The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Business Management including Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

The Foundation Year (level 3) is designed to equip applicants who do not have the required qualifications to enter directly onto level 4, with a robust toolkit of the academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in Higher Education and also with an understanding of, and insight to, the business discipline.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will allow progression onto level 4 of BA (Hons) Business Management or any degree in the Business School portfolio.

As a student on the BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year course you will study a foundation year comprising level 3 modules, after which successful completion will allow you to progress onto the three year degree programme. Whilst the programme can be completed in 4 years, the current provision entitles you to claim up to 5 years' funding from Student Finance England. Successful completion of the foundation year would also allow you to transfer onto the first year of any other Business degree course but please note, that should you choose to transfer course, this would reduce the amount of funding that you can claim to 4 years under the current funding provisions (i.e. the duration of study only).

This course is designed for students wishing to embark on a professional career in business and management. It will help you develop analysis and evaluation skills which can be applied to real-world situations. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance and operations management within a global context. You will also be equipped with the skills required to be successful in business, such as entrepreneurship, digital literacy, collaborative working and communication skills.

Having completed this course, you will be able to effectively apply a range of management and business theories and practices in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner.

All students have the opportunity to take an optional placement year which provides valuable workplace experience and significantly improves your employability on graduation. In addition, during your studies you will have the opportunity to meet with business practitioners through guest lectures and other special events.

The course offers you the option of specialising in your final year by opting for a bracketed award in one of the following areas: Economics, Enterprise, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Sport,

This degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in more specialist areas. For example, the Business School has a MA in Human Resource Management which builds on the Human Resource elements within the award.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3MG001 Introduction to Management (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3IM001 Business Decision Making (20 Credits)

Year 2

4BU006 Learning for Business Success (20 Credits)

4HR002 Introduction to People at Work (20 Credits)

4HR018 Organisational Structures for Effective Management (20 Credits)

4IB004 Business in a Global Context (20 Credits)

4AC012 Finance and Accounting for Managers (20 Credits)

4MK002 Marketing Principles (20 Credits)

Year 3

5BE001 Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation (20 Credits)

5HR002 Leading and Managing in Organisations (20 Credits)

5BU010 Digital Business & Innovation (20 Credits)

5MK006 Marketing Planning (20 Credits)

5IB004 Economics of Managerial Decision-making (20 Credits)

5BU012 Operations and Supply Management (20 Credits)

Year 4

6BU011 Business Research Methods (20 Credits)

6HR005 Social Responsibility (20 Credits)

6BU013 Independent Project (20 Credits)

6BE003 Strategic Management (20 Credits)

6FC001 Corporate and Behavioural Finance or Social Enterprise in Context or 6MK005 Business to Business Marketing and Key Account Management or 6HR002 Psychology and Organisational Behaviour or 6BU019 Project Management & Digital Transformation or 6IB003 Dynamics of Multinational Companies (20 Credits)

6EC005 The Economics of Sustainable Development or 6IB006 Debating Globalisation or 6MK007 Managing Corporate Reputation or 6BU006 Managing Your Career or 6LI012 Managing Digital Events and Venues (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering:

Internships -You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study. Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.

Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.

Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements.

Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.

Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award. Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.

Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering. Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.

Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.

Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:

Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme have experience as practicing managers, worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.

A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.

Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.

Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.

Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

Career path

On completing the course, you will be equipped with the background for a wide variety of positions in business. You will have developed skills and background knowledge needed for a wide variety of business areas, and learnt the fundamentals of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance, and operations and management systems. While many of these careers are open to graduates in any subject, some employers may specify, or give preference to, graduates in business-related subjects. A career in business is varied and can involve the functions such as management and marketing and there is an increasing need for business management skills in government, international commerce, health care, and non-profit organisations. Careers as entry-level manager, Human Resources specialist, Assistant Product Manager, Business Analyst, Market Researcher are some of the possibilities.

Students may decide to continue their studies at Master’s level. The University offers a number of different Master’s courses including Masters in Management and Masters in International Business Management.

What skills will you gain?

By the end of the BA (Hons) Business Management (with Foundation Year) award, you will be able to:

1. Develop and apply research, writing, numerical, digital and personal skills within a business context.

2. Develop skills of independent learning, analysis, synthesis and critical thinking through the application of business and management concepts and principles to a wide range of business organisations and situations.

3. Apply relevant transferable skills to a career in business and management e.g. project management, communication skills, working in teams, research, utilising appropriate technologies and critically reflect on the effectiveness of your own skills and knowledge.

4. Examine contemporary and strategic issues through the application of relevant analytical concepts, models and theories.

5. Evaluate and demonstrate an informed understanding of ethicial responsibilities contributing to your professional values and your role in organisations and society in the 21st Century

6. Critically appraise relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and management theory when assessing and solving problems in different business scenarios.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • A Levels at grades DD or higher
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at


  • Be able to demonstrate, through an interview and written description of their previous experience and study/career goals, an ability to benefit from, and a commitment and motivation for, higher education in this area of study

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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