The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.
In the industry, business and finance are inextricably linked. Having a good understanding of one area enhances your knowledge of the other. This course is ideal if you are interested in developing business knowledge and financial management skills.
Make your mark in the UK’s business industry
Business in the UK is the driver of economic success and growth. To ensure the future success of UK companies, highly skilled managers are required to provide businesses with a competitive edge in a global marketplace. Every business needs competent management to ensure that it can function in today's economic environment.
Learn a wealth of skills to prepare you for your career
Being successful in business starts with having a broad range of skills. We’ll equip you with the ones you need. You’ll learn how to manage profit-making or providing value to stakeholders. Knowing how to communicate your business strategies is crucial and we help you to confidently make decisions.
There will be opportunities for you to explore your own business ideas and launch your own enterprise. You can also take work based learning to enhance your understanding and gain credits towards your degree.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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We have a bustling business department with lots of expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and around-the-clock support.
Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, giving you the chance to gain experience in the real world. Our focus on real life experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.
Make the most of our industry links
Our focus on recreating the industry on campus gives a boost to your employability. Some of the companies we have worked with include Initials, Jargon PR, Medico, Mindshare, Primal, Scannappeal and Simpler PR.
We have a strong practical element to our business courses with live briefs that our friends in the industry trust our students with. We’ve had students consulting major companies and helping start ups to get their businesses on the move.
Learn about Business from well-seasoned experts in management
Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We attract many guest speakers, including former students who share their business acumen. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.
Every year we run BizFest, where successful business leaders come to Bucks to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.
Recognition by Institute of Financial Accountants
On successful completion of this degree programme, you will be eligible to apply for exemptions from the Institute of Financial Accountants for the following units:
- Management Accounting/Advanced Management Accounting - exemption from 5MA
- International Finance - exemption from 5MA
- Completion of the optional unit UK taxation - exemption from 4TX Tax for SMEs
- Completion of the optional unit Financial Reporting and Management - exemption from 5FR Financial Reporting Skills for SMEs
If you have completed the degree programme, as well as the optional tax and financial reporting unit as part of your degree, you will be eligible to apply for access to Associate (AFA) membership upon completion of the ethics programme.
Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Introduction to Business Studies
Year 1 Modules
- Accountant in Business Organisations
- Global Business environment
- Graduate Challenge
- Management Accounting
- Data Insight for Business Decisions
- Career Viewpoint
- Financial Accounting
- Computerised Accounting
Year 2 Modules
- Advanced Management Accounting
- Business Consulting
- Contemporary Business Economics
- Consulting in Practice
- Financial Reporting (I)
- Corporate Business Law
- Project Management
- Financial Management
Year 3 Modules
- Research Methods
- Strategic Agility
- Corporate Governance and Ethics
- Financial Reporting (II)
- International Finance
- Developing Leadership and Management Skills
- Dissertation (optional)
- Consultancy Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks