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Business management foundation year pathway

This pathway is for for students wishing to study any of the following undergraduate programmes:

I love the Foundation Year at St Mary’s. Everybody is really friendly, and they give you the opportunity to develop yourself not just as a student, but as an individual.

Kwabena (Business Management and Entrepreneurship  with Foundation Year)


Along with the three core modules, the business management pathway also includes the following modules:

London: A Global City

This module explores the ways in which London is a globalised city, with particular reference to the financial, legal and tourism sectors. The module outlines the effects of global socio-economic developments in London, such as financial deregulation, the changing relationship between the UK and Europe, and the implications of competition with other global cities. By doing so, the module exposes students to the theoretical and practical implications of globalisation.

These concepts are explored through the gathering, presentation and analysis of secondary data sets, enabling students to gain a range of transferable data handling skills applicable to further studies in a range of disciplines including business and management, law, tourism and geography.

Fundamentals of Business Management

This module explores management as an essential component of all business organisations. Some businesses may have predominantly commercial objectives, while others may have complex social or public objectives. The common themes will be explored across a variety of types of organisations, while emphasising the specific challenges found in different organisational contexts.

These include but not limited to topics such as contemporary business practices, role of finance in society, history of management development and the changing nature of Human Resource Management.

Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.