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Management with Foundation Year (BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Management with Foundation Year (BSc)

Management with Foundation Year (BSc)



  • UCAS Code
  • N20A
  • Qualification
  • BSc
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Studying Management with Foundation Year (BSc) encourages a wide range of relevant, highly transferable and sought-after skills. These help to prepare you for the challenges you will face after university; everything from a career in a multinational corporation to starting and running your own business.


This four-year course is designed to provide you with access to our main Management degree if challenging circumstances mean that you haven’t been able to meet the entry requirements for our standard Management BSc. We are looking for applicants who have the drive and motivation to engage with demanding but fascinating course content. In return, we’ll support you to develop valuable skills such as teamwork, presenting, time management, problem solving, decision making, and also build your confidence.

You’ll be part of a small community working closely together on group projects. The course also involves working with external organisations to give you a better understanding of how business works. You will complete a project in the third term working with an organisation to identify an issue or challenge. If you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically join our direct entry students following the course structure for BSc Management.

Our Foundation Year prepares you for degree-level study at WBS and gives students the opportunity to build their knowledge about business, improve some key skills we have found to be important to success during the undergraduate degree, and spend a year getting used to the university environment.

We provide a diverse programme of events and activities, such as off campus visits to businesses, guest lectures, careers workshops, and service projects, that build your confidence and can be experiences you draw from when you move on to degree level study.

You will need drive and dedication to your studies to progress through the course but will receive a great deal of support from our dedicated team of academic faculty, personal tutors, former foundation year student mentors, and our administrative staff.

If you successfully complete the Foundation Year you will automatically progress to BSc Management and join our direct entry students in Year One.

You will learn in a variety of ways – primarily through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and online learning.

Contact hours
This varies by year but you will have approximately 15 hours per week of class time, plus student support and feedback hours.

Class size
The Foundation Year typically recruits 25 students who work together and in smaller groups. On progressing to Year One lectures become larger with up to 500 students in a class and around 25 in seminars.

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, projects, case study analysis, class tests, presentations and group work. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

The following WBS degrees enable you to spend time studying abroad:

  • International Management
  • International Business with French
  • International Business with German
  • International Business with Italian
  • International Business with Spanish

Study abroad is not a requirement of this course, nor is it guaranteed, however if there are places available once allocations have been made to the students on the above courses, those studying other degrees may be considered.

A level: Complete and pass three full courses, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

IB: Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

Overseas applicants may wish instead to consider the Warwick International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for degree level study.

**You must also meet at least two of the Widening Participation criteria listed on the WBS website.

Interview: Short-listed applicants will normally be invited to attend a selection day, including an informal interview, at Warwick to assess their academic potential and commitment to further study.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
    All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Open Days
All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Foundation Year
  • Statistics
  • Intermediate Maths
  • Problem Solving in Organisations
  • Academic Practice
  • Foundations of Business
  • Individual Project
Year One
  • CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates
  • Accounting for Business
  • Foundations of Financial Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Management, Organisations and Society
  • Principles of Marketing and Strategy
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Analytics or Governance, Politics and Corporate Accountability
Year Two
  • CORE: Global Environment of Business
  • CORE:Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Operations Management
  • Elective modules x5
Year Three
  • CORE: Critical Issues in Management (double module)
  • Elective modules x6
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

International Marketing; Auditing, Governance and Accountability; Behavioural Economics; Supply Chain Management; Law for Entrepreneurs; Operations
Excellence; Banks and Financial Systems; Derivatives and Risk Management; Styles of Coaching and Team Leadership.

Graduates from Warwick Business School have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, Capgemini Consulting, Deutsche Bank, EON, GE, Google, Microsoft, Paypal, Santander UK and Volkswagen Group.

They have pursued careers such as: business sales executives; information technology and telecommunications professionals and management consultants and business analysts.

Helping you find the right career

WBS has its own dedicated careers team called WBS CareersPlus. We work solely for WBS students to support them in understanding themselves and their strengths, identifying possible career paths, setting and achieving their career ambitions. We help to boost your employability and prepare for a career. We offer personalised 1 to 1 careers coaching and advice, as well as group workshops and employer events throughout the year. Previous examples include:

  • Writing an effective CV
  • How to network with employers skills workshop
  • Internships and Placements opportunities employer event
  • Careers Fairs and informal networking opportunities with employers
  • Sector events with industry speakers, for students who want to pursue a career in a specific sector such as Marketing, Finance and Banking

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: Complete and pass three full courses, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

IB: Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

Overseas applicants may wish instead to consider the Warwick International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for degree level study.

**You must also meet at least two of the Widening Participation criteria listed on the WBS website.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
N20A

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Department
Warwick Business School

Duration
4 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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