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Newcastle Business School is a leading provider of undergraduate business education winning "Business School of the Year" in 2016 and externally accredited in both AACSB and EPAS. The Foundation Year prepares you for entry onto a degree programme in a Business School in the top 1% of institutions around the world, including highly externally accredited programmes such as the flagship BA (Hons) Accounting degree and BA (Hons) Business Management degree.

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A significant underpinning of the programme content is the importance of developing key undergraduate academic skills and business curiosity, with you being prepared upon successful completion of the foundation year for entry onto a business honors degree. As such, you will undertake a module in Academic Practice for Business which enables and encourages you to acquire learning skills and take responsibility for, and development of, their own learning.

Your business curiosity will be developed in both Ethical Issues in Business, and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, with both modules forming the basis of your understanding of the challenges that modern businesses face. This business awareness and interest will be further developed in Business in the Headlines in which your general mindfulness and cognizance of contemporary business practice will be supported and enabled.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top inthe North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business andAdmin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Finally, you will undertake a project in your second semester which will be the culmination of your academic skills progress and the development of your business curiosity, in which you will demonstrate your ability to research an area of your chosen discipline, and establish your academic preparedness to undertake undergraduate study at a leading business school.

Completion of the programme has no formal exit award itself, but allows for progression onto level 4 of the linked degree award.

On the completion of the course you will progress to one of the following:

Newcastle Business School is a leading provider of undergraduate business education winning "Business School of the Year" in 2016 and externally accredited in both AACSB and EPAS. The Foundation Year prepares you for entry onto a degree programme in a Business School in the top 1% of institutions around the world, including highly externally accredited programmes such as the flagship BA (Hons) Accounting degree and BA (Hons) Business Management degree.

Northumbria University Foundation Courses from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

A significant underpinning of the programme content is the importance of developing key undergraduate academic skills and business curiosity, with you being prepared upon successful completion of the foundation year for entry onto a business honors degree. As such, you will undertake a module in Academic Practice for Business which enables and encourages you to acquire learning skills and take responsibility for, and development of, their own learning.

Your business curiosity will be developed in both Ethical Issues in Business, and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, with both modules forming the basis of your understanding of the challenges that modern businesses face. This business awareness and interest will be further developed in Business in the Headlines in which your general mindfulness and cognizance of contemporary business practice will be supported and enabled.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top inthe North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business andAdmin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Finally, you will undertake a project in your second semester which will be the culmination of your academic skills progress and the development of your business curiosity, in which you will demonstrate your ability to research an area of your chosen discipline, and establish your academic preparedness to undertake undergraduate study at a leading business school.

Completion of the programme has no formal exit award itself, but allows for progression onto level 4 of the linked degree award.

On the completion of the course you will progress to one of the following:

Course Information

UCAS Code
N755

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business education in the UK.

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The Business Foundation Year develops you to be equipped to undertake a business honours degree at Newcastle Business School. The curriculum is internationalised; with your awareness of the multi-cultural environment that modern business operates in developed throughout the programme. The programme makes use of appropriate technologies to support and enhance your learning experience, including lecture capture to support you to revise technically challenging material and online reading lists to facilitate and direct your independent learning.

There is a wide variety of modes of assessment used across the year of the programme, with examinations, written assignments, reports, individual and group presentations being key modes of summative assessment. In addition to this, a substantial piece of investigative work takes place in the second semester of the programme. Much of the assessment involves developing the academic skills and business awareness to start to apply basic business principles to solve problems, and as such our assessments utilise various techniques to facilitate this, such as business reports, presentations and portfolios, which allow you to develop skills that prepare you for your future undergraduate studies. Such approaches allow academic staff to feedback to you not only n the content of the work submitted but also on its presentation.

Formative assessment will take place regularly in order to prepare you for the summative assessment which you will be undertaking at the end of each semester. The formative assessments will mainly come from the seminar or IT workshop activities which your tutor will set for you to attempt. By engaging with these tasks you will be business your knowledge and technique for the final summative assessment. For examinations and assignments, feedback will be provided on the script, markers will clearly show where marks have been awarded in relation to the outline marking scheme which you will be given after the assessment period.

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Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff have come from a range of backgrounds before moving to Northumbria. A number have an international background and have worked on both the client and agency sides of the marketing profession. Our specialisms include consumer decision-making, evaluations of sports events and business performance management. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named 'Business School of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading.

