2023/24 entry

BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year

Start date:
Study mode:
Full time
Course duration:
5 years, 4 years
Mt Pleasant
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
International full-time per year
Placement year
Placement year international
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Why study Marketing with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 100% of graduates in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey)
  • Opportunity to undertake a year of study abroad or a paid work placement in the UK or overseas
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto the degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

About your course

This professionally accredited foundation degree will provide you with practical skills in marketing and includes exciting paid placement opportunities so that you can gain the industry experience you need to succeed in this competitive field after graduation.

As a career, marketing requires creativity, excellent organisation skills and an analytical mind. This degree provides a blend of cutting-edge marketing theory and practical skills to help you develop the high level of competence you will need to work in marketing.

LJMU has been teaching marketing for over 30 years and has built a strong reputation for its teaching staff, both in terms of their industry experience, commitment to students and connections with industry.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Marketing honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

Another advantage of this degree is that students can choose to undertake an optional year studying abroad or working in industry between their second and third year of study. The optional year in industry means that you can spend 48 weeks on a paid work placement in the UK or overseas. This will enable you to put into practice many of the concepts and techniques developed in years one and two, as well as developing your personal skills and enhancing your CV. Many students who complete the placement year experience a marked improvement in their academic performance, with many going on to gain first class honours degrees. Many also return to work for their placement company after graduation.

Alternatively, students have the option to study abroad in one of our partner universities. Liverpool Business School has partnerships with business schools at universities and colleges across Europe, in the USA and in China. Students on this programme are able to spend an additional year of study at one of our partner universities between the second and third years. All study abroad opportunities are taught in English. There are also many supported opportunities for activities at partner universities during summer vacations and Liverpool Business School provides free language skills courses.

You can only select one of these options, either to study abroad or undertake a year working in industry. Alternatively, you can choose to continue directly on to your final year after completing your second year of study.

Megan took advantage of her sandwich year option and spent a year in industry on a salaried placement at CF Fertilisers UK.

  • Megan


Other study options:

"I've worked with LJMU placement students for four years now and I have never been disappointed by their commitment, potential and performance. They always impress."
Gareth Hughes, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Liverpool Students' Union

Professional accreditation/links

LJMU is an Accredited Degree Partner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). The CIM is the leading professional body for marketers and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners.

Strong links with industry built up over 30 years ensure that this programme provides cutting-edge marketing theory as well as advanced practical skills relevant to todays employer needs.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


Armed with a set of analytical, planning, IT and problem-solving skills, you will be qualified to deal with people, money, markets and products in a wide range of organisations by the time you graduate.

Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors. These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.

This BA (Hons) degree is the ideal starting point for a career in general marketing, brand management, advertising, promotions, customer services, strategic marketing and marketing research.

Previous graduates from the programme have gained employment as advertising executives, promotions co-ordinators, publicity officers, brand managers, customer relations advisors and research analysts.

Postgraduate study is another option choosing to study on the MSc Digital Marketing or MSc Management and Digital Business postgraduate degrees, all taught at Liverpool Business School, or the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing are excellent ways to follow up this degree.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 3

Core modules

Developing Skills for Business
20 credits

This module aims to facilitate your development of personal, academic and professional skills as a foundation for your current and future studies in Business related subjects. It will equip you with the tools to become confident and independent learners at university.

Understanding Business Organisations and Operations
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the world of business, the types of business and structures, the functional areas, and management theories and challenges faced by business in today's commercial world.

Essentials of Management
20 credits

This module introduces you to management theory. This foundation module will develop your appreciation, understanding and application of management and professionalism in different career pathways and specialist areas.

Introduction to Marketing and PR Communications
20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and public relations. It also gives you a knowledge and understanding of your role within organisations and explores the factors that can influence consumer behaviour.

Data Analysis Techniques for Business
20 credits

This module equips you with the technical skills to be able to design and produce Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for business use, and to facilitate the development of basic analytical skills.

Programme Case Study
20 credits

This module develops your independent learning and expertise in an area of business relating to your target programme. Through a co-creation process your subject interests will be harnessed to enable you to develop your knowledge in a self-selected topic area. The module aims to be flexible to enable you to explore an area of interest to you and you will be assessed in a manner that supports this.

Level 4

Core modules

Academic Skills and Digital Literacy
20 credits

This module enables you to develop the skills necessary to be effective learners at university, and to apply academic and digital skills in the context of your academic studies. You will also be introduced to aspects of career management.

Foundation of Marketing
20 credits

This module enables you to understand the underlying principles of marketing, including the range of specific marketing activities and their influence on organisations.

Business Market Research
20 credits

This module enables you to design and fundamentally analyse business market research data in order to understand how it influences business and marketing decisions.

Consumer Behaviour
20 credits

This module enables you to understand the fundamentals of consumer behaviour, including the importance that both external and internal factors have on attitude and behaviour.

20 credits

This module will develop your understanding of branding and of how brands add value. You will apply a wide range of industry materials to a number of academic branding concepts of models. In the module clear links are made between theory and practice, and ideas of new brand communications will be stimulated throughout the sessions.

