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Business, Finance and Management Foundation Preparation for business degrees

Student studying Business Foundation

Bellerbys London is our specialist centre for business, inspiring the entrepreneurs of the future. 

Studying in the UK's capital city places you at the heart of one of the world's leading commercial and economic centres. London is home to some of the world's best business schools, making it an ideal location in which to study business, finance and management. 

During breaks from study, discover London's renowned museums, galleries, parks, theatres, sporting events and music venues.

The Business, Finance and Management Foundation is also taught at our Brighton, Cambridge and Oxford centres.

The Bellerbys Business Foundation programme provides the skills required for those who wish to study business-related subjects at university in the UK.  Focusing on the academic subjects needed for an education in economics, accounting, finance and management, this course prepares students for further learning and their future careers in business.

Business Foundation Course

Once the Business, Finance & Management Foundation programme has been successfully completed, students can progress to a number of our destination universities. See the progression tab for more information on where previous students have gone on to study after Bellerbys.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 3 terms
  • Start dates: September, November, January and April (excluding Cambridge)– see term dates
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees

Business, Finance & Management Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all foundation students and modules tailored for Business, Finance & Management students. 

Core modules:

Foundation English Skills 1

The ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, write subjective notes, listen interactively in class and participate in classroom discourse.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improving all the abilities in Foundation English Skills 1 with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation and are prepared for an IELTS qualification at the end of the module.

Study Skills in the British Environment

Using your study time more effectively, improve your use of and range of information sources and prepare comprehensive essays in your own time to given deadlines.

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using Office, Business and Media applications; using the internet as a research tool.

Business, Finance & Management modules:

Set Up; Structure; Finance and Ethics

Learn about key challenges involved in setting up and managing a business.

Marketing & Human Resources

Study the management challenges of marketing and HR through case studies and real business examples.

Introduction to Accounting

Understand the concepts behind accounting including interpreting accounts and budgets.


Learn about economic modelling, types of goods, allocation of resources, price controls, market failure and more.


Learn about aggregate demand and supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment, development economics and more.

Business Mathematics

Develop: basic algebraic skills, including indices and logarithms; an understanding of basic statistics introduce linear programming; basic calculus. 

On successful completion of the Business, Finance & Management Foundation you can progress to study an undergraduate degree at one of our destination universities. 

The table below shows just some of the universities and degrees that our students progressed to from the Business, Finance & Management Foundation last year:

Degree subject University
Accounting & Finance Durham University
Accounting & Finance Cardiff University
Accounting, Business Finance & Management University of York
Actuarial Science Cass Business School, City University London
Actuarial Science & Mathematics University of Manchester
Banking & International Finance University of Kent
Banking & International Finance Cass Business School, City University London
Business & Management Aston University, Birmingham
Business & Marketing Management Oxford Brookes University
Business Administration University of Bath
Business Economics University of Exeter
Business Management Queen Mary, University of London
Business Studies Cass Business School, City University London
Business with Enterprise & Innovation University of Edinburgh
Economics St Andrews University
Economics City University London
Economics & Business with East European Studies University College London
Economics & Finance Queen Mary, University of London
Economics & International Economics University of Nottingham
Economics & Marketing Keele University
Economics, Politics & International Studies University of Warwick
Events Management University of Lincoln
Fashion Business Istituto Marangoni
Fashion Management University of Manchester
Fashion Marketing/Management University of Southampton
Finance & Investment Banking University of Reading
Financial & Business Economics Royal Holloway, University of London
Financial Economics Kingston University
Financial Investment Coventry University
Global Management (Global Business Management) Regent's University London
Hospitality Management Plymouth University
International Business Loughborough University
International Business University of Greenwich
International Football Business University of Buckingham
International Hospitality & Tourism Management University of Surrey
Law & Business Studies University of Warwick
Management University of Leeds
Management Studies University of Leicester
Management with Human Resources Royal Holloway, University of London
Maritime Business & Logistics Plymouth University
Marketing Lancaster University
Marketing & Management University of Sussex
Mathematics & Finance City University London
Mathematics with Statistics University of Bristol
Quantity Surveying University of Reading
Sport Management Loughborough University
Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Management London South Bank University

Business Foundation students may also apply to join the Bachelor of International Economics, Management and Finance degree course at Università Bocconi in Italy, which is taught entirely in English.

