Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. We have taken every measure in line with Government guidance to ensure continued access to learning.

As part of our response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we are planning to deliver this course through a mix of live online classes and face-to-face learning opportunities at our London, Birmingham and Manchester Centres, continuing to follow Government guidance and any social distancing measures that may be in place. As restrictions ease, face-to-face opportunities will be increased where appropriate and it is safe to do so. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Are you fascinated by the corporate world?

Do you want to pursue a career in business leadership?

The BSc (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.

The Foundation Year will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress and succeed on to your undergraduate course, having developed essential knowledge of business and employability skills in the process.

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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
  • Study mode: Full-time blended learning: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Key dates
  • Start dates: October, February and June
  • Next application deadline: 28 September 2021
  • 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
  • Study mode: Full-time blended learning: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • Start dates: October, February and June
  • Next application deadline: 28 September 2021
About The Course

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

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.

BUSINESS SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN:

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

FOUNDATION YEAR

The Foundation Year aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress and succeed on to your undergraduate course, having developed essential knowledge of business and employability skills in the process.

Key aims of the Foundation Year:

  • Provide knowledge and understanding of key business subjects to enable you to progress onto the Business Management degree programme;
  • Help you understand and apply business concepts to real-life organisations;
  • Embed academic and employability skills, providing you with the confidence you need to progress on your chosen course and begin considering your entry into the labour market;

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 and business simulation.

EVENING AND WEEKEND STUDY

One of our study options available for UK 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.

BLENDED LEARNING

We’re focused on a digital future and your degree plays an important part in preparing for this, helping you to achieve your employability goals and life ambitions.

We want to equip you with the key skills you need, enhancing your employability and preparing you for the next steps in your career. Blended working is now a permanent feature for many businesses globally and the experience you will gain by studying through a blended learning model will help you prepare for this, building your confidence ready for success in the digital workplace.

  • The number of live contact hours that you have with your lecturers remains the same
  • You will have timetabled sessions delivered face-to-face on-campus, building relationships and engaging with your student community
  • You will have timetabled live online sessions that will allow you to participate and ask questions throughout the session
  • Support services can be accessed remotely and your campus is open so you can book in and use campus facilities and services face-to-face at a time that works for you, either on your timetabled on-campus days or outside these times

Our blended approach offers the best of both live online and on-campus learning opportunities, and your blended timetables will typically follow one of the below:

  • 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 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.

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

ACADEMIC 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.

To learn more about the international equivalencies we accept, please see the Country Specific Entry Requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • 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)

INTERVIEW

  • Attend an Admissions or Academic interview.
  • The admissions interview is to help us understand who you are and why you would like to study a particular course.
  • The academic interview is offered to candidates whose qualifications are below the entry requirements or who have not been in education for a while (the interviewer will assess your knowledge in the specific field).

Please note: We are not currently able to sponsor International students to study this programme at Solent University Centres therefore if you require sponsorship to study as an International student, this course will be unavailable to you.

If you are an international student interested in this course, and would like to discuss alternative options available to you, please contact 020 3944 1243.

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

FOUNDATION YEAR

You will be introduced to a range of reflective models and will keep a personal learning journal, both of which will enable you to reflect and learn from your experiences. The most significant learning often comes from failures, and you will learn to turn these into a transition towards success.

You will also learn how to respond positively and constructively to feedback, develop a self-awareness mapping and create a plan of action for development areas. By developing essential academic skills required for your further studies, including referencing, academic writing, IT skills, communication skills and presentation skills, you will be equipped with vital skills for study any workplace.

You will be introduced to the living CV concept and will learn how to identify and showcase your employability skills, ready to test out on employers for work placements and/or part-time jobs. Finally, the module will prepare you with understanding the expectations of your further levels of study and encourage you to develop a growth mindset.

This module will allow you to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of how a business operates and the regulatory framework it operates is vital for the successful and efficient running of a business. You will learn the importance of having an oversight on the different viewpoints including owner, managers, staff and customers as well as responding to the demands of external stakeholders and markets.

Learning about business and regulatory fundamentals through the main categories of people, operations, finance, strategy, marketing, organisational structure, markets and environmental factors, you will develop an understanding of how vital these are for you as future managers.

If done well marketing will allow businesses to have sustainable and valued relationships with clients/customers/audiences. The relationship with the brand is an important factor in this so it is vital to gain and translate insight from these groups; this will enable strategies to be devised to drive successful sales and marketing strategies to each targeted segment.   These are all vital skills for not only those considering marketing as an industry in the future, but for all business professionals as these are key skills which are transferable to every job role.

Study the value and social impact of enterprise, working as a group to analyse organisations and provide valuable insights – and develop vital skills that employers are looking for, from research and teamwork to effective communication.

You will develop vital skills that will assist you with your further studies whilst being able to draw down from the modules you have currently studied on the Foundation Year.   This will also provide you with an excellent example of working in a group in a real-world scenario to develop these vital skills that employers are looking for. The skills you will be refining are academic writing, researching from a range of credible sources, analysis, working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, how to be an effective team member and how to communicate across multiple forms.  You will also need to use reflection to provide insights into the challenges that face these organisations

In a recent survey of 1,000 people conducted by One Poll, 54% of respondents indicated that they would like to start a business or become their own boss at some point in their career. ‘To achieve a better work-life balance’ (52%) ‘to earn more money’ (37%) ‘to follow my passion’ (36%) and ‘to attain an enhanced sense of achievement’ (35%) were all cited as reasons.    This module is relevant to those not only wishing to start their own business at some stage but also those seeking to take up a role in an existing organisation as the skills and traits that entrepreneurs draw from are now being required by employers for all employees.

