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Business management foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Business Management Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to your chosen degree programme from the list below:

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)

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Course content

Along with four core Foundation Year modules, this pathways includes two business-based 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.

Personal Learning Competencies

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Taking a Professional Approach

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

The Individual Project

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.