City of Bristol College

FdA Business Management

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. 

We are no longer recruiting new students to this partnership

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Financial Accounting and Reporting (COBC1210)

      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.

    • Business Research Skills (COBC1211)

      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.

    • Organisational Behaviour (COBC1212)

      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.

    • Marketing (COBC1213)

      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.

    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (COBC1214)

      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.

    • Business Environment (COBC1215)

      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

    • Global Business and Economics (COBC2184)

      Module will focus upon global business organisation; how they operate in dynamic challenging environment. It will investigate the ever evolving field of global markets, global regulations, international banking and how they drive and are driven by global political and social processes. Ethical issues, sustainability and difference of culture and belief systems are explored as well as macro and micro economics theories.

    • Human Resource Management (COBC2185)

      Module follows the employment cycle, attract, recruit, retain and terminate, to enable students to explore the role and function of human resources management and the policies and procedures organisations implement to ensure fair treatment and regulatory and legislative compliance to deliver competitive advantage.

    • Professional Development (COBC2186)

      This module will develop the generic and transferable study skills to facilitate progression through current employment and Higher Education. It will equip students with the research skills to conduct an action research study to improve current business practices. It encourages creative and innovative thinking and develops the confidence to plan strategically to achieve personal, academic and career goals.

    • Project Management (COBC2187)

      This module will enable students to develop an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations.

    • Managing Change (COBC2188)

      The module will introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives and analytical skills to undertake a critical analysis of contemporary issues in organisations. This will equip students with the knowledge and tools required for critical examination of the ways in which change can be introduced, managed evaluated and reviewed.

    • Management and Leadership (COBC2189)

      This module explores the application of leadership and management styles to working practices, organisational cultures, sustainable business and management of change through motivation, creativity and innovation; planning staff development and coaching, teamwork, and a change/improvement project to enhance students management and leadership skills.

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

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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 Partnerships 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

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.
Plymouth students working on a group project