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Management with Foundation Year (BSc) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
N20A

Qualification
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
4 years full-time (or 5 years with placement)

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Warwick Business School

Location of Study
University of Warwick


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.


Course overview

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.

Please note this course can be extended to 5 years full-time with a placement year studying abroad or working in the UK or overseas.

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to the Foundation Year (Year Zero) of our Management with Foundation Year degree for 2021 entry. Our core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As more modules are confirmed, we will include them in the core module list.

Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.

Course structure

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.


How will I learn?

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.


How will I be assessed?

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%.


Study abroad

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.

    General entry requirements

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

    Please note that this course is only available to applicants eligible for Home Fee Status. Find out more about Fee Status.

    Widening Participation

    You must meet at least two of the following Widening Participation Criteria:

    1. Having spent time in local-authority care. (Applicants meeting this criterion are not required to meet any of the other criteria below).

    2. Attending a school where average performance of students achieving 5 A*-C GCSE including English and Mathematics was below the national average and/or attending a school/college with below the national average performance at KS5.

    3. Attending a school or college with above national average entitlement/eligibility to Free School Meals.

    4. Living in a low participation neighbourhood (POLAR 3, quintile 1) or an area which has a high level of deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, 0-20%).

    5. Being a first-generation entrant to higher education i.e. neither parent has attended university.

    Please use the our contextual indicator checker to check whether you meet criteria 2, 3 or 4 from the above list. Please note that we do not make contextual offers for the Foundation Course. If you are experiencing (or have experienced) other disadvantaging circumstances you may express this in an AWARDS form. This must be sent within two weeks of application (excluding holidays). For more information, please see the WBS webpages.

    A level:

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

    IB:

    • Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level
    • You will also need grade B/6 in GCSE English Language, B/6 in GCSE Mathematics and C/4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered.

    BTEC:

    • Complete and pass a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.
    • You will also need grade B/6 in GCSE English Language, B/6 in GCSE Mathematics and C/4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered.

    Additional requirements:

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


    International Students

    We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

    Find out more about international entry requirements.


    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).

    Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


    Taking a gap year

    Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


    Interviews

    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.

    Year Zero

    Important information

    We are making some exciting changes to the Foundation Year (Year Zero) of our Management with Foundation Year degree for 2021 entry. Our core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As more modules are confirmed, we will include them in the core module list.

    Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.


    Year One

    • CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates
    • Accounting for Business
    • Foundations of Financial Management
    • Economics for Business
    • Management, Organisations and Society
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Business Statistics
    • Business Analytics, or Digital Ventures or Management of Global Risks

    Explore our modules in more detail.


    Year Two

    • CORE: Global Environment of Business
    • CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Operations Management

    Explore our modules in more detail.


    Year Three

    • CORE: Critical Issues in Management

    Explore this module in more detail.


    Examples of optional modules/options for current students

    • Marketing: Marketing Research; Global Issues in Marketing; Marketing Strategy; Consumer Behaviour.
    • Finance: Financial Econometrics; Investment Management; Banks and Financial Systems; Mergers and Acquisitions.
    • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital; Cognition and Decision Making; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Law for Entrepreneurs.
    • Digital Innovation: Digital Business in Modern Organisations; Enterprise Information Systems; Artificial Intelligence for Business.
    • Other electives: Issues in Management Accounting; Auditing, Governance and Accountability; Behavioural Economics; Supply Chain Management; Project Management; Managing Human Resources; Images of Creativity; Corporate Strategy; Fundamentals of Business Law; Equality and Diversity.

    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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.


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    Your career

    Graduates from Warwick Business School have gone on to work for employers including:

    • Accenture
    • APT
    • Citigroup
    • Deloitte
    • EY
    • Investec
    • JP Morgan
    • KPMG
    • National Audit Office
    • RBS

    They have pursued careers such as:

    • Business and related associate professionals
    • Chartered and certified accountants
    • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
    • Financial accounts managers
    • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
    • Marketing associate professionals and taxation experts

    Helping you find the right career

    We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus.

    Personalised support

    The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.

    You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

    Group workshops

    You can also attend group workshops and employer events throughout the year. Our workshops cover all aspects of the job application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Tailored sessions, such as ‘What job is right for you?’ can help you to plan your future career and actions. Past 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

    Employer events and placements

    We organise and facilitate employer events on summer internships, year-in-industry placements and graduate opportunities. We also host employer-led skills workshops and run informal networking sessions. Past bespoke employer events include attendees from:

    • EY
    • L’Oréal
    • Aldi
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Royal Bank of Scotland
    • Grant Thornton UK LLP
    • Accenture
    • Aston Martin

    This gives you great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.

    Our students have worked at many companies on placement, including the following:

    • EY
    • ESSO
    • PwC
    • The Walt Disney Company
    • MGH Technology solutions
    • RSM
    Jake, Foundation Year student

    "I was able to learn vital skills that I didn't acquire at school"

    The Foundation Year was a great step in transitioning from school to university, as I was able to learn vital skills that I didn't acquire at school, as well as understanding how to complete coursework to a much higher standard.

    The support available at WBS has been invaluable, and in particular, my personal tutor who was always willing to help me with any questions I had as my degree developed, along with the Undergraduate Programme team.

    The WBS Careersplus team are also a great resource available to WBS students, they have really helped me discover and plan my future career path."

    Jake

    Foundation Year

    About the information on this page

    This information is applicable for 2021 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.