Business, Finance and Management Foundation

Studying Business, Finance and Management Foundation at Bellerbys College

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 or London campuses. These cities are centres of excellence and entrepreneurship, close to the UK's business hub in central London.

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?

For example: Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University; Management at the University of Bath; Management at the University of Warwick; Economics and Business with East European Studies at University College London; Environmental Management at University of Manchester; Fashion Marketing/Management at University of Southampton and International Hospitality and Tourism Management at University of Surrey.

Destination universities

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

  • Coventry University
    • Applied Global Marketing (London Campus)
    • Business Administration
    • Business and Finance
    • Business and Human Resource Management
    • Business Management
    • Event Management
    • Finance
    • Finance and Investment
    • Financial Economics and Banking (London Campus)
    • Global Business Management (London Campus)
    • International Business Management
    • International Event and Hospitality Management
    • International Fashion Business
    • International Fashion Management and Marketing (London Campus)
    • International Hospitality and Tourism Management (London Campus)
    • International Tourism Management
    • Management and Leadership
    • Sport Management
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Lancaster University
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Business Analytics
    • BSc (Hons) Business Management
    • BA (Hons) Economics
    • BA Management and Entrepreneurship
    • BSc (Hons) Management and Human Resource
    • BSc (Hons) Management and Information Technology
    • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • Loughborough University
    • BSc Accounting & Financial Management
    • BSc Finance & Management
    • BSc Business Analytics
    • BSc International Business
    • BSc Management
    • BSc Marketing & Management
    • BSc Economics
    • BSc Business Economics & Finance
    • BSc Economics & Management
    • BSc Media & Communication
    • BSc Sport Management
    • BSc Psychology
    • BSc Psychology with Criminology
    • BSc Psychology in Education
  • Newcastle University
    • Economics
    • Economics and Finance
    • Economics and Business Management
    • Business Management
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Marketing
    • Marketing and Management
    • Rural Studies
    • Countryside Management
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Game Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Security and Resilience)
    • Agri-Business Management
    • Food Business Management and Marketing
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • BSc Accounting and Finance
    • BSc (Econ) Economics
    • BSc (Econ) Economics with French
    • BSc (Econ) Economics with German
    • BSc (Econ) Economics with Italian
    • BSc (Econ) Economics with Political Studies
    • BSc (Econ) Economics with Spanish
    • BSc Financial and Business Economics
    • BSc Economics and Management
    • BSc Economics, Politics and International Relations
    • BSc Business and Management
    • BSc Management with Accounting
    • BSc Management with Corporate Responsibility
    • BSc Management with Entrepreneurship
    • BSc Management with Human Resources
    • BSc Management with International Business
    • BSc Management with Marketing
    • BSc Management with Digital Innovation
  • 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 BSc
    • International Business BSc
    • International Business with Communications BSc
    • Mathematical Economics and Statistics BSc
    • Money, Banking and Finance BSc
  • University of Bristol
    • Accounting and Management BSc
    • International Business Management BSc
    • Management BSc
    • Management with Innovation MSci
    • Marketing BSc
  • University of Exeter
    • BSc Accounting and Business
    • BSc Accounting and Finance
    • BSc Business
    • BSc Business and Environment
    • BSc Business Analytics
    • BSc Business and Management
    • BSc Business Economics
    • BSc Marketing and Management
  • University of Surrey
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
    • BSc (Hons) Business Management and variations
    • BSc (Hons) Economics / and Finance / Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) International Business Management
    • BSc (Hons) International Events Management
    • BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • University of Sussex
    • BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies
    • BSc (Hons) Marketing and Management
    • BSc (Hons) Marketing and Management with Psychology
    • BSc (Hons) International Business
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Finance and Business
    • BA (Hons) Economics
    • BSc (Hons) Economics
    • BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Economics and Management Studies
    • BA (Hons) Economics and International Development
    • BA (Hons) Economics and International Relations
  • 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: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November, 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 (IELTS 5.0 for November and January starts)

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

For progression to highly competitive universities, in particular the London School of Economics and Political Science and some degrees at other highly ranked Universities, such as University of Bath and University of Bristol, students are required to have studied Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance. This module is available at all colleges, and on arrival your programme tutor will be able to advise on adding this to your study plan.

Core modules

Business Organisation and Entrepreneurship

Business Organisation and Entrepreneurship

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



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

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

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

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

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 developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Elective modules

On joining the programme students can choose to study either:

Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance

Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance

  • Algebra
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Differentiation
  • Optimisation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Solutions
  • Statistics
  • Probability


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

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.

*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.

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.


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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 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.