BA (Hons) Business Management including a Foundation Year (Four Year)

Start Dates: January 2022
Duration: Four years full-time
Awarding Body: University of Northampton
Average Contact Hours: 12 per week

The Course

This four-year course is perfect for those returning to education who may not have the expected qualifications. If you’ve only studied up to GCSE Level but have always dreamed of working in business management, there’s nothing stopping you. We pride ourselves on accepting applicants who have previously ruled out a degree based on their past grades.

In your foundation year (first year) you’ll complete four modules designed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need to study business management at university level.

After this, you will learn the concepts and practice of global business management alongside how to meet your own objectives, such as starting a business. We’ll help you achieve this by teaching real-life business situations and case study analysis, as well as hosting discussions with guest speakers. Other modules include digital marketing, corporate risk management and sustainability in business.

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Teaching and Learning

Please note: our courses are taught face-to-face, and we plan to deliver all classes in-person. Depending on Government guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions, we may have to hold classes online.  If you are an international applicant and you are unable to travel to the UK because of Covid-19 restrictions, you will be able to start the course online – click here for further information.

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. Expect to hear interesting talks, participate in debate and conversation and apply your knowledge in a practical way.

Assessments come in a mix of formats, also depending on your chosen options. These include essays, portfolios, exams, reports, group presentations and case studies.

We use a range of new and traditional assessment methods to allow you to explore and express your abilities. They are not just a way of assessing whether something has been learned, but an opportunity to develop skills that will equip you in your life outside of university.

We aim to provide all the support you need to make sure you have the confidence and understanding to engage with your assessments. Our tutors are specialists in providing support to students who may feel unconfident in an academic environment.

Assessment and feedback are designed to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit you, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.

To pass modules in this course, you will need to achieve an overall grade of at least D- in the module.


Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English Language. International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, you can take our assessments and attend an interview. If you pass, you can be admitted to the course. We do not charge a fee for this.

If you are an international student, you will need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the UKVI unless you are exempt.

You must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) at least 2 years before you start the course. This would normally mean that you will be 18 years old or above when you start.


UK: £9,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000
International: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000

UK students may be eligible for our travel bursary worth up to £1,090 which covers unlimited free tube and bus travel from Zone 1 – 6. Head to our Fees and scholarships page for more information.

International students who require a Student Visa can work up to 20 hours per week during term time (full time during the holidays).

All the above fees are correct as of April 2021.

Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 0 – Foundation Study and Research Skills (30 credits) Contemporary Themes (30 credits) Professional Skills (30 credits) Introduction to Business and Management (30 credits)
Level 4 – Year 1 Business Environment (30 credits) Marketing Principles and Practice (MPP)  (30 credits) Organisations: Leadership and Management (30 credits) Managing Information and Technology (30 credits)
Level 5 – Year 2 Managerial Finance (30 credits) Digital Marketing (30 credits) Managing Operations and Projects (30 credits) Option (30 credits)
Level 6 – Year 3 Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation (30 credits) Option (30 credits) Business Research Project (30 credits) Option (30 credits)

Year 2 modules

Students will choose one 30-credit module from:

  • Ethics, Sustainability and Social Impact (subject to demand)
  • Talent Management (subject to demand)
  • Independent Learning Module*

* Students are only allowed to take one Independent Learning Module during their programme.

Year 3 Options

Students will choose two 30-credit modules from:

  • Corporate Risk Management (subject to demand)
  • Small Business Management (subject to demand)
  • Cross Cultural Management (subject to demand)
  • Consumer Behaviour (subject to demand)
  • Critical Issues in Business Management (subject to demand)
  • Independent Learning Module*
  • Business Internship (more information below)

*Students are only allowed to take one Independent Learning Module during their programme.

Business Internship [30-credit]
You will have the opportunity to take a 30-credit Business Internship module as a Level 6 option. We’ll help you with CV preparation and application writing as well as guidance on how to search for employment opportunities. You’ll need to complete around six weeks of full-time work experience that’s relevant to your degree, or the equivalent part time. The timing of the work placement is flexible, so you can take it during the summer between Levels 5 and 6, or part time during your Level 6 academic year.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop the employability skills valued by all types of employers such as commercial awareness, teamworking and communication skills. You’ll also have to write a report on the company you do your Business Internship with, adding to the value you get from the experience.

Work Experience
Students will gain valuable industry experience through completing 200 hours of work experience. You can choose to do this full-time during the summer break between your second and third year, or part-time throughout your final year.

Business Research Project

Students will also complete a research project in Year 3. Teaching will be provided in Semester 1. Students will submit a research proposal in teaching week 8 of Semester 1. The due date for the project will be teaching week 12 of Semester 2.

Featured Modules

Digital Marketing is a Level 5 module that informs students about using digital technologies to achieve marketing objectives. This means developing strategies to acquire and retain customers profitably in the context of a constantly changing multi-channel buying process. This module builds on students’ existing marketing knowledge and introduces them to the concepts, evolution, technology, tools and drivers of digital marketing. These tools include website development, social media, search engine and email marketing which are underpinned by data analytics that enable marketers to understand and influence the evolving ‘customer journey’.

Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation is a Level 6 module that provides students with a general understanding of the nature of entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and the need for innovation and creativity. The module explores enterprising behaviour within the context of large organisations (including both private and public organisations, as well as those in the third sector) and small businesses.

Accreditations and Employability

All students will have the chance to become a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You can get access to hundreds of CMI learning materials to support your studies and career aspirations.

When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and experience to work in a range of industries and roles. Our alumni have become human resource managers, operations managers, brand managers and business development managers. Many also choose to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, setting up their own businesses such as GoLocate – an asset tracking technology funded by our incubator programme.

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