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This essential business foundation course is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree. The course will help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies – and provides a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degree programmes, such as business management, accountancy and finance, maritime business or shipping and port management. Designed by experienced academics who have worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our business foundation year is designed to build your confidence and make you ready for the competitive global marketplace. Whether you are interested in the private, public, charity, social enterprise or entrepreneurial industries, this course is your gateway to developing the skills for your first management job or to set up your own business. From core subjects such as business, finance, marketing, enterprise, personal development and projects in the community, you will gain a solid introduction to the foundations of business, study contemporary business challenges, identify future trends and focus on the areas and industries which matter to you. And throughout the foundation and subsequent full Solent degree, you will do more than learn the theory – you will learn to apply it through an innovative range of assessment and ‘real-world’ live briefs. Our degrees offer the chance to engage with get hands-on experience of international business challenges, as well as a variety of extra qualifications, exemptions and memberships on top of your honours degree. At Solent you will become part of an active business community, encompassing students, staff and business alumni who inspire and support current students. Our graduates work across the globe, in a wide and fascinating range of industries. As well as visits, talks, guest lectures and opportunities to develop your professional network, we offer a great peer mentoring scheme – providing an academic mentor who will be there to support you throughout your degree journey. The curriculum is based around core business topics in the context of contemporary developments and industry future trends, giving the course an essential real-world grounding in the industry. What does this course lead to? A Solent degree in areas such as business management, accountancy, finance or maritime business gives you the specialist business knowledge and broad transferable skills to find business-focused roles in any industry. Recent graduates have started their own entrepreneurial businesses, or gained professional and managerial positions across the world, such as: Graduate scheme, TK Maxx HR graduate scheme, Randstad HR Assistant, B&Q Assistant manager and graduate manager trainee, Enterprise Rent-a-Car Transport Planner, DHL Shipping Operations Assistant, Carnival UK Resource partner, Roke Who is this course for? Solent’s business foundation year is ideally suited if you want to build your academic knowledge and confidence to return to studying or progress in your studies. You’ll develop strong academic and organisational skills, and prepare yourself for successful careers in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory but real-world application.
FOUNDATION YEAR Fundamentals of Business Personal Knowing for Personal Growing Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Understanding Finance Introduction to Marketing Insights Community Business Projects If you successfully complete the foundation year, you will automatically progress to the 3 year BSc (Hons) Maritime Business degree. Please note that the modules below are subject to change: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Shipping Business Global Trades Data Science Shipping Economics Vessel Operations Maritime Organisations YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Ship Management and Operations Carriage of Goods by Sea Digital Business and E-commerce Chartering Practice Accounting for Decision Makers Cargo Insurance YEAR 2 - OPTIONS Placement YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Dissertation Strategic Management Marine Insurance Sustainability Leadership and Management Financial Management
This course is assessed through practical business-relevant activities, such as presentations, reports, workshops and business reports.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully. We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students (as outlined above) and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|A level||DD||From a minimum of two A levels|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||DD|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||D*||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with minimum 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. If you are applying for a visa, you must have taken your IELTS at a registered SELT centre if studying below degree level.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||71||71 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component. Please note that TOEFL is only valid for EU students.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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