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Business Management with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Looking for a foundation course in business management in Birmingham? Our BA (Hons) Business Management with a Foundation Year course has lower entry requirements and can lead to a full undergraduate qualification.

This course has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard Business management degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree course.

Business and Management are broad subjects, widely recognised and highly regarded by employers for the skills and knowledge they give to graduates. Business focuses on operations and functions while management explores the concepts, theories and practices which have an impact on organisational success.

At Birmingham City University we have combined the essential elements of these subjects into BA (Hons) Business Management - a broad-based degree which prepares you for a range of exciting careers. You will explore how organisations evolve, how they grow, why they change and how they survive and flourish. Coupled with this you will develop and practise the competencies managers need to make this happen.

Three things make BA (Hons) Business Management distinctive. Firstly, you gain an understanding of business operations including Human Resources, Marketing, Consultancy, Finance, Strategy, Logistics and Supply Chain, coupled with the knowledge and ability to engage, lead and develop people.

Secondly, research tells us employers want graduates who, in addition to knowledge, have attributes and attitude appropriate to a professional environment. We have addressed this with a theme of management development running throughout Business Management to ensure you will graduate with both a good degree and the competence to start, maintain and thrive throughout your career.

Thirdly, a key part of studying Business Management is learning about the ‘real world’ context so you will explore corporate responsibility, ethical operations, the use and management of social media and technology, and internationalisation in our post-Brexit/Global world.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course code N104
Institution code B25
Campus name Curzon Building Campus
Campus code F

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level BB Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.
Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.
AS Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
Extended Project Combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 English language and Maths. Must have been achieved at the point of Enrolment.

Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and/or English Language at grade C/4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy and Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Pass Eng Language and Maths.
Key Skills level 2 - Pass Application of Number and Communication.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) - B3 B3
Scottish Intermediate 2 - CC
Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22
HNC (BTEC) P
HND (BTEC) P
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 80 UCAS Tariff Points
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate P Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Scottish HND Not accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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