Are you interested in pursuing a professional career in business and management, but you’re unsure if you qualify for university study? Arden’s BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year degree is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in any career you want.
Our business foundation year course will enable you to explore a range of business skills, covering the key elements of business management, the principles of marketing, and the ability to make crucial business changes. These areas of expertise are designed to bring out your best qualities as a manager, and are highly sought after by employers.
As with all of our business degree courses, our bachelor’s degree in business with foundation year offers an exciting mix of academic study, business skills development, and face-to-face training. Our business foundation degree course is the ideal pathway if you don’t currently meet our standard entry requirements, or if it’s been a while since you were in formal education and need to brush up your study skills. Once your foundation year is complete, you’ll progress the first year of the full degree course and will be fully settled into life as a university student.
Introducing you to the most important aspects of business, this course will give you the skills you need to begin your career in business management. After completing the business degree with foundation year, you’ll have gained the confidence to choose which area of industry you want to work in and start to take on real-world challenges in the workplace.
The course gave me the confidence and skills to go for senior jobs that I wouldn’t have previously. I have been promoted several times since.
You have 4-12 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.
The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.
Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
We don’t expect students at an undergraduate level to have a career path in mind when they enrol on their first degree with us. Some do, some don’t – and that’s okay. So don’t worry if you’re still unsure about what the future holds. We focus on preparing you with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to understand how organisations work across many industries, so you can eventually decide which career path and industry suits you the best.
So, what can a business degree with foundation year do for you? In short, everything! By covering a breadth of topics, you’ll have your pick as to which career path to choose upon graduating. Whilst studying you’ll:
As mentioned above, you can do almost anything! Business foundation degrees open up a world of opportunities across all aspects of the business sector. Here are some of the professions our previous graduates have gone on to explore:
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors.
As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making.
As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.
At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course.
On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.
We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.
To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions
Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.