Programme Specification for the 2018/9 academic year

FdCert International Foundation Programme in Accounting and Finance, and Management (fast track)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameFdCert International Foundation Programme in Accounting and Finance, and Management (fast track) Programme codeLIF0INTINT19
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2018/9
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award3 (INTO)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme is intended to enable you to further your study of Accounting & Finance, and Management and to improve your English and independent study skills in order to meet the requirements for entry to undergraduate degrees in Accounting & Finance, and Management in the Business School at the University of Exeter. This is an intensive programme, aimed at students who have already met or who are only slightly below the English standards for progression. 

The programme consists of:

  • Four academic content modules
  • A module in English language for academic study
  • An Independent Study module. 

You will explore the academic content modules through studying and applying core concepts and principles, whilst developing the requisite technical and communication skills.

You will be offered a favourable learning environment, designed to meet your specific needs, in which to consolidate English language competence, independent research and study skills and an understanding of academic subject content. Learning is well paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time (typically 22-24 hours per week). 

The programme will give you experience of being a university student and allow you to take part in campus life, while at the same delivering benefits in the form of tuition and support.

Entry to the first year of degree at Exeter is through UCAS application and dependent on your achieving the required academic standards.    

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme is designed specifically to enable you to enter a degree programme at the University of Exeter. The aims of the Foundation programme are:

  • to enable you to increase your knowledge and skills in this discipline to a level equivalent to Alevel study; 
  • to help you to improve your English to the levels required for entry onto undergraduate programmes in Accountancy & Finance and Management at Exeter, making sure that you can use written and spoken language appropriately within an academic context;
  • to help you to develop the necessary study skills and approaches to learning required in undergraduate level study;
  • to introduce you to the culture of academic study in a UK higher education institution;
  • to develop your independent research and study skills;
  • to provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need both in your further studies and throughout your professional career.

4. Programme Structure

Your International Foundation programme is a 6 month programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 3 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme has one stage. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6660

 

All modules are compulsory and run concurrently.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0033 Academic English for Business 20Yes
INT0032 Independent Study in Business 20No
INT0005 Introduction to Management 20No
INT0017 Introduction to Economics 20No
INT0007 Foundation Mathematics 20No
INT0006 Introduction to Accounting and Finance 20No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe key theories, concepts
2. Apply the knowledge, theories and concepts you have learnt from your studies to respond to new contexts
3. Read widely about your subject, going employ a variety of learning activities and teaching beyond the basic texts
4. Operate in English effectively, including in seminars and set tasks

ILOs 1-3 are developed throughout the information within your specific subject programme through lectures, seminars, discussion and group work. Students also develop their research skills in a subject area of their choice (INT0032).

ILO 4: English language classes (INT0033), including teacher-led groups, seminars and set tasks, with presentation skills in the Management module (INT0005). Students develop the skills necessary in the context of their academic discipline.

ILO1 is assessed in both INT0032 (research report) and INT0005 (exam)

ILO2 is developed and assessed more widely through, forexample, student presentations (INT0005), Maths coursework (INT0007), Economics exam (INT0017) and seminar discussions (INT0033)

ILO3 requires guided independent study and use of ELE resources and is assessed through examination (INT0017) and report (INT0032)

ILO 4: Whilst assessment of this ILO is embedded, to an extent, across the programme, the focus of English language assessment is in INT0033. Assessment comprises a writing task, a group seminar, a listening and note-taking exam, a reading exam and a writing exam. Students also give a group presentation in Management (INT0005).

                                             

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

The programme consists of 120 credits with all credits taken at the one stage. 

The pass mark for award of credit in all modules is 40%.

 

Progression

You are able to progress to the following degrees in the Business School:

BA Accounting & Finance; BSc Business*, BA Business & Accounting; BA Business Management; BA Management with Marketing.

Progression is dependent on the achievement of the progression requirements set out by the University.

You must achieve a minimum of:  

  • an average of 70% in academic content subjects and Independent Study (for all programmes with the exception of BSc Business); 
  • an average of 65% in academic content subjects and Independent Study (for BSc Business only)
  • 70% in Academic English for Business

 

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. 

Up to 30 credits of failure can be condoned in a stage on the following conditions:

  1. You must have registered for and participated in modules amounting to at least 120 credits in the stage.
  2. You must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above. 
  3. You must achieve an average mark of at least 40% across the full 120 credits of assessment in the stage, including any failed and condoned modules. 

Assessment and Awards

This is a one-stage qualification; assessment at this stage does n contribute to the classification of the award. If a student progresses to the University of Exeter, this stage will not contribute to their final award.

The award will be based on the marks formed from the average of the academic content modules and the mark from the English module.

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

Distinction : 69.5% overall in academic content and Independent Study + 69.5% in Academic English for Business

Merit: 59.5% overall in academic content and Independent Study + 59.5% in Academic English for Business

Pass: 40-59% 

Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmesand PGT programmes assessmentregulationscan be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website. Generic marking criteriaare also published here. 

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manualfor further guidance. 

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions. 

 

 IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

  • University Wellbeing Service- available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support. 
  • Student Health Centre- We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre- in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills- team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE). 
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus)provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff.  
  • Student Advice Centre- : (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.  
  • TheStudents’ Guildis the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more.  
  • Student complaintsprocedure. 
  • Chaplaincyoffers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students. 
  • The International Student Support Officesupports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses.    
  • INTO University of Exeterpartnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.  
  • AccessAbilityoffers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.  
  • Employability and Graduate Developmentthe Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO University of Exeter ensures that students studying on the International Foundation programme meet the standards required by the receiving Colleges for entry into the first year of a degree programme through representation at Examination Boards and through joint College/INTO Boards of Studies. An INTO/University Academic Board oversees implementation of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms. 

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

University of Exeter Business School (UEBS)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

FdCert International Foundation Programme in Accounting and Finance, and Management (fast track)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

3 (INTO)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

27/04/2017

Date of last revision

03/10/2017