BSc single honours Business Management with foundation year 2019/20

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Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Our Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to a related undergraduate degree.

Our Business Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degrees, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance. The foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree. The course aims to help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

Good management is at the heart of every successful organisation. All of our business programmes are practical in nature and from day one you will start to build your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the environments in which they operate, and how they are managed.

Designed to prepare you for general management, this course is particularly suitable if you are looking for a role in the service, retail or public sectors. You will study business from a strategic viewpoint and examine real-life organisational problems, making use of the strong links between Christ Church Business School and a wide range of local, regional and national organisations, and gaining real-world knowledge and experience.

You will explore areas including:

  • business accounting
  • introduction to economics
  • introduction to marketing.




The Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

93% of our most recent Business Management students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey 2018

This is a three-year degree, or two-year diploma, designed to prepare you for general management. All our business programmes at Canterbury are essentially practical in nature. You will receive relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed. The inter-relationships among and the integration of these areas will form part of your overall student learning experience.

Assessments include a range of methods but do not feature formal examinations. A particularly innovative feature is the link with local organisations in the final stage of the degree provided by the Problem Orientated Project module. This is also available if you choose Business Management (Retail). You can also expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of business ethics and demonstrate the relevance of ethics in business.

We provide a high-quality, broad-based and sound foundation for those wanting to pursue roles in business and/or management in a positive learning environment. We pride ourselves on approachability and ensure our students have access to their tutors within drop-in sessions and office hours. 

This course is for you if you are looking for a role in the service, retail and public sectors. This programme allows you to develop an understanding of these areas without following a degree devoted entirely to the subject.

You will be provided with the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of a range of current models, theories, concepts, research and issues. These relate to key aspects of small and medium-sized enterprises, voluntary and community organisations and large organisations, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors within the dynamic context and changing environment in which they operate.

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Core modules

Communication and Academic Skills for HE

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Personal and Career Development

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing

To prepare students for the academic study of business, management and marketing by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment. This will be achieved through addressing key questions concerning current business issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and begin to use tools of analysis to discuss important contemporary issues. The module further aims to help students to understand the importance of issues around work and people in organisations by looking at basic HRM functions, activities and issues.

Contemporary Issues in Law

The aims of the module are to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary issues in law. Students will be introduced to a number of contemporary issues through the perspective of different areas of legal study. Students will be able to look into a range of contemporary issues that require the application of legal rules and structures to develop their awareness of the implications and limitations of different areas of law in regards to specific issues.

Individual Project

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate, under supervisory guidance, a particular topic or issue related to material covered in the subject-specific modules. A major aim of the project is to help students prepare for their chosen subject-specific study at Level 4.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Business Foundation Years

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and so prepare them for degree studies in Business Studies and Accounting and Finance. The module also aims to help students to understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and the contemporary issues that are currently affecting these disciplines.

Year one

Core modules

Business Accounting

A comprehensive overview of the financial statements and the accounting system.

Developing Graduate Skills

Provides you with a range of practical skills that will be of value during your studies at university and beyond.

Introduction to Management Science

Enables you to analyse and utilise appropriate numerical techniques that will be of value in a range of business contexts and which may be applied to a range of business and management problems.

Introduction to Economics

Enables you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of economics. The course also provides a comprehensive overview of the economic environment within which businesses operate.

Introduction to Marketing

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the core themes of marketing and their practical application to contemporary business practice. The module covers the main marketing concepts.

People in Organisations

Provides you with a general introduction to managing people in the work environment and an understanding of key elements of the law relating to employment. 

Year two

Core module

Leadership and Management

Develops your ability to understand the principles of management and leadership, and interpret ambiguous situations that exist between leaders, management and staff in modern organisations.

Likely optional modules

Business in Society

Provides you with an introduction to issues pertaining to the changing role of businesses in society.  It aims to encourage you to consider how companies can manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society at the local, national and global level while at the same time achieving their organisational goals.

Consumer Behaviour

Develops your critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.

Corporate Financial Accounting

Provides you with a thorough understanding of financial accounting techniques and accounting statements suitable for analysis and publication appreciating the regulatory framework.


Explores the nature of the challenges facing e-Marketing, the impact of more sophisticated and demanding consumers, the globalisation of markets and the advent of virtual distribution and payment systems.


Provides you with an understanding of the main concepts and theories of entrepreneurship, its role in the modern economy, and hence aims to develop a practical perspective on the processes involved in new venture creation.

Management Accounting

Develops your knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation, and control.

Management of Operations

Evaluates the role of operations management within a business context.  There will be particular emphasis placed on the role and function of the operations manager in an organisation, encompassing quality management and the role of project management.

Project Management

Examines the role of project management within a contemporary business context and the underpinning philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies.

Retail Management

Provides you with a comprehensive understanding of developments within the retail sector, consumer behaviour and store design.

Work Based Learning

The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Year three

Core modules

Exploring Strategy

Provides you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Likely optional modules

Entrepreneurship in the Global Marketplace

Explores the notion of international entrepreneurship as a contributory factor impacting on economic development, allowing evaluation of the issues influencing entrepreneurs and business ventures in emerging, developing, established and declining global markets.

