Foundation Course Business Foundation Year

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Solid foundation

The Business Foundation Year 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 LSBU Business School, such as:

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Why Business at LSBU?

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Preparatory year that naturally leads into a full degree in a variety of business-related areas.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Semester 1 provides you with a solid foundation in academic skills and business-related disciplines, whilst Semester 2 allows you to personalise your preparedness for a degree of your choice by choosing a subject-specific module and a subject-appropriate quants module plus, as part of the Problem Solving for Business module, selecting businesses, areas of business, projects, and roles in project teams and simulations that play to your interests and future plans.

By the end of this foundation year you will be able to

  • Identify the main functional areas of business, and explain their relationship with each other, and with the external business environment
  • Examine the social, legal, cultural and ethical impact of business and management decisions on both the organisation and its environment;
  • Explore how organisations are managed and developed to meet future needs of stakeholders in a rapidly changing business environment
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate business models and frameworks to business issues and problems, identifying appropriate sources of data and conduct evidence based business research
  • Develop and apply, academic and business skills including numerical and statistical methods, academic and business writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Develop and apply key soft skills including team working, coaching, leadership critical thinking skills, innovation, creativity and enterprise to issues in a business context
  • Take ownership of your learning journey through effective time management, managing academic work and other commitments;
  • Be self-aware, sensitive and open to the diversity of people, cultures, beliefs and ethical issues.

Core modules

  • Apps and Applications
    This module will introduce you to software that can be used in the academic and business environment to support your IT confidence, enhance your IT proficiency and work together in online spaces. You will develop a confidence with learning and using new software, preparing you for the changing business environment and the increasing use of virtual spaces and emerging software.
  • Business Culture and Communication
    This module supports you in your personal and academic development as you transition into business education, ensuring familiarisation with academic processes and resources, and through the development of sustainable communication and effective coaching skills. Furthermore it facilitates your self-development, through the exploration of your core values and beliefs, enabling you to develop your social and cultural capital through individual and group work, networking, social activity, and exposure to the current business environment and the good coaching practice within organisational culture.
  • Academic Development
    Academic writing is the foundation upon which student success is built, so this module will explore the contextual nature of communication, comparing the features of spoken language with the written word. Further, it will explain the key steps that you will need to undertake to complete a persuasive piece of academic writing, providing you with guidance on how to express opinions and form logical academic arguments underpinned by research.
  • Problem Solving for Business
    You will apply introductory research skills to a real-world problem in the shape of a local project, which will require you to undertake primary and secondary research into an issue facing a local organisation such as a community service, local charity or small business. You will evaluate outcomes of the research undertaken and provide recommendations for the business, as well as undertaking a short programme of coaching.

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Business Management
    This module aims to give you an overview of what constitutes a business/organisation, and of the different types of businesses. It illustrates what the component parts are and the way businesses achieve sustainability and success, encourages the understanding of the domestic and international business environment, and explores aspects of globalisation.
  • Introduction to Marketing
    The module introduces the fundamental topics in marketing. It familiarises students with the basic theories and practices of marketing, and provides students with a foundation in the subject of marketing.
  • Introduction to Economics
    This module will introduce you to basic economic concepts, and the principles of micro and macroeconomics. Major economic issues including unemployment, production and growth will also be illustrated.
  • Data-handling for Business and Marketing
    This module teaches the fundamental statistical and mathematical tools that are the principles of decision-making. From a data perspective, the course provides an idea of infrastructures and types of data. It will provide you with the skills to derive insights from a pool of data for decision making.
  • Maths for Economics
    This module provides a mathematical underpinning for L4 of the Economics degree, in particular the Business Mathematics module.
  • Problem Solving for Business
    You will apply introductory research skills to a real-world problem in the shape of a local project, which will require you to undertake primary and secondary research into an issue facing a local organisation such as a community service, local charity or small business. You will evaluate outcomes of the research undertaken and provide recommendations for the business, as well as undertaking a short programme of coaching.


The Business Foundation Year provides you with a solid foundation in academic skills and business-related disciplines; instilling knowledge and practical skills that will prepare you for a Business School UG degree and which can add value to any company or organisation. You will specifically develop practical and research skills in the Problem Solving for Business module but all modules will require you to engage in practical tasks which will enhance your employability.

Undergraduate degrees to which you can progress within the Business School:

  • BA (Hons) Business Management (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (PT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Accounting (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Accounting (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Digital Innovation &Entrepreneurship (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with HRM (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with HRM (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management (with Placement) (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising & Digital Communications (FT)
  • BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising & Digital Communications (with Placement) (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing with Digital (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing with Digital (with Placement) (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics (with Placement) (FT)
  • BSc  (Hons) Economics with Business Strategy (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Business Strategy (with Placement) (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance (FT)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance (with Placement) (FT)

Employability Service

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.


Business graduates association member

LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.

As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.

Teaching and learning

The academic team is made up of a range of lecturers from research, industry and charity backgrounds with subject specialisms in Economics, Enterprise, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Mathematics.

Where possible, guest speakers from business and academia will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities and application of knowledge to business case studies and real life. Examples of activities students will engage with during seminars are: question practice and case study analysis to reinforce and contextualise key lecture topics, debate and discussion. Processes and techniques are demonstrated during lectures and are then developed and applied to questions and exercises during seminars to reinforce learning.

Examples of the range of assessment types are: Business Reports, Case Study Analysis, Closed Book Exam, Multiple choice test, Individual Reflections, Essays, E-poster, Social Media Presence Development, Individual Portfolio, Excel Assignment, Coaching Diary, and Group Presentation.

Personal Tutoring

Personal tutoring and pastoral care will be provided through a dedicated team of personal tutors. As part of the Academic Development, students will meet in groups to discuss and identify their own individual SMART objectives related to the current course of study and career objectives. From this they will then work alongside their Personal Tutor to develop the Personal Development Plan for the coming semester and to be developed in all modules and finalised in the Problem Solving for Business module.

At the end of Semester 1 / beginning of Semester 2 students will meet to review their semester one results and develop their plan. In Semester 2 the personal development will focus on extra curricula opportunities for students to increase student engagement. The division will work closely with support services and societies and the student to ensure opportunities for personal development are supported.


Entry requirements

    In order to be considered for entry applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

    • 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 other equivalent qualifications.

    English language qualifications for students for whom English is a second language: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C, and/or successful completion of 12 week LSBU pre-sessional English Language Course.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
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Prepare to start

Applicant events

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

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.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

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.