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Your modules will be delivered by a team of academic staff who have academic qualifications, relevant professional practice or both. The academic staff have an expectation to maintain their academic and professonal standing, and as such, are engaged in various research, consultancy or practice-based activities, many of which will impact directly on their learning and teaching.

Academics will support you through the taught sessions and in planning the types of activities you should be engaging in during your independent study time. In addition, academics will be available to support you in a number of ways outside formal teaching time. All academics will be available via email to respond to questions or concerns. In addition they will be available for individually pre-arranged appointments; this would usually be arranged via email. For some modules there may be set times in the week which are available for student drop-in sessions or specific times where the academic states they are available to meet.

Throughout the academic year you will receive both formative and summative feedback on your progress. Formative feedback will usually be provided on a weekly basis through your completion of seminar tasks and set questions. Summative feedback will be provided on your work after it has been assessed. This feedback should help you to identify areas of strength and allow you to feed this forward for future study and improvement.

In addition to direct academic support, you will also have access to a range of university learning support services. These include sessions facilitated by library staff on core academic skills such as referencing and academic writing. There are also a large range of online support materials which are available through the electronic learning portal. These include; lecture recordings, webcasts, pre-recorded sessions on the use of specialist software and key academic skills.

In terms of the leadership of the programme, a Programme Director who is in a leadership position within the Faculty is charged with developing and maintaining the strategic direction of the programme and associated academic quality, and is supported with the day-to-day running of the programme by a team of academic in the role of Programme Leaders. The Programme Leaders represent the interface between the management and the students and will support you with relevant academic guidance.

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The curriculum of the programme is generally research-led, with the sophistication and depth of research used increasing over the year, with greater use in the second semester in the contemporary issues in Business in the Headlines module and the Project.

The programme employs a variety of teaching approaches including case and problem based learning in the ethics modules, computer based workshops to support your development of technical skills where appropriate, as well as interative lectures and seminars. Each module will articulate through a teaching and learning plan a week-by-week diet of content which will be supported by an eLearning portal which will contain a variety of support and directed learning materials.

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Employability is at the heart of Northumbria Business School's courses, with every module reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment. In addition there are three modules that explicitly focus on career-development skills: Building Business Practice, Building Professional Practice, and Employability and Career Planning. These modules leverage the resources available at our Careers and Employment Service.

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This one year programme develops you for entry to an undergraduate business programme in Newcastle Business School. On the programme we will develop your business curiosity and entrepreneurial business acumen through modules such as the 40 credit Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship module which will start to enable you to be more aware of the key skills necessary to be succesful in business.

The programme is designed to build your reflecive ability (in modules such as Ethical Issues in Business and Business in the Headlines), as well as your self-confidence (in modules such as Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship), and self-efficacy (in modules such as Academic Skills for Business and Law). You will start to develop key interpersonal communication skills on the programme through presentations, debates and negotiations. As well as an involvement in level appropriate extended literature research projects to develop your curiosity about your chosen degree further.

Book an Open Day / Experience Business Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

104 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Merit, Merit

Scottish Highers:

CCCCC at Higher level, CCD at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBC

IB Diploma:

104 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 9 credits at Distinction and 36 at Merit.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

NX9303 -

Academic Practice for Business (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop academic skills, knowledge and understandings to support your future study of business. You will build an awareness of the importance of examining knowledge and beliefs critically; and to develop the ability to recognise, analyse and evaluate your own and others’ beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts. In doing so you will learn about the different types of sources and resources which are integral to the Higher Education Study. You will begin to engage in generating your own views, arguments and develop the skills, which you will need in order to express these views clearly across a range of media. This is an innovative module where you will from the start engage with challenging aspects of the business/legal world whilst building important academic skills and practices. In particular you will develop the following skills:

• Reading and understanding academic texts
• Time Management
• Research skills
• Essay writing
• Discussion & presentation skills
• Examination techniques

You will be assessed in two ways: Firstly, through the submission of a portfolio of work, which will take one issue and you will have to discuss/explain/present it in a variety of ways. Secondly, through the presentation of one of the items in your portfolio.

