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Business Foundation Year 2018/19 entry

Clearing 2018

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:


I love that I have been challenged by my tutors every day and have to critically analyse and think outside the box. It was hard at first adapting from the workplace into education, however the tutors and support networks available at CU Scarborough are fantastic and help you settle in.

Lisa Darling

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01723 336700


This foundation course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in management. You’ll learn all the key components of successful leadership, along with essential knowledge of general business operations domestically and globally.

The course enables students who successfully pass to automatically progress to the Business Management & Leadership BA (Hons) Degree course at CU Scarborough. This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to study in the exciting field of business and management.

At CU Scarborough, we focus on seeing our students all the way through to employment, via our Careers & Employability department. In addition to proven, traditional methods, students also benefit from invaluable information from experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Why CU Scarborough

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Course information

Business Communications
This module explores the application of communication in business through a variety of methods. You are required to undertake a range of practical activities, such as role plays, in different organisational and cultural settings and examine the relationship between management and workforce. You’ll also conduct thorough research of communication, using analysed theories and exploring key management communication tools. Finally, you’ll identify your own, personal learning style, and have an opportunity to develop these skills within a supportive and culturally sensitive environment.

Management Skills
This module aims to provide you with an overview of the skills required by managers and leaders in business. You’ll analytically explore why having an effective manager is crucial to the success of an organisation. You’ll identify successful characteristics of a manager and highlight how they contribute to the development of a cohesive and productive workforce. We also encourage you to develop and refine your own management characteristics, as you look at relevant theories such as motivation, decision-making and problem solving. You’ll get to practice a range of management activities and learn the competencies required to manage a business effectively.

Marketing for Business
The role of marketing within an organisation is critical to success in any business. This module develops your understanding of the key principles of marketing and how these contribute to the achievement of business objectives. Marketing is a vibrant, fast-paced and exciting area of business and by the end of this module, you’ll know the role of marketing research, effective planning and the development of a fundamental tool—the marketing mix. You’ll also exercise your acquired analytical skills and evaluate key, contemporary techniques and their practical applications in a business setting.

Global Business
In today's highly competitive environment, there is an increasing number of small and mid-sized firms that are involved internationally and the trend is expected to continue due to the globalisation of the world economy, markets, and intensified international competition.  

Students will explore the growing importance of global business in the 21st century, and consider a range of operational activities and their interdependent roles and impact upon the wider strategy of the organisation wishing to trade internationally. The module will cover the principles of international trade and global business and the challenges faced by organisations, cultural differences, ethics and logistics from the viewpoint of achieving both operational and strategic objectives. 

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Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, London and Coventry.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.

Our main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, referencing skills, presentation skills and more.
  • Management Skills:  You will have an understanding of management skills and appropriate approaches. You will also learn motivational skills, decision making, problem solving and more.
  • Communications: Exploring communicating with teams and the important role this plays in the business industry. You will also look at different forms of communications from presentations to written, with a focus on how to share information effectively.

At CU Scarborough, students learn through a variety of modes. The Foundation Year programme is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the programme, requiring full commitment from students. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximately.):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 20% Interactive Assessments

80% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of policies and strategies in business organisations.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Showcase an understanding of the principles of management of resource and organisations, along with comprehension of global, national and local contexts.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon – 1:30pm-5:30pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Class groups are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change.

Call us now to see if you have the relevant entry requirements.
 01723 33 67 10

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



November 2018

£6,200 (per year)

January 2019

£6,200 (per year)

February 2019

£6,200 (per year)

May 2019

£6,200 (per year)

June 2019

£6,200 (per year)



November 2018

£6,200 (per year)

January 2019

£6,200 (per year)

February 2019

£6,200 (per year)

May 2019

£6,200 (per year)

June 2019

£6,200 (per year)



November 2018

£9,000 (per year)

January 2019

£9,000 (per year)

February 2019

£9,000 (per year)

May 2019

£9,000 (per year)

June 2019

£9,000 (per year)

Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £1,550. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,200. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)                                                                  

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19, each block for part-time students will cost £1,550. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2018/19 is: £6,200.


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough from Student Finance England.


For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £2,250. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £9,000. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

Career prospects

If you successfully pass your Foundation Year, you will be guaranteed a place on a Honours Degree course at CU Scarborough, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria. 

The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are currently unwilling or unable to follow the more ‘traditional’ route into the business profession, for progression on to a related degree course within CU or at other institutions.

However, the course is not solely intended for students who wish to pursue a career in business. The knowledge and skills acquired because of completing the course are readily transferable onto other degree courses.