Foundation Programme in Business

Foundation Programme in Business Aston university

I chose Aston University for its reputation for business, the location and the campus-feel.

Katherine Brooks

Entry requirements

A-Level: BCC

BTEC: Extended Dip DDD (Min 7 distinctions from 18 units)

Prepare yourself for progression onto an undergraduate business course.

Pathway to undergraduate study
Pathway to undergraduate study
Guaranteed progression to ABS courses upon successful completion
Guaranteed progression to ABS courses upon successful completion
Learn how to create and sustain a successful business
Learn how to create and sustain a successful business
You would learn in our triple accredited Business School

Course information 

UCAS Code: N100

All programmes:

  • GCSEs: 5C’s/4, including English Language and Maths
  • A Levels: BCC (exc. General Studies)
  • IB: 28 points overall. Minimum scores of 5,4,4 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
  • BTEC: Extended Dip:   DDD (Min 7 distinctions from 18 units)
  • Diploma: DD (min 4 distinctions from 12 units) plus A Level grade C
  • Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A Levels Grade C

Plus, for progression onto specific study areas:

  • Accounting for Management - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • Economics and Management - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • Finance - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • International Business and Economics - GCSE: B/5 in Maths / IB: 6 SL Maths

  • LLB Law with Management - GCSE: B/5 in English Language 

  • LLB Law - GCSE: B/5 in English Language                                 

Progression Requirements:

40% in Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all ABS programmes – plus prerequisite grades as per Entry Requirements


£9,250 2018/19

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

This programme allows you to study modules which guide you through the processes involved in creating, sustaining and growing a successful business. In addition, you will receive support in professional and study skills. You will have the best of both worlds - you will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on those to smooth your transition to a University environment. 

Course duration:

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year 
  • Foundation and 3 year BSc : 4 years  (LLB only)
  • Foundation and 4 year BSc (including placement or year abroad): 5 years  

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

You will study:

  • Professional Skills

  • Introduction to data analysis

  • Creating a business

  • Decision making in business

  • People, behaviour and marketing

  • One option from a range: includes Innovation and e-Business


 As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations. Upon successful completion you will have the opportunity to enrol on an Aston University degree programme.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Foundation programme in business course director
Karen Caine, Course Director

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