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NX9304 -

Business in the Headlines (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to cultivate and enable your business curiosity regarding commercial and professional activity, and develop your ability to creatively analyse business problems. The module will introduce you to creative problem solving and analytical thinking tools and develop within you the ability to visualise & articulate business problems and propose reasonable possible resolutions. The module engages you in reading and analysing key stories, cases and events in the business press over the last few years, particularly in the Financial Times (which you will have a free university subscription to) and applying your developing analytical skillset to a range of business problems. This module also engages you with appropriate business documentaries, series and movies which will be explored further in a learning journal you will develop as the module progresses.

The module stylistically draws upon the engaging management texts such as “Why Smart Executives Fail” and “Think Again” by Prof. Sydney Finklestein, and Prof. David Ricks’s “Blunders in International Business”. This learning approach emphasizes a highly reflective learning-from-mistakes approach to enabling business awareness, curiosity and development of analytical thinking skills. Using this approach the module explores in a mixture of cases and interactive lectures six themes; corporate blunders, business breakdowns, mergers and acquisitions, strategy gone wrong, governance ungoverned & Trouble-at-the-Top. The development of analytical thinking skills and frameworks will be supported by classic cases and scenarios which will be supplemented with breaking news events in these thematic areas. Lectures will be supported by seminars which enable students to examine the cases and scenarios in greater detail.

In this module you will be 50% assessed examined by an open notes exam in which you will be given specific case content in advance to analyse. 50% of your assessment will be in the form of reflective journals (blogs), in which you will reflect on your engagement with the module’s learning materials on a weekly basis.

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NX9305 -

Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your curiosity and interest of ethical decision making in business, and to help you understand what ethics means from both an individual and organisational perspective. The module will enable you to develop an awareness of ethical dilemmas in business and challenge you to discuss and debate ethical decision-making as a future business person as well as understand the role of governance and codes of conduct, social responsibility and sustainability in organisations from across the world.

The module engages you in collecting, reading and reflecting on past business news events and case studies where ethical dilemmas have been prominent, and will encourage you to use the knowledge you will gain from interactive lectures to contribute to wider discussion and debate about ethical issues in business within the seminars. In particular this module is designed to get you to consider the difference between right and wrong, and the application of reason to explain why you determine right and wrong in that way, specifically within a business context.

You will develop an understanding of the impact different perceptions of right and wrong may have and how this affects an individual’s and business’s decisions and actions. The module will support you in developing a strong commercial awareness around ethics in business today, and leave you with the skills needed to critically debate and discuss ethical problems and allow you to foster good ethical understanding needed throughout your degree and future.

In this module there will be two methods of assessment. There will be a two hour examination in which you will be expected to discuss ethical issues and dilemmas. This will be worth 70% of the final assessment. In addition there will be a presentation completed during the semester which will account for 30% of the final assessment.

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NX9306 -

Business Research Project (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to build on student’s understandings of wider business issues, which have been introduced in Semester 1 and to provide an opportunity to further enhance skills and academic practices gained in the Academic Practice module. Students will use this module to identify and explore key areas of business which are relevant to their main programme of study. Further, in producing a coherent, independent research project they will also demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis and to communicate their findings efficiently and effectively both orally and in writing.

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NX9307 -

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (Core, 40 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (ICE) in the context of commercial and legal services. It will empower you to build an entrepreneurial mindset and will give you the opportunity to develop your own ICE tool kit which will be invaluable in your later studies and future career. You will become more confident in generating and implementing new ideas and will begin to develop your own network of business contacts.

Semester 1 sees you being introduced to key ICE concepts through a series of lectures and workshops which are designed to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and capability. You will engage with experienced entrepreneurs through guest lectures and round table discussions and you will be given the opportunity to secure and perform an interview with an entrepreneur of your choice.

Semester 2 will allow you to further develop your entrepreneurial capability and effectiveness through the creation and validation of a business solution. Working collaboratively with you team you will develop, test and validate a business proposition and compete with other teams for the ICE Challenge award.

The module centres on collaboration and team work and you will be assessed on two key team activities in the year. In semester 1 your team will be required to secure, conduct and record an interview with an established entrepreneur and share your experience with the rest of the group. In semester 2 your team will be assessed on your ICE challenge presentation (40%). You will also be required to prepare an individual reflective journal of your ICE journey throughout the year which maps your own personal ICE development and experiences (20%)


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