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Course summary

Foundation Year The Foundation Year is an articulated, structured programme of access to Higher Education. It will provide a solid basis for future undergraduate study at Bishop Grosseteste University. It is not a stand-alone qualification but is designed to underpin specific degree programmes to which it is directly attached e.g., BA (Hons) English Literature with Foundation Year. The Foundation Year offers an introductory grounding in what it means to be a university student. It will equip learners with the intellectual and interpersonal skills for effective undergraduate study. It provides a unique opportunity to develop core academic skills. In addition, students will begin to develop an impressive portfolio of transferable skills for employability in a range of careers. Students will benefit from small class sizes, intensive teaching and bespoke pastoral care which will help them to get the most out of the programme and settle into university life. This course is designed for students who do not have the usual academic qualifications or UCAS points for registration directly onto a degree course at Bishop Grosseteste University. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students’ progress directly to their chosen degree programme at Bishop Grosseteste University. The BA (Hons) Business Studies programme provides a thorough grounding in a broad range of business subjects including marketing, finance, management, entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership. The Project Management and Implementation module, and Capstone Project module afford you the opportunity to develop projects and expertise in areas that you are interested in. Furthermore, the modules in ‘Business Start-up’ and ‘Exploring Professional Practice’ equip you for employment, self- employment, or further study, and give you the confidence to succeed in the business world. This contemporary degree equips you with an insight into, and understanding of, international business operations, culturally diverse organisations, cross cultural challenges, and a critical awareness of the opportunities presented by an interconnected, transient and diverse global marketplace. Modules are taught and assessed using a variety of active learning techniques in which you are encouraged to take charge of your own learning through engaging with academic knowledge and research, tutors, case studies, and your peers.


Modules for Foundation Year:

  • Self As Learner
  • Resourcing Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Engagement
  • Effective Communication
  • The Digital Learner
  • Reflective Learning
  • Academic Writing
Modules for Level 4:
  • Organisational Environments (15 Credits)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (15 Credits)
  • An Introduction to Human Resource Management (15 Credits)
  • An Introduction to Leadership and Management (15 Credits)
  • Finance and Business Performance (15 Credits)
  • Innovation and Creativity within Organisations (15 Credits)
  • Project Management and Implementation (15 Credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship (15 Credits)
Modules for Level 5:
  • Digital Marketing Strategies (15 Credits)
  • Exploring strategy and Risk Management (15 Credits)
  • An Introduction to Organisational Behaviour (15 Credits)
  • CSR & Sustainability (15 Credits)
  • Managing Performance through People (15 Credits)
  • Change Leadership and Decision Making (15 Credits)
  • Contemporary Project Management in Practice (30 Credits)
Modules for Level 6:
  • International Business (15 Credits)
  • Business Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace (15 Credits)
  • Exploring Professional Practice (15 Credits)
  • Business Start-up (15 Credits)
  • Social Innovation, Social Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
* Capstone Project (30 Credits)

Assessment method

Module assessments provide opportunities for students to acquire, develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, subject specific, intellectual, and transferable skills. A range of assessments are used which are relevant to the individual demands of the subject matter and enable students to participate in a varied and engaging educational experience. Assessments are used to appropriately test and encourage students to apply different areas of knowledge and demonstrate a wide range of skills. Students are assessed by a single piece of assessment within each module that comprises the BA (Hons) Business Studies. Across the programme the workload for students is also carefully managed through the effective scheduling of assessments and the use of a consistent rubric. For written work at Level 4 a rubric of 2,000 words per 15 credits is applied. At Level 5, a rubric of 2,500 words per 15 credits is applied and at Level 6 a rubric of 3,000 words per 15 credits is applied. For practical work at Level 4 a rubric of 40 seconds per credit is applied. At Level 5, a rubric of 15 minutes per 15 credit is applied and at Level 6 a rubric of 20 minutes per 15 credits is applied. Group work is not used as a summative assessment strategy although students can expect to work with others throughout the duration of their programme as noted in Section 22. Furthermore, formative assessment strategies will be employed throughout the programmes duration to monitor student learning and understanding, and to ensure that learners are in receipt of ongoing dialogue and feedback on their learning and progress. Learners will be engaged as partners in this process and will develop skills such as self-assessment and peer-assessment.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our entry requirements are either specific grades achieved in nationally recognised qualifications, UCAS Tariff Points or evidence of appropriate equivalent skills and experience. Equivalent skills and experience means skills or experience we have judged to demonstrate the same level of merit, ability and potential as the nationally recognised qualifications that are required for entry based on the core competencies of the course. We retain the right to use our own tests to determine that applicants have achieved the minimum attainment levels associated with recognised qualifications which they do not hold. Details of entry requirements for each programme of study are provided on the college’s website: In addition, we might require the applicants to attend an interview and/or complete an English Language test. Applicants must usually be at least 18 years of age on admission to the college. BA(Hons) Business Studies with Foundation Year (Bishop Grosseteste University) There is no formal requirement for UCAS point to join the foundation year. To meet the entry criteria for admission, the applicant should have one of the followings: Minimum three GCSE or level 2 equivalent qualification or, Professional work experience supported by a CV with reference letter and, Demonstrate capability in English (normally GCSE English or equivalent is desirable) and, Demonstrate a commitment to study and a reasonable expectation of success on the course All Applicants will be interviewed by the ICON College Admission Tutor to assess their English and suitability for the Foundation Year. The Admission Tutor will assess the applicant’s skills in listening, speaking and writing. International qualifications at the appropriate level will also be accepted. The College will use ECCTIS (formerly UK NARIC) to determine the equivalence of any international qualifications.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5
PTE Academic51Pass
Institution's Own TestPass

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Business Studies with Foundation Year at ICON College of Technology and Management - UCAS