The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, validated by the Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders.

The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, validated by Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders. To ensure growth in the NI and Global economy, businesses need to increase competitiveness and differentiation on a World market. Top leadership and management talent are needed to create these opportunities for growth. This Foundation Degree has been developed in order to assist in the process of developing this talent and encouraging critical and analytical thinking in our future and current business leaders. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may progress to the Ulster University BSc Hons Management and Leadership Development programme. Progression is via two bridging modules and entry into the final year.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester. In addition to scheduled teaching hours, students are expected to undertake a minimum of 12 hours independent study per week. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within the business environment during the final year of the programme.

All staff teaching on the programme hold relevant graduate and post-graduate qualifications, as well as holding significant industry experience.


Mandatory modules may include:

  • Introduction to Marketing: This module introduces students to Marketing and customer service within an organisation.
  • Developing People: This module focuses on how managers develop people to support organisational strategy.
  • HRM for Business: This module focuses on Human Resource Management within an organisation.
  • Leading People: This module looks at how managers lead people for organisational growth and stability.
  • Managing Resources: Students will better understand how resources are managed to meet organisational objectives.
  • Change and Innovation: Change is a critical aspect of all management and students will be introduced to how change can be managed.
  • Marketing Planning: Students will gain an insight into the elements required to deliver a marketing plan for an organisation.
  • Managing Quality: The role of quality and quality processes and systems will be reviewed in this module.
  • Financing Operations: How organisations manage their finances to support organisational growth will be focused on in this module.
  • Professional Development: Students will be prepared for placement during this module and will be required to submit a research proposal with regard to their placement project.
  • Work Based Learning: Students will be required to secure a short placement (voluntary or paid) for a duration of 10-12 weeks in their second year. During the placement students will be required to complete a business project.

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of the Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University sports centre and access to physical library materials.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved qualifications.
  • GCSE Grade C or above or Level 2 Essential Skills in English and Mathematics.


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past, and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied. It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications. This may be certificated or experiential learning.

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and specific requirements. Each applicant is entitled to the appropriate information, advice and counselling to assess their entrance level and vocational choice. All applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course.

Where will it take me?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree and having met the requirements set by the University for general entry, students may progress to either the full-time Ulster University BSc Hons Management and Leadership Development programme or the part-time BSc Hons Business Studies (Leadership and Management) at UU. Students who wish to progress to Ulster University will be required to complete two bridging modules delivered over the Summer months at UU.

Students may be able to APEL into other Degree programmes throughout the UK depending on the individual Higher Education institution requirements.

How will it make me more employable?

The course provides the opportunity to undertake a 4 month placement within the Business Industry to assist you in developing real-life experience and practical skills that employers want. The programme will ensure students gain a wider appreciation of all areas of management and leadership and become more effective practitioners.

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.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Assessment is through a range of methods including assignments, reports, presentations and exams. All students are required to complete a full-time placement 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.

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

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 10, 2019
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