Are you fascinated by the world of business?

Do you dream of becoming a future leader?

Our Business Management degree will help you become an ethical, values-driven professional, equipping you with employability-focused skills to help you thrive in your future career.

The Business Management with Foundation Year is ideal if you are just beginning your journey into the world of Business Management and don’t meet the standard entry requirements.

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Key facts
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees (2022/23): £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
  • Study mode: Full-time blended learning: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Key dates
  • Start dates: October
  • Next application deadline: October 2023
  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fees (2022/23): £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
  • Study mode: Full-time blended learning: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • Start dates: October
  • Next application deadline: October 2023
About The Course

Become an expert in a range of business functions and topics while developing specialist transferrable skills in management, sales, communications, leadership and more. With 86% of large organisations facing skills shortages (The Open University Business Barometer, 2022), now it’s the time to make the first step towards your career ambitions.

This programme will allow you to learn about business management knowledge, theory and principles in work-based situations. You will have the chance to critically review and practice the skillset of analysing information and data from a range of sources, as well as making reasoned judgements and solving complex problems in various business contexts.

  • Learn to identify and analyse future business trends
  • Become an inclusive, ethical and value-driven global citizen and leader
  • Learn from the experts and get ‘real-world’ ready through guest speakers’ events
  • Gain access to Solent’s virtual learning environment, with quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and more
  • Balance your full-time studies with your personal life with flexible study options, such as evenings and weekends

What you will gain on your Foundation Year:

  • Knowledge of key business subjects so that you can successfully progress onto the Business Management degree programme
  • How to apply business concepts to real-life organisations
  • Academic and employability skills, and the confidence to progress onto your degree knowing you have what it takes to succeed

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.

  • Lectures, seminars, and workshops: 9 – 12 hours per week
  • Independent study: 38 hours per week
  • Assessment: coursework, presentations and business simulation


The future is becoming more and more digital. Our blended learning approach allows you to develop all necessary skills to thrive in the digital era. You’ll get the best of both worlds with a balance of face-to-face and online teaching, building your confidence ready for success in the digital workplace.

Receiving the same number of live contact hours as face-to-face programmes, a typical timetable may include:

  • Daytime students – If you are a daytime student, you will typically have 2 days of tuition per week – your sessions will be on-campus for 1 of those days and the other day will take place live online.
  • Evening and weekend students – Evening and weekend blended timetables will typically follow one of the below patterns each week:
    • 2 evenings live online and 1 weekend day face-to-face on-campus, or
    • 2 evenings face-to-face on-campus and 1 weekend day live online

Visit our blended learning page for further information.

Response to Covid-19: our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.


  • 48 UCAS points
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent
  • If you’re a mature student with no formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, you will need some relevant workplace or voluntary experience

If you don’t hold UK qualifications, please see the Country Specific Entry Requirements to find out more about the qualifications we accept.


  • GCSE English at Grade 4/C or above.
  • 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.

Please note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.


Admissions Interview Academic Interview
  • Introduce yourself
  • Tell us about why you want to study this course
  • Assessing your knowledge
  • If you don’t meet the standard entry requirements
  • If you’ve been out of education for a while

Please note: we are not currently able to sponsor international students to study this programme at Solent University Centres. If you require sponsorship to study as an international student, this course will unfortunately be unavailable to you. If you would like to discuss alternative options, please contact 020 3944 1243.

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


Gain a fundamental introduction to a range of reflective models, while keeping a learning journal to learn from your experiences, boosting employability skills and developing a growth mindset.

  • Learn how to improve from failures
  • Learn how to positively respond to feedback, develop a self-awareness mapping and create a plan of action for development areas
  • Develop essential academic skills including referencing, academic writing, IT skills, communication skills and presentation skills
  • Understand the importance of a living CV and how to showcase your employability skills, ready to test out on employers for work placements and/or part-time jobs

Understand the basics of business regulatory frameworks and operations, to learn how to run a business successfully and efficiently.

