BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
Study locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Berlin or Online
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BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year

Course Overview

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 environments, covering 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, and are highly sought after in the modern business world - leaving your career options wide open after graduating.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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By providing you with the fundamentals of business, you’ll develop the management skills needed for success in the workplace, while applying what you learn to real-life scenarios. After completing your business degree with foundation year, you’ll feel confident enough to take on all manner of challenges as a well-rounded professional. 


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.

Foundation Year Modules    

  • Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business 

Year 2    

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Information Systems

Year 3    

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 4    

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

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:

  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Business plans
  • Business idea pitches
  • Group presentations
  • Dissertations

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Candidates for our BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year course are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before getting started with any degree, it’s nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business is led by a team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their careers and personal growth. 

We don’t expect students at an undergraduate level to have a career path in mind when they enrol onto a BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year degree. 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 an organisation at all levels, so that you can eventually decide where in the business ecosystem you fit best.

What can a business foundation degree do for me?

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:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of all business functions
  • Develop an analytical eye for important detail and sharp critical thinking abilities
  • Become an expert problem solver and a confident communicator in business scenarios
  • Understand all levels of organisational structure and how to evaluate the positives and negatives of these with real-life case studies
  • Begin to form a clearer idea of which aspects of business you enjoy learning about the most, and develop ideas about where your career path might lie

What can I do after Arden University?

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:

  • Business Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Business Analyst

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your business foundation degree, you’ll also have access to several extra opportunities for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

The foundation year of this course gives students a pathway to an education they deserve. Having the foundation year under your belt will give you a valuable head start on your degree programme, giving you everything you need to progress in your dream career. 

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here to help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to complete your foundation degree via online learning or blended learning. Here’s a quick summary of both options, so you can choose the flexible learning model that works best for you. 


"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)
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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

If you decide to study via blended learning, classes will be scheduled on either:

  • two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm)
  • two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm)


  • weekday evenings

Your timetable will be shared with you once you have enrolled. 

Find out more about Blended Learning.

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.