Foundation Degree in Service Sector Management

L5 Level 5
Full Time
14 September 2020 — 21 May 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Cardiff & Vale College specialises in offering courses that develop entrepreneurship, business skills and employability both for those interested in starting their own business or seeking a management career. The Foundation Degree in Service Sector Management is a business and management course that is designed to offer an appropriate higher education progression route for students who have completed Level 3 vocational or academic qualifications such as those in:

  • Business
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Other service sector industries such as retail.

Mature learners without an appropriate level 3 qualification may be admitted to the course if they can demonstrate achievement in other areas that show that they can cope with the demands of the course.
The course is also appropriate for small business owners who operate in the service sector and wish to enrol upon a programme that could help them develop as a person and enhance their business's success. This programme also aims to develop the individual, as many professional bodies and Sector Skill Councils are prioritising the development of professional skills and competencies in addition to subject based knowledge.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Service Sector Management, students will have the opportunity to transfer to the University of South Wales to complete a third year to convert their foundation degree into a full honours degree.

What you will study

As many students will go on to run their own business or work in management, course content covers key areas such as managing customers & quality, entrepreneurship & business start-ups and managing people. Students will have the opportunity to complete 60 credits of WBL specifically linked to their vocational discipline.
Students will study the following modules:

  • The Management of Financial Information
  • Business Context
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Managing an Enterprise
  • Service Sector Project
  • Work Based Learning - Practice and Reflection
  • Strategic Business Analysis

Students will mostly be assessed through assignments with some exams.  This Foundation Degree will also allow students to study contemporary business content, complete a substantial work-based learning portfolio linked to their vocational subject and undertake modules linked to professional development and reflection.

Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the college.

If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code CS7D, University Code W01, Campus Code = F.

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

A-Level Offer – DD Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer - DD Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass

Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Grade C and DE at A Level

Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent).

A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Teaching and assessment

  • Assessments including exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

14 September 2020

End date

21 May 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

14 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



USW Foundation Degree in Service Sector


What our students say

My course tutor was brilliant and really helpful. Everything is available on the student portal and we were always kept up-to-date. I’m so pleased I’ve completed my course, I never thought I’d get a Foundation Degree so it’s a really pleasing moment for me.

Siobhan Edwards
Service Sector Management Foundation Degree Graduate

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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