Whatever path your career takes, understanding the finance element is key to ensuring a business thrives. Even if you do not want to ever work in a financial function, understanding both the terminology and the concepts will ensure you are an asset to your business team.

We will teach you the basics of finance and ensure you are familiar with all the terminology, such as key performance indications (KPIs).You will start by looking at your own personal finances, creating a budget of your cash flows. You will reflect on how this could best be used to manage your finances and why financial analysis is key. Practical application and real-world learning will form the building blocks of understanding business finance and you will become familiar with the financial statements used to monitor the health of the business. We will show you how to use baseline numeracy to perform your financial analysis so you can be confident in your conclusions.

YEAR 1

This module lays strong foundations for study and employment success. You will build your academic, employability and independent learning skills, and put together a personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future-ready.

Explore strategies and cultures that promote creativity, enterprise and innovation, and examine leading individuals and organisations – developing your own entrepreneurial capacity, and learning to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others.

Expand your understanding of key managerial concepts, including organisational purpose and structure, leadership, corporate culture, ethics, strategic decision-making, diversity and employment law – through case studies from today’s business environment.

In short, this module will allow you to have a plan of action so the ‘future you’ can reach for the stars with your career aspirations!

Get to grips with finance and accounting, an essential part of any management role – exploring financial controls, budgeting, profit and loss, financial statements and more – through practical problem-based interactive sessions.

Discover the critical role of marketing in business, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement to measuring effectiveness. Learn key marketing concepts and terminology; explore digital and content marketing, and more.

Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up. Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and to present your findings effectively.

 

YEAR 2

Informed by Association for Project Management (APM) standards, this module will teach you best practices including stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership – as well as exploring contemporary challenges in project management.

This module examines processes, tools and techniques used in operations management to ensure customer satisfaction and analyse delivery issues, and provides opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice.

The global business landscape is at one of the most complex and challenging times. This module will examine, evaluate and assess some of the most important contemporary issues faced by business organisations. As future managers and global citizens, it is vital to understand how to assess and adapt to be able to consider these challenges.

The content of the module, by its nature, cannot be too prescriptive and will be continually updated as new issues present themselves and assume significance within the business community. However, the focus will be given to the current megatrends faced across the globe, for example, rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, and shift in global economic power, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change.

The pace of change is such that businesses are grappling not only with complexity but keeping up with the speed of advances has now become imperative to maintain competitive advantage. Exploration will also take place around how the UK’s Industrial Strategy has strategically identified areas of strength to ensure competitive advantage for the UK across the world.

This module will explore the role, legal status and challenges of social and community enterprise – letting you show employers you are values-motivated and socially responsible, and understand ethical business.

To manage others, you need to reflect on self-management too. This module explores your self-management, personal values and journey, interweaving the 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. Various sources of current research suggest that CEOs’ and CMOs’ biggest headache is delivering customer experience for competitive advantage. CE is the future of marketing.

The module introduces models and concepts reflecting contemporary perspectives on the customer experience including the Pillars of Customer Experience and the experience economy

YEAR 3

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 and implement them.

This module gives you the opportunity to develop your research and analytical skills and begin to apply them to an area of business, which is of interest to you. Research into approaches to business, management and leadership can lead to dynamic results. Innovation, product development, performance improvement, change, customer service excellence, strategy and problem solving are just some of the areas you may be considering as part of your studies.

Evaluate your aspirations and create a career development plan to start your own business or secure a graduate position – exploring digital profiles, job hunting, how to stand out, and more.

Business needs to change – fast. As a future manager and leader, you will consider climate change and the underlying economics, critically evaluating proposed solutions and their ecological and economic impacts.

Develop the knowledge to overcome barriers to entrepreneurism, from lack of capital to fear of failure; explore planning, development and management techniques to take your business from aspiration to reality.

Apply research and analytical skills to your chosen topics of business. Carry out primary research, interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, formulate options and draw conclusions and recommendations.

TUITION FEES 2021/22 & 2022/23

  • £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.

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.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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.

WHAT DOES YOUR TUITION FEE COVER?

  • Your tuition cost (lectures, seminars 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 knowledge you will need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas.

Recent graduates have gone on to recruitment consultant, operations manager, omnichannel analyst and TV research executive roles at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

By studying a degree in our blended learning model you will enhance your employability by demonstrating you successfully studied in a blended learning environment as part of your degree – a key requirement in today’s digitally focussed businesses.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Business Development
  • Sales
  • Project Management
  • Auditing
  • Supply and logistics
  • People Development and Management (HR)
  • Events management
  • Social Media marketing
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management

Birmingham Centre

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

London Centre

St James’ House
10 Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TF

Manchester Centre

Saint James Buildings
61 – 95 Oxford St
Manchester
M1 6FQ

READY TO APPLY?

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 home.admissions@qa.com.

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