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Course Essentials

Do you want to learn about the basics of business and management, but you’re not sure if you qualify for university study?

Arden’s BA (Hons) Business is available to study with an Integrated Foundation Year. Studied over four years, this programme is perfect to prepare you for success at Undergraduate level.

The foundation year will equip you with the essential skills needed to embark on your Undergraduate Degree in Business, including basic numeracy, academic and research skills.

You'll study your Degree with foundation year at Arden University via our Blended Learning programme, which combines flexible online study with 2-3 days of lectures a week at one of our study centres in Manchester, Birmingham or London.

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Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
N10A
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Business with Foundation Year
Duration:
4 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Exemptions Available:
No
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Study Centre:
LON, BIR & MANC Based
Next Open Day:
Sat 12th January
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Study Centres
  • Arden Tutors

This BA (Hons) Business Degree includes an Integrated Foundation Year, which means you have an additional year of study which will prepare you with the relevant skills and knowledge to continue on to your full Degree.

This four year route at Arden University is perfect for those who need a little extra support when entering the world of higher education. Whether it’s been a while since you last studied, or you feel you didn’t make the grade in previous academic study, the foundation year gives you the basics needed to go on to graduate with a full Honours Degree.

With our Blended Learning model, you’ll only need to commit to 3 days of face-to-face classroom sessions at one of our Arden study centres in Manchester, Birmingham, or London during your foundation year. Once you move onto your full degree (from second year), this reduces to 2 days face-to-face commitment per week across the remaining three years.

Modules

Foundation Year

  • Skills for Academic Study
  • The Structure of Business
  • Using Numeracy, Data & IT
  • Using Information
  • Working Ethically
  • Research Skills

Year 2

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

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Management Information Systems
  • Understanding the Tourism Environment
  • Marketing Communications
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Management Accounting

Year 3

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis

Plus, choose 2 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Market Intelligence
  • Marketing Planning
  • Planning Human Resources
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Auditing

Year 4

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

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • International Management
  • International Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Issues in HRM
  • Financial Decision Making

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Assessments

Assessments at Arden provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Assignment
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page

Want to go straight onto a full Degree?

For our more traditional 3 year route, please find course details and modules for our Blended Learning BA (Hons) Business

Our Business Degree with Integrated Foundation Year is perfect for those with a desire to return to education or seeking to develop key study skills in their first year.

To be eligible for this course with Arden university, candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme, taking into account:

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

If your previous learning was not in English, you will also need to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

How much is my course?

2

Funding

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

This BA (Hons) Business Degree with Foundation Year at Arden will take you four years to complete. Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll graduate with an Undergraduate Degree with Chartered Management Institute(CMI) accreditation.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status from the CMI upon completion of this Degree. This professionally-recognised accreditation will give you the extra edge when you begin to embark on a career in any area of business management.

You’ll have a wide range of transferrable skills, such as analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and an appreciation of organisational structures, that can be applied into any of the following potential roles:

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

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. You could continue your studies with Arden University and enrol onto one of our Postgraduate courses, such as:

What study centres are available at Arden University?

Blended courses are available at our study centres throughout the UK and include:

Or you can discover all Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal tuition of a full-time Degree, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the support of lectures and face-to-face time with their tutor, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from Blended Learning?

  • You will spend 2-3 set days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact a tutor or the support team via Skype, email, webchat or phone
  • Blended Learning lets you balance study with the other priorities in your life

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

In addition to providing all the technology and services you need to support your studies, our bright and modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff and will give you access to:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure facilities

Next steps

Applying for this Blended Learning Business Degree course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

All Arden module tutors have been selected for both their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect in-depth discussion, tuition, support and guidance throughout your Business Degree - and your foundation year. 

Take a look at our short video below where you'll meet Paula Reilly, the Module Leader for BA (Hons) Business at Arden University.

 
Course Details & Modules

This BA (Hons) Business Degree includes an Integrated Foundation Year, which means you have an additional year of study which will prepare you with the relevant skills and knowledge to continue on to your full Degree.

This four year route at Arden University is perfect for those who need a little extra support when entering the world of higher education. Whether it’s been a while since you last studied, or you feel you didn’t make the grade in previous academic study, the foundation year gives you the basics needed to go on to graduate with a full Honours Degree.

With our Blended Learning model, you’ll only need to commit to 3 days of face-to-face classroom sessions at one of our Arden study centres in Manchester, Birmingham, or London during your foundation year. Once you move onto your full degree (from second year), this reduces to 2 days face-to-face commitment per week across the remaining three years.

Modules

Foundation Year

  • Skills for Academic Study
  • The Structure of Business
  • Using Numeracy, Data & IT
  • Using Information
  • Working Ethically
  • Research Skills

Year 2

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

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Management Information Systems
  • Understanding the Tourism Environment
  • Marketing Communications
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Management Accounting

Year 3

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis

Plus, choose 2 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Market Intelligence
  • Marketing Planning
  • Planning Human Resources
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Auditing

Year 4

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

Plus, choose 1 of the following modules (subject to availability):

  • International Management
  • International Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Issues in HRM
  • Financial Decision Making

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Assessments

Assessments at Arden provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Assignment
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page

Want to go straight onto a full Degree?

For our more traditional 3 year route, please find course details and modules for our Blended Learning BA (Hons) Business

Entry Requirements

Our Business Degree with Integrated Foundation Year is perfect for those with a desire to return to education or seeking to develop key study skills in their first year.

To be eligible for this course with Arden university, candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme, taking into account:

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

If your previous learning was not in English, you will also need to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Funding

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

This BA (Hons) Business Degree with Foundation Year at Arden will take you four years to complete. Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll graduate with an Undergraduate Degree with Chartered Management Institute(CMI) accreditation.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status from the CMI upon completion of this Degree. This professionally-recognised accreditation will give you the extra edge when you begin to embark on a career in any area of business management.

You’ll have a wide range of transferrable skills, such as analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and an appreciation of organisational structures, that can be applied into any of the following potential roles:

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

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. You could continue your studies with Arden University and enrol onto one of our Postgraduate courses, such as:

Study Centres

What study centres are available at Arden University?

Blended courses are available at our study centres throughout the UK and include:

Or you can discover all Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal tuition of a full-time Degree, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the support of lectures and face-to-face time with their tutor, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from Blended Learning?

  • You will spend 2-3 set days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact a tutor or the support team via Skype, email, webchat or phone
  • Blended Learning lets you balance study with the other priorities in your life

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

In addition to providing all the technology and services you need to support your studies, our bright and modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff and will give you access to:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure facilities

Next steps

Applying for this Blended Learning Business Degree course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Arden Tutors

All Arden module tutors have been selected for both their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect in-depth discussion, tuition, support and guidance throughout your Business Degree - and your foundation year. 

Take a look at our short video below where you'll meet Paula Reilly, the Module Leader for BA (Hons) Business at Arden University.

 

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