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About the course

This essential business and law foundation course is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree.

The course will help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies – and provides a direct entry point to one of our business-related or law-related undergraduate degree programmes, such as Business Management, LLB, Accountancy and Finance, Maritime Business or Shipping and Port Management.

Designed by experienced academics who’ve worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our Business and Law Foundation Year is designed to build your confidence, develop your capabilities and ensure you’re future-ready and ready for the competitive global marketplace.

Whether you’re interested in the private, public, charity, social enterprise, entrepreneurial industries or legal practice, this course is your gateway to developing the skills for your first management job or to set up your own business or to pursue a career in law.

From core subjects such as business, law, finance, marketing, enterprise, personal development and projects in the community, you’ll gain a solid introduction to the foundations of business and law, study contemporary business challenges, identify future trends and focus on the areas and industries which matter to you.

And throughout the foundation and subsequent full Solent degree, you’ll do more than learn the theory – you’ll learn to apply it through an innovative range of assessment and ‘real-world’ live briefs. Our degrees offer the chance to engage and get hands-on experience of international business and legal challenges and contexts, as well as a variety of extra qualifications, exemptions and memberships in addition to your honour’s degree.

Solent offers excellent business connections, live briefs and projects and state of the art facilities including a specially equipped ‘moot’ room that mimics the key features of a real-life court room, giving our students an excellent opportunity to practice their skills and build confidence to be ready for the future – ready for anything.

At Solent you’ll become part of our active business or our law communities, encompassing students, staff, alumni and organisations who inspire and support current students. Our graduates work locally, nationally and across the globe, for a wide and fascinating range of industries. As well as visits, talks, guest lectures and opportunities to develop your professional network, we offer a great peer mentoring scheme – providing a talented and supportive mentor who will be there to coach and encourage you through your exciting degree journey.

After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

The curriculum focus is developed with a wide range of industry speakers and live briefs that match to industry requirements.

What does this course lead to?

A Solent degree in areas such as business management, accountancy, finance or maritime business gives you the specialist business knowledge and broad transferable skills to find business-focused roles in any industry. Recent graduates have started their own entrepreneurial businesses, or gained professional and managerial positions across the world, such as:

  • Graduate scheme, TK Maxx
  • HR graduate scheme, Randstad
  • HR Assistant, B&Q
  • Assistant manager and graduate manager trainee, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Transport Planner, DHL
  • Shipping Operations Assistant, Carnival UK
  • Resource partner, Roke
  • Ministry of Foreign Office (Saudi Arabia)
  • Investment Manager, Black Coat Group
  • Digital Credit Controller, Penguin House

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Business and Law Foundation Year is ideally suited if you want to build your academic knowledge and confidence to return to studying or progress in your studies. You’ll develop strong academic and organisational skills, and prepare yourself for successful careers in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory but real-world application.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,000 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs:

Trips and social activities may require additional costs.

While the CMI qualification is included within the course fees, the Project Management Qualification requires an additional exam fee of approximately £200.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students (as outlined above) and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Academic and Personal Development
    As a future business, finance, marketing, maritime or law professional, awareness of personal strengths and development areas is essential to your success. This module teaches you critical academic and communication skills, and introduces the living CV concept.
  • Fundamentals of Business and Law
    Understanding legal factors and the business environment is vital for running a business. Learn about the various forms, purposes, types of ownership and governance structures across different sectors and scales, explore strategy and its implementation, and look at measurement and environmental modelling.
  • Introduction to Marketing and Consumer Law
    Effective marketing allows businesses to develop sustainable and valuable relationships with their audiences. Exploring real-world case studies, this module covers introductory marketing theories alongside branding, customer insight and data, GDPR, consumer rights and the latest innovations.
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Essentials
    If you’re considering starting your own business or using entrepreneurial skills within an existing organisation, this module teaches you the habits, practices and methods of effective entrepreneurs – reviewing innovation and enterprise tools, ‘real-life’ case studies, resilience and more.
  • Principles of Finance and Legal Aspects
    Understanding finance and legal requirements is key to ensuring a business thrives. You will learn fundamental terms and concepts, such as key performance indicators (KPIs), regulation, cashflow, financial statements and accountability – ensuring you are an asset to your team.
  • Community Project
    Study the value and social impact of enterprise, working as a group to analyse local community organisations and provide valuable insights – and developing vital skills that employers are looking for, from research and teamwork to effective communication.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Stephen Brown academic profile Stephen Brown Senior Lecturer View profile
Maria Hutchinson academic profile Maria Hutchinson Senior Lecturer View profile
Jackie Campbell academic profile Jackie Campbell Lecturer View profile
Andrea Hammond academic profile Andrea Hammond Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course is based around core business and legal topics in the context of contemporary developments and industry future trends, giving the course an essential real-world grounding in the industry and our student the ability to be agile and future-ready.

Your future

The various degrees this foundation leads to will give you a highly flexible range of career options, including:

  • Management consultancy
  • Solicitor
  • Public sector
  • Teaching/training
  • Social media marketing
  • Barrister
  • Trading
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Human resource management
  • Lawyer
  • Investment banking
  • Port operations management
  • Legal advisor
  • Project management
  • Operations management
  • Business analysis
  • Financial analysis
  • NGOs
  • Further master’s study

Industry links

The course team works with a wide range of employers, from international companies such as KPMG, PWC, BDO, Nationwide, Carnival UK, DHL, B&Q and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.  We also work with the public sector, including Hampshire County Council, and a range of charities and SMEs including My Coaching, City Life Church, Chrysalis, Naomi House and Rees Leisure.


Work experience is an essential part of all degrees, and a key part of what employers are wanting from graduates. There are options to undertake a full year placement between the second and third years of your chosen degree – while students choosing the business management course can undertake a short placement of three months as part of the second year.

While you’re expected to source your own work placements, support is provided and tailored to your aspirations. You can undertake work placement anywhere in the UK or even study abroad, in any business-related role. Previous work placements include roles in France, Cyprus, Australia, South Africa and the USA. As a result, many of our students receive graduate job offers or further part time work.


Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day