Business Management BSc with Integrated Foundation Year and Year in Industry

Our integrated foundation courses combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

The BSc Business Management with foundation course and year in industry equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand business and management on both a national and global scale.

It is structured to reflect the changing world of business. This programme and foundation course combines the latest research and thinking with the philosophy that future leaders of industry should have a sound, broad-based business education. We advocate an enquiry-based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. No matter what the sector, organisations all require good leaders and this degree is aimed at students looking to take up leadership roles. Our graduates are highly sought after for their critical and analytical skills, as well as their in-depth knowledge of current business practices.

James Ellis

Business Management student

“As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities and processes which have now given my future a clear vision and pathway. I believe that by not limiting yourself to one discipline of business you will become a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.”

Our Business Management course with a foundation and industrial placement year aims to develop the intellectual, analytical and communication skills of students by providing them with a breadth of knowledge of business management, together with the transferable skills (for example in group and team working) that are necessary to apply this knowledge in new and challenging contexts.

Given the fact that business is conducted today in a global environment and that it is necessary to be able to interact with other markets and cultures, an international underpinning is to be found in most modules. In addition, an appreciation of other contemporary issues such as digital marketing, international entrepreneurship and management strategy is provided throughout the course, which will also endeavor to impart a sense of corporate social responsibility.

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of year 1 of the foundation course will also guarantee you progression onto the Business Management BSc (Hons) programme. *You will need at least 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai, on our business management foundation course.

Year one

Year one is an introductory year and introduces the key themes of the programme, e.g. marketing, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance. Students are given a thorough grounding in the subject areas that they continue in later years. The modules studied will mirror the UK business management course, from our Dubai campus.

At the end of this year, from June to September, students shall undertake a work placement in Dubai for duration of 3.5 months, which will be assessed via reflective assignments.

Year two

In year two we adopt a generalist approach although modules begin to become more focused and specialised; students must take at least 10 credits from each key themes. The modules on the Dubai business management course mirror those already offered in the UK based programme. The modules have been chosen as the most appropriate modules for the coherence of the programme, and the most suitable for the Dubai market.

Students also have an option to study at the Birmingham campus in year two. At the end of the study period, from June to September, students can undertake a work placement in the UK for 3.5 months that is assessed via a mini dissertation.

Year three

Year three of our business management course features modules that are increasingly focused. The year is underpinned by a compulsory dissertation which allows the student to investigate in-depth an area of personal interest.

Modules

Foundation year

Core modules

  • Business and the market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Academic English & Study Skills (40 credits)

Optional modules (Choose two from)

  • Law (20 credits)
  • Psychology (‘social’) (20 credits)
  • Biology (20 credits)

All modules listed for this course below are compulsory.

First year

  • Economics for Business (20 credits)
  • Personal, Professional and Academic Development (PPAD) (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing and Communication (20 credits)
  • Managing Financial Resources (20 credits)
  • Managing Operations and Projects (20 credits)
  • Organisations, Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Second year

  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Accounting, Management and Accountability (20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
  • Services and Retail Strategy (20 credits)

Third year

  • Business Strategies in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (20 credits)
  • Crisis Management (20 credits)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Students who have taken work experience over the summer may choose the Professional Development module (20 credits) in place of one of the 4 taught modules above.


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The foundation year of your programme is AED 89,964.

Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 94,080 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements

Nigeria

Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Pakistan

The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Learning and teaching methods on our business management foundation course will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

All work on the business management foundation course will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.

Joe Cainé“Studying the Business Management programme provided me with practical analytical and finance skills which have helped enormously when a significant part of my job is spent in Excel trying to get to grips with managing part of a large IT estate and delivering monthly business reviews for such a large service with a high turnover.”

Joe Cane, BSc Business Management, Service Delivery Manager, Fuijitsu

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