Financial Strategy

Develops your understanding of advanced financial accounting issues and of the treasury function, auditing, taxation and corporate financial strategy.

International Business

Evaluates and contrasts the opportunities and constraints facing businesses in different areas of the world. You will also gain an awareness of cross-cultural differences, sustainability and ethical considerations for entrepreneurial and other ventures around the world.

International Marketing

Provides you with an understanding of the different cultural, economic and political environments that are necessary for success for international markets.

Problem-Orientated Project

Provides you with an opportunity to study the practical application of theoretical underpinning to a business-oriented problem and the development of students’ research skills.

Public Relations

Develops a critical understanding of the strategic, international and specialist roles of PR, whilst building your written PR skills ready for the work environment.

Service Management

Builds on concepts developed in ‘Management of Operations.’  It will acquaint you with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that their staff face. 

Strategic issues in HRM

Develops your understanding of the strategic nature of human resource management within the changing context of work and evaluates effective people management strategies.

We are proud that our students have been finalists a number of times in the national IBM Business Challenge.

The first year is common to all business programmes and introduces you to some of the main themes of the programme. There is also a module designed to make sure you are familiar with the skills, techniques and computer software you will be using both at university and beyond. At the end of the first year, it is quite straightforward to change degree pathways should you wish.

In year two the exact combination of core and optional modules depends on your chosen degree. The final year involves studying business aspects from a more strategic viewpoint. You will also have the opportunity to examine a real-life organisational problem. A wide range of local, regional and national organisations from across the region support us in doing this.

Our graduates have moved on to very exciting and challenging jobs in the private as well as public sector, in the UK and abroad. Their employers include Google, Apple, KPMG, HSBC and the NHS.

We are a diverse school; our students and staff come from a variety of backgrounds and places. In order to provide our students with a diversity of learning experiences, we maintain close links with a variety of European universities. Our students have the opportunity to complete one semester or one year of their studies at one of these institutions in English language within the framework of the Erasmus programme.

Work experience

You can opt to do a one year-long work placement, in addition to your three year academic studies. Whilst it is the responsibility of the student to secure a placement there is a School based placement officer and Unitemps office to help.

Also, the Problem Oriented Project in year three provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain real-life experience in the workplace.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Professional Body Registration Professional Body qualification is optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each of your modules is typically taught concurrently (‘short and fat’), meaning that you will be studying three modules simultaneously for half of the academic year. This will enable you to become accustomed to the demands and expectations of university in the first term, and then move onto increasingly complicated subject-specific content in the second semester. Consideration is made within the module delivery to ensure that foundational content is taught at the beginning of the module, and that increasingly complex concepts and processes will be encountered as the year progresses. This body of study, twinned with the academic support module that is core to this programme, will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto L4 of your named programme with a sound foundational knowledge of core subject principles, and with essential study and research skills for undergraduate progression.

This programme consists of six modules that run concurrently, enabling you to see the connections between them and to apply your growing skills with increasing confidence. These modules will adopt a range of techniques appropriate to the subject matter and stage of module progression. Typically, core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including Lecture & Discussion; Student-led Seminars; Tutorials; Individual Oral Presentations; Problem Solving Exercises, Case studies and Projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars. Therefore teaching on the Foundation year is focused on preparing students for the methods employed at L4 study.  Throughout the Foundation Year degree, your will receive academic and personal support from your module lecturers and Programme Director who will act as your Personal Tutor.


Personal Academic Tutorials will be provided by lecturers delivering the modules on the Foundation Year. You will be provided with scheduled slots for your Personal Academic Tutorials, which you are expected to attend. You may also contact the Programme Director for an Academic Tutorial additional to scheduled slots.

Attending Personal Academic Tutorials is a vital component of the Foundation Year and these are set up to review your academic progress during the Foundation Year.

You will have Personal Academic Tutorials in Induction week and as part of your modules.  You will be provided with a tutorial appointment slot which you must attend. You can also request a tutorial in a lecturer’s office hours. Your lecturers will provide you with these.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical project work, group and or individual work, Oral presentations, Computer based assessment, Seminar presentation, Paper presentation, Seminar papers, Case study and Audio or video presentation. Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer-based assessment), presentations and examination.

As a student within the Business School, you will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

We closely collaborate with external organisations, such as CIPD, Fujifilm, Discovery Park, Dreamland and Shepherd Neame.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

Accounting at Christ Church holds all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post­graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers.

We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

Our students find their degree a significant advantage when selecting a career, by combining academic study and practical assessments, and this is readily appreciated by potential employers. Among the occupations our recent graduates are now following are air traffic control, airline pilot, armed forces, banking, project management, retail management and teaching. Some of our recent overseas graduates have moved directly into management positions in their home countries. These degrees are also an ideal basis for continued study at Masters level in a range of business-related disciplines.


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UCAS course code

  • N205 Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements



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