FdA Business

About this course

The FdA Business course at Southampton Solent University is an innovative and flexible programme which provides a broad-based educational experience to students of business.

The pace of study may vary according to your personal situation but generally students will have gained an HNC Business by the end of the second year, before progressing onto an HND Business or Foundation Degree in Business in the third year. Students may then progress to the BA (Hons) Business Studies in the fourth year. This means that students can choose to follow the path directly through to the BA (Hons) Business Studies or, leave after gaining the HNC, HND or FdA in Business. With the flexibility of being largely able to manage your own pace of study it is therefore possible to progress from the HNC right through to the BA (Hons) degree in a minimum of four years. Alternatively, at the slowest pace, it would take eight years to complete the same course. 

This course is designed to be very flexible and you can select your own pace of study, with the option to leave and rejoin the course as your personal circumstances dictate. Please note that  as the award for the Foundation degree in Business degree depends on the completion of a work-based project, you will need suitable employment experience for this route.

The course is taught by experienced academic staff, many of whom have a background in industry. Their knowledge is invaluable at bringing this course to life and giving you the best balance of theory with practical application. As a student with the University you will also have full access to library resources, online journals and IT support, as well as career advice and guidance through our award winning Student 1st support service.

Course content

Year 1

  • Managing Finance

  • Vocational Business Skills

  • People and Organisations

  • Organisations, Competition and Environment

Year 2

  • Marketing Principles

  • Management Systems

  • European Business

  • Business Law

Year 3

  • Business Project

  • Choice of three options


By carefully selecting appropriate options, you may be able to obtain exemptions from some examinations of many professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Options are offered subject to demand and availability, but would normally include the following:

  • Advertising and Promotions

  • Employee Relations

  • Financial Reporting

  • Financial Systems

  • Human Resource Development

  • Human Resource Issues

  • Human Resource Management

  • Marketing Intelligence

  • Marketing Planning

  • Management Accounting

  • Managing Activities

  • Managing Information

  • Managing People: Managing Self

  • Purchasing

  • Quality Management

  • Sales Planning and Operation

  • Small Business Management: Taxation.


How to book

Please contact the Solent University admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5066
Email: admissions@solent.ac.uk

Our office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

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