Business Technology (Foundation Year)

Digital technology influences every aspect of our lives – so it’s a big part of business too. Discover how companies are making the most of technology with our foundation year.

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Overview

Companies are looking for a competitive edge with sophisticated, responsive systems that improve their services. This opens up exciting career opportunities in business analysis, big data, app development and more. 

We were the first university to offer a Business Technology programme over 20 years ago. Today, we’re still recognised for our expertise.

 

The world of digital technologies

At Manchester Met, we’ll help you understand the relationship between business and technology. You’ll also get to grips with the business environment and intelligence, accounting, finance and operations.

After your foundation year, you’ll feel ready to start our BSc Business Technology, where you’ll explore areas including marketing, project management, web development and more. 

On this course, you’ll have a chance to develop your skills further, experience the industry on placement and boost your employability.

 

Every career path is unique

Many students join the foundation year because they don’t have enough UCAS points, but there are other routes on to this course. 

You’ll learn alongside students who have a BTEC, NVQ or other Level 3 qualifications, or relevant work experience.

Our foundation year is a great opportunity to shape your future and develop the skills you need for success.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible entry requirements – you can apply with BTECs, NVQs, Level 3 qualifications or work experience.
  • Financial support – you’ll be able to apply for student finance to fund your foundation year in exactly 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.
  • Experienced teaching team – learn from teachers carrying out cutting-edge research, informing policy and consulting organisations.  Use our business incubator to find a mentor and make your business plans a reality.
  • 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

After completing your foundation year, you’ll be able to take the next step – our BSc Business Technology degree.

On this course, we’ll help you understand the thinking that underpins and fuels the success of global brands such as Google, Facebook, Apple and newer companies such as Instagram and Snapchat. 

There’s never been a better time to join the industry. According to a Guardian report, the IT sector is growing 5 times faster than the UK average and 500,000 new entrants will be needed in the next 5 years. 

And the skills needed to help businesses develop their technology are the same across all organisations in all lines of business. 

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.

Other Manchester Met graduates embrace their inner Richard Branson setting up and running their own business.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A minimum of 72 - 80 Tariff Points from A level 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

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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

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: £16,000 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 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 through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

8U28

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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