For students applying to begin their studies in June: QA Higher Education has two primary objectives during this rapidly evolving period regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). The first is to ensure the welfare of its learners and staff, and the second is to ensure continuity and access to learning. In line with the sector as a whole and its response to Covid-19, if necessary, we will implement online teaching for this programme to allow you to begin your studies this June. As circumstances allow, we will review this decision with a view to bringing the programme back to face-to-face classroom tuition at the earliest appropriate time based on government and medical guidance. 


Are you fascinated by the corporate world?

Do you want to pursue a career in business leadership?

By taking part in client briefs and industry accreditation schemes, this exciting business management programme will help you to learn industry-relevant skills and be well prepared for a range of roles after graduation.

The BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year aims to fuse academic business with theory with industry application, enhancing your employability and career prospects. You will explore specialist theory and knowledge in a systematic and critical way in order to develop your understanding of contemporary international business and enterprise sector issues.

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Key facts
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 48 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 or above, or IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Key dates
  • Start dates: September, January and May
  • Next application deadline:28 May 2020
  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 48 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 or above, or IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • Start dates: September, January and May
  • Next application deadline:28 May 2020
About The Course


The Business Management with Foundation Year is ideal for students who are just beginning their journey into the world of Business Management. The programme is tailored to support the development of those students lacking the formal qualifications necessary for direct entry onto a degree programme or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree.

Through engaging, contemporary and industry-relevant units that are academically rigorous, stimulating and challenging, you will build specialist transferable skills that facilitate your development as an independent learner, whilst gaining expertise in a range of business functions and topics.

On this programme, you will systematically and critically review the established business management knowledge, theory and principles whilst investigating new and specialised knowledge. You will identify underlying business skills, practices, concepts and principles in work-based situations. In addition, you will develop the skillset of analysing information and data from a range of sources that will allow you to make reasoned judgements and responses to solve complex problems in a range of business contexts including work-related contexts.

Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry-approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, this means as part of your degree you will also receive a CMI Level 5 Professional Qualification in Management and Leadership, which is recognised by 75% of employers.


  • Teamwork
  • Communications skills through technical exercises
  • Projects and work placements
  • Strong business and customer awareness
  • Problem-solving
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Project management
  • Research skills

This course is delivered as part of a partnership between QA Higher Education and Solent University. The programme is validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education.

You’ll be taught using a range of teaching methods that include lectures, seminars, and workshops, totalling 9- 12 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 38 hours per week.

You will have access to Solent’s virtual learning environment that provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Assessments are based on coursework, presentations, business simulation and exams.



One of our study options available for UK and EU nationals includes evenings and weekends.

This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life.

To study this programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:


  • 48 UCAS points
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who haven’t recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.


  • GCSE English at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C)
  • IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent. (Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test)

All units are core and are worth 20 credits, unless specified.


The aim of the unit is to equip students with a foundation in the areas of academic writing, critical thinking, communication, and research.  As these skills are continually applied and reinforced in the students’ learning journey through higher education, recipients of this unit will be well-positioned to succeed in their study and to take a competitive place in the employment markets.

Other aims relate to the development and enhancement of mathematical and IT skills in business applications. Various techniques will be introduced, reviewed and practised. Students will be made aware of the reasons for the use of such techniques, along with some of their limitations.

This unit provides an overview to the internal workings of business organisations, including social enterprise and charitable organisations.  Topics covered will include managers and the role of management; the way businesses are structured and organised from SMEs to large corporations and not-for-profits; decision making and how products and services are developed and how businesses use information technology. In addition, employability skills will be embedded within the Unit. On completion of the unit students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to continue with further studies within a business degree programme.  As this may be the first time students have considered how organisations are structured and operate, the use of case studies and real life examples, which students can relate to.

