Foundation Programme in Business

Course overview

  • Course level
    Foundation programme
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Course options
    No placement
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A level entry (2020 entry)
  • BTEC extended diploma
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    28 points overall. Minimum scores of 5,4,4 at Higher Level
  • Further requirements
    5 GCSE grades A*-C to include: GCSE Maths and English - grade C/4 (this may vary for progression onto specific programmes)
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Pathway to undergraduate study

Guaranteed progression to ABS courses upon successful completion

Learn how to create and sustain a successful business

You would learn in our triple accredited Business School

Course summary

Prepare yourself for progression onto an undergraduate business course.

Entry requirements & fees for 2020

UCAS Code: N100

Entry requirements for Foundation in Business:

  • GCSEs: 5C’s/4, including English Language and Maths
  • A Levels: BCC
  • IB: 28 points overall. Minimum scores of 5,4,4 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
  • BTEC: Extended Dip: DDM
  • Diploma: DD plus A Level grade C
  • Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A Levels Grade C

Progression Requirements onwards to the BSc courses:

40% in Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all ABS programmes

  • Accounting and Finance - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • Economics programmes - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • Finance - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths   

  • Business Analytics - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths      


Tuition fees: £9,250 for UK/EU students. More on fees.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

This programme allows you to study modules which guide you through the processes involved in creating, sustaining and growing a successful business. In addition, you will receive support in professional and study skills. You will have the best of both worlds - you will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on those to smooth your transition to a University environment. 

Course duration:

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year 
  • Foundation and 3 year BSc : 4 years  (LLB only)
  • Foundation and 4 year BSc (including placement or year abroad): 5 years  

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Subject guide and modules

You will study:

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Business Model Generation
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Professional Skills
  • E-business
  • Introductory Marketing

You will need to choose 2 further modules, one from section A and one from section B:

Section A:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Engineering a Sustainable Future
  • Systems and Logistics Foundations
  • Developmental Psychology

Section B:

  • Developing New Products and Services
  • Construction Project Management
  • Transport Foundations
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Security Challenges in the International System


Learning, teaching and assessment

As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations. Upon successful completion you will have the opportunity to enrol on an Aston University degree programme.

"I chose to study here due to Aston's reputation for business, the location and the campus-feel. My highlight at Aston was balancing working hard with interesting subjects with making life long friends and celebrating well."

Katherine Brooks
Partner Manager/Business Analyst at Amazon

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