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If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement.
This foundation degree aims to equip you with the foundation knowledge in business so that, on successful completion of your studies, you can progress onto the first year of our BA (Hons) Banking and Finance degree.
You will study four 30-credit units:
All Foundation Year students study the Academic Skills for Higher Education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will also study topics in business, business statistics and economics.
International students are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. For more details on the units you will study after your foundation year, please refer to the linked honours degree course listing.
Please note that the English for Academic Practice unit is only available to international students.
This unit is designed to help students to develop the skills required to be successful in their academic career. Indicative content includes:
This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key principles in economics through a range of topical issues and policy. The unit will enable students to understand and interpret financial statements and use costing techniques.
Indicative content includes:
The aim of the unit is to provide a foundation for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of real-life business data and equip students with a structured approach in using data to identify key business performance metrics and issues arising.
Indicative content includes:
1. Data and Information: an introduction to data; what data is; where data comes from; the different types of data that exist in organisations; how data can become information to assist business decision making.
2. Big Data: introduction to the issues surrounding Big Data and the implications of Big Data on organisations.
3. Managing data in organisation: introduction to how data is stored and retrieved; how to maintain quality of data; privacy issues; ethical issues.
4. Using data in organisations: marketing and customer Data; Business to Business sector sales analysis, customer performance over sales periods, sales-force performance, customer sales trends and values, segmenting customer base on performance indicators
5. Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; mental calculations, BODMAS. Directed numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions. Calculating efficiently using a calculator. Logic.
6. Descriptive Statistics: Introduction to data sources; primary and secondary data, types of sampling; random, stratified, quota and cluster, together with their advantages and disadvantages, graphical illustration of data; bar and pie charts, histograms, box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency diagrams etc. the calculation and use of summary statistics; mean, median, mode, standard deviation and IQ range etc.
7. Statistical Techniques: introduction to a range of techniques including probability, correlation and regression and forecasting.
8. Data Handling and Interpretation: Introduction to the use of Microsoft Excel spread sheets to order and manipulate data and to analyse and present data in report format using appropriate software programmes such as Microsoft Word.
This unit facilitates and supports students' learning in the area of business. A broad range of topics associated to the internal and external business environments are covered that encompasses theory and its practical application.
Term 1 - The unit starts by discussing the development of business in a modern context. Next the 'individual' is focused upon where motivational, role and leadership theory are given context. The unit will then exam both the internal and external business environments. In doing so the unit focuses on organisations, entrepreneurship and the use of SWOT analysis. The external environment will encompass the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal issues that modern businesses face. During this term assistance and time will be given to assist with the academic essay coursework.
Term 2 - Encompasses `competition of market' Porters 5 forces are introduced as well as competition ratio's and differing types of markets. This will be followed by Marketing and Human Resource management. During this term focus and time will be given to assist with the group presentation coursework.
This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at MMU.You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for HE study. Course content will include language and study skills activities.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, online material and self study time. Teaching methods will differ, depending on what is appropriate for your linked honours degree, and you will also be expected to spend some time each week on independent study.
Assessment is usually through a combination of coursework, which you will need to submit during the Autumn and Spring Terms, and formal examinations taken in the summer term.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/afe/
On successful completion of your foundation year, you can progress onto our BA (Hons) Banking and Finance degree.
Graduates from BA (Hons) Banking and Finance can consider working in a wide range of financial services sectors including financial planning, banking, retail finance, investment and wealth management.
Career prospects in the financial planning, wealth management and banking sectors are excellent.
Many leading financial services sector organisations recruit from this programme because of the quality and relevance of studies undertaken.
Nick Cann, CEO of the Institute of Financial Planning
As the professional body for Financial Planning in the UK a huge priority is placed on career development and attracting new talented people to the profession.
This degree programme, plus the commitment that Manchester Metropolitan University has made to connecting with the profession, will ensure that students are given the best opportunity to obtain really good jobs in the Financial Planning profession.
Chris Nichols, a former student
I believe that the degree course has had an immensely positive outcome on the direction and success of the career path that I have taken.
The course enabled me to gain a thorough insight into a wide range of financial areas and gave me a really good platform upon which to build my career.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40
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