  • Analyse the importance of different viewpoints including owner, managers, staff and customers
  • Explore how to respond to the demands of external stakeholders and markets
  • Learn about business and regulatory fundamentals through the main categories of people, operations, finance, strategy, marketing, organisational structure, markets and environmental factors
  • Understand those key categories and how vital they are for you to become a successful manager

Successful marketing is the key for businesses’ growth and sustainable and valued relationships with clients, customers and audiences.

  • Explore the importance of a business relationship with its brand and how to understand insight from audiences
  • Learn about devising strategies to drive successful sales to each targeted segment
  • Get career-ready by boosting marketing skills key to a range of job roles and industries

Study the value and social impact of enterprise, developing key skills such as research and communication, to prepare you for future employability.

  • Working as a group to analyse organisations, reflect and provide valuable insights
  • Put the knowledge gained from your Foundation Year modules into practice
  • Test your skills in a real-world scenario
  • Refine your academic writing, research, analysis, working with a range of stakeholders, communication and team working skills

78% of small business owners saying their businesses are profitable (Guidant Financial 2021). Gain an essential overview into entrepreneurship and the skills needed to succeed.

  • Develop key skills such as management, communication and business development
  • Boost your career prospects and prepare to become a leader in the world of business
  • Learn skills and processes useful across a range of job roles and industries

Whatever path your career takes, finance is a sought-after skill worth developing.

  • Understand financial terminology and concepts to become an asset to your business or team
  • Learn the basics of finance including key performance indications (KPIs)
  • Analyse your own personal finances, creating a budget of your cash flows to then reflect on the importance of financial analysis and financial management
  • Apply your knowledge in practical and real-world scenarios
  • Develop baseline numeracy to perform your financial analysis
  • Become familiar with the financial statements used to monitor the health of the business


Set important foundations for success in your studies and future.

  • Learn about theories and techniques for success
  • Build your academic study skills
  • Boost your employability and career prospects by developing key independent learning skills
  • Get the chance to create your own personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future-ready

Explore key strategies and cultures that promote creativity, enterprise and innovation.

  • Examine leading individuals and organisations
  • Learn about theory in a practical way
  • Develop your own entrepreneurial capacity
  • Learn how to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others

Develop a consistent plan of action so the ‘future you’ can reach for the stars with your career aspirations.

  • Expand your understanding of key managerial concepts
  • Learn about organisational purpose and structure
  • Explore key topics such as leadership, corporate culture, ethics, strategic decision-making, diversity and employment law
  • Make the most of a hands-on approach through case studies from today’s business environment

Get to grips with finance and accounting, an essential part of any management role.

  • Explore financial controls, budgeting, profit and loss, financial statements and more
  • Develop your skills quickly and efficiently through practical problem-based interactive sessions

Discover the critical role of marketing in business, gaining vital skills applicable within a variety of professional contexts.

  • Learn about a range of marketing techniques, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement and measuring effectiveness
  • Explore key marketing concepts and terminology
  • Delve into the fundamental role of digital and content marketing

Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up.

  • Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data
  • Develop the ability to present your findings effectively
  • Gain practical data analysis knowledge, boosting your employability prospects



Learn about best practice for project management, exploring contemporary challenges and techniques.

  • Study a syllabus informed by the Association for Project Management (APM) standards
  • Explore topics such as stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership

Learn about the value of and how to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Examine processes, tools and techniques used in operations management
  • Analyse and evaluate delivery issues
  • Apply your knowledge in practice

The global business landscape is at one of the most complex and challenging times. Explore how to become a sustainable future manager and global citizen.

  • Examine, evaluate and assess some of the most important contemporary issues faced by business organisations
  • Understand how to assess and adapt to be able to consider these challenges, keeping up with the speed of global change to maintain competitive advantage
  • Explore current global megatrends including rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, shifts in global economic power, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change
  • Learn about how the UK’s Industrial Strategy identified areas of strength to ensure competitive advantage for the UK across the world

Show employers you are socially responsible by gaining knowledge on the role, legal status and challenges of social and community enterprise.

