Business and Sustainability with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Our new BSc Business and Sustainability is designed to help develop future leaders in this area who understand the importance of sustainable business and are stimulated to devise innovative ways to address the challenge of making businesses sustainable. It will provide you with the fundamental concepts and tools to understand sustainability challenges that businesses face. It will also help you to develop key skills to address these including:

  • analytical and critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • strategic decision-making.
You will graduate with a clear commitment to embedding socially and environmentally responsible practices into the businesses in which you work in the future. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • This BSc Business and Sustainability course combines expertise from our Business School and the School of Social Sciences to ensure you receive a rounded and balanced education in business sustainability.
  • Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of business and management.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Careers and employability This BSc Business and Sustainability provides you with the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in sustainability-related roles in a wide range of business organisations. We offer you many different opportunities to enhance your career and employability prospects during your studies on this course. These include:
  • an opportunity to complete Carbon Literacy training as part of our commitment to addressing the climate crisis and promoting climate-positive solutions
  • networking with professionals through our Mentoring Pathways Scheme and careers fairs.
If you are ambitious to study further, once you have successfully completed this course you can progress to our MSc Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability or MSc Environment and Sustainability, or choose from a range of courses run by our Business School or School of Social Sciences. Graduates from Birkbeck Business School and the School of Social Sciences have gone on to pursue successful careers as:
  • environmental consultants
  • sustainability professionals
  • ecologists
  • conservation professionals.
They can also use their degree to advance in positions in:
  • journalism
  • local government
  • human resources and business management
  • creative entrepreneurship.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment on this course is via a mixture of written assignments, group work, reports, presentations, and data manipulation and interpretation.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17620 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Provider information

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Course Clearing information

Additional information

Early Clearing: A-level Results Day: Our Clearing hotline opens at 8am on Thursday 15th August until 6pm and 9am on Friday 16th August until 6pm. From Monday 19th August our phone lines will be open 10.30 - 6pm (Mon-Thur) and 10.30 -5pm (Fri). Virtual Clearing Event -

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Business and Sustainability with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS