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

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Course summary

This BSc Business is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of business and is one of our most popular courses in the Birkbeck Business School. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the different functional areas of business and a solid foundation for a career in business management. It focuses on developing your academic knowledge at the same time as providing you with a range of practical skills to enable you to succeed in the workplace. Why choose this course?

  • This course is distinctive in its flexibility and the range of option modules offered so you can follow your interests depending on your career goals.
  • Our academics are research active so their international collaborations and research activities feed into our BSc Business teaching to make it relevant and topical.
What you will learn You will develop an understanding of the key concepts in the business management discipline and explore the application of these concepts in practice. You will gain practical knowledge by engaging with practitioners to address real-life challenges. How you will learn This course is available to study full- and part-time and offers you classes in the afternoon or evening so you can balance your studies with other commitments. You will learn via a range of different methods including live case study sessions and panel discussions with entrepreneurs and practitioners. Foundation Year 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
  • Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of 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 have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • 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 On successfully graduating from this BSc Business, you will have gained an array of important transferable skills, including:
  • analytical skills that will enable you to critically appraise and challenge existing managerial or business practices
  • an understanding of how decisions are made in organisations
  • quantitative skills that can be applied in the analysis of management and accounting problems
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • an appreciation of the impact of new technologies and globalisation on the business management function.
Our graduates begin new careers or accelerate along their current career path because what we teach in the evening can be applied almost instantly. For this reason, our alumni include chief executives, senior business leaders, notable academics and public figures. Graduates can pursue career paths in business, management, accounting or human resources management. Possible professions include:
  • human resources officer
  • management consultant
  • corporate investment banker
  • marketing executive.


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

Assessment method

In-class tests, unseen formal exams, group and individual presentations, written essays and a research project/dissertation.

How to apply

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.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants who do not hold grade C or grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises English and mathematics. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
International £8810 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

Home students: Year 1&2: £4,625 per year Year 3+: £6,935 per year International students: Year 1&2: £8,810 per year Year 3+: £12,615 per year 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.
Business with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS