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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 & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
  • Start dates: September, October, January and April (excluding Cambridge)– see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
  • Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.

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

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Business, Finance & Management modules

Business Studies 1 Business Set-up: Structure; Finance and Ethics

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

Business Studies 2 Marketing & Human Resources:

Study the management challenges of Marketing and Human Resources through case studies and real business examples.

Introduction to Accounting

Learn to draw up double entry book-keeping accounts, income statements and balance sheets for varying company structures, interpret accounts and cash budgets; learn and understand accounting concepts.

Economics 1 Microeconomics

Develop an understanding of economic systems and the allocation of resources, markets - how they work, market failure and government intervention to correct market failure.

Economics 2 Macroeconomics

Develop an understanding of the circular flow of income, aggregate demand and supply, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, international trade, and macroeconomic policies.

Business Mathematics

Understand and apply to business situations the following: basic algebra, straight line graphs, indices and logarithms - particularly compound rates of growth, basic statistics, linear programming, time series.

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.

Below are just a few of the destination universities & degrees of our 2015 Business, Finance & Management students.

Degree subject University
Accounting & Finance
Durham University
Accounting & Finance with International Study
University of Exeter
Accounting & Economics  Lancaster University
Accounting & Management University of Bristol
Banking & International Finance City University London
Business Administration (sandwich course) University of Bath
Business Administration  Coventry University
Business Economics University of Leeds
Business Finance & Economics University of East Anglia
Business & Management University of Exeter
Business & Management
University of York
Business Management Queen Mary, University of London
Business Management & Economics University of Sheffield
Business Management with Marketing
University of Birmingham
Business Management with Entrepreneurship
University of Surrey
Business Information Systems Cardiff University
University of Leicester
Economics University of Warwick
Economics & Finance
University of Manchester
Economics & International Economics  University of Nottingham
Economics with Management Durham University
Entrepreneurship University of Reading
Fashion Management University of Manchester
Fashion Marketing/ Management  University of Southampton 
Finance & Economics (Industry) Lancaster University
Finance & Investment Banking University of Reading
Global Business Management Coventry University
International Business University of Leeds
International Events Management University of Surrey
International Business & Management Aston University
International Business with Language University of Birmingham
International Finance & Accounting Coventry University
International Hospitality & Tourism Management University of Surrey
Investment & Financial Risk Management City University London
Management University of Leeds
Management & Organisation ( Human Resource Management) Lancaster University
Management (Innovation, Sustainability & Entrepreneurship) University of Manchester
Management with Marketing University of Exeter
Mathematics & Accounting & Finance  University of Kent
Mathematics with Financial Mathematics University of Manchester
Marketing Durham University
Sport Management Loughborough University

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 take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

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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