  • Learn about and understand ethical business
  • Develop your own awareness of social enterprise
  • Learn to become a values-motivated leader

Develop your managerial skills by reflecting on self-management.

  • Explore ideas of self-management, personal values and journey
  • Learn to combine essential management and leadership skills to successfully manage teams

This module brings marketing to life! Customer experience is a dynamic, complex and challenging matter for marketers.

  • Learn more about CE, which is seen as the future of marketing, with current research suggesting that CEOs’ and CMOs’ biggest headache is delivering customer experience for competitive advantage
  • Gain an introduction into models and concepts reflecting contemporary perspectives on the customer experience
  • Explore topics including the Pillars of Customer Experience and the experience economy


Learn how senior managers and chief executive officers identify, select and manage strategy.

  • Critically evaluate a wide range of strategic management theories and models, and
  • Learn how to apply those theories and strategically implement them

Research into approaches to business, management and leadership can lead to dynamic results. Learn how to conduct focused research on a business topic of your own choice.

  • Develop your research and analytical skills in a practical way
  • Get career-ready by developing highly transferrable critical thinking skills
  • Consider your options and explore a topic of particular interest to you, including innovation, product development, performance improvement, change, customer service excellence, strategy, problem solving and more

Develop into a professional manager by understanding your own strengths and how the job market works.

  • Understand, analyse and evaluate your aspirations
  • Create a career development plan to start your own business or secure a graduate position
  • Explore digital profiles, job hunting, how to stand out, and more

The future of business is changing, and to keep up with the climate emergency it needs to change even faster. Learn how to become a future manager and leader in the context of ecological economy.

  • Consider climate change and the underlying economics
  • Critically evaluate proposed solutions and their ecological and economic impacts
  • Boost your critical thinking as well as your social and economic awareness

Develop the knowledge to overcome barriers to entrepreneurism, and learn all the management techniques necessary to take your business from aspiration to reality.

  • Explore the main reasons holding back entrepreneurs, from lack of capital to fear of failure
  • Learn about the tools and techniques to overcome them, including planning and development
  • Gain practical knowledge to prepare you for your future as an entrepreneur

Apply research and analytical skills to your chosen topic of business, developing important independent learning skills.

  • Carry out primary research on a business topic of your own choice
  • Interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, demonstrating your research and analytical skills
  • Formulate informed options to draw conclusions and recommendations
  • Become an expert in a business area relevant to your career ambitions

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2022/23. 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.

Over the five years through 2022-23, the industry revenue for Management Consultants in the UK is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.2% to reach £70.2 billion (Ibis World 2022).

This course is the first step towards your career goals, providing the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Marketing Project Management Leadership
Finance Communications Problem solving

Developing skills that are industry-focused and transferrable, you will be the ideal candidate for jobs in a variety of fields and sectors.

Recent graduates have gone on to become recruitment consultants, operations managers, analysts and TV research executives at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

Competitive job roles this programme might open up for you:

Marketing and Sales Director Management Consultant Recruitment Consultant
Human Resource Officer Business Analyst Financial Manager
Business Development Executive Project Manager Account Manager


  • £9,250 per annum

Access to a laptop/PC with a microphone, speakers, webcam and a reliable internet connect is required for accessing your live online sessions.

Included in your Tuition Fees
Academic Support, including the Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team 
Careers and Employment Service
Class hours (lectures, seminars and tutorials)
Facilities (computers, on-campus wi-fi, printers, vending machines) 
Library resources, including a large online catalogue of books, journals and other more
Online resources 
Social spaces (quiet study spaces, multi-faith rooms and spaces to socialise) 
Student Support (Welfare Team, Finance Team and more) 

Tuition fees do not include the cost of course books you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing, photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities.

We recommend you allow an additional £200 per annum to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each.

Birmingham Centre

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


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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If you have any questions regarding this programme, entry requirements, or studying with us, contact us using the form below.