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Foundation Degree (FdA) Business and Enterprise

Activate Learning
Course summary
3 years
Full time
Professional Training

Course description

Foundation Degree (FdA) Business and Enterprise

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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award

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.

Suitability - Who should attend?

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

Course delivery details

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

About provider

Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group that aims for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning. We work with learners as individuals, helping them make the choice of course and career pathway that’s right for them. Our mission is to provide work-ready talent for business, and...

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Contact info

Activate Learning

Oxford City Centre Campus
Oxpens Road
OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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