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Our courses

Degrees with a Foundation Year

Quick Facts

Campus: London
Duration: 4 Years
Available Starts: September, January, May
Institution Code: L63

UCAS Course Codes (Foundation Year Degrees)

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (NN12)
  • Law LLB with Foundation Year (LB00)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Events Management with Foundation Year (BE92)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Law (NM12)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing (NN13)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism (NN14)
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting (NN17)
  • BSc (Hons) International Business Management (N101)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Hospitality Management (NN11)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management (N100)
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (L501)

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Our degrees with a foundation year have been specifically designed to ensure that candidates gain the skills needed to succeed at degree level.

For students who do not meet our standard entry requirements for admission to one of our undergraduate degree courses, ARU London offers the option of a four year degree with foundation year.

Modules help to develop skills in writing assignments, mathematics, computing, public speaking and presenting, whilst developing an understanding of the modern business world. Prospective students should expect to undertake significant amounts of reading and independent study outside of the classroom (approximately 12 hours per week during term time).

This course has particular appeal for candidates who want a change in career and candidates wanting to return to education. Our innovative courses ensure that what you learn can be practically applied to the business world as well as preparing you to tackle the academic workload of a full degree course.

Structure and content

Semester 1

  • Research Skills 
  • Data Skills 

Semester 2

  • Professional Development 
  • Communication Skills  

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade D, or grade 3, or above including English and maths and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3. If you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

We also welcome applications from mature students who can demonstrate appropriate and relevant work experience.

Teaching and assessment

Students undertake a single trimester long module called Skills for Higher Education worth the full 120 credits, which incorporates seven different subject elements, each of which requires one or more assessments.

Assessments are varied and take the form of written essays, reports, and professional correspondence, as well as tests in mathematics, debates and presentations.

The Pitch Project module is worth twice as much towards the grade awarded at the end of the year, and is assessed by a trimester-long group project ending in delivering a professional pitch. Students should expect to work on written assignments of 1000-3000 words for most modules, due in at the end of the trimester.


All of our courses offer standard delivery:
Studying on campus 2 days a week which is Monday - Friday (10:00-17:00)

BSc International Business Managemeng with Foundation Year and BSc Health and Social Care with Foundation Year are also offered on a non standard delivery model:
Our non-standard delivery is on a Tuesday + Thursday evening (18:00 to 21:00) + Saturday (10:00 to 17:00)


In today’s tough jobs market, graduates need to stand out from the crowd to successfully secure that all important first full-time job after university. We believe your degree from ARU London will definitely enhance your employability.

  • Your ARU London lecturers all have first-hand experience of business and some continue to work in business. You are therefore assured that the content of your degree will be directly relevant to the demanding, constantly evolving world of contemporary business. Furthermore, you will study business from a practical as well as from an academic perspective.
  • ARU London lecturers have a wealth of contacts too and you will study alongside students from all over the world. All great for networking!
  • Our student-friendly timetables will make it easier for you to secure meaningful, part-time work. Part-time work will give you valuable experience outside of the classroom and will boost your credentials with a prospective graduate employer. We are also working with a number of employers to be able to offer part-time work in conjunction with our degrees.
  • During your final year there will be additional seminars with the specific objective of enhancing your future employment prospects. These will include CV workshops, interview techniques, career counselling and visits from prospective employers.

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