Business, Finance and Management Foundation Preparation for business degrees

Student studying Business Foundation

Bellerbys London is our specialist centre for business, inspiring the entrepreneurs of the future. 

Studying in the UK's capital city places you at the heart of one of the world's leading commercial and economic centres. London is home to some of the world's best business schools, making it an ideal location in which to study business, finance and management. 

During breaks from study, discover London's renowned museums, galleries, parks, theatres, sporting events and music venues.

The Business, Finance and Management Foundation is also taught at our Brighton, Cambridge and Oxford centres.

The Bellerbys Business, Finance and Management Foundation will prepare you for studying a business-related degree at university in the UK. Focusing on developing your understanding of economics, accounting, finance and management, this programme will prepare you for further study and a career in business.

Key facts:

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
    Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • Course length: 3 terms & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
  • Start dates: September, October, January and April (excluding Cambridge)– see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees

English preparation - October

You can choose to study the Foundation Preparation Programme, starting in October, if you want to have some extra time getting used to studying in a new country before you join the Foundation Programme in January. You will spend one extra term (October to December) developing your English and critical thinking skills, as well as additional university application guidance.

University progression

Once you successfully complete the programme, you can progress to the first year of an undergraduate degree at one of our partner universities. Find out about university destinations

If you start the Foundation in April, you can start university in January. You can progress to a business-related degree at a selected number of universities, including:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Coventry University
  • Middlesex University London
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Regent's University London
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Westminster

See the Progression tab to find out where our recent students are studying now.

Business, Finance & Management Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all foundation students and modules tailored for Business, Finance & Management students. 

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Business, Finance & Management modules

Business Studies 1 Business Set-up: Structure; Finance and Ethics

Learn the key challenges involved in setting up and managing a business.

Business Studies 2 Marketing & Human Resources:

Study the management challenges of Marketing and Human Resources through case studies and real business examples.

Introduction to Accounting

Learn to draw up double entry book-keeping accounts, income statements and balance sheets for varying company structures, interpret accounts and cash budgets; learn and understand accounting concepts.

Economics 1 Microeconomics

Develop an understanding of economic systems and the allocation of resources, markets - how they work, market failure and government intervention to correct market failure.

Economics 2 Macroeconomics

Develop an understanding of the circular flow of income, aggregate demand and supply, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, international trade, and macroeconomic policies.

Business Mathematics

Understand and apply to business situations the following: basic algebra, straight line graphs, indices and logarithms - particularly compound rates of growth, basic statistics, linear programming, time series.

Bellerbys has been helping international students progress to top UK universities for more than 50 years, and 2016 is no different.

Below are a selection of degrees and universities where our Business students have gone on to study.

Degree University
Accounting Swansea University
Accounting and Finance University of Bristol
Accounting and Finance Cardiff University
Accounting and Finance Cass Business School - City, University of London
Accounting and Finance University of Exeter
Accounting and Finance Lancaster University
Accounting and Finance University of Liverpool
Accounting and Finance University of Sussex
Accounting and Management University of Kent
Accounting and Management Queen Mary, University of London
Accounting, Finance and Economics Royal Holloway, University of London
Actuarial Mathematics University of Leeds
Aviation Management Coventry University
Business and Management Aston University
Business and Management Durham University
Business and Management University of Kent
Business and Management University of Sussex
Business and Management University of York
Business Economics University of East Anglia
Business Economics University of Exeter
Business Management University of Essex
Business Management (Human Resource Management) Cardiff University
Business Management (Marketing) University of Westminster
Business Management with Economics University of Brighton
Business Management with Entrepreneurship University of Surrey
Business with Marketing University of Edinburgh
Business, Economics and Finance Loughborough University
Consumer Behaviour and Marketing University of Reading
Economics University of Buckingham
Economics Durham University
Economics University of Leeds
Economics University of Manchester
Economics Royal Holloway, University of London
Economics University of Warwick
Economics and Accounting Brunel University London
Economics and Finance Cardiff University
Economics and Finance with Industrial Experience University of Exeter
Economics with Accountancy University of East Anglia
Economics, Finance and International Business Oxford Brookes University
Event Management University of Hertfordshire
Finance Lancaster University
Finance and Business University of Sussex
Finance, Accounting and Management University of Nottingham
Global Business Management Coventry University
Human Resource Management Oxford Brookes University
International Business Management University of Surrey
International Business, Finance and Economics University of Manchester
International Hospitality and Tourism Management Coventry University
International Hospitality Management University of Surrey
International Marketing and Management Newcastle University
Investment and Financial Risk Management Cass Business School - City, University of London
Management University of Warwick
Management (International Business Economics) University of Manchester
Management and Marketing University of Essex
Management Studies University of Leicester
Management with Marketing University of Bath
Marketing Durham University
Marketing Lancaster University
Mathematics and Accounting and Financial Management Loughborough University
Modern Language and Business and Management (German) University of Manchester
Money, Banking and Finance University of Birmingham
Philosophy and Economics University of Edinburgh
Real Estate University of Westminster
Sport Management Loughborough University

