Management FdA

Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (30 months)

Distance learning

January, May, September


Looking to stand out from the crowd and progress even further as a manager? Our foundation degree course can help - and you can continue to work while you study.

Full description


Our course has been designed for new managers; it will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make an increased contribution at work. One of the features of this course is a work-based project that gives you the chance to focus on a topic that's relevant to you and your employer, and to make recommendations for improvements.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • This module is designed to provide you with a fundamental understanding of organisations and the importance of effective management of people, customers and marketing. These areas will be explored with an emphasis on the understanding and use of appropriate theories to explain the ways in which business organisations respond to issues and problems. The module will introduce the role of an organisation, its size, structure, and culture. It will also consider the role of the manager and nature of managerial work and the effect on people within the organisation. Notions of markets, an appreciation of customers, and an introduction to supply chain management will also be examined. This module will provide a fundamental appreciation of managing people and marketing, and upon completion of Financial Management and Financial Forecasting, you will have a strong foundation in these business functions. The assessment for this module will consist of 2 distinct assignments, the first analysing people management processes in the organisation, and their links to theoretical concepts, and the second, a critique of an organisational marketing campaign.
  • The external environment in which organisations operate is no longer stable and predictable, but is increasingly dynamic, complex and uncertain. This module allows you to examine, analyse and evaluate the forces in the external environment which impact on organisations. A combination of case studies, historical analysis and 'live' business problems will be employed to allow the application of theoretical frameworks. You will be encouraged to examine different approaches and to formulate strategic responses, which take account of ethical issues and environmental sustainability and their implications for managers .This module will make reference to the introductory PESTLE analysis undertaken in the Level 4 module Understanding Work Based Learning and the Sector, and enable you to analyse and evaluate the external environmental impacts .It is anticipated that guest speakers will enhance the delivery of this module to deliver sector specific sessions regarding external constraints with regard to environmental sustainability and ethical considerations .The assessment will require you to examine the relevance and importance of the concept of 'Sustainability' to your organisation or a specific business issue. This will be achieved through an assignment and a poster.
  • The work environment provides a rich setting for exploration and discovery of a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. This module is the first part of a work-based learning strand, to explore the relationships between the world of work and the academic discipline, and to apply the learning so far in a work based setting, through a negotiated project. In this module you will undertake the preparatory work for the project, with a strong emphasis on the project proposal. You will develop employability skills, reflective practice, and problem solving, both individually and in groups. You will consider the links between theory and practice, and be introduced to business research skills. You will also be expected to reflect on your work practice, critically appraise your own performance and report on their experience of work based learning.
  • The Work Based Major Project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual work-based research project on a topic of your choice within the business, and management field that will inform and contribute to the effectiveness of your workplace, and personal professional interests. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff, and it must also have the support of your workplace/employer. The main focus of this module is the furtherance, and development of, transferable skills, which include the ability to manage a complex project, to introduce change within the workplace, presentation and negotiation skills. The project will provide theoretical underpinnings that will involve an in depth review of the literature specific to the aims, objectives, and questions of the work-based research. This will require you to consider, and select, a variety of relevant literature, identifying key concepts that have been synthesized from a variety of sources. This will help you to consider an appropriate research design and methodology, its operational and ethical implications in the workplace. Completion of the university ethics approval form will be required for all projects. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • This is a self-managed and experience-based module that requires you to engage with, and subsequently reflect upon and assess, your own learning and development in an on-going manner as demonstration of your commitment to continuing professional development as a leader. This module will investigate and evaluate classical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing on leadership at supervisory, middle and senior management level. There will be a strong emphasis on applying the theory to your own personal leadership with a view to enhancing leadership performance or potential for leadership/promotion to more senior management roles within the organisation. Developing leadership in others through coaching and mentoring will also be discussed and explored to build on the learning partnerships that were developed in the first year modules. The assessment requires you to critically reflect on your own effectiveness as a leader or potential leader, and to produce recommendations for your own personal leadership development. Feedback will be provided throughout the delivery to allow formative assessment of the emerging leadership competencies and evaluations. This will happen through the e-tivities and will be a mix of tutor, self and peer assessment. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module.
  • A core element of all business activity is the management of finance. Regardless of professional background or discipline all managers, senior, middle, junior, become accountable for using corporate resources and today senior management and directors expect a level of financial skill and knowledge to be applied. The module covers a range of skills and knowledge expected by employees who don’t have a financial background and therefore focuses on the operational. The first part of the module will cover issues such as budgets, budgetary control, and applying financial data to make decisions. From this information organisations will decide whether tighter controls are required or expansions plans are feasible. The second part of the module will focus on the financial forecasting element of bid writing to increase income for new projects and or maintain competitive advantage. Hospitality and Tourism in many economies is a developing sector and initiative funding is often available for organisations who wish to lead on or develop a new strategy. The skills learnt in this section would also help students write the financial component of business plans should they wish to become self-employed. Assessment involves analysing and interpreting a financial report along with the preparation of a financial bid.


We'll assess you in a number of ways including presentations, reports and written assignments. You won't have to sit any exams.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Funding for UK students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU, EEA and Swiss students who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting at ARU.

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