About this course
During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.
You’ll be introduced to the key principles of business operations and management and learn about starting a business and the fundamentals of marketing.
Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our Business and Marketing BA (Hons) degree.
We’ll give you a good grounding in the fundamental principles of business and marketing, teaching you how to conduct market audits, identify your target market and carry out competitor analysis. You’ll study the marketing communications mix and devise strategies for communications campaigns and product launches, as well as learn how the legal system affects businesses.
Rapid advances in technology have completely transformed the way businesses operate, so you’ll explore the impact of technology on business models and practices and look at new digital strategies for reaching audiences.
Keeping you at the forefront of the latest developments in business and marketing, we’ll bring theory to life through the use of current case studies and real-life examples. You’ll develop the key analytical and research skills sought after by employers, as well as crucial soft skills such as collaboration and how to present effectively.
We’ll also give you lots of opportunities to develop your professional networks throughout the degree, thanks to our regular programme of expert guest speakers and a year-long Professional Learning through Work module which involves working on a live business or marketing project with an employer.
Why study with us?
- Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
- Develop your professional portfolio. You’ll have the chance to gain a strong mix of academic skills and professional work experience, preparing you for a successful career.
- Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are experienced business and marketing practitioners who’ll help you relate theory to the real world.
- Take the lead. You’ll have the opportunity to lead on a work-based research project, giving you valuable leadership and research experience.
This course is accredited by the leading professional marketing body, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). This offers students the opportunity to gain exemptions on modules of CIM qualifications, reducing the number of module assessments taken to one or two instead of three. Further details can be found via the CIM website (link opens in a new window/tab).
Graduates from this course can claim exemptions from up to four CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) professional examinations. This allows you to begin at the Operational level of training as a CIMA Accountant. Further details can be found via the CIMA website (link opens in a new window/tab).