The added benefits of studying a Business Foundation

Our enrichment programmes are built into the daily timetable to allow you not to just study a topic, but to experience and understand what it means in a more practical environment.

All enrichment activities will fall within the following 3 areas; Project work, specialist course skills, core personal development skills.

Term 1 Enrichment Programme Overview

Example for Bellerbys College London our specialist college for Business students

Over the course of the 3 terms business enrichment activities will be delivered through different forums, continually adding greater depth and interest to the study programme;

  • Additional Business / Finance courses
  • National Business / Finance competitions
  • University and Corporate Guest speakers
  • Student-led, practical, task based workshops
  • Diverse Presentations and Workshops
  • Trips to Universities, Local Businesses and International Businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Student Projects and Committees

Term 1 Activity includes:

  • Project work: 4 Enterprise Business Conference, BASE Competition (inter-school competition to understand interest rates), Business and Economics Forum
  • Specialist course skills: Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (qualification), HSBC investment visit, Financial Planning for small businesses workshop, Young Enterprise Scheme
    • Young enterprise programme students will set up a real life business, learn how to price, advertise and carry out merchandising.
    • Base competition - For specialist Accounting students, Base offers students the chance to take on the role of a chartered accountant and develop their key employability skills. Groups that take part receive feedback from a panel of judges. The programme is sponsored by the top accounting firms, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG.
    • Extended Economics - The opportunity take part in the annual Economics essay writing competition and the Bank of England’s target 2.0 competitions.
  • Personal development skills: Top ranking universities will deliver workshops that will give you a better understanding of university life, what to expect and how best to succeed at your academic studies.
    • Students will maintain an E-portfolio; this will enable them to monitor, build and reflect upon their personal development, identify their learning and set goals that they want to achieve for university and beyond.
    • UCL - Preparing a personal statement for university
    • Queen Mary - Participating in enrichment
    • SOAS - Preparing for university life
    • Kent - Importance of effective time management and organisation skills.
    • Goldsmiths (University of London) - Essay writing and Plagiarism.
    • Kingston - Developing Presentation and Problem solving skills.

Enrichment fully integrated with academic learning

Our enrichment activities will be timetabled to coincide with academic module learning outcomes. The enrichment programme is weaved in to the weekly timetable and is an integral part of the overall enjoyable and confidence building learning experience Bellerbys offers.


Timetable Sample Term 1 from September 2014 London Campus

Business Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1  Maths  FES1  Economics  Tutorial  IELTS  Enrichment
 2  Maths  FES1  Economics  Economics  FES1
 3  Economics  Maths  Tutorial  Maths  FES1
 4 (Lunch)
   Maths  Tutorial  Maths  
 5 (Lunch)
 Business Studies
 6  Business Studies
 Business Studies
 7  IT  Business Studies
 FES1  IELTS  Business Studies
 8  IT  Enrichment  Enrichment  IELTS  Business Studies
 9  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment  Enrichment

PSHE – Personal, Social and Health Education.
FES1 – Develop the ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, take notes, listen actively and participate in discussions.

Period 8 / 9 exciting enrichment options in term 1 include:

E-portfolios;   Base  Competition; Young Enterprise Scheme; Business and Economics Forum; Investors Challenge; Workshop on CV / Personal Statement Writing;   HSBC Visit, Forex Course; Workshop on Financial Planning for Setting up Small Businesses

To study the Business, Finance & Management Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.


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