Certificate in Foundation Year Studies (FASS) RoA - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 3

Final award and programme/pathway title

RoA Certificate in Foundation Year Studies

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UKA10058 120 credits and ECTS credits

JACs code

N400, N300

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

providing students with knowledge in economic, business and management concepts, theories, ideas and tools and their application

developing in students the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the solution of theoretical and applied problems in business and economics

equipping students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems associated with business and economic policy-making in a global context

providing students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world

embedding higher order mathematical and numerical skills

fostering an understanding of differing approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena

developing in students an ability to interpret real world economic events and critically assess a range of types of evidence

providing students with a knowledge of ethical frameworks and their repercussions for decision making

developing in students, through the study of business and economics, a range of generic skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Key economics and business concepts and theories K RoA
Essential functions within organisations K RoA
Models and approaches which facilitate decision making and application to real world contexts K RoA
• Different influences upon decision making (including ethical factors) K RoA
Awareness of the international business environment and current economic trends K RoA
The impact of historical, cultural, political and socio-economic factors on different economies K RoA
Interpretation of data in order to compare and contrast the economic performance of nations and organisations K RoA
Characteristics of entrepreneurship K RoA
Commercial awareness and business acumen K RoA
Analyse, interpret and synthesise information C RoA
Critical analysis C RoA
Research skills C RoA
Data interpretation C RoA
Reflective learning incorporating feedback C RoA
Demonstrate independent learning C RoA
Mathematical and numerical skills development C RoA
Presentation skills C RoA
Academic writing C RoA
Referencing C RoA
Real world application C RoA
Communication P RoA
Teamwork P RoA
Creative problem solving and decision making P RoA
Capacity to work independently P RoA
Computing and numerical skills P RoA
Time management P RoA
Leadership P RoA
Entrepreneurial thinking P RoA
Commercial awareness P RoA
Resilience P RoA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Foundation Year programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 120 credits. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project and practice based modules.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Optional modules for Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

The Foundation Year is effectively Year Zero of an undergraduate programme. It will be made up of five separate compulsory modules, three at 15 credits, one at 30 credits and one year-long module at 45 credits. Students will be full-time and will be expected to achieve 40% to pass. For progression they will need to achieve 50%. Taught aspects will include lectures, seminars, workshops and guest lectures and an experiential workshop. There will be no formal award on completion but a letter will be supplied outlining personal and academic development across the year.

The following programmes are available for progression following the completion of the Foundation Year with an overall minimum pass mark of 50%:


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.