Business Management FD of the Arts

Start your studies with us in February 2018. We have three available routes to choose from. Three year undergraduate degrees starting February. Accelerated first year undergraduate degrees, joining year two in September 2018 and Degrees with Foundation Year, enabling you to start year one in September 2018.

Starting with us in February also means you are eligible for a £450 Welcome Package and guaranteed accommodation.

About the course

Study part-time while working in business or management: keep earning as you achieve a higher education qualification which builds on your work experience.

This course will develop your knowledge in people, marketing, financial and operations management, as well as developing your own management skills, with an emphasis on work-based learning as you apply theory to practice.

It also covers entrepreneurship and setting up a new business, ideal if your ambition is to set up on your own.

Business Management - FD of the Arts - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time block delivery
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn one day a week, allowing you to manage your time and finances whilst achieving a higher education qualification
  • Study essential aspects of management including marketing, financial and management accounting, managing effectively in the workplace, business law and project management
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills and understanding of how to set up a new business
  • Gain skills in decision-making, data and financial analysis and problem-solving
  • Benefit from a degree which builds on your current work experience and enables you to immediately apply your learning in your organisation

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Foundations of Marketing Management
  • Working in the Business Environment
  • Foundations of Business Law
Year 2
  • Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting
  • Managing Effectively in the Workplace
  • Operations and Project Management
Year 3
  • Accounting for Business Management
  • Management in Context
  • Business Enterprise

Discover the Department of Strategy & Management

We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

The course uses a range of appropriate assessment types and methods.  All assessments provide an opportunity to provide feedback to you to support your progress, while assessing your current knowledge or skills.  We normally set a combination of coursework and tests or examination on most units 

Most units include elements of individual and group work to reflect the type of work undertaken in business and management. Coursework is mainly individually assessed and focuses on tasks which will develop your vocational skills, whilst making use of subject knowledge. We would expect a greater understanding and application of subject knowledge in assessments later in the course. 

The assessment of the work based learning units will include input from the employer, supervisor or work place mentor according to the specific arrangements made in the unit.

  • Formal examination: 13%
  • Coursework, essays: 78%
  • Group work and Presentations: 9%

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • Appropriate work placement/paid employment to be in place for when the course starts

Students will be expected to be working for a minimum of 14 hours per week normally, which can include paid employment, voluntary work and/or internship.

Applicants without the formal standard entry requirements but who have significant experience in an appropriate management role may be considered if their experience and training can be demonstrated (through a combination of RPL and RPEL) to be equivalent to the `standard entry requirements.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

If you are already in employment you will be encouraged to engage with career development and progression opportunities with your employer. If you are undertaking voluntary work, you will be encouraged and supported to grow your work experience with a view to seeking employment opportunities in the future.

The foundation degree prepares you for a variety of roles in the workplace. The curriculum develops management skills suitable to support a career in all organisation of all sizes and reflects on the importance of entrepreneurial activity and issues related to management practice in smaller organisations and managing business start-ups. 

On attaining this award you would be able take on a degree of managerial or further responsibility within your work place, take up a management training post or start your own enterprise.

You may consider further study for:

  • A final year top-up to a full Honours Degree in Business or Management
  • A CMI Postgraduate Certificate (which will also allow you to join a prestigious MBA course)

You will be able to study part-time whilst working in business or management and keep earning whilst you go on to achieve a Higher Education qualification building on your work experience. This course develops your knowledge of people, marketing, financial and operations management as well as helping you develop confidence and understanding of your own management skills. Upon completion you will be able to take on more managerial responsibilities within your workplace. You may also top-up to an Honours degree in Business or Management.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research


Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer. brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

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