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 104-112 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

If English is not your first language:

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

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.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs 

  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study. 
  • As an Apprentice you will not pay tuition fees

Additional costs:  Apprentices are encouraged to purchase recommended core text-books

Additional Costs

  • Core Text: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Costs are as follows: Year 1 | £400, Year 2 | £450
  • Printing and Binding: Students may be required to pay £10 for the costs of dissertation printing and binding (if applicable).

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.

Employer Information

How much will it cost an employing business per apprentice?

The apprentice will be an employee who will work for a business throughout the programme - a market-rate salary is anticipated.The funding you are eligible for is determined by the number of people you employ, the annual payroll of your company and the age of the learner.

  • Businesses with a wage bill below £3 million - The Government will pay 90 per cent of the tuition fees for apprentices of any age, for business who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy.
  • Businesses with a wage bill above £3 million - From May 2017 organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of tuition fees.

Employers who do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, will also be eligible for the 90 per cent government funding
Additional support arrangements

  • Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) hiring an apprentice under 19-years-of-age when the apprenticeship commences will pay no tuition fees at all.
  • All businesses employing an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with additional needs will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000

 

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

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.                       

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 684 hours
  • Placement: 252 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 720 hours
  • Placement: 252 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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.

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 81 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 88 per cent coursework
  • 6 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

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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