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.

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 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.

Destination universities

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Economics BSc
  • International Business BSc
  • International Business with Communications BSc
  • Mathematical Economics and Statistics BSc
  • Money, Banking and Finance BSc
  • Accounting and Management BSc
  • International Business Management BSc
  • Management BSc
  • Management with Innovation MSci
  • Marketing BSc
  • 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
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Economics
  • Business Management
  • Business Psychology
  • Digital Business
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
  • Financial Economics
  • International Business
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • 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)
Location: Brighton or London
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

*The April start has been withdrawn. Our next intake will be September 2020.

Progression to highly competitive universities, and highly competitive degrees, students may require the additional study of our Pure Maths 1 and Pure Maths 2 Modules. These modules are available at all colleges, and on arrival your programme tutor will be able to advise on adding these to your study plan.

Course modules

Business Studies 1

Business Studies 1

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

Economics 1

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.

  • 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

Business Studies 2

Business Studies 2

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

Economics 2

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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 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
Core modules

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.

Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

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

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 70 universities in the UK.

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