BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year in Business

Course Overview

This Business and Management BA (Hons) with Foundation Year in Business degree is delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University at Scholars School System University College Centre campuses in Birmingham and Manchester. 

Do you want to develop the essential management skills and experience to launch your business career? Management is at the heart of the skillset needed to succeed in modern business. On this course you’ll cover all the essential functions of management, operations and human resources (HR), developing a wide-ranging knowledge of organisations and their business environment. This four-year Business and Management BA (Hons) with Foundation Year in Business degree offers an alternative route into higher education and is designed for prospective students who may not have a sufficient or relevant academic background for University study.

In the integrated Foundation Year in Business you will undertake modules to help develop your academic skills and confidence and will be introduced to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your second, third and fourth years of undergraduate degree study.

You’ll study business objectives, practices and principles through case study research, lectures, workshops and student-led activities. You’ll look at the supply chain and logistics, production and project management as well as business organisation, human resources and the principles of leadership.

You’ll examine the modern business environment and how 'start-up' businesses grow as technology advances. You will focus on sustainability and the opportunities or limitations small businesses face, as well as developing your own concepts and business plans through a series of lectures, workshops, course work and group work.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Level 4 of the degree.

You’ll learn about the complexities of organisations, understanding their structure and HR management concepts. You’ll explore the fundamentals of accounting, finance and marketing, as well as getting the opportunity to learn about international business and marketing.

The programme has been developed in conjunction with employers and offers a well-rounded education in many areas of modern business management. It covers the organisational issues behind modern business, but also the legal, ethical and sustainability issues facing companies.

Full time including foundation year, 4 years

September 2021, January 2022

  • Develop real business skills - Studying at SSS will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.
  • A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.
  • Gain relevant transferable skills to a career in business and management - for example, managing projects, communication, working in teams, research and being able to critically reflect on the effectiveness of your own skills and knowledge.

We design our modules to simulate the modern business environment, giving you the opportunity to solve business problems in real-life case studies.

You'll learn in small groups, developing the confidence to work in project teams to a professional standard - gaining real-world experience through the professional placements you'll complete, and you will have the opportunity to conduct a business research project with an employer in your final year.

Our students graduate with an invaluable combination of in-depth theoretical knowledge and professional experience, preparing you for a successful start to your career in business and management.

The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their four years of study.

Foundation Year
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic skills and studying with confidence
  • Project
  • Introduction to Business Operations and Management
  • Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing

Year 1
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Principles and Applications of Macroeconomics
  • Management & Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Operations Management
  • Financial & Management Accounting
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Integrated Assessment

Year 2
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Professional Development & Placement
  • Financial Management
  • Legal Issues for Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Research
  • People Management

Year 3
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • e-business and e-marketing
  • Business & Management Strategy
  • Corporate Sustainability

Students are also required to choose one option module from

  • Research Project*
  • Professional Learning Through Work

And two option modules from:

  • Leadership
  • Financial Reporting
  • International Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity

*There are pre-requisites for these modules

This Business and Management course integrates theory and practice. As such, teaching methods are designed to be diverse, inclusive and to reflect the global context in which you will operate upon graduating.

Methods include face-to-face, blended and independent learning, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, work-based learning, ‘real-world’ projects and discussion forums.

Our BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year in Business programme features a strong mix of professional skills and experience, preparing you for a successful career.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

We’ll assess you through business reports, presentations and group projects that reflect the modern business environment.

Applicants should have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or higher or accepted equivalent qualification and a level 3 qualification equivalent to an A level.

Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications. Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be considered as part of the application process.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Getting In Touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team on or call on +44 (0)207 183 3647

UK & EU Students (with settled status):

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2021/2022.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry will be set in summer 2021.
Living costs,, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

When you apply for your student loan you will need to supply the correct UCAS code for your course of study. This code will depend on your study location, course and start date (see table below) and will be sent to you in any offer email you receive from Leeds Trinity University. Please ensure that you use the correct code to help avoid delay with the processing of your application and receipt of any student loan.



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English and EU students can apply and find out more information on the Student Finance section of the website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us on: 0207 183 3647 or 07312030667, alternatively please email us at:

Our intake dates are September and January, and your application will be considered for the next intake.

Following review of your application by Scholars School System, information will be shared with Leeds Trinity University who will contact you with final confirmation of a decision on your application.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to work effectively in a management role within a business organisation. Upon completion of the course, graduates will be workplace ready to enter a range of commercial and non-commercial sectors. You’ll also be well-prepared for a management trainee role, or you could continue on to postgraduate study.

Students who are enrolled on this degree, delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University, are eligible for membership of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union. Information on how to join the Students’ Union will be given to you when you begin your course.

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