Business and Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Business and Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B678; Short form: BA/BMfe

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This degree course has a distinct emphasis on practical learning and you’ll develop core business skills in key areas such as problem solving, decision making, team working and communications. You are encouraged to put theory into practice and will have the option of undertaking a one year paid placement, as well as short-term internships. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in some consultancy practice ensuring you have the awareness and skills to succeed in the changing world of business. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.



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Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

  • Managing Business Information (Year long)
  • Skills for HE (Year long)
  • Business in Context (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Enterprise Skills (Semester 1)

Choose two from:

  • Accounting and Economics (Semester 2)
  • Managing People and Organisations (Semester 2)
  • Marketing and Retail (Semester 2)

Foundation year BURNLEY MODULES

  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Introduction to Chosen Degree Subject
  • Volunteering and Community Action
  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2 and 3

Preston Modules

Core modules:

  • Management and Organizational Behaviour
  • Business and Management Project Essentials
  • Introduction to Business Functions
  • The Business Environment

Core modules:

  • Global Environment of Business
  • Work, Organisation and Change
  • Career Planning
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Research Methods

Plus one of the following option modules:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Business Economics

Year 4 and 5

  • Optional 48-week work placement

Core modules:

  • Management Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Dissertation or Management Report
  • Management Analysis Project or Professional Development

Plus two of the following option modules:

  • E-Marketing
  • Management Consultancy Skills
  • Learning and Development
  • Evaluating HRM
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • International Management
  • International Finance

There is a 48-week work placement in the third year for those taking the Sandwich route.

Burnley Campus Modules

Year 1

  • The Functions of Business
  • Business Environments
  • Business and Management Project
  • Management and Practice

Year 2

  • Operations and Research
  • The Business Landscape
  • The  Business Professional
  • Work Based Learning Project
  • Enterprise in Practice: Creating a Business

Year 3

  • Business Strategy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Management Project

And either:

  • Dissertation  or
  • Enterprise in Practise: Enterprise Project and
  • Enterprise in Practise: Starting a Business

Additional info:

  • Opportunity to transfer to a degree apprenticeship at the end of year one. (Subject to employment opportunities and being recruited at appropriate businesses).
  • Study on a day-release basis towards the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) which incorporate a BA(Hons) Business Management and gain Chartered Manager status (accredited by the Chartered Management Institute or Institute of Leadership and Management).
  • You would join the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) in year two, having completed  a “bridging module” in Project Management with the remaining course fees paid by the employer.

Further Information

The Business and Management programme has an optional sandwich year within the degree programme with the goal of producing capable, employable graduates. The programme has an equal focus on the principles of business and management. In addition the course provides scope to explore options to enhance your career.

The programme content is dynamic, evolving as business issues change to ensure you’ll have the awareness and skills to succeed in the changing world of business.

Business and Management aims to develop an understanding of how organisations operate and the importance of effective management. Throughout the degree students will develop practical managerial and communication skills and decision making. Students also have an opportunity to study modules in International Business.

You will develop knowledge and skills with a broad understanding in the underpinning theories of business and management. By the end of the programme you will be an independent learner with the skills, knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about your future career.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Business School, UCLan

"The Business and Management course has a great balance of business and management modules but also a focus on personal development and employability from Year 1. I received fantastic support, guidance and access to resources throughout the course and my industrial placement which gave me the skills and confidence to begin my career after graduating."

Xavia Byrnell

"This course involved the perfect mix of business and management related modules to enable me to determine the areas that I found most interesting. The option to do a 12 month placement during my third year has proved an essential addition to my CV and has helped me to secure graduate level employment in an area that interested me throughout my time at university. The broad range of subjects alongside the supportive tutors, many of whom are industry professionals in their specific area, truly helped to prepare me for starting my career."

Aimee Callaghan

After attending university as a full-time student 4 years ago when I had just left college, the course didn’t really suit my learning needs. I decided to leave and got offered a job at AquaSpira.  They have been supportive enough to give me the opportunity to do the CMDA after completing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.  The CMDA is perfect for me as I am able to link the business and management theory to real life projects and job roles at work.

Hayley Bradshaw
CMDA Student

The Business part of the degree provides concepts and techniques that are relevant to a wide range of business problems and situations. You will cover an overview of various contextual elements of Business Law, Economics and Finance and Human Resource Management.

In Final Year the focus is on exploring contemporary issues in business management, globalisation and strategy. The Management part of the degree provides an opportunity to learn about the range of ideas, models and theories that underpin contemporary management. The course progresses firstly providing a general appreciation of management theory, following with concentration on managing change and research skills and the Final Year explores strategic management.

Students will have the option of a paid placement in industry. In the final year students can choose a dissertation or company based project to further enhance practical application of classroom ideas to the 'real' world.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).

You will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In further years attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.


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We are renowned for developing graduates who are highly employable and have strong entrepreneurial skills. This course offers a 48-week work placement opportunity where you will have the chance to work in a real business and gain vital work experience that will assist you in gaining employment when you graduate. In addition, you will have further opportunities for real-world work experience through short internships, volunteering and much more. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad and take some of your modules at our Cyprus campus. We offer a unique travel bursary fund where you can apply for funding to pay for your international study experience.

Because of the equal focus on business and management our graduates are highly employable in a wide range of business areas throughout industry, commerce, the public sector and other non-profit making organisations.

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