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FdA Business Management

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full-time or three years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC)

Applications are welcome from all who can benefit from and successfully complete the course.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The combination of learning in both the classroom and the work place is designed to ensure that the acquisition and application of management skills is at the centre of this course. Lecturers are committed to supporting students through a varied programme of learning activities. Students are also helped in the development of skills identified as essential for success in the modern business environment.

This course integrates classroom and work-based learning. Assessments rely heavily on the application of understanding and skills in a work context. Part-time students are likely to be employed in an appropriate business sector. Full-time students are expected to find a suitable work placement, and assistance is available for this.

This course helps individuals working in the business sector to gain promotion and become confident with the decisions they make in the work place.  

Following successful completion of this course, those students interested in progressing their studies further can enter the final year of the BA (Hons) Business Management at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College or University of Suffolk, Ipswich

Core knowledge and understanding is mainly acquired via lectures and seminars and directed independent study. The latter will normally make specific use of individually accessed Key Texts for that module as well as lecturer-designed course materials (booklet and/or web). Use will also be made of a range of accessible supplementary texts, articles, reports and other designated sources.

Hands on experience in computer-based workshops plays an important part in developing knowledge and understanding for a range of business and managerial functions. Similar active learning opportunities are also provided within a broad range of non-computer based seminars and workshops.

Team teaching in core modules will be used to support the multi-disciplinary delivery of the programme, wherever appropriate.

Outside speakers are invited in from the business environment to provide active case studies and to discuss their experience with students. Internships will also be available to some students during the course providing work based experience.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the relevance of a multi-disciplinary and multicultural approach to business and management at local, national and international levels.

  • Work effectively, both independently and within a team environment, making use of a range of interpersonal skills.

  • Communicate theories, findings and conclusions effectively in written, oral and visual form.

  • Apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to the solution of business and management problems identified

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Course modules

Modules are structured to have a large element of student centred learning, allowing students the opportunity to relate their experience to the subject matter.

Modules studied:

Year One: Principles and Functions of Management, Management and Academic Skills, Entrepreneurship, Business Law, Finance and Data Analysis, Work Based Learning

Year Two: Management and Organisational Behaviour, Accounting for Managers, Research Methods, Managing Innovation and Creativity, Principles of Marketing, Work Based Learning

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Principles and Functions of Management
Management and Academic Skills
Marketing Fundamentals
Finance and Data Analysis
Work Based Learning
Management and Organisational Behaviour
Accounting for Managers
Research Methods
Managing Innovation and Creativity
Principles of Marketing
Work Based Learning

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC)

Applications are welcome from all who can benefit from and successfully complete the course.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.