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 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

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

72-80 at A2 (Grades BC-BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP).

 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D or grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics.  Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3. At least 24 credits at Merit or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no element below 5.5

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

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

MEET THE EXPERTS

“At the heart of our teaching is a real commitment that our students are ready for the world of work when they graduate. So, from day one students are exposed to contemporary challenges that affect business…”
 
Listen to what Claire Hannibal, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

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.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Business Intelligence

The aim of the unit is to provide a foundation for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of real-life business data and equip students with a structured approach in using data to identify key business performance metrics and issues arising.

Indicative content includes:

1. Data and Information: an introduction to data; what data is; where data comes from; the different types of data that exist in organisations; how data can become information to assist business decision making.

2. Big Data: introduction to the issues surrounding Big Data and the implications of Big Data on organisations.

3. Managing data in organisation: introduction to how data is stored and retrieved; how to maintain quality of data; privacy issues; ethical issues.

4. Using data in organisations: marketing and customer Data; Business to Business sector sales analysis, customer performance over sales periods, sales-force performance, customer sales trends and values, segmenting customer base on performance indicators

5. Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; mental calculations, BODMAS. Directed numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions. Calculating efficiently using a calculator. Logic.

6. Descriptive Statistics: Introduction to data sources; primary and secondary data, types of sampling; random, stratified, quota and cluster, together with their advantages and disadvantages, graphical illustration of data; bar and pie charts, histograms, box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency diagrams etc. the calculation and use of summary statistics; mean, median, mode, standard deviation and IQ range etc.

7. Statistical Techniques: introduction to a range of techniques including probability, correlation and regression and forecasting.

8. Data Handling and Interpretation: Introduction to the use of Microsoft Excel spread sheets to order and manipulate data and to analyse and present data in report format using appropriate software programmes such as Microsoft Word.

Accounting, Finance and Economics for Business

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key principles in economics through a range of topical issues and policy. The unit will enable students to understand and interpret financial statements and use costing techniques.
Indicative content includes:

  • Scarcity, supply, demand, externalities, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international trade. Introduction to and financial analysis of key financial statements.
  • Accounting systems including book of prime entry.
  • The difference between cash flows and profit flows in business cost determination, cost behaviour and decision making.
  • Budgetary planning and control.
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help students to develop the skills required to be successful in their academic career. Indicative content includes:

  • Academic skills: HE terminology, assessment formal processes/mechanisms, critical thinking and logical analysis, developing an academic argument, presenting evidence, oral presentations, exam techniques & strategies, independent learning, reading techniques, note taking, learning styles, study skills including: time management and working in teams.
  • Employability skills: commercial awareness and research skills, personal development planning, self evaluation/reflection, action planning, target setting and skill acquisition and development.
  • General writing skills: Punctuation & sentence structure, report writing, Referencing methods, critical writing, HE academic standard conventions, academic writing styles & their typical features,effective communication - being succinct and concise.
  • Planning for assessed work: purpose, audience, structure, coherence and logical order of information.
  • Research skills: Research principles, conducting research, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data, report-writing.
Introduction to Business

This unit facilitates and supports students' learning in the area of business. A broad range of topics associated to the internal and external business environments are covered that encompasses theory and its practical application.


Term 1 - The unit starts by discussing the development of business in a modern context. Next the 'individual' is focused upon where motivational, role and leadership theory are given context. The unit will then exam  both the internal and external business environments. In doing so the unit focuses on organisations, entrepreneurship and the use of SWOT analysis. The external environment will encompass the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal issues that modern businesses face. During this term assistance and time will be given to assist with the academic essay coursework.

Term 2 - Encompasses `competition of market' Porters 5 forces are introduced as well as competition ratio's and differing types of markets. This will be followed by Marketing and Human Resource management. During this term focus and time will be given to assist with the group presentation coursework.

Option Units

English and Academic Practice (Optional Unit)

This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at Manchester Met. You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for higher education study. Course content will include language and study skills activities.

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.

Meet our expert staff

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: £16,000 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)

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).

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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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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