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Foundation Degree (FdA) Business and Enterprise

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Key information

Qualification type

Higher education

Course code



Level 5


2 years


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

This programme has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes University and in consultation with local employers and entrepreneurs. It is designed to further your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of business and the range of contexts and environments that organisations operate within.

You will explore core business disciplines alongside the dynamic nature of enterprise, developing your creativity and innovation skills and promoting new ideas.

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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Activate Learning delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Please note: tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the government.

What I'll learn

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and much sought after entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. It is designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing economic landscape, as well as enable students to progress to BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise (Top Up). This is a varied programme which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business.

Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here

Level 4

  • introduction to business context
  • fundamentals of business
  • financial accounts for new businesses
  • entrepreneurial traits
  • marketing and new media
  • critical skills/personal development
  • developing business ideas

Level 5

  • meeting customer needs and quality
  • business strategy for competitive advantage
  • leading and managing change
  • financial accounts for a developing business
  • leadership and managing people
  • your business and the law
  • work-based business project


How I'll learn

The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, case studies and note taking.

Throughout the programme, you will:

  • participate in lectures, seminars and workshops that will develop your knowledge and understanding of issues related to your role in the business environment;
  • work in groups to examine and discuss issues;
  • compile portfolios;
  • work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software; and
  • undertake projects to benefit your employers and your own professional development.

Approximate number of teaching and learning hours over the duration of the programme:

  • guided learning hours - 900
  • independent study - 1350
  • work based learning - 150

Study support

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:

  • assistive software training
  • IT upskilling
  • essay planning and structure
  • proof reading and editing written work
  • bibliographies and referencing
  • time management and personal organisation
  • revision and exam tips
  • presentation techniques

N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.


How I'll be assessed

You will be given the opportunity to use your workplace to provide appropriate evidence for assessment. This will be particularly relevant for the Work-based Business Project, but will also offer opportunities for other modules where you may be able to apply theory in practice and then provide a reflective evaluation of your experiences in a work situation.

At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.

The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative:

  • Formative- designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests and activities, do not form part of your grade.
  • Summative- designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades.


Entry Requirements

Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following:


  • a minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and
  • a line manager's letter of support and recommendation


  • a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) normally including Mathematics and English Language
  • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.

You are required to be employed (voluntary or paid) for a minimum of 150 hours per year for the duration of the programme and will be provided with opportunities to use your work place as a point of reference for your assignments. This will enable you to appreciate the links between theory and practice and develop your understanding of key business related issues within a vocational context.

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components


How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

The UCAS code is N102 for City of Oxford College. The Awarding Body is Oxford Brookes University/ institution code O66.

All applicants are required to attend an interview before admission to the programme. See also  

Fees information

Home/EU Fee for 2020 entrance: £7,570 per year  


As a new Oxford Brookes student, you will able to apply for halls of residence at the university. Once you have accepted an offer for the Foundation Degree Business and Enterprise from the college, you will be sent a confirmation letter. The Accommodation letter which contains a password that will enable you to apply online for halls of residence will be sent out shortly after that. If you require a paper application form or further details, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01865 484660 or email


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