Pre-Foundation programme

Prepare for your Foundation

Study our Pre-Foundation for three terms and develop the academic and English language skills needed to start your Foundation with confidence. You’ll have the opportunity to study core subjects and undertake projects related to your chosen Foundation subject pathway.

Who is the Pre-Foundation programme for?

Pre-Foundation is a focused course of study designed specifically for students who need additional English language and academic support and are looking to progress to study our Foundation programme.

Why choose the Pre-Foundation programme?

  • You will gain the academic skills needed to progress to one of our Foundation pathways
  • You will receive three external UK qualifications in Business Administration, Functional Skills Mathematics and IELTS
  • Ideal for international students as there is flexibility with exam times to suit your development
  • Work on projects related to your pathway.
  • Enjoy enrichment activities, workshops and guest lectures related to your course.

Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Business Administration

This is a nationally-recognised certificate. You will study the following topics:

  • Enterprise in the Business World – Mandatory
  • Finance for Business – Mandatory
  • Sales and Personal Selling – Optional
  • Introducing Retail Business – Optional

Level 2 in Functional Skills Mathematics

This is a nationally-recognised certificate. You will study the following topics:

  • Representing using mathematics
  • Analysing situations mathematically
  • Interpreting solutions to problems using mathematics
  • Coverage of mathematical content in number, geometry and statistics

Foundation progression options

From Bellerbys Brighton, progression options are:

  • Business, Finance and Management Foundation

From Bellerbys London, progression options are:

  • Business, Finance and Management
  • Marketing

Students who are interested in our Art and Design Foundation and are able to develop their portfolio, they can be considered for our Art and Media pathway.

Pre-Foundation key facts

Minimum age:


Course length: 3 terms
Term dates: September, January (London only). See term dates
Locations: Brighton and London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 3.5 or equivalent
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

Pre-Foundation 18+ key facts

Minimum age:


Course length: 2 terms
Subjects English Language plus Business project work
Start dates: January
Centre: London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
Foundation Progression Options: Business, Finance and Management; Marketing
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

A Levels

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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 70 universities in the UK.

International Year One

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An International Year 1 course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in London, this course prepares you for the second year of a business-related degree at university.

Join us on campus

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Find out everything you need to know about your journey to the UK and what to expect when you arrive on campus. 

Join us virtually

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If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can either start virtually and join us in the UK later, or study full-time from home.