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Undergraduate course

Business Degrees with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Find out more about studying Business Degrees with Foundation Year at York St John University.

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Our Business Degrees with Foundation Year ensure you have the core knowledge and skills to start your academic journey. You'll be well-equipped for your studies and have a strong knowledge-base from which to build and excel in your chosen course.

  • Available in Clearing

York campus

  • Duration – 4 years full-time | 5 years full-time including a Placement Year and Study Abroad options
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS points

    1 GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

All undergraduate degrees within the York Business School come with the opportunity to study a foundation year.  Each foundation year is an integrated part of the degree programme and extends the 3 years of the traditional degree to 4 years.

The foundation year will suit those students who do not meet the standard entry criteria for the 3 year programme, but who wish to have the benefit of a University experience rather than study at College. 

The programmes will suit mature learners returning to education as well as students completing level 3 (A level / BTEC etc) qualifications.  In particular it may also suit students who lack confidence in their preparedness for University study.

As this is a University Course full Student Loans are available in the same way as they are for any of our 3 year degree programmes.  It is also possible for students to undertake a year in industry, although this will increase the degree length to five years.

Business courses available with Foundation Year

Accounting & Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N4N4

Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: NN22

Digital Marketing & Data Analytics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N117

Events & Experience Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N802

Fashion Marketing with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N119

Economics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2N8

Economics and Business with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L3N5

Economics and Geography with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2N5

Economics and Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L1N8

Financial & Investment Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N123

Football Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N893

Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N110

International Business with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N126

International Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N836

Management & Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N109

Marketing with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N107

Politics and Economics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L3N8

Politics, Philosophy and Economics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2N9

Sports Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N888

Tourism & Destination Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N804


Course structure

Level 1


All students take four modules:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Developments in Business and Society
  • Foundations of Economic and Financial Analysis
  • Academic Skills and Personal Development

These modules are designed to provide the grounding in the knowledge the students require in order for them to progress on any of our degree programmes, while also providing the opportunity for students to transfer across our portfolio of courses.

Assessments are contextualised (where possible) to suit your subject area to ensure relevance to your programme of study.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

48 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Calculate your tariff points.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this foundation year course is:

  • £9,250 for your foundation year
  • then £9,250 per year of your undergraduate degree. 

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for the full duration of your course, including the foundation year and then your undergraduate degree. 

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities 

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

For full time study the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is:

  • £12,750 for your foundation year
  • £12,750 per year of your undergraduate degree.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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Skye Pickorer

Business and Economics BA (Hons)

I wanted to go to a university that was quite small but also had a good student experience in a vibrant city. I chose York St John University because it seemed like a really nice place to study and the talks with lecturers on the Open Day were good. I am currently enjoying the Responsible Business module of my course as it discusses issues that have a political, philosophical, sociological and economic nature.

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