BA (Hons) Business Management including Foundation Year (4 Year)

Have only a limited number of A-Levels or BTEC Level 3 qualifications? All of our four-year degrees are ideal for applicants who have only studied up to GCSE Level. This course may also be for you if you:

  • Have been out of education for a while
  • Are an EU national who graduated from high school outside of the UK.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, you could still be admitted onto the course if you pass our admissions tests and interview.

You can choose to study Business Management, Law or Accounting and Financial Management. In Year 1, you will complete four Foundation Year modules. Three of these four modules focus on general study skills and the fourth is an introduction to your chosen subject area (Business, Law or Accounting). These modules have been designed to prepare you for the next three years of your degree.

If you are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company (SLC) you will be entitled to funding for all 4 years of the course.

The course covers the key aspects of business and management theory and practice at degree level. During the first year of study you will focus on developing the academic skills you will need to successfully complete the business modules (e.g. academic writing and research skills).

In addition, students can opt to take an additional Internship Placement module in year 3. A certificate of recognition on completion of the degree will be issued separately.

This degree is the first step on the ladder to building a firm foundation of business management knowledge. To progress, membership of a professional body is also useful and can assist with on-going learning, development, and networking. One such organisation is the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). STMBS are Higher Education Partners with the CMI, and our students enjoy access to over 100 hours of e-learning modules, 400 videos and over 700 ebooks as a result of our partnership.

Upon graduation you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business Management which will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position in a wide range of areas within the business world.

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This degree is a natural choice for applicants who want a wide-ranging qualification that gives them a good-grounding in business and management fundamentals. We aim to give students a solid understanding of the nature of entrepreneurial opportunity, so that they can become self-starters when it comes to developing businesses. But equally, we aim to equip them with the skills to be able to bring innovation, creativity and strategic thinking to organisations that they may choose to work for. The range of careers open to our business and management graduates is hence as wide as their own imaginations can take them.

In practice there are a wide range of career opportunities for BA (Hons) Business Management graduates, including both public and private sector employment opportunities in specific vocational areas such as marketing, IT, HRM planning, and accountancy and managerial trainee posts. Graduates can progress into becoming human resource managers, operations managers, brand managers and business development managers among many other career pathways.

Key Information

We have both October and January start dates for this course. There are two semesters each year. Students complete 2 x 30 credit modules each semester, enabling students to concentrate on fewer modules at a time. Modules are assessed in different ways, e.g. essays, problem questions, case studies, reports, presentations and examinations.


4 years full-time



Start Dates:

October or January

Awarding Body:

Worchester university



UK/EU 2017/18*: £6,150 per year
Total course fee: £24,600

EEA and Swiss nationals 2017/18*: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000

* Scholarships are available

International students are ineligible for 4 Year degrees

Please note we are unable to issue Tier 4 visas for our 4 Year degrees


Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally require 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications, including English Language.

Note: From 2017, English and Maths GCSEs are graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. All other GCSE subjects will follow with the new grading system in 2019. A current grade 'C' in the new system will be considered to be a '4'. Click here for a quick explanation of the new GCSE grading system from our blog.

  • Applicants must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) Secondary School, or equivalent, at least 2 years prior to the start of the course.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language require IELTS at 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each category).


Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 0
Study and
Research Skills
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Introduction to
Business and
(30 credits)
Level 4
Year 1
(30 credits)
Information and
(30 credits)
Leadership and
(30 credits)
Principles and
(30 credits)
Level 5
Year 2
(30 credits)
Digital Marketing
(30 credits)
Operations and
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Level 6
Year 3
Enterprise and
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Business Research
(30 credits)
(30 credits)

Students complete one of the following Level 5 option modules:

  • Ethics, Sustainability and Social Impact
  • Talent Management

    In addition, students can opt to take an additional 20-credit Level 5 Internship Placement module.

Students complete two of the following Level 6 option modules:

  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Critical Issues in Business Management

    Students will also be required to submit a research proposal in teaching week 8 of Semester 1 in the final year, for the 30-credit, Business Research Project. The due date for the project will be teaching week 12 of Semester 2.

Featured Modules

Digital Marketing is a Level 5 module that informs students about using digital technologies to achieve marketing objectives. This means developing strategies to acquire and retain customers profitably in the context of a constantly changing multi-channel buying process. This module builds on students’ existing marketing knowledge and introduces them to the concepts, evolution, technology, tools and drivers of digital marketing. These tools include website development, social media, search engine and email marketing which are underpinned by data analytics that enable marketers to understand and influence the evolving ‘customer journey’.

Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation is a Level 6 module that provides students with a general understanding of the nature of entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and the need for innovation and creativity. The module explores enterprising behaviour within the context of large organisations (including both private and public organisations, as well as those in the third sector) as well as small businesses.

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Degree classification

Upon graduation your degree will be classified as follows:

1st Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Lower Second Class Honours (2.2)
Third Class Honours

In calculating your degree classification, modules at Levels 0 and 4 are ignored. Your degree classification is based upon your performance in modules at Levels 5 and 6.

Worchestar University

The BA (Hons) Business Management is awarded by the Worchester University, and is governed by the University's Academic Regulations. Most of the University’s degrees are made up of 20-credit modules and therefore some of the Regulations apply differently to the BA (Hons) Business Management because it consists of 30-credit modules:

1. Accumulated Failure (Regulation 3.7.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail modules to the value of 90 credits, you will be withdrawn from further study.

2. Condonement (Regulation 3.7.12)

You must pass every module in order to successfully complete your degree.

3. Maximum number of credits that can be studied in each academic year (Regulation 3.3.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail a module your studies will continue into an additional academic year.

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