Business Management (Foundation Year)

Take the first steps towards a rewarding business career with this foundation year.

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Overview

Business careers offer limitless possibilities. But, whether you’ve got ambitions of holding high-profile roles or setting up your own company, you need the right skills to get you started.

This course specifically prepares you for studying our BA (Hons) Business Management degree.

It will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to study for an honours degree, even if you don’t currently meet the academic requirements. 

Once you’ve passed, you’ll be ready to start your degree course. That means your degree will take four years, or five years if it includes a work placement or year studying abroad.

Preparing for the world of work

The full BA (Hons) Business Management isn’t just about business theory. It will prepare you for a variety of roles.

By the end of your degree you’ll be ready to take on leadership positions, manage teams, develop strategies and make decisions.

You’ll have fundamental skills like team-working and problem-solving alongside more specialist business knowledge depending on the path you choose.

Putting your knowledge into practice on a work placement or studying abroad in year four is an excellent opportunity to boost your CV.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to university life – develop your study skills, prepare for a full degree course and familiarise yourself with our Manchester campus.
  • Funding support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Centre of Excellence - we are accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for our leading-edge practices which place us at the forefront of enterprise learning.
  • Location – with one of the fast growing economies in Europe, Manchester is the ideal city to get to grips with the ins and outs of the world of business.
  • Business expertise – learn from business leaders and academics undertaking cutting-edge research, informing policy and consulting organisations. We’ve also set up Innospace to help you put your business idea into action.
  • Business placements – gain experience in the business world through our extensive network of industry connections in year four of your degree.
“You get masses of support and guidance from industry professionals and you learn a great deal around how to set up a business.” Andrew Lenk, BA (Hons) Business Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The Foundation Year gives students the perfect environment to advance academic abilities prior to continuing onto their link degree. Key skills and knowledge gained during the year give an excellent grounding for students to go on and successfully complete their degree.”

Garry Blair, Link Tutor.

Career Prospects

Your foundation year is only the beginning of your journey to a successful business career.

It’s a stepping stone that will prepare you for a full business management degree course and all the opportunities this entails.

Graduates of our business management programmes are working in banking, finance, management and the public sector.

They have roles with organisations such as BNY Mellon, KP Snacks and O2. Others are on graduate training schemes with the likes of BMW, Credit Suisse and IBM.

Your degree could take you anywhere – we have graduates working around the world. The option to learn a language, study overseas or take a placement year abroad can give you a great head start.

You may have ambitions of setting up your own business or consultancy. Our incubator, Innospace, provides support and ideas to get you started.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Successful completion of this Foundation Year degree will allow you to progress onto one of the Business School's honours degree, including the BA (Hons) Business Management.

Students will study the following units:

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Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

Placement options

If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Non-EU international students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

N203

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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