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Business and Management with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Prepare to take on a Bachelor's degree in business and management, on this foundation year course with a guaranteed place on BA (Hons) Business and Management when you successfully finish.

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University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

UCAS code:

NN20

Typical offer:

32 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent

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If you want to take the first step into a career in business and management, but don't meet the entry requirements, have taken a break from study, or want extra support to get uni-ready, then this foundation year course is for you.

You'll study for one year through ICP, right here on campus. You'll get the knowledge and academic skills needed to take on a bachelor's degree, learning how to analyse information, do research, and improve your academic writing.

The skills you'll learn will help you work in teams as well as on your own in culturally diverse workplaces. You'll develop your understanding of new workplaces and environments, and how to adapt to new environments.

When you've finished, you'll be ready to move onto the first year of BA (Hons) Business and Management.

A guaranteed place

Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year, you'll be ready to progress onto BA (Hons) Business and Management with a guaranteed place.

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Course highlights

  • ICP is based on the University of Portsmouth campus so you'll have access to all facilities, support and societies
  • When you finish your foundation year successfully, you get a guaranteed place on BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance
  • Get used to how lectures, seminars and tutorials work, so you can move onto your degree ready for success
  • Learn how to meet the demands of taking on a bachelor's at university.

Contact information

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Clearing 2024 opens on 5 July and closes on 21 October

Every year thousands of students find their ideal undergraduate course through Clearing. Clearing matches students who are looking for a different course or university from their original choice, or who are applying for the very first time after 30 June, to courses that universities still have places on.

The majority of people apply through Clearing once they receive their exam results on A level / T level results day (15 August 2024).

You can apply through Clearing if:

  • You don't meet the conditions of your offer for your firm (first) or insurance (second) choice courses
  • Your exam results are better than you expected and you want to change your course or university 
  • You don't hold any offers
  • You've accepted an offer but changed your mind about the course you want to do
  • You're applying for the first time after 30 June 2024 

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Yes, we welcome Clearing applications from international students and you can apply in exactly the same way as UK students do. 

The majority of UK students apply through Clearing once they receive their A level / T level results in August 2024, so as an international student if you already have your exam results you can apply when Clearing opens. 

Make sure that you have time to get your visa, funding, and English language certification sorted out before the beginning of term.

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact our international office for advice. 

The entry requirements for courses can change in Clearing but if you want an idea of what grades we usually accept, take a look at our undergraduate course pages.

Even if you don't quite meet the entry requirements, we'd still encourage you to apply as you could still get a place.

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Entry requirements

Business and Management with Foundation Year entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 32 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications.

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 32 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications.

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

Facilities and specialist equipment

On your foundation year, you'll have access to all of the incredible facilities and equipment used by students at the University of Portsmouth.

Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room

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Business Simulation Suite

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Careers and opportunities

With a Business and Management degree, you will have the skills and knowledge to excel in today's evolving business landscape.

After this foundation year, you'll be able to go on to study BA (Hons) Business and Management, where graduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers in the business world.

Careers open to you could include:

  • business transformation consultant
  • marketing manager
  • project manager
  • army officer - squadron operations
  • business development executive
  • product marketing executive
  • account manager
  • personal banker
  • compliance analyst
  • supply chain manager

Hannah's story

Hannah graduated in 2019 with BA (Hons) Business and Management, and is now HR Business Partner with telecommunications giant BT. Hannah discusses her placement year at BT group and how she's applying the skills learned during her time at Portsmouth.

Hannah: My name is Hannah Ensley and I'm a HR business partner at BT. I studied business management at the University of Portsmouth. 

Uni was a journey of Discovery for me. I think it made me more confident because it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I chose to study at the University of Portsmouth because of multiple reasons — one of them was the location. I loved the fact of being in a city but also near the beach.

I also was sold on the course. When I went there for my open day I really enjoyed how they presented the course it really resonated with me and I was excited to join.

My light bulb moment was probably in my second year when I focused a bit closer to HR. I was excited to get my essays done, I was interested in learning about the different topics it was just very different to what I'd ever done before, touching on the different theories and the different Behavioural Sciences, understanding well-being and diversity and mental health. 

I chose to do a placement year at BT and I focused on HR and corporate affairs, and it taught me so much, gave me so many transferable skills and opened my eyes to the business world. 

Since graduating from the University of Portsmouth I have been working for BT. I love the variety of being a HR business partner but I love being close to the business, helping the team be the best they can be, helping to instil a great culture.

I think my passion is people. What drives my passion is being able to help people bring their best selves to work. It's all about empowering other people to be able to deliver and be the best person that they can.

Placement year opportunities

Once you've completed your foundation year and moved on to your full Bachelor's degree, you'll have the chance to do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Taking a placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. In year 1, each module is worth 20 credits.

What you'll study

Foundation year

In your foundation year, you'll gain the knowledge you need to move on to the first year of BA (Hons) Business and Management. It will bridge the gap to uni, with the knowledge and academic skills you'll need to start.

Throughout the year, you'll learn to critically engage with information, undertake literature reviews, enhance your academic writing, and gain awareness of different types of research.

When you successfully complete this year, you'll get a guaranteed place on the first year of the BA (Hons) Business and Management degree.

Years 2, 3 and 4

After your first year, you will transfer to BA (Hons) Business and Management. The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 (and year 5 if you do a placement year) can be found on the relevant course page.

Explore modules on BA (Hons) Business and Management

Optional placement year

On this course, you could do an optional work placement year between your 3rd and 4th years, or after your final year of study. This allows you to get valuable experience working in the industry relevant to your chosen science degree. 

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this foundation course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

You'll be taught by experts that have both industry and research experience.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and practical classes for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in further years, depending on what science degree you choose at the end of your foundation year.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

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Supporting you

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop, or use our online resources.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • reflective writing skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't currently open to EU or International students.

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't currently open to EU or International students.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN20
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

 

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN20
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS

 

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

This course isn't currently open to EU or International students.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.