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Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Southampton Solent’s Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to enrol on a related undergraduate degree programme.
Solent University’s Business Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degree programmes, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance.
The foundation year 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 aims to help students develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure they get the most out of their degree-level studies.
Want to build your business knowledge to progress on to a full degree at Solent? The Business Foundation Year will help you build your academic skills, providing you with a platform to pursue a business-related undergraduate degree. Successful completion of the Business Foundation Year will provide a pathway to the degree BA (Hons) Business Management with Placement.
Our industry links have provided past students with access to some of the UK’s most inspiring business leaders, including guest lectures from the stars of TV’s Dragon’s Den. Students have also worked as consultants on live client briefs, pitching ideas for top brand including Mercedes-Benz and Ahmad Tea.
Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.
Students will have the opportunity to join Solent Sparks, the University’s student entrepreneur’s society, which is aimed at providing inspiration and support to every student at the University. Through this you will meet a range of guest speakers, many of whom hold celebrity status.
Following your foundation year, you will study:
Then one of the following routes:
Route one:Three-month work-based placement
Route two:One-year study abroad
Route three:Consultancy Preparation
Options (part of route three)Entrepreneurship and Business Digital Marketing Planning Financial Analysis in Business Accounting Skills Managing People Law in Business Managing Marketing in Business
Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
OptionsBusiness Finance Management Capital Market Trading The International Financial System Cross Cultural Management Human Resource Management International Marketing Business Start-up
Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Communication, Advertising and Marketing Society
- Chartered Management Institute
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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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 have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of 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 two completed A Levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Fees and funding
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|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton 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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