City of Bristol College

FdA Business

Study at an award-winning college that’s one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK. Choose from the widest range of career-focused higher education courses in the area. Enjoy some of the best facilities in the region and explore one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • COBC1210 Financial Accounting and Reporting

      This module will provide an introduction to the management of finance in business and will cover a range of tools and techniques used to monitor and control business finances.

    • COBC1211 Business Research Skills

      This is an introductory research module designed to acquaint the student with information search, evaluation techniques, basic retrieval methods and the tools available to mine big data. It combines the research and technical skills necessary to integrate and present information from different sources. It engages the student in inquiry based learning and reflection on the implications of studies for personal development.

    • COBC1212 Organisational Behaviour

      This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key factors which affect the behaviour of people and teams within organisations. To recognise own and other team members contribution, strengths and weaknesses and be able to collaborate effectively to deliver objectives.

    • COBC1213 Marketing

      This module introduces students to the core principles of marketing. It focuses on examining what marketing actually is, and defining the marketing concept. It also examines how marketing activities are deployed by organisations and how consumers then respond to the seven tactical components of the marketing mix configured for a particular target segment.

    • COBC1214 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

      This module explores Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurialism; how they link and the key qualities skills and knowledge needed to become an entrepreneur. It focuses on equipping students to develop their understanding of these concepts, and how to develop their own enterprise skills and attributes. It encourages an awareness of the value of entrepreneurs and sustainable enterprise to our economy.

    • COBC1215 Business Environment

      This module will provide an introduction into the way in which organisations are structured, the purpose of different types of organisation and the environment in which they operate. You will investigate legal and regulatory requirements and the key duties and responsibilities, both internally and externally to the organisation.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • COBC2086 Economics

      Considers the theories underpinning macro and microeconomics. It examines how organisations behave in terms of the presence of risk and uncertainty. It explores national economic output and growth, inflation and unemployment. It also assesses the role and operation of macro economic policy.

    • COBC2106 Human Resources Management

    • COBC2120 Management Accounting

    • COBC2145 Project Management

    Optional modules
    • BCB222 Marketing Promotions

    • BCB228 The Law of Contract

      Study of the Law of Contract through an examination of the formal requirements for the formation of a contract, the contents of a contract, breach of contracts and remedies for breach of contract.

    • BCB229 Criminal Liability for Business

      This module will give you the opportunity to study key aspects of criminal law that apply to and have an impact on business including general principles, homicide, corporate manslaughter and other legal requirements and regulations that affect the operations of a business.

    • COBC2088 Marketing Planning

      Enables you to conduct an in-depth investigation of a market and, using a range of diagnostic and analytical tools, to formulate marketing strategies appropriate to the marketplace, its conditions and context. You will then use these as the basis for the development of an operational marketing plan.

    • COBC2146 Environmental Business

    • COBC2147 European Business

    • COBC2148 Marketing Research and Information

    • COBC2149 Customer Management

    • COBC2150 Sustainability

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City of Bristol College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

Find out more about studying at City of Bristol College