Accelerated Foundation in Business, Finance and Management

Study our Business, Finance and Management Foundation in two terms

Our fast-track Accelerated Foundation programme offers you the same benefits as our 3-term programme in just 2 terms. This means you can start your Foundation programme in March and progress to university study by September.

The UK's financial services sector is one of the best in the world, with London being an established a hub for companies and investors globally. The Accelerated Foundation is designed to develop skills in economics, accounting, finance and management. On this course, you will benefit from studying at our London campus, located close to the capital city's centre in a setting of excellence and entrepreneurship.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Students studying our Accelerated Foundation programme will receive a letter of conditional progression* from the University of Bath, highlighting your progression opportunities for specific degrees, when you receive your Bellerbys offer letter. You’ll also receive a guaranteed* conditional offer from University of Westminster. We are adding to our list of progression universities all the time and we expect the Accelerated Foundation to be widely accepted beyond our two progression partners.

Our Accelerated Foundation comprises of core modules, which are studied by all Foundation students, as well as additional modules tailored for Business, Finance and Management students. The core Foundation modules focus on developing academic and English language skills.

After successfully completing your two terms of study and achieving the required grades, you’ll be able to progress to one of the following universities:

  • Progression universities
    • Aberystwyth University
    • Bath Spa University
    • Cardiff University
    • City, University of London
    • Keele University
    • Kingston University
    • Liverpool Hope University
    • Liverpool John Moores University
    • Northumbria University
    • Oxford Brookes University
    • Regents University
    • Royal Holloway University of London
    • Sheffield Hallam University
    • St Mary’s University
    • Swansea University
    • University of Chichester
    • University of Bradford
    • University of Dundee
    • University of Greenwich
    • University of Hull
    • University of Northampton
    • University of Reading
    • University of South Wales
    • University of Strathclyde
    • University of the West of England – Bristol
    • University of Winchester

Destination universities

Students on this pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:

  • Coventry University
    • Finance
    • International Business Management
    • International Event and Hospitality Management
    • International Tourism Management
    • Sport Management
    • Management and Leadership
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management
    • International Fashion Business
    • Business Administration
    • Business and Finance
    • Business and Human Resource Management
    • Business Management
    • Event Management
    • Finance and Investment
  • Lancaster University
    • Advertising and Marketing BA (Hons)
    • Business Management BSc (Hons)
    • Business Analytics BSc (Hons)
    • Business Economics BSc (Hons)
    • Management and Entrepreneurship BSc (Hons)
    • Economics BSc (Hons)
    • Economics BA (Hons)
    • Economics, Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)
    • Finance BSc (Hons)
    • Management and Entrepreneurship BSc (Hons)
    • Management and Human Resources BSc (Hons)
    • Management and Information Technology BSc (Hons)
    • Marketing BSc (Hons)
    • Marketing Management BSc (Hons)
    • Marketing with Psychology BSc (Hons)
    • Marketing and Design BSc (Hons)
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons)
    • Politics, International Relations and Management in the future BSc (Hons)
    • Psychology and Management BA (Hons)
  • University of Bath
    • Business Administration BSc
    • International Development with Economics BSc
    • International Management BSc
    • Management BSc
    • Management with Marketing BSc
    • Politics with Economics BSc
    • Politics with International Relations BSc
  • University of Birmingham
    • Economics
    • Money, Banking and Finance
    • Mathematical Economics and Statistics
    • International Business with Communications
    • International Business
  • University of Bristol
    • BSc Accounting and Management
    • BSc International Business Management
    • BSc Management
    • MSci Management with Innovation
    • BSc Marketing
  • University of Westminster
    • Accounting
    • Business Economics
    • Business Management
    • Business Management (Accounting)
    • Business Management (Digital Business)
    • Business Management (Economics)
    • Business Management (Entrepreneurship)
    • Business Management (Finance)
    • Business Management (Human Resource Management)
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
    • Tourism and Events Management
    • Tourism Planning and Management
    • Tourism with Business

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 17+
Course length: 2 terms
Start dates: March 2022
English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (exceptional cases will be reviewed by the College)
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education; four GCSEs at grade C (new grade 4) or above plus one year of additional study beyond the equivalent of RQF Level 2

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests
Location: London
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

Course modules

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

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

  • The Importance of Accounting Information
  • Financial Accounting
  • The Double Entry Bookkeeping System
  • The Trial Balance
  • Financial Statements for Sole Traders
  • Financial Statements for Limited Companies
  • Management Accounting
  • Cash Budgets
  • Ratio Analysis and Interpretation

Business Organisation and Enterprise

Business Organisation and Enterprise

Business Set-up: Structure, Finance and Ethics – learn the key challenges involved in setting up and managing a business.

Business Activity, Objectives and Strategy

  • Setting Up a Business
  • Legal Structure
  • External Influences
  • Business Finance
  • Business Ethics

Operations Management

  • Productivity
  • Methods of Production
  • Stock Control
  • Lean Production
  • Quality Management

Business Management

Business Management

Marketing & Human Resources – study the management challenges of marketing and human resources through case studies and real business examples.

  • Marketing
  • What is Marketing
  • Company Orientation
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market Research
  • Product
  • Price
  • Place
  • Promotion
  • Marketing Objectives and Strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Structure
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Motivation
  • Management and Leadership Styles

Macro and Global Economics

Macro and Global Economics

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

  • Performance of the UK Economy and Government
  • Policy Objectives
  • How the Macro-Economy Works
  • The Objectives of Government
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Growth
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment
  • The International Economy
  • The Balance of Payments on Current Account
  • International Trade
  • Exchange rates
  • Tools of Macro-Economic policy
  • Government Intervention in the Market

Business Mathematics

Business Mathematics

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

  • Basic Algebra
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Time Series and Moving Averages
  • Straight Lines
  • Quadratics
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Arithmetic Series
  • Geometric Series
  • Calculus
  • Practical Applications of Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Averages
  • Measures of Spread
  • Interpretation
  • Regression
  • Business Arithmetic
  • Forming Equations
  • Excel

Micro Economics

Micro Economics

Microeconomics – develop an understanding of economic systems, resource allocation and markets. Topics will range from how markets work to market failure and government intervention to correct it.

  • Scarcity
  • Production Possibility Frontier and Opportunity Costs
  • Positive and Normative Statements
  • Demand
  • Supply
  • Market Equilibrium
  • Price, Income and Cross Elasticity of Demand
  • Price Elasticity of Supply
  • Consumer and Producer Surplus
  • Price Mechanism
  • Indirect Taxes
  • Market Failure
  • Externalities
  • Public Goods
  • Merit and demerit Goods
  • Unstable Commodity Markets
  • Information Problems

The following topics are assessed in the autumn and spring terms:

  • Growth of Firms
  • Production Costs
  • Perfect Competition
  • Monopoly
  • Oligopoly
  • Government Intervention

Core modules

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in using accurately written and spoken language that is required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Our AES programme is designed for students who already have a high level English and will have a focus on subject language teaching. As this is an intensive, two-term course, students will be required to undertake a number of hours of self-study.

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.

Bellerbys Foundation Money Back Promise – please note that this offer is not available to students enrolling on the Accelerated Foundation programme.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 100 universities in the UK.

International Year One

Students looking for books in the library

An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.