decisions that will solve them and support the future development of the organisation? This module will introduce you to systems thinking, providing an approach that helps you examine complex problems and develop holistic solutions. You will be encouraged to think creatively, developing the skills you need for creating innovative solutions that will help you with your studies and future career.

Data Analysis for Business

In this module you will be introduced to a variety of data analysis methods, which will be practiced on real world data sets. Regular formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

You will have an opportunity to formulate your own research questions before analysing data to draw reasonable conclusions. The module will predominantly utilise real data and include a mixture of computer-based questions, calculations, interpretation and drawing conclusions.

The Future of Business

What are the opportunities for business in the future? Starting with a grounding in the business context you will gain an understanding of economics and the digital environment, including the role of the digital economy. We will explore some of the key challenges that are on the horizon such as the impact of massive digitisation and industry 4.0, inclusive growth, food security and the climate emergency, and look at the opportunities for business to provide responsible and sustainable solutions

Business Finance in Practice

This module is designed to provide you with practical experience of key aspects of business finance. Using a business simulation tool, you will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in a practical context. The module embeds group working skills and the experiential approach provides the opportunity to gain experience of defining, planning and delivering a project.

Year two

Professional Development

This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

This innovative module was nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence."

Operations Management

This module will enrich your knowledge, appreciation and detailed awareness of the means required to operationalise and manage the resources of a business.

It will establish and focus on the key operational processes using an underpinning of theoretical frameworks, supported by a range of examples from service, manufacturing or a combination of these from industry. This course also benefits from guest lectures and, where possible, field trips for you to gain ‘live’ experience and support learning.

This module will provide systematic understanding of operations management and the skills relevant to the development and sustainability of regional, national and international business.

Analysis for Management Decision Making

You will be introduced to a variety of methods of analysis for management decision making, which will be practiced utilising real world data sets relevant to your chosen pathway structure. Formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

The decision making techniques introduced in the module can be applied to a wide range of settings, such as interpreting market performance, forecasting growth, make or buy decisions, optimisation of scarce resources etc.

Project Management

During this module we take a detailed look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars informed by research and industrial collaborations. We will focus on theoretical approaches, tools and techniques of planning and controlling projects.

We will discuss project management as an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based.

There are two summative assessment designed for this module. A business report of 3000 words and an oral presentation that will not only assess the students on the theoretical applications as well as the practical skills required, but also build your confidence and presentation skills developing your skills for employability. 

Marketing to Consumers in a Digital Age

The module will introduce you to key issues in marketing and the impact that this has on consumers as well as their behaviour. It draws upon key theories in marketing and consumer behaviour and reflects on the relevance to marketing practice in the digital age.

Live Business Project

This module is your chance to get hands on experience inside a real organisation. Working in teams, reflecting your future working environment, you will help one of our partner organisations develop a solution to a current business problem. This is a chance to apply people, project and time management in practice and to see how your solutions can apply in practice. Our employers tell us that experience of live briefs is important to them, and this is your chance to apply the knowledge you have gained on the course in that context.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

Teaching is in small groups. You will apply your knowledge and understanding to practical projects and the work environment as part of the work based placement module.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods include examination (including multiple choice and closed book exams), written coursework, presentations and practical assessments such as observations of work based practice.

SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Facilities

Taught at FutureSkills, Salford City College in the heart of MediaCityUK.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Choose between further BSc Hons study or progressing directly in to work after two years of study.

A taste of what you could become

A business manager

An entrepreneur

and more...

Requirements

What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Grade C/4 or above at GCSE (or level 2 equivalent) in both Mathematics and English are required.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

64 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £7,500per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID B246

Institution S03

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