Foundations of Business and Management
20 credits

This module will introduce you to business functions and structures. It will then go on to address issues of management and leadership within business settings.

Level 5

Core modules

Practical Digital Marketing Skills
20 credits

This module will help you to develop your knowledge and practical application of digital marketing. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the key marketing technology tools and platforms used across a range of industries. Over the course of this module, you will complete the development of practical digital marketing solutions in a specific context.

Media Production Management
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to produce media according to client needs and plan its distribution. You will explore the tensions between user engagement, creativity, professional and commercial issues in multiplatform production. You will also learn to understand the different requirements of preparing media for different platforms, and manage multi-platform distribution of media across channels.

Experiential Marketing
20 credits

This module enables you to understand and analyse experiential marketing as a concept, including how brands and consumers interact and the mechanisms for co-creation, experience and connection.

Strategy for Marketers
20 credits

This module allows you to appreciate and simulate the fundamentals of strategy formation and planning in the marketing context, helping you to achieve or sustain competitive advantage.

Retail and Services Marketing
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and practical skills in retailing and services marketing. You will learn to evaluate the changing retail environment, appraise retail supply chains, and develop skills for services marketing through retail operations.

Employability Skills
20 credits

This module provides you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the graduate employment market.

Optional modules

Sandwich Year - Marketing
120 credits

To provide students with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement their programme of study at LJMU. This will give students the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to their programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment. This extended placement forms a key part of a sandwich degree. All placements need to be assessed and approved prior to commencement in line with LJMU Placement Learning Code of Practice. The Code of Practice requires students to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner during the placement - failure to do so may lead to the placement being terminated prematurely. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis. Split placements or shorter durations may be permissible. There is an expectation that a minimum of 1200hrs will be spent in the workplace.

Level 6

Core modules

Consumer Psychology and Decision Making
20 credits

This module explores the relevance of consumer decision making in marketing. You will learn to use consumer psychology to make strategic marketing decisions.

Global Marketing
20 credits

As the world continues to increase trade across and between countries, and the major economies become more integrated, it is essential for you to have an appreciation of the role you are likely to play within this environment. In this module you will use frameworks from previous learning and apply these to a global context, enabling you to understand the main challenges international marketers face in the international markets.

Data Analysis and Application
20 credits

In addition to acquiring subject knowledge, this module works on building transferable skills, namely by enabling you to transform raw data into useful information that is priceless for marketing managers in decision making in the workplace.

Digital Marketing
20 credits

This modules enables you to develop an understanding of the key theory surrounding digital campaign planning. You will learn to critically appraise the key roles that digital channels can play within an overall campaign and to evaluate how digital tactics can be integrated into a traditional integrated marketing campaign.

Marketing Consultancy Project
20 credits

This module enables you to apply a range of theoretical concepts to practical marketing issues in industry.

Integrated Marketing Communications
20 credits

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, online activities and seminars and you can expect to have a minimum of 12 hours contact time during each teaching week. Plus you'll be expected to complete independent study and group work and participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Additional course costs

Any programme related field trips or course trips may incur additional course costs.

Work-related Learning

In level 5, you can decide whether to undertake a paid 48-week work placement in the UK or overseas between level 5 and 6.

Placements give you experience of what its like to work in the marketing sector as well as giving you a chance to put your learning into practice, develop personal skills and enhance employability.

Students who complete the placement year often experience an improvement in their academic performance and many go on to gain first class honours degrees, often returning to work for their placement company after graduation.

Liverpool Business School's Placement Support Unit will help you find suitable vacancies and support you during the application process and whilst on placement.

Previous marketing students have completed placements with organisations as diverse as Jaguar, Joules and Enterprise Rent a car.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

The Marketing team at Liverpool Business School is renowned for its student-centred approach and friendly open door policy. From the day you begin your studies with us, you will have the support of a personal tutor who will welcome (and indeed expect) a knock on the door any time you need assistance, or just want to chat about the programme.

Should you decide to pursue a years placement, you will have the additional support of staff in the Employability Support Unit and an academic tutor to make sure you get the most out of your work experience.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

The Marketing team understands that each student is different, and will perform differently depending on how they are assessed. This is why we use a range of assessment methods for each module. They include:

  • group presentations
  • exams (seen and unseen)
  • online multiple-choice exams
  • IT-based assessment (website design, Microsoft Office work)
  • written work (essays, literature reviews, reports)
  • practical assessments (mock interviews and CVs)

You will receive plenty of personal support for assessments from your tutors, and from written guidelines, revision sessions and study support classes.

Your tutors will give you one-to-one feedback on assessments within three weeks, giving you a chance to discuss your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention.

Where you will study

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU 's Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open seven days a week.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20


  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken, or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points if combined with other qualifcations
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken, or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points if combined with other qualifcations

Access awards

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical

72 UCAS Tariff points

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

T levels

 72 UCAS points in a related subject



Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Additional requirements

  • Interview required

    Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

International requirements


    6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Further information

  • Reduced offer scheme

    As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. 

International entry requirements

Find your country

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

We are looking for students with the potential to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of marketing and business
  • Demonstrate their understanding by communicating effectively, both orally and in their written work
  • Possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively throughout their time here at LJMU

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.