Business, Finance and Management Foundation

Business, Finance and Management Foundation

The financial services sector in the UK is a world leader. London has fast become a hub for companies and investors globally. You can study business, finance and management on a global scale in the UK. This Foundation develops skills in economics, accounting, finance and management. You will study at either our Brighton, Cambridge or London campus. These cities are centres of excellence and entrepreneurship, close to the UK's business hub in central London.

Students study up to 27 hours per week in class. There are core modules studied by all Foundation students. There are also modules for Business, Finance and Management students. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills. The modules tailored for Business, Finance and Management students are below.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Students who have completed this Foundation have gone on to study a wide variety of courses. For example: Accounting and Economics at Lancaster University; Economics with Management at Durham University; Fashion Management at University of Manchester. 

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October, January, April*. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5, or IELTS 5.0 for a January start.
Location: Brighton, Cambridge, London
Tuition fees per term: Brighton: £7,120
Cambridge: £6,915
London: £7,120

*April start is available for this pathway in Brighton and London only

Prepare for Foundation in October (3.5 term)

Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.

Course 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 bookkeeping 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, resource allocation and markets. Topics will range from how markets work to market failure and government intervention to correct it.

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 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.

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

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



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A levels or a Foundation pathway. Our GCSE Pathway programme offers students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

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. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.


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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 70 universities in the UK.