This unit provides an overview to both the CBI and University commitment to employability skills. Identification and knowledge of these employability skills will be carried out by introduction of The Solent Capital Compass Model and this will remain a theme for the unit content.  Topics covered will include aspects of the model under the areas of Capabilities (Human Capital), Connections (Social Capital) and Confidence (Psychological Capital).  In addition to this, students will complete the ESE test at the beginning of the unit providing a realistic and practical approach to building their employability skills. On completion of the unit students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to accelerate their growth across all aspects of the model, as they continue with further studies across a range of degree programmes.  In order to enhance the application of employability skills to the ‘real world’, the use of case studies, real life examples and guest speakers will be embedded within the unit.

This unit provides a foundation to marketing concepts, focusing particularly on markets, customers and issues in marketing whilst also developing marketing employability skills.  Students are expected to gain an understanding of marketing in an integrated context within the organisation and wider environment.  Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of marketing, to develop their cognitive skills, to demonstrate professional skills and to develop transferable key skills.  On completion of the unit students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to study marketing within a business degree programme.

Many of the foundation year students who come to SSU to study do not have a full idea of what is happening in the world of business, what is happening in the world around them and, perhaps more importantly, what this might imply for the future. Business Issues in the Contemporary World (BICW)  is a broad and wide-ranging unit designed to give the foundation level student an introduction to the many external issues affecting business organisations in today’s rapidly changing environment. These external issues are often interrelated and will affect different types of business in various ways, dependent on their exposure to and knowledge of current affairs and how they impact on the business environment. BICW takes an overview of current structures, systems, institutions and events in the global economy and how they do or might impact on the business of today. Historical context, in particular, is also provided in order to gain a basic appreciation how and why our world economy evolved the way it did.



The overall aim of this unit is to equip students with a foundation in the areas of key employability skills, research skills (sourcing, analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources), critical thinking and the development of relevant business & academic communication skills. As these skills are continually applied and reinforced in the students’ learning journey throughout higher education, recipients of this unit will be well positioned to succeed in their study and to take a competitive place in the employment markets.

The aim of this unit is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to perform professionally in a support-level marketing role. Students will develop a good understanding of the wider role of marketing and see how practical skills can be applied to future career progression.

This unit provides an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing. It also gives students a knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of marketing within organisations and explores the factors that influence consumer behaviour. Students will identify key components of the marketing environment and develop an appreciation of how to collect and use relevant information. The unit outlines the concepts and elements which make up the marketing mix and shows how they are applied in context.

The unit also provides an understanding of how marketing communications can be used in practice to engage with customers. It enables appreciation of the customer and considers the importance of the nature of relationships and how they are managed and monitored. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the purpose and process of marketing communications and the range of tools available. Students will also explore how to develop a successful marketing communications campaign and learn how the campaign can be put into practice.

A special feature of this unit is the potential achievement of a Dual Award with The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) where students need to meet the pass criteria for these professional industry bodies and/or to achieve a single unit award.

This unit will introduce students to the role of finance as part of the business function. Topics studied such as budgeting and cost analysis have a practical application in a commercial environment.  This unit focuses on developing the students’ awareness and understanding of finance as part of the managerial function.  Emphasis is placed on financial decision-making, planning and control. The unit will demonstrate the rationale and role of the finance function and how reports are produced and analysed for internal or external purposes. It will also enhance the students’ analytical and spread sheet skills, providing them with the experience of designing and adapting spread sheets to provide meaningful information to the users.

This unit teaches students about the types of information that a variety of businesses need to help them make decisions. Students will learn how data can be gathered, stored and analysed using Information Technology as well as the communication skills needed for application in business and management which includes the use of digital tools. Students will develop practical skills using Information Technology and will learn how IT can be applied in a range of industries for a range of purposes. Students will learn about the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations.

