Foundation degree in Business Management for Information Technology

FdA Business Management for Information Technology at Winchester seeks to develop future-thinking, creative and responsible managers who are able to meet the challenges of managing information systems development projects, implementation programmes and IT services businesses in complex and changing global markets.

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Foundation degree in Business Management for Information Technology at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation. For example:

  • At least 300 UCAS tariff points from across three A Levels at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies) or equivalent or a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship
  • A GCSE A*-C pass (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics is required
  • Evidence will also be considered if applicants demonstrate experience gained from voluntary activities

Degree duration:

2 years part-time

Accreditation of Prior Learning

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Candidates are invited for an interview to discuss and assess their suitability for the programme.

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Student Satisfaction

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

The emphasis of the programme is on business process analysis; specification of computer information systems solutions; and the client management, commercial, operational, human and organisational aspects of delivering information system development projects.

Year 1/Level 4 of this programme is foundational and introduces students to key theories, concepts and principles relating to business and IT management. This includes the functional areas of people management, finance, understanding markets and operations as well as considering the context and stakeholders associated with the industry. This is supported by academic and professional skills development and a first stage of integrative thinking around responsible management. Within these areas of study the curriculum and assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to present, evaluate and interpret data, and to construct arguments in accordance with the basic concepts and principles.

Year 2/Level 5 builds upon the foundation of Level 4 and aims to broaden students' understanding of the multi-functional nature of business and IT. Higher level integrative modules are introduced based upon themes such as management and leadership, project management, information management and data analytics. Applied management research methods are also introduced, building upon academic and professional study skills from Level 4. The combination of thematic modules and applied management research methods is designed to create an awareness of different approaches to solving problems in the workplace.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
  • Responsible Management
  • Understanding Markets
  • Managing Finance
  • Information Systems and Organisations
  • IS Security
  • Work-based Studies - Professional Development
  • Work-based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context

Year 2

  • Applied Management Research in Practice
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Information Management and Data Analytics
  • Risk Management and Cyber-security
  • Management and Leadership
  • Creativity, Design and Innovation
  • Work-based Studies - Applied Project Management
  • Work-based Studies - Management and Leadership

This programme is designed to meet the defining characteristics of a foundation degree in that it enables students to study whilst continuing to be employed. To this end the programme of study is delivered partly through taught sessions at the University of Winchester and partly through employer supported work-based learning.

The incorporation of work-based studies allows students to apply theory, methods and practices to their on-going experience as professionals in the workplace. This combination of theory and practice adds richness to the learning experience, allowing students to contextualise knowledge and appreciate the complexity of the information systems development subject area.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc.), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors, work-place mentors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

With regard to peer learning, within the programme, students will be encouraged to use virtual forums for sharing of knowledge and ideas and for use in collaborative learning and working. 

Key features of the student experience are opportunities to plan and conduct work-based projects, through work based learning that could impact on the medium-long term success of the organisation.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively.  Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Through both theoretical and applied learning, this programme seeks to develop professionals who are able to make effective contributions to the sponsoring organisation within an information systems management context. This programme provides a platform for continued development and a future career within the sector.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

Students on this programme, whilst already employed, undertake professional development which is embedded within the programme and which builds on their existing skills for employment.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Programme Leader: Stella McKnight

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk

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