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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
HND or equivalent qualification (i.e. Foundation Degree) with a merit profile (overall mark of 60% or above).
This Business and Supply Chain Management (Top Up) course looks into the importance of business relationships in a supply chain context.
Specifically designed for students who may have already obtained a HND or equivalent qualification, a top up degree allows you to gain a full bachelor degree in less than year.
The success of businesses and organisations is, to a major extent, dependent upon having effective and beneficial relationships customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of collaboration in managing supply chains, as well as investigating the importance of developing and managing strategic business relationships from outsourcing to e-commerce.
Allowing you to build upon your existing subject knowledge, this supply chain management course explores how the success of a business is, to a major extent, dependent upon having effective and beneficial relationships with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
Underpinned by the key principles of business through a set of core business modules, this one year course you will also learn the importance of supply chain management in the current business world.
This undergraduate business leaflet provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.
Undergraduate Business Leaflet (PDF, 116KB)
Please note: If you are interested in applying for this ‘top up’ degree course, you can apply direct to the University by completing our online application
During this one year ‘top up’ course you will examine core aspects of business such as business strategy and communication in a global context, whilst also getting the chance to conduct an investigation into a business problem that allows you to apply your business acumen to a real life scenario.
In addition to studying four core business modules that will broaden your understanding of how businesses operate, you will also study two additional modules specialising in supply chain management. These specialist modules will allow you to explore the importance of efficient and effective supply chains and the strategic business relationships that can benefit a supply chain from outsourcing to e-commerce.
Core business modules:
Specialist supply chain management modules:
There are some traditional lectures, but the majority of your learning will rely on interactive seminars, supported by online study materials. We also arrange an induction programme, so you can get to know your tutors and other students before you start studying and hit the ground running on the first day of term.
You will use the latest real-life data and case studies to help you learn, making your studies as relevant as possible to what you will experience in the workplace.
The University also has the The Procurement Best Practice Academy which carries out research and consultancy. This means that the latest research and industry best practice are used to teach students.
You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.
This supply chain management ‘top up’ is designed to further enhance your employability by adding to your existing portfolio of qualifications and skills.
Topping up a HND qualification (or equivalent) provides you with a great base to pursue a career in business whilst also having the opportunity to gain access to various professional bodies in business.
Recognising the need for our graduates to be able to stand out in a competitive jobs market, the University of South Wales has developed a series of employability initiatives that exist within each academic Faculty.
From Senior Buyers to Outsourcing Managers, following the completion of the Business and Supply Chain Management ‘top up’ course, graduates will have the necessary skills and expertise to launch into a successful career in business.
The University of South Wales is committed to providing an excellent student experience that provides a supportive environment in which students can flourish.
From a fully equipped learning resource centre and students’ union to interactive teaching spaces and computer laboratories, the university’s main campus boasts a rich collection of academic facilities available to students.