Foundation Course BusinessSouthwark Campus
The Business Foundation Course is a bridging course which consists of one foundation year, followed by three years on an actual degree course.
During your preparatory year, you’ll apply core competences in professional communication, IT, quantitative skills and business and management fundamentals. In the second semester, you’ll apply all this knowledge to more specific academic areas of study.
On successful completion of the course, you can study one of the degrees offered in the School of Business, such as:
- Business Management
- Accounting and Finance
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, to name a few.
Why Business at LSBU?
- No. 1 London Modern University for business, management and marketing (Guardian League Table 2016).
- Happy students: No.1 university in the UK for Student Experience in accounting and finance (Sunday Times League Table 2017).
- Preparatory year that naturally leads into a full degree in a variety of business-related areas.
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- LSBU is the Times Higher Education's Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2016. Read more about Student Enterprise.
- 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 undertake a degree in the School of Business, but do not quite meet the entry requirements.
So, to have a good sense of where you might end up – and what kind of career you could establish – you should read the 'Employability' and 'Case Studies' tabs in any, or all, of the following course areas:
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
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.
As an undergraduate Business student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.
Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our coaching programme. This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.
- 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.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
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.
Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
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.
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.