Ulster University Foundation Degree in Management

The Foundation Degree in Management, validated by the Ulster University, is a two year full time programme and ideal if you are considering a career in business management.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10705

Campus: Lisburn

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

The foundation degree in Management is a two year full time programme and is ideal for those considering a career in business management.  This Foundation Degree has been developed to assist in the process of developing string business management talent and encouraging critical and analytical thinking in students. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may progress to year 2 (Level 5) of the Ulster University BSc (Hons) Management programme.  Students can expect to study for two years at SERC and a further two years at UU to complete the BSc (Hons) Management programme, dependent upon meeting all entry criteria as set by the UU at that time.


Year 1:

  • Semester 1: Introduction to Marketing; Developing people; HRM for Business
  • Semester 2:  Introduction to Finance and Economics; Introduction to Management and Leadership; Entrepreneurship and Innovation  

Year 2:

  • Semester 1: Managing Quality; Financing Operations; Employability
  • Semester 2: Business and Society; Work Based Learning (4 month placement in industry)

This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student.

Please note course fees are payable on each year of the Programme. 

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

GCSE and University General Entrance requirement statement

  • Three GCSE to include GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Numeracy


A minimum of 72 UCAS points including:

  • Two A Levels at A2 OR
  • Level 3 National Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%+

International Requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

All students are required to complete a full-time placement (voluntary or paid) for a duration of 15 weeks ​(4 days per week in placement and one day in College) in their second year of study, which will provide them with the opportunity to build their employability skills through working on a project within the placement organisation. Students who have completed this programme have secured a wide range of placements; including placements in the USA and ROI. All students are required to complete a project presentation on their placement.

Where will it take me?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree and having met the requirements set by the University, students may progress to either year 2 of the full-time Ulster University BSc Hons Management programme or the part-time BSc Hons Business Studies (Management) at UU. Students may also seek to progress to alternative Higher Education provision dependant on entry criteria.

How will it make me more employable?

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership and critical thinking which will help you apply to relevant jobs within the Business Industry. The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.

Additional Costs
Costs of student visits are estimated at approximately £50 per annum. There may be an opportunity for students to participate in an international study tour, should this be the case it will be self-funded by the student.

Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Students in Year 1 are required to attain 120 credits in order to progress to Year 2.  This will require students to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 40% in all modules.

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