Foundation Degree in Business
Year one £9,000 Year two £9,000
Full Time - 2 Years
Start Date (s)
18th September 2023

Course Description

Students learning will focus on key business topics such as human resources, marketing, finance - alongside field trips, practical workshops and other associated activities.

In year 1, you will gain a basic understanding of the business environments within which businesses operate and understand different types of business organisations.

Year 2 will build on your skill level and extend your knowledge to cover employability skills, professional development, decision-making, entrepreneurship and work-based learning. During this year, you’ll undertake practical work, case studies, presentations, report writing, practical workshops and gain advanced software experience.

Students accepted onto the Foundation Degree, may be eligible to access certain facilities provided by the University. The college will provide further details at the time of enrolment.

Awarding Institute

This is a multi-disciplinary degree course validated by London Metropolitan University. One or more modules or the full course has been developed and delivered by Nelson College London and has been evaluated and deemed by London Metropolitan university (London Met) to be of an equivalent standard and quality to that of its own provision, and therefore suitable to lead to one of its own awards.

Course Structure / Units

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Autumn Term (Level 4)
Semester Code Title Credits
Autumn Period (15 weeks) EC4F05GN Introduction to the Business Environment 30
Autumn Period (15 weeks) MC4F12GN Introduction to Marketing  30
Spring (Level 4)
Semester Code Title Credits
Spring Period (15 weeks) BA4F04GN Managing Financial Resources 30
Spring Period (15 weeks) MN4F03GN Managing People in Organisation 30
Autumn Term (Level 5)
Semester Code Title Credits
Autumn Period (15 weeks) MN5F08GN Employability Skills and Professional Development 30
Autumn Period (15 weeks) MN5F09GN Entrepreneurship in Business 30
Yearlong (30 weeks) MN5F10GN Work-Based Learning   30
Spring (Level 5)
Semester Code Title Credits
Spring Period (15 weeks) BA5F01GN Business Decision Making 30
Yearlong (30 weeks)  MN5F10GN Work-Based Learning  30

Entry Requirements

Prospective students will be required to produce a minimum of 4 GCSE at minimum C grade. Foreign students will be required to compare their qualifications through UK NARIC.

Additional requirements:
  • 160 points UCAS in A Level
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • A recognised Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related field or equivalent
Students whose first language is not English will be required to produce:
  • 5.5 IELTS
  • 79 TOEFL (internet-based)

All applicants may be asked to sit entry test(s).

In exceptional circumstances, candidates with lower qualifications and suitable industrial or external experience in Business disciplines may be registered as a student of Foundation Degree.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is permitted, in line with the University's regulations.

In addition to entry requirements above, the College must comply with its Policy and Procedures and other regulatory bodies requirements in relation to entry and admission processes.

The College's Recruitment, Selection and Admission Policy can be found under the following link: Recruitment, Selection and Admission Policy

Career Progression

A key progression path for students completing Foundation Degree in Business is to the third year of a degree. Students completing their Foundation Degree in Business will have strong career prospects in various areas of business including Marketing, Operations Management, Project Management, Human resource management and General administration on successful completion of the course.


Assignment Weighting / Assessment:

This course consists of various assessment methods including coursework and projects. Students will be required to use: case studies, presentations, portfolios and demonstrate effective teamwork. Further information on the assessment weighting can be found in the course and unit specifications.


Other Information

Location of Study:

  • Most of the learning will take place on the college premises (Nelson College London, Commercial House, 406-410 Eastern Avenue, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6NQ), in our well-equipped classrooms.  The college is easily accessible as it is near Gants Hill tube station and is served by many local buses.

Course Composition:

  • This 240-credit course is currently offered on a full-time basis, with entry in the Autumn of each Academic Year.
  • The course runs over two academic years
  • Students are assessed using formative assessments, summative assessments, peer assessments, self-assessments and reflection, which are all part of the assessment strategy for this course. All summative assessments are internally moderated and aimed to assess performance against the aims of the module and its learning outcomes; these are also externally scrutinised
  • There are eight modules to the course (Year One: Introduction to Marketing; Introduction to the Business Environment; Managing Financial Resources; Managing People in Organisations.  Year Two: Business Decision Making; Employability Skills and Professional Development; Entrepreneurship in Business; Work-Based Learning)
  • Students are assessed using a variety of methods, including individual business reports, examinations (closed and open book), individual reflective/structured portfolios, group discussions, group oral presentations, individual coursework, group business proposals, work-based business reports
  • Each module will include several core and additional textbooks (available in the library), together with other resources
  • The modules are segmented into a pattern involving guided study and independent study:

Tuition Fees:

  • The college fee for this course is £9,000 (year one) and £9,000 (year two)
  • NCL attaches the following conditions to the fee; these are set out in the offer letter to the students:
    • The College reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with the Retail Prices Index to take account of the College’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the College intends to increase your course fees it will notify you of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

  • The FdA course requires students to undertake a Work Based Learning module, as specified in the programme documentation; students must comply with such requirements and bear all the necessary costs, including but not limited to travel, food and hotel (if required).