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.
- Gain specialist knowledge and skills to further your career prospects
- Use this qualiﬁcation as a starting point to work towards various professional memberships
- Have the skills and knowledge to progress and gain credits against the standards of bachelor degrees in higher education institutions
- Gain a global understanding of the business environment
- Flexible study options - Weekdays or Evenings
- Industry experienced lecturers with excellent education and professional qualification
- Simplified learning
- Personal attention to all learners
- Small classes
- Free career development mentoring programme
- Connect with our very successful alumni
- Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (30 Credits)
- Project (30 Credits)
- Introduction to Business Operations and Management (30 Credits)
- Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing (30 Credits)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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 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 and do not count towards your final module mark. They are designed to 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 towards the end of each module. Assessment methods may include written examinations and a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The marks awarded for summative assessments count towards your final module mark. Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated in consultation with students, for example in response to student or External Examiner feedback. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from another higher education provider, and they are appointed by the University of Suffolk to provide external assurance regarding the academic standards of your course.
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.
Applicants aged 21+
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.
- Application form
- Personal statement
Funding your study
You can apply for help with your fees from the government by visiting gov.uk/studentfinance. 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. The loan repayments only start once you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit gov.uk/studentfinance.
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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