BSc (Hons) Business Management with foundation year

Every organisation needs effective, knowledgeable and skilled managers. Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Business Management with foundation year also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management – this impressive dual-award offers an excellent start to a career with global opportunities.

BSc (Hons) Business Management with foundation year

Course details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you are looking to pursue a career in business, or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work.

Our BSc (Hons) in Business Management with foundation year offers a strong grounding in an essential range of contemporary business management subjects combined with the opportunity to focus your studies in the final year.

The foundation year is the first year of this four-year degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of business and management alongside study skills development. It's designed to prepare you for degree level study.

Developing your employability is a key focus of this dynamic and flexible programme. Real-life case studies, guest speakers and industry visits are designed to help you to understand the business environment and the needs of employers in local, national and international contexts.

You can graduate with a general BSc (Hons) Business Management or choose to transfer to one of our seven named pathways – Law, Enterprise, Finance, Supply Chain Management, People Management, Marketing or Retail. Graduates of all these pathways will also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, and some of the pathway options offer you the chance to gain exemptions from further professional qualifications from institutes such as ACCA and CIM.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N371
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic business management lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • On successful completion of this dual award course you’ll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You don’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • You’ll be exposed to key concepts in areas such as people management, business law, marketing, strategic management, information systems and big data, project management, finance, innovation and enterprise, and have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist modules in your final year that allow you to tailor your degree to areas of personal or professional interest.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisation to SME’s.
  • The University offers excellent 24/7 library and IT facilities, WiFi, and well-appointed learning areas.

Key features:

  • This course is offered within our vibrant Institute of Management environment.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Contemporary research findings are woven into our teaching. We offer a robust academic underpinning to your studies of business management.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N371
  • Duration: 4 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

If English is your second language and you feel you need extra help with your language skills, you have the option of studying specialist language modules during the foundation year. Please contact the English for Academic Purposes team for further information and advice.

Career opportunities

Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management with foundation year course is designed to provide a broad understanding of business functions within the business and commercial world. You'll also have the opportunity to transfer to individual pathways in specific areas of business if you wish.

The course offers you a route into general management as well as specialist areas, such as business accounting and finance, enterprise, human resource management, business law, marketing, retail or supply chain management, so you can tailor your skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career. The dual qualification gained on successful completion of this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred field of management.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector specific knowledge, the programme aims to support your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. Graduates from this course will be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Some typical employment opportunities could include retail management, human resources, marketing, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, logistics and supply chain management, accountancy and law.

Some graduates may choose to undertake further study in subjects such as marketing, finance, human resources, computing and international business management in order to develop their expertise in a particular area of business. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Professional recognition

Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Business Management with foundation year degree will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

The Level 5 Diploma is the CMI’s benchmark qualification and offers the quickest exemption route towards Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) status. Chartered Manager status is only awarded by the CMI and is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Academic Skills and PDP
  • Business In Practice
  • Further Academic Skills
  • World of Work
  • Applied Business Finance
  • Practical Digital Marketing
  • Professional and Academic Skills Development
  • Business Law
  • Business Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Information Systems and Big Data Analysis
  • People and Performance
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Business Management and Career Development
  • Leading and Managing Teams
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Business Project
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • International HRM
  • Learning and Development
  • Work and the Employment Relationship
  • E Commerce and Contemporary Marketing Practice
  • Global Consumer Behaviour
  • Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Retail Management
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Company Law
  • Financial Reporting for Management
  • Professionals in Practice
  • Financial Accounting and the Regulatory Framework

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space for you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios as a means to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Furthermore, you’ll be expected to adopt work-based learning as part of your employment or during a work experience placement.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (70%), Practical exams (22%), Written exams (8%)
Level Two Coursework (42%), Practical exams (32%), Written exams (26%)
Level Three Coursework (67%), Practical exams (25%), Written exams (8%)
Level Coursework (66%), Practical exams (15%), Written exams (19%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (55%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)
Level Two Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Three Guided independent study (66%), Placement/study abroad (17%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (17%)
Level Guided independent study (77%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    N371
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    48
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Ian McDonald
Programme Leader
Email: I.McDonald@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903687

Sally Preece
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
Email: S.Preece@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903613

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903