BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year for De Broc’s BA Business Management incorporates academic and professional learning, giving applicants the chance to improve their knowledge of business and its related skills.
Next start date:
September 2017
Study mode:
Full-time on campus
London Bloomsbury
£6,165 (UK/EU) £9,750 (Int.) per year

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New for 2017: Pre-Sessional English Programme at London Bloomsbury
We are now offering a pre-sessional English course to our London Bloomsbury students who need to improve their English skills in order to meet the IELTS requirements for entry onto our undergraduate courses. See below for further information.

The Foundation Year provides students with an understanding of the key aspects of business and management, along with the necessary skills needed to participate in the undergraduate business programmes at level 4, 5 and 6.

If you wish to apply for the Foundation Year route, please apply for the BA Business Management and select the four year course option. If your application is successful your first year will be the Foundation Year. 

Why this course?

The Foundation Year is not a stand-alone programme, as there is no award associated with it; instead, it is an integral part of the four undergraduate business programmes.

This year-long programme of study is designed to provide you with the appropriate study skills and knowledge to prepare you for undergraduate study.

Who is this course for?

All students who apply for our undergraduate programmes and meet the admissions criteria for the foundation year. They will then be admitted to that year, and if successful progress onto their named award. 

How will you learn?

As well as the curriculum and our learning and teaching strategy, we use guest lectures and ‘live’ workshops to promote independent learning and increase your employability skills.

Lecture and tutorial discussion will focus on case studies, and you will be required to adopt a critical, reflective approach in group activities and assessment exercises.

Course structure

Programme structure, levels, and credits
All 20 credits, level 3 and delivered over 2 semesters.

Numeracy Skills for Business

This module focuses on basic numeracy skills to develop your business mathematical knowledge, encouraging your confidence and appreciation of the subject. It will help you acquire a range of mathematical skills, particularly those that can be applied in the context of business environments.

It also enables you to analyse problems logically, recognise when and how a situation may be represented mathematically, and select an appropriate method to solve the problem. This module provides you with the mathematical knowledge necessary for business studies at undergraduate level.

Academic and Report Writing

This is a basic literacy skills module, designed to prepare you for academic study as well as enabling you to develop the skills that employers value in graduates.  

Introduction to Finance

The module gives you a basic understanding of a wide range of important financial accounting, financial management, and management accounting techniques that are relevant to businesses in today's competitive financial environment.

You will examine fundamental finance concepts and learn how to analyse and use published financial statements, giving you a basis for the Year 1 accounting and finance module. 

Introduction to Management

With this module, you will gain a foundation in management and will understand the issues faced by contemporary business organisations. It addresses important theories of management, the management process, and how it is affected by different contexts, cultures, and settings.

The module sets the scene for later modules in the management subject area; providing a strong foundation while covering the complexities and risks involved in management practice.

Introduction to Human Resource Management

The module gives you a good grounding in human resource management and its role in organisations. It introduces key practices and policies used in the management of people, including staff selection, performance management, and rewards and compensation.

The module will explore the main theories and concepts of human resource management, as well as examining how it can affect issues such as performance, leadership, and motivation. You will also learn about organisational structures and organisational change. 

Introduction to Marketing

You will explore the importance of marketing and its key concepts with this module, learning about how the practise of marketing influences competitiveness through the use of marketing principles and techniques. You will also learn how to analyse situations to meet organisational and marketing objectives.

The module explores the influence of the customer, the importance of market research, and the need for an integrated marketing mix to achieve marketing objectives.

More technical topics such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, strategic planning, and the application of marketing tools will also be explored along with the importance of a strong brand and a unique product offering.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements:

  • 32 UCAS points from the equivalent of one A Level or 40 UCAS points from the equivalent of two A Levels.
  • 5 GCSEs at A-C including English, and Grade D or above in Maths or equivalent qualifications.
  • For international students, we require an English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Non-standard entry route A:

Where students have obtained the necessary UCAS points but do not possess 5 GCSEs at A-C, the provision of English and Maths equivalencies will be acceptable in addition to a completed CV document providing supplementary information.

Non-standard entry route B:

In order to consider students who come from a non-traditional background, applicants with no formal qualifications will be invited in-centre to complete an in-house numeracy test in addition to an English and business acumen test, as well as a formal interview. They will also need to provide 2 years of appropriate work experience evidenced in a full CV and 1 reference.

For more information about non-standard criteria please contact

We are now offering a pre-sessional English course to students who need to improve their English skills in order to meet the IELTS requirements for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

See pre-sessional English section below.

Pre-sessional English

Who the course is aimed at

The University of Law Pre-sessional programme is designed to help students reach the required IELTS level for their main degree studies.

In July 2017, we are accepting students on two routes:

  • London Bloomsbury students with offers for the four-year undergraduate business degrees (with an integrated Foundation Year): the Pre-sessional programme aims to take you from an IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) to 5.5 or above (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).
  • London Bloomsbury students with offers for the three-year undergraduate business degrees: the Pre-sessional programme aims to take you from an IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) to 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).

Course content

You will be in class for 25 hours each week for seven weeks. During the first six weeks, you will focus on developing your communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and on IELTS test training. There will be also be grammar and vocabulary workshops, to equip you with the kind of language you will encounter in an IELTS exam. You will take the IELTS test in week 6 of your course (we will register you for the exam and pay your exam fee) and after that the classes will focus on academic skills to help you make the transition to your main degree programme.

The academic skills include reviewing different kinds of writing (such as essays, reports and summaries) and different kinds of communicative activities (such as seminar skills, note-taking in lectures and presentations). You will receive your IELTS results in week 9 of the programme and, if you meet the language requirements for your degree programme, our friendly and helpful Admissions team will then issue your unconditional offer for your degree course which will commence in the following couple of weeks.

Remember: You will need to achieve the required IELTS score to be able to continue your studies with the university.

We believe that our students should work hard but also have fun. We will take you on two field trips, to help you find your way around London and get to know other students. Our teaching and welfare teams will make sure you have the best possible experience, both inside the classroom and outside too!

For further information, contact our Admissions team on 0800 107 6766

How to apply for UCAS?

Please find below the codes for your UCAS Application form.

Programme codes:

  • Business Management with Foundation Year: N201 (Short form of course: BusMgt+Fnd)

Campus code: 9

Institution code: L17

Institution code name: LAW

You can find out more here.

There are no requirements to apply for the pre-sessional English course. Interested candidates should contact our Admissions team on 0800 107 6766.

Fees and funding

Our current fees for undergraduate degrees are:

UK/EU: £6,165 per annum
International: £9,750 per annum
Pre sessional English course: £1,400

Tuition fees may increase for every new academic year and for new course intakes dependent on government policy and to take into account inflation and other costs. Therefore, you may be charged different fees for subsequent years of your course. For more information click here to view our 2017 Fee Schedule and the Instalment Schedule applicable to your course.

Students will be able to apply to the UK Government for support to assist with covering the costs of the course, subject to meeting the individual eligibility requirements.

For more information about funding options, click here.