Business Technology (Foundation Year)

Today, business and technology are impossible to separate. Understanding both opens up a wealth of career opportunities and helps you develop future-proof skills.

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Overview

The skills you’ll learn doing our Business Technology degree are the same ones that underpin the success of global brands like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb. And, as far as is possible in such a rapidly moving sector, your learning will be focused on current and future technologies, so you’ll be ready to join the next generation of business-savvy tech experts when you have graduated.

This course 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. 

There are a number of routes onto this course. You’ll learn alongside students who have a BTEC, NVQ or other Level 3 qualifications, or relevant work experience.

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.

You'll explore areas including marketing, project management, web development and more. You’ll have a chance to develop your skills further, experience the industry on placement and boost your employability.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible entry requirements – you can apply with BTECs, NVQs, Level 3 qualifications or work experience.
  • 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.
  • Adapt to life at university – develop your study skills and get to know your campus and lecturers during your foundation year.
  • A business hub – Manchester is home to businesses of all sizes. Learn in our award-winning Business School, surrounded by a thriving tech scene.
  • 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.
  • Work experience – we’ll help you find voluntary work experience with a range of employers and organisations.
  • Develop your CV – attend our Professional Development weeks, guest lectures and masterclasses, and network with graduate employers.
  • Progress to a degree course – after your foundation year, you can join our Business Technology degree. Develop your skills further and choose an optional industry placement or year studying abroad.
"It’s the ‘Technology and Digital Information Age’ so being a part of that and having a Business Technology degree on your CV is going to set you apart." Sam Reedy, BSc (Hons) Business Technology.

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 technology degree course and all the opportunities this entails.

Our graduates kickstart rewarding careers in business analysis, project management, IT management, and web development for leading organisations such as Microsoft, IBM or the NHS.

Your degree could take you anywhere – we have graduates working around the world. The option to 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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A minimum of 72-80 UCAS Tariff points from A levels (Grades DDD-CDD) or acceptable alternatives (such as level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma MMP or BTEC Diploma DM).

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS tariff points.

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.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The courses we have at the business school have a real-world application. Manchester's a global city, so one of the fantastic things about studying here…”

 
Listen to what Dr Julie Hardman, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Students on the Business Technology (Foundation Year) will take the following units:

Read more about this year of study

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 Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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: £16,500 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)

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 maybe 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 for 2020 entry once applications open in UCAS.

Visit UCAS for further details, including deadlines.

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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