The Foundation Year in Business is offered as an entry route to a business degree for those who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.
The Foundation Year in Business is taught by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses and you are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures. You will be able to develop transferable skills in business, communication and problem-solving.
You will enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses in this subject area.
The Foundation Year is for you if:
If you are interested in studying the Business foundation year you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen business degree.
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You will study four modules over the year. Each module is one year long which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the notion of business, its environment,and its domains through literature. The module develops students’ ability to source, read,understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. It aims to provide an introduction to business and help students develop their communication, study and team work skills.
This module provides students with the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level. Students will develop analytical skills through problem solving, build their confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.
This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. Students will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas. The module covers introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. Software will be used to demonstrate and elucidate material and to motivate its use in real world situations.
This module aims to cultivate students’ learning and transferable skills by undertaking and managing a business project through structured supervision. The module provides students with experience of a range of project tasks that reinforce learning in other foundation year modules and opportunities to develop decision-making, problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, synthesis, research, analysis, evaluation and presentation skills to foster employability and further learning in higher education.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.