BA (Hons) Business Management Degree with Foundation Year

What is the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree?

The BA (Hons) Business Management Degree with Foundation Year allows you to develop your study skills and build confidence in your academic abilities, while identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree programme. Two of the modules enable you to develop your general academic study skills and your employability skills. The other two modules aim to equip you with the more specialised skills and understanding necessary for progression on to a Level 4 business qualification (first year of the degree).

Students who do not have the required level of English language and maths for progression onto the undergraduate degree programme can still enrol by attending the additional sessions provided on the Pre-Foundation courses.

What is the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree?

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have met the entry requirement for progression on to the undergraduate degree programme offered by Buckinghamshire New University.

Many of our students are in full-time employment or have family commitments. We strive for a diverse student group from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. This helps to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment and is one of the reasons we offer flexible timetabling, including evening classes.

Foundation years are specifically designed for progression to the three-year degree. You can progress to career opportunities in management or develop your own business ambitions. The programme provides a grounding in all areas of business management and offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area for post-graduate study. Some of the career opportunities for Business Management graduates include:

  • middle and senior management positions across all sectors
  • advertising and marketing
  • accountancy
  • human resources
  • banking
  • management consultancy
  • business journalism
  • 32 UCAS points (this can be made up of different levels of level courses. For more information on the UCAS points for your qualification, go to the UCAS tariff calculator).
  • If you have studied in a non-majority English speaking country, you will typically be asked to complete an English language test (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The expected level is IELTS 4.5 or equivalent, with no element below 4.5.
  • These are our standard entry requirements, but we may consider lowering these for students that perform well in interview.

You will also be asked to attend an academic interview. Suitability for entry to our programmes can be demonstrated in several ways and is not limited to academic qualifications alone. Applicants who do not meet our published entry requirements are encouraged to contact our recruitment and admissions team for advice.

MODULES(Foundation Year:Level 3)
Preparing for success Knowledge and creativity
Introduction to business management
Preparing for success Knowledge and creativity
Inquiry-based learning
  • Course Duration: 4 years, full time
  • Level: RQF Level 3-6
  • Awarding Body: Buckinghamshire New University
  • Assessment: Assessments are by coursework and portfolio.
  • Mode of Delivery: Full Time
  • Timetable options: Two days per week
  • Campus: Oxford Brookes, Oxford
  • Intake dates: September, February, May
  • Fee: £9250 for the foundation year. And £9250 thereafter for the degree (student loans eligible)
  • Full course specification

Course details

Course summary

Managing businesses and organisations today takes leadership skills seriously. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified leaders; this degree will help students to be business ready with a foundation of management and leadership skills. A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates. The programme will provide opportunities to develop higher order skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity which will ensure students are well placed to enter the employment market. These skills are increasingly important in a world with technology and Artificial Intelligence are now fulfilling key business activities. This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop a good understanding of the nature of Business Management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity. The focus of the programme is to equip students with knowledge of contemporary management theories, but of equal importance, the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in live projects. The course is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry. Additionally, students acquire a wide range of skills and competences useful for dealing competently with real-life, practical problems. The course will focus on the ability to think critically and will, therefore, enable students to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.