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Business Foundation Course


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The Business Foundation Course is a bridging course; it’s for those of you if you who wish to do a degree but don’t quite meet the entry requirements.

The course consists of one foundation year, followed by three years on an actual degree course.

On successful completion of the Business Foundation Course, you can study one of the degrees offered in the School of Business, such as:

During your preparatory year you’ll apply core competences in professional communication, IT skills and use of IT packages, quantitative skills and understanding the fundamentals of business and management.

In the second semester you’ll apply all this knowledge to more specific academic areas of study.

4 reasons to study here

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Happy students: No.1 university in the UK for Student Experience in accounting and finance, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
Academic progression: Preparatory year that naturally leads into a full degree in a variety of business-related areas.
Inspiring ideas, enterprising practice: LSBU is the Times Higher Education's Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2016. Read more about Student Enterprise.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


  • Personal, professional and academic development
  • Business organisation and structure
  • Business environment
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Leadership, management and operations
  • Business foundation course project


The course is the perfect springboard for students who want to do one of the excellent degrees in the School of Business but do not quite meet the entry requirements.

Your progression route is well mapped out with this course because you'll progress to one of the School's degree-level courses.

So, to have a good sense of where you might end up – and what kind of career your could establish – you should read the 'Employability' and 'Case Studies' tabs in any, or all, of the following course areas:

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Teaching and learning

Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.

And you'll have a Personal Tutor (at level 4), who will help you plan and review your progress, as well as the dedicated Information adviser and the School of Business to help you find the resources you need.

Read more about our student services.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level DD or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with Pass or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including English and Maths, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world.

English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4868Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Fees to be published soon

This is a new course, with the first intake in September 2017. We are yet to set the fees for this course, but please check back as they'll be updated here soon.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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