Foundation Year

The 2022/2023 academic year

The modules you will take will help build your maths and statistics skills, your organisational problem-solving skills, such as creativity, leadership and teamwork, and give you a chance to work on academic practices like research, critical thinking, and university level writing. They will also develop your knowledge on general areas of business, like marketing, operations management, accounting and finance, and help you conduct research to solve real organisational problems.

You will work mainly in seminar-style classes with around 25 students for at least 12 hours per week, which will equip you with the skills, knowledge and depth of understanding that you will need to continue learning independently between sessions. You will be assessed by a mix of examinations, presentations, group-work and coursework which are intended to give you diverse preparation for the types of assessments you will be given in your first year and beyond.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of either the BSc Accounting and Finance or BSc Management. You will then follow the same course of study as direct-entry students.

Term 1

Academic Practice

Academic Practice aims to help you understand the role of University and how you can engage meaningfully with University life in order to make the most of your experience. It will provide guidance on active reading, critical analysis, communication and presentation skills, team-working, note-taking in lectures, and understanding different ways of learning. You will benefit from interactive lectures, working in groups and observing a range of teaching environments.

Foundations of Business

By the end of the module, you will understand the nature, format, organisational structure, aims and objectives of a range of business entities and key aspects of marketing, operations, financial planning, management and leadership as they relate to running a business.

Statistics

You will develop statistical knowledge and skills necessary for successful subsequent degree-level study. You will develop a critical awareness for modelling the key characteristics of ‘real world’ business situations and be able to interpret, report and critically appraise statistical information.

Intermediate Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics

You will study Intermediate Mathematics if you wish to study BSc Management (with Foundation Year) and you will study Advanced Mathematics if you wish to study BSc Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year). You will develop mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for successful subsequent degree-level study. You will gain the ability to apply logical reasoning to the solution of structured problems, to recognise incorrect reasoning and to generalise arguments. Topics include algebra and inequalities, differentiation, sequences and series and graphs.

Term 2

Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance is a new module designed to provide you with an introduction to a subject which may be completely new to you, helping you feel more comfortable with the subject when you transition from our Foundation Year to the full degree programme, whether that’s Management, or Accounting and Finance.

Business Consulting

The Business Consulting module is a modification of the 'Individual Project'. You will work in a group on a research based ‘consulting project’. These projects may be conducted remotely and/or you may spend some of your time at a company location as well as conducting project related research online.

Management of Global Risks

Management of Global Risks is a Year One module that we are opening up to our Foundation Year students for the first time. This module will provide you with the experience of studying a Year One module in our lecture theatres alongside a broad and diverse cohort of first year students. Whilst you will study with first year students, you will work with, and be assessed in groups of Foundation Year students.

Problem Solving in Organisations

In this module we aim to equip students with the capacity to effectively communicate, solve problems and be creative and innovative in their work, learning and other daily tasks. Problem-solving skills can improve students' success in the classroom, in their daily lives and, more importantly, in their careers. Some of the topics we will discuss are decision making biases, how to identify problems and come up with solutions, how to help teams solve problems together, negotiation and conflict management, among others. 

Term 3

Business Consulting

The Business Consulting module is a modification of the 'Individual Project'. You will work in a group on a research based ‘consulting project’. These projects may be conducted remotely and/or you may spend some of your time at a company location as well as conducting project related research online.

Problem Solving in Organisations

In this module we aim to equip students with the capacity to effectively communicate, solve problems and be creative and innovative in their work, learning and other daily tasks. Problem-solving skills can improve students' success in the classroom, in their daily lives and, more importantly, in their careers. Some of the topics we will discuss are decision making biases, how to identify problems and come up with solutions, how to help teams solve problems together, negotiation and conflict management, among others. 

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