The purpose of this unit is to provide a platform of organisational awareness whereby knowledge, understanding and skills can be acquired and practiced. This will include the nature and purpose of the organisation; the environments it operates within; the human element and behaviour of people; an introduction to business strategy, the process of management as an integrating and co-ordinating activity and resource management such as: financial, human, physical and intangible.  With ongoing changes in legislation impacting on how organisations behave towards their stakeholders, an introduction to the business legal environment is also included. The unit adopts a global perspective, and examples are drawn from the national and international business environment.

The aim of this unit is to ensure that the student is fully aware of the economic organisation and structure of the UK economy from a microeconomic perspective. The unit will focus on the basic concepts of microeconomics and how they affect business behaviour and how businesses can gain an advantage by understanding how changes affect business decisions and outcomes.



This Level 5 unit aims to prepare students when undertaking a business-related project or dissertation.

The unit will discuss various types of projects and the approaches that can be used in undertaking them.  It will consider research techniques, methodologies and skills necessary when undertaking a successful business project or dissertation.

Specifically, the unit will cover the collection of business data and various techniques for the analysis of this data along with the interpretation and presentation of the results.

Businesses today have a challenging remit; not only do they need to ensure that they are meeting (and delivering) an overall business strategy but that they are operating with responsible and ethical procedures & policies.  No longer is the study of operations management just about how we create & deliver the many products & services that we depend upon; instead it performs a vital function in meeting business goals and driving the business forward through identifying & developing improvements in business processes.

This unit will look at how operations management is involved in developing and managing value-adding processes and supporting these processes through various tools, techniques & methods.  It will also examine current issues facing business, including those of an ethical nature.

The unit focuses on analysing the process of globalisation that has shaped the global business environment.  To critique globalisation, a plurality of economic theories of development/the nature of capitalism are employed to analyse case studies of globalisation (countries experiences of globalisation plus particular aspects of globalisation, such as the increased frequency of financial crises).  Economic theory is synthesised with historical/statistical evidence to provide alternative interpretations of events.

The student is required to conduct independent research towards a group presentation on a country’s experience of globalisation (set in a business context).   By providing a plurality of economic approaches, the student is better equipped to understand future global economic events/trends after they have completed their study.  The unit thus seeks to develop a life-long appreciation of/interest in the global business environment.

Core for those not doing Work Placement

This unit has been developed to prepare students with an opportunity to experience simulated work-related activities that take place in business organisations.  Students will undertake research based on a current business ‘issue’.  Based on the research obtained and the strengths of the consultancy group, groups will then make a ‘pitch’ to prospective clients in a clear and professional manner, effectively ‘selling’ the value of their consultancy group to the client.

Core for those not doing Work Placement

This unit aims to provide students with the contextual underpinning for studying entrepreneurship.  It will explore the reasons for encouraging ‘enterprise cultures’ within economies, the issue of what an entrepreneur might be, entrepreneurship and the need for creative thinking within business.

Innovation and Creativity are key components of business success, survival and competitive advantage. Entrepreneurs look for innovative and creative ideas to make their businesses stand out from the crowd. This unit looks at generating ideas, and the different techniques for developing the knowledge and skills of entrepreneurial people leading to the design and creation of new and innovative products, processes or services.

The five core elements of the course, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, knowledge and design all have a long history but in today’s fast moving, ever changing business environment they have become central to present and future growth and success.

The unit looks at the management of these ‘intangible’ processes, and uses a range of case study material and practical exercises to illustrate the different challenges and opportunities for the entrepreneur in designing and bringing innovative products or services to the market place and thereby creating a successful business.

Core for those not doing Work Placement

The purpose of this unit is to enable students to critically assess how people are managed and developed within contemporary organisations. Emphasis will be placed upon major research evidence on effective approaches to human resource (HR), and learning and development (L&D) practice which secures positive organisational outcomes.

Consideration will be given to the role of HR specialists in helping to equip colleagues to manage the key issues of leadership, flexibility and change in ways which elicit employee engagement, commitment and performance. Additionally, regard will be given to the significance of ethical and professional practice and the pivotal role of continuous professional development (CPD).



