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Business Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year (NN44), Business and Economics with Foundation Year (N1L2), Business and Financial Management with Foundation Year (N1N4), Business and Management with Foundation Year (N103), Business and Tourism Management with Foundation Year (N804), Business Management with Law with Foundation Year (3N56), Business Management with Sport with Foundation Year (N2C7), Corporate Law with Foundation Year (8D34), Enterprise Leadership and Management with Foundation Year (N105), Human Resource Management with Foundation Year (N1N7), International Events Management with Foundation Year (N833), Law with Foundation Year (M101), Law: Media and Digital Industries with Foundation Year (2R15), Law with Criminology with Foundation Year (M1M8), Law with Management with Foundation Year (6N49), Marketing with Foundation Year (N1N8), Business Information Technology with Foundation Year (G5N2)

Start Dates(s): September


Year one of a four-year degree


UK - £6,165

In Brief:

  • Intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • A chance to sample the different areas of business at university level with the flexibility of changing between related degree pathways at the end of the Foundation Year to suit your own interests

Course Summary

The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programmes (see Course Details).

The Business Foundation Year aims to:

  • Improve competence in essential areas of business necessary for progression onto business; accounting; or law degrees.
  • Help students understand and apply business concepts to real life organisations;
  • Embed academic and employability skills, providing students with the confidence they need to progress on their chosen course and begin considering their entry into the labour market
  • Develop communication, IT and study skills

Course Details

This course will provide a firm grounding in business, preparing you to progress to one of our degree courses. This first-year acts as a ‘Level 0’ foundation year, equipping you with the skills to study at undergraduate level and introducing you to key concepts and ideas. It will provide you with basic knowledge of approaches, concepts, theories and principles.

The foundation level places strong emphasis on the development of relevant study/transferable skills and a responsible approach to learning through a set of compulsory core modules.

Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course (four years if you are choosing to do a placement).

Course Structure

This programme prepares students to study on the following three-year University undergraduate programmes, meaning the duration of your degree is four years in total (five if you choose to opt for the professional placement year option). See full course details of these degrees, including modules studied, using the links below.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis)
UCAS tariff points 64
GCE A level Typically two grade Cs
BTEC National Diploma MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

An applicant who does not possess one of the qualifications which satisfies the General Academic Entry Requirement may be considered through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (both Certified Prior Learning and/or one Prior Experiential Learning) as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy.

Additional entry requirements

The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for Foundation Certificate/level 3 of CertHE/DipHE/Bachelor’s Degree/Integrated Master’s programmes.

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165

Please view the relevant degree programme under the 'Course Details' tab to view the fees for the remainder years of your course.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

To find out more about assessment on the remainder three years, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.


Our comprehensive range of business, management and law undergraduate degree courses are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates. To find out more about employment opportunities for each of the individual degree programmes, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.

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