Sustainable Business Management

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time

* 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.

Course overview

This is a programme leading to foundation degrees (university second year equivalent qualifications) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University with the following titles.

  • FdAs in Sustainable Business Management
  • FdAs in Sustainable Business Management and Economics
  • FdAs in Sustainable Business Management and Finance

All pathways provide a broad-based grounding in Sustainable Business. Each named pathway has a focus on the skills needed to by the specialism in its title, and the Sustainable Business Management pathway allows students to mix and match modules from the other pathways to suit their own preferences or employment needs.

All awards are available through full-time or part-time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

Students without a relevant qualification at Level 4 will first complete the HNC Sustainable Business Management and then progress to complete the FdA. Students with an HNC Sustainable Business Management would complete the Level 5 modules only.

It is not necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

What will I learn

The modules for the FdA Sustainable Business Management are:

Level 4:

Mandatory modules:

  • The Business Environment
  • Marketing Principles
  • Accounting and Finance Principles
  • Business Project

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take two options from the following list:

  • Entrepreneurial Small Business Management
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Economic schools of thought
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management and HRM
  • Enterprise and Commercialisation

Level 5:

Mandatory modules:

  • Business Research Project
  • Work-based Learning
  • Organisations, Culture and Behaviour
  • 21st Century Business Strategy

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take two options from the following list:

  • The Modern Consumer
  • Ethical Brand Management
  • Responsible Growth
  • Paying for the state: tax, the individual and business
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Transparency in Finance
  • Responsible Management Accounting

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically and that the offer of option modules is dependent on staff availability and students numbers.

How will the courses be assessed?

Most assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests. There are no formal examinations at Level 4 but two modules at Level 5 contain 90-minute written examinations.

Entry requirements

Entry at Level 4:

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 Engineering, Mathematics or Science subjects. Typically, points can be derived from:

  • One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
  • Two AS level passes
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
  • International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
  • A pass in a recognised Access course
  • 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.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Entry at Level 5:

Candidates should hold the HNC Sustainable Business from this programme. Those holding other HNCs, or other Level 4 awards in related subjects, will be considered for entry to Level 5 on the basis of the subject content of their previous studies.

Candiates should note that each specialist pathway has mandatory modules at Level 4 so it is not always possible to transfer between specialist streams between HNC and FdA.


Students who complete FdAs are highly sought after by employers, and also have the opportunity to progress to complete an honours degree

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