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

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Duration: Four years full-time
Average Contact Hours: 12 per week
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The Course

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This four-year course is perfect for those returning to education who may not have the correct 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 first year you’ll complete four foundation year modules designed to prepare you for the next three years, covering study skills and an introduction to business management.

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.

Teaching and Learning

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. The exact format will depend on the modules studied, but you can expect a variety of all three.

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

Assessments play a big part in your degree – they are key indicators in measuring your own success, as well as showing your progress to your tutors. If your grades are not as expected, we’ll offer the correct support to ensure improvement.

We constantly monitor assessment results and feedback to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit our students, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.


Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English Language. EU and 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 your first language is not English, you will require Academic IELTS at 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each category).

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.


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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.

If you love university and learning, why not consider further postgraduate study?