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About the course

This essential business 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 undergraduate degree programmes, such as business management, accountancy and finance, maritime business or shipping and port management.

Designed by experienced academics who have worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our business foundation year is designed to build your confidence and make you ready for the competitive global marketplace.

Whether you are interested in the private, public, charity, social enterprise or entrepreneurial industries, this course is your gateway to developing the skills for your first management job or to set up your own business.

From core subjects such as business, finance, marketing, enterprise, personal development and projects in the community, you will gain a solid introduction to the foundations of business, 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 will do more than learn the theory – you will learn to apply it through an innovative range of assessment and ‘real-world’ live briefs. Our degrees offer the chance to engage with get hands-on experience of international business challenges, as well as a variety of extra qualifications, exemptions and memberships on top of your honours degree.

At Solent you will become part of an active business community, encompassing students, staff and business alumni who inspire and support current students. Our graduates work across the globe, in 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 an academic mentor who will be there to support you throughout your degree journey.

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

The curriculum is based around core business topics in the context of contemporary developments and industry future trends, giving the course an essential real-world grounding in the industry.

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

Who is this course for?

Solent’s business 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 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,660 per year

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
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

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 Ask Solent team: 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.

You can find the link to appy for your course on their dedicated course page:

BSc (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

BA (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

BSc (Hons) Shipping and Port Management

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Personal Knowing for Personal Growing
  • Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Understanding Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing Insights
  • Community Business Project


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

Gill Cashell academic profile Gill Cashell Course Leader View profile
Stephen Brown academic profile Stephen Brown Senior 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.

Work placements are built into our degrees, and you have the flexibility to take up either short-term or year-long experiences to aid your employability, explore potential career options, and even help secure a graduate job straight out of university.

Your future

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

  • Management consultancy
  • Social enterprise
  • Public sector
  • Teaching/Training
  • Marketing
  • Trading
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Retail buying/Retail careers

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 are expected to source your own work placements, support is provided as 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 as a result.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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