FdA Sustainable Business Management and Economics

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2024
Duration 1 Year
Cost £9000.00

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

** All fees are payable to Nelson and Colne College Group University Centre

Course overview

Would you like to understand the world of business and economics and how both subjects can connect to promote a sustainable organisation? Our Foundation Degree will explore the knowledge, skills, techniques, and behaviours needed to support your career in this discipline. You will not only learn what it takes to be entrepreneurial but an entrepreneur who has an ethical agenda.

What will I learn

In year 1, you will study five core modules:
• The business environment
• Marketing principles
• Accounting and finance principles
• Business project
• Entrepreneurial small business management
Then you will select an additional one module from the following options:
• Business law
• Introduction to microeconomics
• Introduction to macroeconomics
• Economic schools of thought
• Financial accounting
• Management and HR
• Enterprise and commercialisation
In year 2, you will study six core modules:
• Business research project
• Work-based learning
• Organisations, culture, and behaviour
• 21st century business strategy
• Transparency in finance
• Responsible management accounting

How will the courses be assessed?

A series of written and practical work is assessed by your lecturers and will determine your overall grade

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with
and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be
demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or
through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 48
UCAS Tariff points with the majority of the points gained in
humanites or business subjects. Typically, points can be derived
o One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or
o Two AS level passes
o BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
o Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh
Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS
o A pass in a recognised Access course
o Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length
and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her
ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the
subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to
undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or
employment references.

Maths & English Grade C and above should be held, or Functional
Skills Level 2 as an alternative, as well as basic IT skills.


On successful completion of this course, you can progress to BA (Hons) International Business Management also based at the College.