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BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise with Foundation Year in Business (4 Years)

Transform your career with global applied knowledge

Build a successful career in Business and Enterprise

Our four-year degree programme, in partnership with Leeds Trinity University, allows you to commence your studies with an initial foundation year. This initial one-year period of study allows you to develop your academic skills and confidence through undertaking four 30-credit Year 0 modules. These modules are designed to introduce you to a number of key concepts, debates and skills that will inform your second, third and fourth years of study.

*Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to progress to level 4 of the BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise programme, either at GBS or the main Leeds Trinity University campus in Leeds.

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For hundreds of successful professionals

If you have the capacity to undertake degree-level study, but may not have the required entry requirements to do so, this offers you an alternative way in to university. It also offers a development opportunity to you if you wish to build your skills and confidence by undertaking four - rather than three - years of university study. You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, working with small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand the day-to-day realities of running a business.

Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications. Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, accredited as part of the application process.

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Career Development and Employability

At Global Banking School we start assisting your opportunities from day one. You will be having one to one session with your career advisor to identify your strengths and weakness against the top roles you want to achieve after your degree.

Our greatest asset is our alumni network

We encourage students to participate in alumni networking events in different cities and find mentors who share the common visions with you.

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Year 0:

Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (30 Credits)

All Foundation students will take this module to help manage the transition to university life and any challenges it may pose. We'll help you develop skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations. You'll learn how to be successful in time and stress management and you'll become more confident and engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection

Project (30 Credits)

All Foundation students will take this highly personalised module which allows you to study an area of interest related to your chosen future specialisation. The subject content and format will be varied and you will work individually on your chosen project, whether that's a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts. You will undertake problem solving learning and formative feedback and support will be provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence.

Introduction to Business Operations and Management (30 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to business objectives, practices and principles through case study research, lectures, workshops and student-led activities. You will look at the supply chain and logistics, production and project management as well as business organisation, human resources and the principles of leadership.

Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing (30 Credits)

You will examine the modern business environment and how 'start-up' businesses grow as technology advances. You will focus on sustainability and the opportunities or limitations small businesses face, as well as developing your own concepts and business plans through a series of lectures, workshops, course work and group work.

Year 1:

You will study the fundamentals of marketing, finance and business to provide you with a grounding in the skills you will need in business planning. Your programme level assessment allows you to work with others in developing a start-up business from scratch. You will complete the first year with a professional placement in an existing business where you will build networks and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

  • Financial and Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Operations Management (20 credits)
  • Principles and Applications of Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Management & Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (20 credits)
  • Ethics, Society and Employability (20 credits)

Year 2:

You will continue your study of the key skillsets of finance and marketing and a second placement opportunity at the end of the academic year. You may choose to spend this in a small business or else work on developing an aspect of your own enterprise. Alongside this you will study business development and skills as part of the entrepreneurial pathway and elect one of the wider options open to you. You will be working closely with staff and other students, alumni and business owners.

Year 3:

Your taught modules will focus on strategy and international studies enabling you to envision a broader horizon and future for your fledgling business. Meanwhile, your negotiated module allows you spent considerable amounts of quality time and effort delivering real outputs for your business while evidencing your work for credits towards your degree. This could involve being assessed on items such as your launch event, marketing plan, product range, or financial forecasts. In your final project you will select either the Business Development Project to work further on your own business or else the Consultancy Project where you will work with other students with nascent business ideas to share your expertise and advice, providing business consultancy, report and recommendations.

Assessments at GBS

This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. ‘Formative’ (informal) assessment will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment, which will determine your final marks.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your course team. Formative assessments are purely for developmental purposes. Formative assessment does not count towards your final marks. But informal formative assessment does help you to gain more knowledge and confidence in the module material and approaches to formal assessment. Students who do not engage with informal assessments often struggle with Foundation Year progression, as well as with the academic levels above.

The formal ‘summative’ assessment usually occurs (but not always) towards the end of each module. Assessment methods could include written examinations, a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The grades from the summative (formal) assessments count towards your module mark. (For example, if there was one piece of summative coursework in a module, this would count overall for up to 100% of your module mark.) Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based upon feedback from an External Examiner. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from an external Higher Education Institution that acts as a safeguard to academic assessment standards.

Standard Entry Requirements (Under 21 years old)

Under 21 year old applicants for Foundation year programmes must have GCSE English language at grade C or above (or an accepted equivalent) and 32 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 full A level or accepted equivalent qualification.

Non-Standard Entry

We welcome mature students with few or no formal qualifications. If applicants do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate that their life/work skills would make them suitable for undergraduate study, they will be considered for our Foundation programme.

The admission team will review your application form, work experience and personal statement/personal reflection statement.

All applicants must be assessed by our admissions team via interview for listening and speaking and for writing via a supervised personal statement.

Document required:

• Application form

• Personal statement

• Interview

The process

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You can apply for help with your fees from the government by visiting This could take the form of a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant.

A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.

If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit

Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.

New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

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Key Facts

Intakes : September / January

Duration : 4 years* Provided successful completion of foundation

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Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester

Delivery: Weekdays or weekends or evenings