If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year Business Management degree or do not feel fully prepared to start a university course immediately, this four-year programme – which includes a preparatory foundation year – could be for you.

The foundation year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified, but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership. This degree course equips you with the skills to become a confident and successful manager.
This programme is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry.


Study Level
BA (Hons) degree (level 6)


Study Mode
Full Time


Course Length
4 years


UK / EU Fees
£9,250 / year


Non EU Fees
£12,500 / year


Global Plus Fees
£17,900 / year


Start Date
September / February / May

Course Content

In the foundation year you will receive a thorough preparation for the degree course, expanding your knowledge of the subject and developing the full range of study skills required to complete the degree.

In year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of business management. Core modules include finance, marketing, contemporary business environments, HR, leadership and management skills.

In year 2, you will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues and examine some of the current challenges facing business managers.

In the final year, you will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge you have gained through independent study on your dissertation or consultancy project. There is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.

Module Map

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘optional’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level.

Modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area and demand, but the following is a list of typical topics studied.

Course Details

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Employability and Enterprise
  • Project
  • Introduction to Business Studies

  • Data Insights for Business Decisions
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Global Business environment
  • The Graduate Challenge
  • Introduction to People Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Career Viewpoint

  • Digital Business and New Technologies
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (optional)
  • Contemporary Business Economics
  • Business Consulting
  • Operations and Service Management
  • Consulting in Practice
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Marketing (optional)
  • Customer Experience (optional)

  • International Marketing Management
  • Developing leadership and management skills
  • Managing and Develogping Innovation and Creativity
  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Consultancy Project (optional)

Become business-ready

On this programme you will develop a good understanding of the nature of business management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.

A key feature is to blend both academic study and skills training in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.

So, as well as studying business theory you will also develop key skills, such as empathy, problem-solving and creativity, in order to ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market. These skills are increasingly important in a world in which technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are now fulfilling vital business activities.

You will also learn about how technology is impacting business, so that you can understand how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations.

The tutors on the programme have a wide range of experience and ongoing links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.

Practical learning

The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories but, of equal importance, giving you the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Awarded by Bucks New University

This degree course and foundation year is offered at Oxford Business College, and awarded by New Bucks University. This means you will study in the central Oxford premises of Oxford Business College, taking advantage of our personalised teaching approach, experienced tutors and unbeatable location in the heart of this global education capital, but following a syllabus designed and overseen by Bucks New University.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the programme, you will be well prepared to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general management or to develop your own business. You will have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills, so that you can pursue a career in any profession or business role, such as operations and service management, customer management, project management or retail management.

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • Students for the degree course are usually required to have a minimum of two A-levels with a UCAS Tariff score of 80 (B = 40), but this is not always necessary when applying for the foundation year. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
  • For international students, an IELTS score of 5.5, with no less than 5.5 in each of the components is required.

Student Loans

UK/EU students are eligible to receive statutory student loans, subject to status.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Pick Your Country

Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Minimum entry requirements

You need to have completed 12 years* of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

*For countries where 11 years of schooling is comparable to this level of entry, this will be accepted.

Please see our equivalent qualifications page for specific requirements for your country.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 4.5 with 4.0 in the listening, reading and speaking components and 4.5 in the writing component.

How to apply - 2019 entry

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

I am not a UK or EU citizen ...

How to apply - 2020 entry

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

I am not a UK or EU citizen ...

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via OBC - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

More information:

Go to our how to apply pages

Contact Us

For more information about the course,
please contact our international admissions team:

Email: admissions@oxfordbusinesscollege.ac.uk