BA (Honours) Business Management and Enterprise with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Business Management and Enterprise with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Business, management and enterprise

Become an entrepreneur with innovative business ideas – or a successful manager with the skills to create effective business solutions in global organisations, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?


Course summary

  • Gain knowledge of entrepreneurial strategy, business innovation and creative solutions
  • Join a dynamic hub of entrepreneurs to explore your own enterprise ideas.
  • Develop the entrepreneurial mindset to pitch, sell and lead agile businesses.
  • Gain real-world experience with industry experts, mentors and investors.
  • Take the option to launch your own venture in our award-winning enterprise centre.
  • Study at one of the few UK universities with a double-accredited degree.
  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.

Based in our Sheffield Business School, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and business students come together to solve real-world problems. 

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join this foundation year course, which covers core topics on people, behaviours and business.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be taught by award-winning teachers and industry experts, who bring their experience and research into the classroom. The course is designed by industry specialists and leading institutes – helping you graduate with the skills employers are looking for. 

Through our network of industry professionals and business leaders, you’ll have access to a diverse range of placements, volunteering opportunities, training schemes, internships and work experience. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • One-to-one tutor support
  • Experiential learning in industry
  • Real business change and consultancy projects
  • Reflective practice and career planning
  • Digital platforms and resources
  • Opportunities for work-based placements and projects

Key Themes

This is a future-facing course which explores contemporary growth sectors and develops the digital skills that tomorrow’s leaders need. You’ll build your knowledge of business management, enterprise and entrepreneurship theories, while challenging established practices and exploring new innovations.

Studying concepts such as design thinking, negotiation, influencing and communication, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills to address shortfalls and mitigate risks. You’ll learn how to collaborate with others to instil a culture of innovation and creativity within organisations.  

Through real-life projects, you’ll respond to modern challenges, learning how to champion environmental and social issues to influence positive change. Whether you’d like to launch your own business or contribute to the success of other organisations – you’ll be encouraged to develop the entrepreneurial mindset you need to scope, plan and develop enterprises and business solutions.

Course Support

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources.
  • Extracurricular opportunities, such as society leadership, course representation and volunteering.
  • Free access to office and studio space, expert workshops, freelance opportunities and a vast business network ready for you to tap into. 
  • Career support for up to five years after graduating.

Course leaders and tutors

Tilahun Mekonnen
Tilahun Mekonnen
Senior Lecturer

Currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Business Economics and the International Business Development Manager for Sub Saharan African Countries

Applied learning

We think the best way to learn something is to do it in the real world. That means putting learning into practice through placements, internships and consultancy projects through our global network of leading businesses.


As an enterprising person, you can work for yourself as your placement, developing an idea or working on your existing business.

Or you can undertake up to a year-long placement in an organisation – either internationally or nationally – preparing you for your future career while gaining industry contacts. Whether working for yourself or in a company you can earn the Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Previous placement years have taken place at organisations such as IBM, Bentley, Pricecheck and Bosch. You can also use this time to develop your own venture with support from our award-winning enterprise centre.

You can also study a language and potentially study at one of the many international universities we partner with for one semester in your second year – through our Study Abroad scheme.

Real-Life Projects

A range of projects, business simulations and client-led tasks mean you can apply your knowledge to real-life scenarios, improving your analytical mindset, learning agility and critical thinking. Previous students have gained experience with organisations such as IBM, Gripple, local start-ups and SMEs.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll engage and interact with entrepreneurs and business professionals. Working with others, to improve your interpersonal skills and learn to build relationships. 

Collaborating on enterprise projects with other students and academic staff, you’ll learn to lead and work with others to develop your business ideas. Previous student enterprises have been shared on local and national news.

Field Trips

You can take industry field trips to visit leading local businesses and global brands throughout your course.

Organisations like these also provide exclusive talks – helping you gain first-hand insights into creating, leading and managing an effective business.

Entrepreneurial Support

With the support of the Hallam i-Lab business hub, you can collaborate with creatives, entrepreneurs and investors across Sheffield. Here, you can form lucrative business networks, brainstorm entrepreneurial ideas and even launch your own venture.

We also offer award-winning support for entrepreneurs – from free offices and studio space to expert workshops, freelance opportunities, and a vast business network ready for you to tap into.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business ownership
  • Business management
  • Business consultancy
  • Change and project leadership
  • Supply chain and operations direction

Previous graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Aston Martin
  • Gripple (UK) 
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • IBM UK 
  • Lidl
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft
  • NHS
  • Toyota
  • Vodafone 

Many of our students have also created their own successful enterprises.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll study in world-class learning facilities, such as specialist labs, design studios, practice facilities, simulation environments, our iLab enterprise hub and a 24/7 library.

Gain access to specialist equipment, such as:

  • Video-making hardware via the library.
  • Professional software such as Adobe apps through our digital library.
  • Business gamification simulation equipment.
  • Networks to develop a business idea or start your own business.

Home to UK-leading digital and tech industries – Sheffield was recently rated as the best city in the UK to start a business (Startups Cities Index 2022).

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Going Global
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
People, Decisions And Behaviours
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Preparing For Success
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sustainable Innovation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Contemporary Business Management
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundations Of Business
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)
Introduction To Enterprise, Innovation And Creativity
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Understanding People And Cultures
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Applied Business Management Practices
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Designing The Enterprise
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Managing Business And Financial Performance
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Managing And Developing People In Diverse Contexts
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Managing Operations And The Supply Chain
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Corporate Customer
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Consultancy Project In Business Management  
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leading Innovative Enterprises
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Strategy In The Global And Digital Environment
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Employment Relations And Law
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global, Ethical And Responsible Management Approaches
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Marketing In A Global Context
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 346.1KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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94% of our management graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating

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