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Lifelong Learning Centre

Business Studies with Foundation Year BSc

(Full time) 2020 start

Key facts

UCAS code: BFY0

Start date:
September 2020

Duration/Mode:
4 years full time

Typical A-Level offer: CCC
(specific subjects required)
Full entry requirements

UK fees: See fees section below
Financial Support Available

Work Placement: No

This course is available to UK residents only

Contact us

LLC Foundation Year Business Admissions

bm@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 3212

Overview

If you would like to study for a degree in accounting and finance, banking and finance, business management with marketing, human resource management, economics, international business or management at university, but don’t currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you (subject to meeting our additional entry criteria).

The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

The foundation element covers two years, during which you'll gain an understanding of key aspects of business studies. You'll study a range of subjects, including innovation and enterprise, marketing and organisational behaviour, as well as specialist modules depending on your choice of pathway.

On successful completion of the foundation year component, and subject to meeting the specific requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year two of your chosen degree course at Leeds University Business School.

The foundation element is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre and caters for a wide range of students whether you’re a school leaver continuing your education or a mature learner returning to study.

Additional support

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides a supportive environment to help you make the transition to degree-level study. We’ll work closely with you during your foundation year to provide guidance and help to identify the degree most appropriate for you.

Course content

The Business Studies with Foundation Year is a full-time, four year course which allows you to follow one of seven pathways to study towards a full honours degree from Leeds University Business School.

  • Accounting and Finance pathway – this leads to the award of BSc Accounting and Finance
  • Banking and Finance - this leads to the award of BSc Banking and Finance
  • Business Management with Marketing - this leads to the award of BA Business Management with Marketing
  • Economics pathway - this leads to the award of BSc Economics
  • Human Resource pathway – this leads to the award of BA Human Resource Management
  • International Business pathway - this leads to the award of BSc International Business
  • Management pathway – this leads to the award of BA Business Management In your first two years you will gain an understanding of key aspects of business studies. You will study a range of business management subjects including, innovation and enterprise, marketing and organisational behaviour, as well as specialist modules depending on your choice of pathway.

In your first two years you will gain an understanding of key aspects of business studies. You will study a range of business management subjects including, innovation and enterprise, marketing and organisational behaviour, as well as specialist modules depending on your choice of pathway.

These first two years have been designed to offer you academic, personal and professional development in a supportive and encouraging environment. This will help to ensure that you have the academic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the third and fourth years of study.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0105Introduction to Marketing20
LLLC0118Innovation and Enterprise20
LLLC0171Integrated Skills for Business Studies15
ODLM1006Studying in a Digital Age (Lifelong Learning)5

Optional

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0102Introduction to Accounting20
LLLC0103Introduction to Human Resource Management20
LLLC0104Introduction to Management20
LLLC0165Business Ethics20
LUBS1125Economic Institutions (Labour)10
LUBS1260Mathematics for Economics and Business 110
LUBS1270Statistics for Economics and Business 110
LUBS1585Economic Institutions (Industry)10
Year two

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LUBS1850Organisational Behaviour20

Optional

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1360Business Finance20
LLLC1363Introduction to Economics20
LLLC1364Mathematics and Statistics for Managers20
LLLC1387Accounting for Non-Specialists10
LLLC1393Research Methodologies for Business Studies20
LUBS1035Foundations of Finance20
LUBS1280Mathematical Economics10
LUBS1755Business and Society (Combined)20
LUBS1795The Contemporary Business Environment20
LUBS1950Economic Theory and Applications 120

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Business Studies with Foundation Year BSc in the course catalogue

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning. Group sizes are small enabling you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree in order to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: CCC excluding critical thinking and general studies. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent. Applicants interested in following the Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance or Economics pathway will need GCSE maths at grade B/6 or above, or equivalent. Applicants interested in following the Business Management with Marketing pathway will need a grade B/6 or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths at grade C/4.

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall with 45 graded credits at Level 3 of which 45 must be at Merit or above

BTEC

Merit, Merit, Merit

Cambridge Pre-U

P1, P2, P3

International Baccalaureate

24 overall (12 higher)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Admissions Team

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Admissions Team

Welsh Baccalaureate

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Admissions Team

Additional entry criteria

As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:
  • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
  • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of five A*-C / 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attainment 8 score at GCSE in a state school. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
  • You grew up in public care

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

Alternative Entry Scheme for mature applicants

If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and if you don’t have the required A Levels or GCSE qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Please mention on your personal statement the area you want to progress to.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team, and if you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview. This could be either in person or on the phone. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry 
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

EU students starting in 2021/22 
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.

There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification you already hold. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the foundation element you could progress onto a degree in accounting and finance, banking and finance, business management with marketing, human resource management, economics, international business or management taught by Leeds University Business School. For more information about specific career opportunities please check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to.

A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions