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Business, Finance and Management Foundation Preparation for business degrees

Student studying Business Foundation
"The University of Warwick has a long tradition of welcoming some of the most talented and academically brilliant students from across the world. We are delighted to have admitted some overseas applicants from Bellerbys programmes." 
Simon Hall, International Office, University of Warwick

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 UK

Once the Business, Finance & Management Foundation programme has been successfully completed, students are guaranteed a place at one of our partner universities. See the progression tab for more information on where previous students have progressed their studies after Bellerbys.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 3 terms
  • Start dates: September, January and April (excluding Cambridge)– see term dates
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.
  • Fees: £6,585 GBP per term. Visit our fees page for other costs and 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

Business Start-up & Human Resource Management

Learn about key challenges involved in setting up and managing a business including legal structure, influences on the business, finance, and Human Resource Management. 

Marketing & Operations Management

Find out how to set up and operate a business and the legal, ethical and management issues involved. Learn through relevant case studies and examples from real business. 

Introduction to Accounting

Understand the concepts behind Accounting. Study practical skills of Accounting as well as how to interpret different accounts and budgets. 

Microeconomics

Learn about economic systems, types of goods, allocation of resources, elasticity, price controls, types of markets, cost and revenue, economies of scale and market failure. 

Macroeconomics

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

Business Mathematics

Develop basic algebraic skills, including indices and logarithms, basic statistics, linear programming and basic calculus. 

On successful completion of the Business, Finance & Management Foundation you will graduate to an undergraduate degree at one of our partner universities in the September following the start of your course.

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 University of Manchester
Accounting & Finance Southampton University
Accounting & Finance University of Exeter
Accounting & Finance University of Bath
Accounting & Finance City University London
Acturarial Science with a year in Industry University of Kent
Banking & International Finance City University London
Business Administration (sandwich course) University of Bath
Business Management University of Exeter
Economics University of Manchester
Economics University of Bath
Economics City University London
Economics University of Warwick
Economics & Finance University of Bristol
International Business, Finance & Economics University of Manchester
Investment & Financial Risk Management City University London
Management City University London
Management Studies University of Nottingham

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 Extended Foundation is a four-term academic programme taught at our Brighton campus. The course is designed for students whose academic readiness or English level is not sufficient to begin the usual three-term Foundation.

You'll study English and three other academic modules in term one before progressing to the Business, Finance & Management Foundation for terms two, three and four, as follows.

Extended Foundation key facts

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 1 term in addition to the three-term foundation
  • Start dates: September
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
  • Fees: £6,585 GBP per term. Visit our fees page for other costs and to calculate your fees.

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 477 (computer test equivalent 153)
  • 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.

The following is a guideline only:

Current IELTS level Terms of ELPP
3.5 At least 1
2.5 At least 2
1.5 At least 3

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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Zi Yan Zhang
Zi Yan (Serena) from Singapore Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 89%
Graduated to University of Manchester
Now studying Management (Accounting and Finance)
Ming Kit Spencer Tsui
Ming Kit Spencer from China Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 92%
Graduated to City University London
Now studying Investment and Financial Risk Management
Cheuk Ying Cynthia Lee
Cheuk Ying from Hong Kong

Studied Business Foundation
Graduated to Lancaster University
Now studying Accounting, Auditing and Finance

Min Yap
Min (Jewel) from Singapore Studied Business, Finance & Management
Achieved 89%
Graduated to Loughborough University
Now studying Retailing, Marketing and Management
Hui Min Chai
Hui Min from Singapore Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 92%
Graduated to University of Bristol
Now studying Accounting and Finance
Nareerat Chokudomporn
Nareerat from Thailand Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 90%
Graduated to Durham University
Now studying Economics
Ting Shen
Ting (Chloe) from China Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 89%
Graduated to the University of Bristol
Now studying Accounting and Finance
Pyone Pyone
Pyone from Myanmar Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 89%
Graduated to University of Exeter
Now studying Business Economics
Anna Bilan
Anna from Ukraine Studied Business, Finance & Management Foundation
Achieved 88%
Graduated to University of Bristol
Now studying Economics and Management
Ziyu Li Cassandra
Ziyu (Cassandra) from China

Studied Business Foundation
Graduated to University of Warwick
Now studying Economics

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