The added benefits of studying a Business Foundation

Our enrichment programmes are built into the daily timetable to allow you not to just study a topic, but to experience and understand what it means in a more practical environment.

All enrichment activities will fall within the following 3 areas; Project work, specialist course skills, core personal development skills.

Term 1 Enrichment Programme Overview

Example for Bellerbys College London our specialist college for Business students

Over the course of the 3 terms business enrichment activities will be delivered through different forums, continually adding greater depth and interest to the study programme;

  • Additional Business / Finance courses
  • National Business / Finance competitions
  • University and Corporate Guest speakers
  • Student-led, practical, task based workshops
  • Diverse Presentations and Workshops
  • Trips to Universities, Local Businesses and International Businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Student Projects and Committees

Term 1 Activity includes:

  • Project work: 4 Enterprise Business Conference, BASE Competition (inter-school competition to understand interest rates), Business and Economics Forum
  • Specialist course skills: Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (qualification), HSBC investment visit, Financial Planning for small businesses workshop, Young Enterprise Scheme
    • Young enterprise programme students will set up a real life business, learn how to price, advertise and carry out merchandising.
    • Base competition - For specialist Accounting students, Base offers students the chance to take on the role of a chartered accountant and develop their key employability skills. Groups that take part receive feedback from a panel of judges. The programme is sponsored by the top accounting firms, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG.
    • Extended Economics - The opportunity take part in the annual Economics essay writing competition and the Bank of England’s target 2.0 competitions.
  • Personal development skills: Top ranking universities will deliver workshops that will give you a better understanding of university life, what to expect and how best to succeed at your academic studies.
    • Students will maintain an E-portfolio; this will enable them to monitor, build and reflect upon their personal development, identify their learning and set goals that they want to achieve for university and beyond.
    • UCL - Preparing a personal statement for university
    • Queen Mary - Participating in enrichment
    • SOAS - Preparing for university life
    • Kent - Importance of effective time management and organisation skills.
    • Goldsmiths (University of London) - Essay writing and Plagiarism.
    • Kingston - Developing Presentation and Problem solving skills.

Enrichment fully integrated with academic learning

Our enrichment activities will be timetabled to coincide with academic module learning outcomes. The enrichment programme is weaved in to the weekly timetable and is an integral part of the overall enjoyable and confidence building learning experience Bellerbys offers.


Timetable Sample Term 1 from September 2014 London Campus

Business Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1  Maths  FES1  Economics  Tutorial  IELTS  Enrichment
 2  Maths  FES1  Economics  Economics  FES1
 3  Economics  Maths  Tutorial  Maths  FES1
 4 (Lunch)
   Maths  Tutorial  Maths  
 5 (Lunch)
 Business Studies
 6  Business Studies
 Business Studies
 7  IT  Business Studies
 FES1  IELTS  Business Studies
 8  IT  Enrichment  Enrichment  IELTS  Business Studies
 9  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment

PSHE – Personal, Social and Health Education.
FES1 – Develop the ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, take notes, listen actively and participate in discussions.

Period 8 / 9 exciting enrichment options in term 1 include:

E-portfolios;   Base  Competition; Young Enterprise Scheme; Business and Economics Forum; Investors Challenge; Workshop on CV / Personal Statement Writing;   HSBC Visit, Forex Course; Workshop on Financial Planning for Setting up Small Businesses

To study the Business, Finance & Management Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 4.5 TOEFL 450  (133 computer based test)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 40-43

Depending on the type of visa you are entering the UK on you may take the Study Group English Test to determine your English language level.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees. 

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