The aim of this unit is to enable the student to independently conduct and write up a piece of Business research which will allow them to demonstrate, and further enhance, their research skills. The empirical project is the culmination of the development of their research skills during the course.

In addition, the unit has a strong emphasis on self-management: the project is the opportunity to demonstrate the students’ skills in managing their time within a specified time-frame.

Organisations exist in constantly changing business environments that therefore constantly impose new constraints and create fresh opportunities. Successful organisations appear to be able to adapt to these changing environments and yet still achieve objectives that satisfy their stakeholders’ interests. Key to success is avoiding ‘Strategic Drift’ as experienced by many organisations that fail to keep up with the pace of change of their external environment. This unit provides a basic understanding of that process by building on other business units in Level 4 and Level 5, to provide a perspective of the way in which managers operate at a strategic level.

An important part of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of the problems associated with the positioning, synthesis and implementation of strategy. The unit is, therefore, strongly supported with the use of case material and practical ‘real-life’ scenarios. Students are encouraged from the outset of the course to relate the unit’s output to their own ‘personal strategy’ required by Level 6 students as they approach the demands of the world of work. The unit is timely and highly relevant from an Employability and Enterprise perspective in that students from the outset are actively encouraged to relate the unit’s Teaching and Learning to the development of their own strategy to improve and enhance their graduate employability prospects.

The purpose of this unit is to prepare students for their final year Project and also prepare students for any graduate role requiring project management skills.

This project management unit is based on best project management practice providing an easily tailored and scalable project management methodology for the management of all types of projects.

The design of this particular unit allows the students to progress into a professional accreditation qualification subject to professional body requirements.

The overall aim of this unit is to further enhance student skills in the area of employability or enterprise skills, research, critical thinking and career management/planning. Academic writing and critical thinking skills will be further developed, thus providing students the opportunity to further enhance their expertise in these areas. Students will also be required to develop and implement a Career Plan, thus helping them to be well positioned to succeed in their study and to take a competitive place in a targeted employment sector.

This unit aims to broaden the student’s awareness of the key factors in the business environment affecting the development and importance of small businesses and to develop an understanding of the entrepreneurial process from generating marketable ideas to a testable business plan.

This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore the most suitable planning, development and management techniques for different entrepreneurial ventures.  Students will be expected to produce an appropriate plan as well as developing their critical awareness of the need and uses of planning.  They will also be expected to critique the development and management of an existing venture.

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2019/20. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

TUITION FEES 2019/20 & 2020/21

  • £9,250 per annum

Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources at our Centres, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.


In addition to the tuition fees, you should be prepared to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each. This would average around £200 per annum.


  • Your tuition cost (lectures, seminars, exams and registration) along with academic support.
  • Access to campus facilities, this includes computers, Wi-Fi, vending machines, quiet study spaces, multi-faith rooms and spaces to socialise.
  • Our Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team who can provide help with many aspects of your studies, such as academic writing, research skills and many more.
  • The Careers and Employability Service team, who are here to help you prepare for an interview or to write a CV.
  • Access to Library resources, including a large online catalogue of books, journals and other resources.


This course provides the academic skills and professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas. Recent graduates have gone on to recruitment consultant, operations manager, omni-channel analyst and TV research executive roles at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management.

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5th Floor Centre City
5-7 Hill Street
B5 4UA

London Centre**

St James’ House
10 Rosebery Avenue

Manchester Centre

Saint James Buildings
61 – 95 Oxford St
M1 6FQ

** Please note: classes and teaching for this programme may be delivered from an alternative QA Higher Education centre in Central London. A full list of Central London locations is available on our website at All teaching locations are easily accessible via tube, rail and bus networks. Our team will contact you with any changes to teaching locations at the earliest possible opportunity.


If you are ready to apply, please complete our online application form in the links below and provide any required supporting documents. We will assess your application and provide you with a response. If you experience any issues, please contact


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