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.
Students who have completed this Foundation have gone on to study a wide variety of courses. For example: Economics at Durham University, Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University; Management at University of Warwick; Environmental Management at University of Manchester; Fashion Marketing/Management at University of Southampton and International Hospitality and Tourism Management at University of Surrey.
You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.
Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:
*April start is available for this pathway in Brighton and London only
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.
Business Set-up: Structure, Finance and Ethics – learn the key challenges involved in setting up and managing a business.
Business Activity, Objectives and Strategy
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.
The following topics are assessed in the autumn and spring terms:
Marketing & Human Resources – study the management challenges of marketing and human resources through case studies and real business examples.
Macroeconomics – develop an understanding of the circular flow of income, aggregate demand and supply, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, international trade, and macroeconomic policies.
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.
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.
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:
Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.
*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.
GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering 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 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.
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.