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What makes Leadership and Management at Worcester special?

Gain a degree while you work with this innovative, work-based learning course which forms part of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The course adopts a combination of taught and work-based learning approaches, which means that you will utilise your workplace and existing knowledge to obtain a degree qualification. It is open to candidates in voluntary positions, as well as paid work, who are looking to obtain a qualification in leadership and management, whilst continuing in part-time or full-time employment.

You will be able to attain your Foundation degree in two to three years. You will then have the opportunity to top-up your qualification, in just one year to obtain a BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree, if you wish.

Please note: This course is only available as part of a corporate group in 2018. It is not open for individual applications. Please contact the admissions tutor for more information.



Key features

  • Build new knowledge and skills - 50% via work-based experience, 50% from taught input
  • Study via short, bite-sized blocks to fit in with work and personal commitments
  • Implement work-based initiatives and make a visible difference in your organisation and for your own professional development
  • Taught by tutors with experience of leadership, business, management and consultancy in the workplace
  • Aligned with the government agenda to invest in leadership and management development to achieve sustainable economic prosperity and growth

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This course has been mapped and accredited by the Chartered Management Institute as part of the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship scheme. Details of other courses we deliver that might suit employers can be found through our information for organisations.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

32 UCAS Tariff points and 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above)

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Taught Modules (50%)

  • Introduction to Professional Leadership & Personal Management
  • Managing Communications in the Workplace 
  • Managing Professional Development 
  • Organisational Culture and Change
  • Professional Leadership and Personal Management

Work Based Modules (50%)

  • Work Based Investigation and Appraisal
  • Work Based Project

Year 2

Taught Modules (50%)

  • Applied Leadership & Management
  • Finance for Non Finance Managers
  • Two Business Option Modules from:
    • Leading and Managing Teams and Individuals
    • Mentoring and Coaching
    • Sales Management and Selling

Work Based Module (50%)

  • Work Based Initiative (Management)

Year 3

Taught Modules (50%)

  • Managing Innovation in the Organisation

Three Business Option Modules from:

  • Managing Financial Decision Making
  • Focusing on Results and Change Management
  • Decision Making for Improved Performance
  • Digital Marketing

Work Based Module (50%)

  • Work Based Initiative (Leadership)




Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see above for further details.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place on a weekly basis within designated modules in the first and second years and on an individual needs basis in the final year of the course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

You can also choose to study abroad in semester 2 of year 2 at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe. This may affect some accreditation entitlements.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting and Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • We develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.

Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification for the foundation degree and the top-up degree.


Where could it take you?


The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management is suitable for learners who are currently engaged in work related activities in the public or private sector, in charitable organisations or corporate businesses. You will have aspirations for career development and through a combination of taught and coaching/action-learning techniques, you will be prepared for future progression within the organisation, wider employability and professional development.

We recognise that optimising both your present and future employment and earning potential are key factors in planning your learning and'career development. Accordingly, this course:

  • Targets selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers - so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying.
  • Includes automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV.
  • Provides access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board).
  • Offers access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our enterprise support, case study/business plan competitions, research projects, mentoring activities, etc.
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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Leadership and Management FdA/BA: N202

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

John Gardener

Admissions Tutor

Dr Scott Andrews

Course leader