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.
Managing businesses and organisations today takes serious leadership skills. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified leaders.
Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified, but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership. This course equips you with the skills to become a confident and successful manager.
For the new generation of managers, change is the only consistency. This programme equips you with not only the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic international management, but will help develop your personal skills to prepare you for your first roles in management, or for running your own business.
On this programme you will develop a good understanding of the nature of business management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.
You will develop key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market. These skills are increasingly important in a world with technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are now fulfilling key business activities.
You will also learn about how technology is impacting business, so that you can understand how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) refer frequently to ‘accidental managers’ within business; those people who have been promoted due to competence in one role but who are not trained or equipped to be managers. By focusing on this element within our degree programmes, we will ensure that you have already started to develop management and leadership skills in readiness for the workplace.
Academics who teach on the programme have a wide range of experience and ongoing links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories but, of equal importance, giving you the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in live projects.
Guest lecturers will be used throughout the programme to also demonstrate the relevance of the teaching in a business context.
Our students are often asked to develop solutions for a wide-range of businesses. This allows you to gain real-world, hands-on experience while businesses benefit from having dedicated consultants to carry out research and offer advice tailored to their needs. We’ve had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla, Dow Chemicals and the NHS. We have also worked with local businesses such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.
Who is it for?
This programme is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry.
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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The programme provides a strategic and global view with recurring themes throughout of problem solving, creative thinking and developing empathy.
There is a specific focus on developing those skills which will be needed in a changing business environment. In a world where we rely increasingly on Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is vital that we equip our students with skills not only in empathy, creativity and problem solving but also personal resilience and self-management. This degree programme provides the opportunity for you to develop these skills and practice them.
Our strong links with industry and knowledge of their requirements for graduates helped to shape this programme. We will also introduce key business speakers and live briefs as assessments throughout the course.
In year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of business management. Core modules include finance, marketing, contemporary business environments, HR, leadership and management skills.
In year 2, you will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with real clients to support you in implementing changes to their business.
In the final year, you will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge you have gained through independent study on your dissertation or consultancy project. There is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.
What are the course entry requirements?
If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme, or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.
You will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.
International students should hold an IELTS of 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
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
- Employability and Enterprise
- Introduction to Business Studies
Year 1 Modules
- Graduate Challenge
- People & Organisations
- Business Environment
- Career Viewpoint
- Financial Decision Making
Year 2 Modules
- Economic Analysis
- International HRM (optional)
- B2B and Service Marketing (optional)
- Business Analytics (optional)
- Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (optional)
- The Media Business (optional)
- Operations and Project Management
- Small Business (optional)
- Enterprise Projects
- Selling and Sales Management
- Cross Cultural Management (optional)
- Future of Work (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Enterprise and New Business
- Strategic Human Resource Management (optional)
- International Marketing Management (optional)
- Strategic Decision Making
- Managing Innovation in Business
- UK Taxation (optional)
- Dissertation (optional)
- Consultancy Project (optional)
- Business Information Systems
- Financial Reporting and Management (optional)
- Negotiated Work-based Learning (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