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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 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.

Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
    Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • 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

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. 


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. 


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.

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

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 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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