Business Management with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) - 2025/6

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Business Management with Foundation Year
DipHE Business Management with Foundation Year
CertHE Business Management with Foundation Year

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UKA10060 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UKA10060 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and the professional training year, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BSc (Hons) Business Management programme specification.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

WHITE Erivan (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • to provide opportunities for students to appreciate and apply data analysis and statistical tools as a basis for interpretation and analysis
  • to develop in students, through the study of business and economics, a range of generic skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment
  • to enable confident, critical, and creative use of a full range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in contemporary business contexts
  • to foster an understanding of differing approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena in order to interpret real world economic events and critically assess a range of types of evidence
  • to develop students' analytical skills and abilities to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world, with reference to employment and self-employment contexts
  • to enable students to gain knowledge in economic, business and management concepts, theories, ideas and tools and their application
  • to develop in students the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to sustainable solutions to theoretical and applied problems in business and economics
  • to equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems associated with business and economic policy-making in a global context
  • to develop students who are resilient, resourceful, independent, reflective thinkers and ready to succeed at higher levels of study
  • to provide students with a knowledge of ethical frameworks and their repercussions for decision making

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key economic and business concepts and theories, and critically evaluate models and approaches which facilitate decision making and application to real world contexts. KC
Show critical understanding of different influences upon decision making (including global, ethical and cultural factors) through awareness of the international business environment and current global economic trends, and show critical understanding of the impact of historical, cultural, political and socio-economic factors on different economies. KC
Demonstrate creative problem solving and decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable contexts, with awareness of essential functions within organisations and their competing priorities. KCPT
Critically analyse characteristics of entrepreneurship and demonstrate commercial awareness, business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking through completion of business and management tasks. KCP
Interpret, analyse and synthesise information and data in order to compare and contrast the economic performance of nations and organisations, displaying appropriate quantitative skills where appropriate. KC
Use well-developed digital skills to research good quality information for use in academic work and make creative use of a range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in contemporary business contexts. CPT
Show confidence, resilience and independence as a learner, learn from feedback and improve their own performance through critical reflection. This will include well-developed and resourceful approaches to time management, prioritisation and personal organisation which enable students to complete work to deadlines. CPT
Demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for academic work, including the skills and confidence necessary to deliver an engaging oral presentation to an audience. KPT
Demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for academic work, with an understanding of the conventions for writing in different genres acceptable to an academic audience, including an understanding of how to use sources appropriately in academic work, using relevant referencing techniques. KCPT
Show evidence of effective teamwork in completing group tasks with strong interpersonal skills and communication, demonstrate effective leadership in teamwork contexts and evaluate the leadership of others. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of a Foundation Year and 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are based on a 15-credit tariff
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over five academic years, consisting of a Foundation Year, an optional professional training year and 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are based on a 15-credit tariff
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

Module Selection for Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Business Management programme.

Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

Module Selection for Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BSc (Hons) Business Management programme

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

In conjunction with receiving departments, the Foundation Year programme is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Digital Capabilities, Employability, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Resourcefulness and Resilience, and Sustainability. This programme is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Global and cultural capabilities

Globalisation and culture have deep impacts in very many areas of business, economics or hospitality and tourism management. The programme is designed to cater for students from a varied range of educational backgrounds and is taught in an interactive and collaborative way. Students are encouraged to engage with, and learn from, diverse perspectives through interaction and teamwork.

Through analysis of relevant case studies and theory, students have opportunities to recognise the value of diversity in education and employment, and to adapt attitudes and practices accordingly. The choice of topic focus available to students in many of the coursework assessments means that those with particular interests in global and cultural themes have ample opportunity to explore these through the lens of their chosen questions.

Digital capabilities

Digital literacy is a vital skill in todays world and the Foundation Year programme aims to ensure that students enter the first year of their degree programmes equipped with understanding and competency in applying a range of digital skills to their work, with awareness of digital wellbeing and responsible digital citizenship.

In particular, students have opportunities to develop:

digital content creation and communication skills;

a critical approach to navigating the mass of information available to all on the World Wide Web;
competencies in identifying and evaluating relevant sources available to them via the Internet, the university library (with its digital first policy), and the electronic tools and databases available through the library portal.

Digital tools, including Artificial Intelligence, are under increasing scrutiny in todays world: the programme also looks at the potential of a range of digital tools in helping students progress towards their study goals, whilst maintaining academic integrity.


The Foundation Year programme has been designed with a strong emphasis on employability in mind.¿ This comes in part from the guided opportunities provided to students to develop their knowledge and understanding of core business, management and economics subject-specific content; from participating in activities and undertaking assessments which foster a critical approach within the subject area, with application of theory to practical contexts; and in the supported development of specific skills and attributes relevant to employment and self-employment. Visiting speakers from industry add varied perspectives to the programme, helping to clarify students expectations of real-life employment situations.

Through in-class, out of class and online activities, the programme strongly emphasises the development of effective teamworking skills which will be relevant to the workplace. This is accompanied by a range of authentic assessments, i.e. those which allow rehearsal of real-life skills and task fulfilment.

Individual skills are no less important in preparing students for employment. The programme fosters verbal and written communication skills, research skills, data analysis and the time management skills required to manage complex tasks independently over extended periods. The ability to reflect critically on individual performance and learn from feedback are also sound preparation for the world of work.

Resourcefulness and resilience

The heavy reliance on independent work and the very wide range of choice that are central to the curriculum pose challenges to students beyond which most have previously encountered in education contexts. Foundation Year students often show low levels of confidence in their academic abilities when beginning the programme. Across the Foundation Year however, scaffolded approaches to learning support students in further developing both their resourcefulness and resilience necessary to meet these new challenges, thereby nurturing skills and attributes which will underpin independence at higher levels of study and in future employment.

Individual support from the teaching team is structured into the programme for all students, both within modules and via their Personal Tutor, with students encouraged to take up further support and guidance on request.

Formative (i.e. practice tasks, not for credit) and some low stakes summative (i.e. credit-bearing) assessments are designed to allow students to learn from work in progress and make effective use of feedback. Importantly, the programme provides opportunities to create a personalised learning schedule and to derive the confidence from using that to develop strong sustainable study habits.


Through analysis of relevant case studies, students have opportunities to develop their abilities to recognise the extent to which decisions made by practitioners, including visiting speakers, in their own areas of business, management or economics may impact widely across society and on the environment. The programme enables students to improve their critical thinking skills in ways that will allow them to apply problem-solving strategies to sustainability challenges, such as excessive consumption or climate change.

In the nature of this programme, students with a particular interest in sustainability will have opportunities to choose topics for further investigation that encompass themes related to sustainability, and to examine this in the context of its relevance to their chosen area of business, economics or hospitality and tourism management.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.