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Undergraduate Course

York Business School Foundation Year

Take your first step towards a fulfilling and responsible career in business with a foundation year.

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Completing a foundation year will prepare you for university level study. This course will provide you with broad ranging knowledge, along with the vital skills and experience you need to excel in your chosen course. This is an opportunity to build confidence and skills as you prepare for your degree.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, then a 3 year full time or 6 year part time degree
  • Start date – September 2024, September 2025
  • School – York Business School

Minimum entry requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition fees

    UK 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

Why choose York Business School?

Course overview

We offer a foundation year with all of our business degrees. This course is a great opportunity to spend an extra year at university, building essential knowledge and valuable skills that will benefit you throughout your degree. This is an ideal option if you do not yet meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree, you have been out of education for a while, or you do not feel ready to start studying at degree level.

The modules that make up this year long course give you a broad understanding of areas of business which are essential to the degree you will eventually study. This includes marketing, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship, and much more. Through this you will come to appreciate the interconnections between different areas of business. You will also focus on developing the skills you need to succeed in any subject at university, such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Research skills
  • Working independently and collaboratively
  • Written and verbal communication


At York Business School all of our degrees are focused on your long term career goals. Whether you are thinking of setting up your own business, working in a large corporation or the public sector, we will give you the skills and understanding you need to succeed.

As a Business School we are passionate about social responsibility and sustainability. These values and this commitment will be embedded throughout this course. We are a Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory for the United Nations. Our mission is to develop your potential so that you can make a difference in society.

Business courses available with Foundation Year

Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N4N4

Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: NN22

Digital Marketing and Data Analytics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N117

Events and Experience Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N802

Fashion Marketing with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N119

Economics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2N8



International Business with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N126

International Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N836

 Marketing with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N107

 Politics, Philosophy and Economics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2N9

Sports Business Management with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: N888 

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. You will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will help you to make the transition into degree level study. It will ensure you have all the skills you need in academic research, writing and presenting to succeed on your chosen course. You will also become familiar with the different disciplines which make up business at York St John. The skills you will develop include:

  • Note making
  • Academic reading and evaluating resources
  • Analysing data
  • Presenting research
  • Referencing and academic writing
  • Developing a professional persona

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the relationship between business and society. This will involve discussing various ethical and moral dilemmas which businesses may face, and consider these from an international perspective. You will also learn about the impact on business of societal changes including technological advances, the political climate and demographic shifts. We will challenge you to think about the different roles and purposes of business organisations and evaluate their impact upon society.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to the key principles of running a business. These include:

  • Finance
  • Human resource planning
  • Operations and business processes
  • Marketing and planning

Within the module you will make use of business simulation software to experiment with these processes. You will also develop your own comprehensive business plan.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will work as a group to run a community event which will directly benefit people in need. This reflects the University’s commitment to social justice, responsible management education, and sustainable business practice. You will work with a third sector or social enterprise organisation, allowing you to engage with the wider business community in the city. Through this work you will build both your event management skills and your understanding of the role business plays in wider social issues.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will investigate how businesses are responding and adapting to our constantly evolving society. The wants, needs and behaviour of consumers are changing, and businesses must adapt and restrategise to avoid being left behind. You will learn about the global business environment, and consider how the challenges and responsibilities of business are evolving along with wider societal change.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will develop an understanding of economics and finance, and how to apply them in the business world. It will provide you with a theoretical framework which allows you to use economic and financial information to analyse organisations. You will learn about:

  • Economic systems and market structures
  • Opportunity cost
  • Demand and supply
  • Pricing strategies
  • Financial statements
  • Basic ratio analysis
  • Methods of summarising and presenting data


Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will consider the challenges businesses face in developing their services for customers. Changing needs and expectations can make the development of these services difficult. You will consider customer experience from a user experience design perspective, discovering how focusing on consumer journeys can help businesses to stand out in their market. You will study consumer behaviour, the customer story, and the innovative technology behind new developments in this area.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to the management of people, as you learn to lead and work within teams. You will examine and apply appropriate theories and principles to potential contemporary situations in people management. We will also consider the challenges of planning operations across national boundaries and within different cultures. You will learn about:

  • The history of management approaches
  • Individual differences
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Operations
  • Performance management

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Your teaching will be made up of lectures, which include the whole year group together, and smaller workshops and seminars. Your learning will be supported by your Personal Academic Tutor, who will hold regular meetings with you to make sure you are on track to succeed.

We expect you to engage in independent study outside of your contact hours. This includes reading preparatory materials and completing activities on Moodle (our online learning environment).

Our teaching draws on both research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


The assessments we use are designed to develop your skills. They are also intended to reflect the tasks and problems you will encounter when working in jobs related to these subjects. These may include:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects

Within each module you will be given an opportunity to practice for your assessment, and receive feedback on practice work. This ensures that you are fully prepared and confident for final assessments.

Progression onto Degree course

Passing all of the modules on this foundation year guarantees your progression onto any of our Business degrees. Your grades from this year will not be carried forward and will not count towards your final degree results.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS 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 English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding

To study a Foundation Year 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 internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years. 

UK 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 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, 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

Tuition fees

    UK 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

International 2024 entry

For full time study the tuition fee for 2024 entry to this course is:

  • £11,500 for your Foundation Year
  • Then £11,500 per year of your undergraduate degree

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student 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. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email

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