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Business Studies with Foundation Year BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you would like to study for a degree in management, accounting and finance, human resource management, economics or international business at university, but don’t currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you.

    The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

    On successful completion of the foundation year component, and subject to meeting the specific requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year two of your chosen degree course in Leeds University Business School.

    The foundation year component comprises the first two years of the programme, taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. From your initial enquiry and throughout your studies with us you’ll benefit from our student support service, which provides advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events.

    Is this course for me?

    BSc Business Studies with Foundation Year is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well-structured support. The programme is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation and this is reflected in the non-academic entry criteria.

    In your two years with the Lifelong Learning Centre you’ll gain an understanding of the key aspects of business studies.

    Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year and met your progression goals, you’ll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Learning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.

  • Course content

    The Business Studies with Foundation Year programme is a full-time, four year course which allows you to follow one of five pathways. Each pathway allows you to study towards a full honours degree from Leeds University Business School.

    • Accounting and Finance pathway – this leads to the award of BSc Accounting and Finance
    • Management pathway – this leads to the award of BA Management
    • Human Resource pathway – this leads to the award of BA Human Resource Management
    • Economics pathway - this leads to the award of BSc Economics
    • International Business pathway - this leads to the award of BSc International Business

    During the first two years all five pathways involve core modules introducing you to integrated skills for business, innovation and enterprise, and marketing and there are also specific pathway modules.

    These first two years have been designed to offer you academic, personal and professional development in a supportive and encouraging environment. This will help to ensure that you have the academic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the third and fourth years of study.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Marketing 20 credits
    • Innovation and Enterprise 20 credits
    • Integrated Skills for Business Studies 15 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Lifelong Learning) 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Accounting 20 credits
    • Introduction to Human Resource Management 20 credits
    • Introduction to Management 20 credits
    • Business Ethics 20 credits
    • Economic Institutions (Labour) 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Economic Institutions (Industry) 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Business Finance 20 credits
    • Introduction to Economics 20 credits
    • Mathematics and Statistics for Managers 20 credits
    • Accounting for Non-Specialists 10 credits
    • Research Methodologies for Business Studies 20 credits
    • Foundations of Finance 20 credits
    • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
    • Business and Society (Combined) 20 credits
    • The Contemporary Business Environment 20 credits
    • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Business Studies with Foundation Year BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.


    Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree in order to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: CCC excluding critical thinking and general studies. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

    GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent. Applicants interested in following the Accounting and Finance or Economics pathway will need GCSE maths at grade B/6 or above (or equivalent).

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      Merit, Merit, Merit

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      P1, P2, P3

    • International Baccalaureate

      24 overall (12 higher)

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Additional entry criteria

    As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:
    • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
    • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*- C passes at GCSE.
    • You grew up in public care

    We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    If you don’t have the required level 3 qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    Please mention on your personal statement the area you want to progress to.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection day and/or interview to assess your commitment and potential.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification you already hold. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

  • Career opportunities

    On successful completion of the foundation year you could progress onto a degree in management, accounting and finance, human resource management, economics or international business taught by Leeds University Business School. Check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to for more information about specific career opportunities.

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

    Careers support

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

    The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:

    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.