Key Facts

Course Title: Business Foundation Year
Course Duration: 4 years
Who Can Apply: UK or EU students from a broad range of backgrounds wishing to take a business degree at Keele. Overseas applicants should see the International Degree Programme.
Funding: Student loan available, subject to eligibility
Fees: Read more about fees
Progression: Part of a full honours degree programme at Keele
Mode of Study: A mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and computer classes together with independent study and revision
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The Business Foundation Year gives an excellent preparation for a wide range of subjects relating to business, management, accounting, finance and economics. The programme consists of a set of modules that has been approved by Keele Management School.

Course Routes

Degree courses available with a Business Foundation Year

Single Honours Programmes

  •  Accounting and Business Management
  •  Accounting and Finance  
  •  Accounting, Finance and International Business
  •  Accounting and Marketing
  •  Business and Human Resource Management
  •  Business Management and Economics
  •  Business Management and Finance
  •  Economics (Business Economics)
  •  Economics and Finance
  •  Economics and International Business
  •  Economics and Marketing
  •  Human Resource Management and International Business
  •  International Business and Marketing
  •  International Business Management
  •  Marketing and Management
  •  Human Resource Management and Marketing
  •  Management

Combined Honours Programmes

  •  Accounting
  •  Economics
  •  Finance
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  International Business
  •  Marketing

Please note that after successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress automatically to a Bachelor degree in the subject you chose through UCAS.  Some combinations of subjects and some undergraduate Masters programmes will also be available.

Entry Requirements

To enter the Business Foundation Year, you must normally have:

- at least 64 UCAS points or

- the equivalent in other qualifications or

- relevant work experience


- GCSE English Language at grade C, or

- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)


- GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or

- a Level 2 numeracy qualification such as Key Skills Application of Number Level 2 or Functional Skills Numeracy Level 2..

How to Apply

All applications must be made through UCAS

You should apply for a specific subject with a Foundation Year.  You can discuss options with a foundation year tutor before arriving at Keele and may be able to change your choice following discussions with foundation year staff.

Please see the full list of UCAS codes for single honours and combined honours programmes with a Business Foundation Year.

If you are applying for a combined honours programme with a Foundation Year, you will be intending to study two subjects at degree level.  You will need to specify a second subject at the time of applying. Please note that after the foundation year in the subject you will progress to a Bachelor's degree in that subject, plus a second subject for combined honours.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and workshops; some students will also have computer classes and  computer exercises.  In addition, students are expected to undertake a large amount of independent study and revision.

Lectures are normally 50 minutes long and consist of a member of staff talking to the whole class with the aid of PowerPoint presentations, whiteboards, and other visual aids.  Many lectures involve only teaching by the lecturer, although there is usually opportunity to ask questions.  However, some lectures are more interactive and may involve activities for the students to undertake.

Tutorials and seminars are small group sessions with a member of staff.  Usually there is much more participation by students in these than in lectures.  There is often opportunity for students to suggest the topics to be discussed, to ask questions and even to lead part of the session.  Tutorials and seminars usually support the material delivered in the lectures; seminars often allow students and/or staff to introduce supplementary material.

Workshops are small group sessions based around an activity.  These may be individual or group activities.  A member of staff facilitates the session but the learning comes largely through the undertaking of the activity.  Some workshops will complement the material delivered in the lectures rather than build on it directly.

In computer classes students complete tasks using a wide variety of computer applications.  Members of staff are available to provide guidance.

Independent study includes revision, wider reading around the subject, preparation and writing of assignments, preparatory reading, preparation for seminars and tutorials, and developing skills to complement the material delivered in class.  Reading lists are provided to help students direct their reading.

Assessment (The following list is representative of the variety of assessment methods used within the Business Foundation Year).

  • Unseen closed and open book examinations in different formats test students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Examinations may consist of essay, short answer and/or multiple choice questions.

  • Essays and reports allow students to demonstrate their ability to articulate ideas clearly using argument and reasoning skills and with close reference to the contexts and critical concepts covered in the modules. Essays also develop and demonstrate research and presentation skills (including appropriate scholarly referencing).

  • Class tests taken either conventionally or online via the Keele Learning Environment (KLE) assess students’ subject knowledge and their ability to apply it.

  • Research projects test students’ knowledge of different research methodologies and the limits and provisional nature of knowledge. They also enable students to demonstrate their ability to formulate research questions and to address them using appropriate methods.

  • Oral and poster presentations and reports assess individual students’ subject knowledge and understanding. They may also test their ability to work effectively as members of a team, to communicate what they know orally and visually, and to reflect on these processes as part of their own personal development.

  • Portfolios may consist of a range of different pieces of work but routinely include a requirement that students provide some evidence of critical reflection on the development of their own learning.

  • Peer assessment - in some cases students will be involved in peer evaluation of other students’ work, particularly in group work, This helps students to take responsibility, improve their performance, and reflect on both their own work and that of others.

  • Course work assignments consist of short written pieces completed in students’ own time and provide the opportunity to test a range of deeper learning concepts; they are expected to make use of a variety of source material, as well as their lecture notes and text books etc., to complete these assignments. 

  • Participation – in some modules, marks are awarded for participation in group discussions.

Contacts & Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Jil Griffiths
Admissions Officer
Foundation Year Centre
Keele University
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

Tel: 01782 733763


Additional Costs

As to be expected there will be additional costs for inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, print and graduation.

You may also require the use of an approved calculator.

You take a combination of modules to a total of 120 credits: core modules, and those related to your intended degree programmes after your Foundation Year. Modules are worth 10, 15 or 20 credits.

Core Modules

The core modules include:

  •  Essay Writing for University Study (15 credits)
  •  Seminar and Presentation Skills (15 credits)
  •  One of   
    •  Academic Development
    •  A Guide to Success for International Students (15 credits), for students deemed to require English language training during the Foundation Year

Subject Specific Modules

The subject-specific modules include:

  •  Business and Management (20 credits)
  •  IT for Business (10 credits)
  •  Law for Business (10 credits)
  •  Introduction to the Digital Business World (10 credits)
  •  Introductory Economics and Business Data (10 credits)
  •  The Employment Lifecycle (10 credits)
  •  Basic Numerical and Computational Skills (10 credits) or
  •  Intermediate Numerical and Computational Skills (10 credits)


Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Business Foundation Year Course Information Document 2017-18

Progression to the next year of a particular degree programme at Keele depends on passing all modules and obtaining an average mark across the Foundation Year of at least 55%.

For students progressing to Single Honours Keele Management School subjects or taking Combined Honours Keele Management School subjects:

Subjects  Core Modules taken by all students
Accounting and Business Management

Essay Writing for University Study
Seminar and Presentation Skills
Academic Development

Basic Numerical and Computational Skills OR
Intermediate Numerical and Computational Skills

The Employment Lifecycle
Business and Management
Information Technology for Business
Introductory Economics and Business Data
Introduction to the Digital Business World
Law for Business

Accounting and Finance
Accounting, Finance and International Business
Business and Human Resource Management
Business Management and Economics
Business Management and Finance
Economics (Business Economics)
Economics and Finance
International Business and Marketing
International Business Management
Marketing and Management