2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Business with Finance with Foundation Year

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
4 years, 5 years with placement
UCAS code:
N130
Points required:
72
Campus:
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,900
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:
0151 231 5090
Faculty of Business and Law:
0151 231 8080
busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
International enquiries
international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Business with Finance with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Prepares students for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Gain technical business skills through practical application of business theory
  • Taught by leading experts in fields of business, finance, accountancy and economics
  • Opportunity to undertake a sandwich year on work placement
  • Study abroad opportunities in China, the USA and across Europe during your second year of study

About your course

BSc (Hons) Business with Finance will develop you intellectually and prepare you for a successful career in business and finance related roles in a variety of industries.

You will study vital business principles, such as digital business intelligence, organisational behaviour and strategic management, while taking a financial pathway, which includes corporate investment and financial management, personal finance and financial reporting. 

Foundation Year (Level 3)

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 Business with Finance 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).

This programme is part of the 'Business with' suite, which allows students to transfer to a different specialism, such Digital Marketing, International Business Management or Media Communications, at the end of Level 4 of study. 

Live Consultancy Project

Through LJMU's Liverpool Business Clinic, students have a unique opportunity to work on real client briefs with local organisations putting academic theory into real world practice. This live consultancy projects replaces a traditional final-year dissertation. 

"LJMU is giving me the right skills and knowledge, and opening up my view on the many different jobs and roles that exist out there."

Francesco, Business with Finance

Fees and funding

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

Fees

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)

Money

  • 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)

Funding

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.

Employability

The Business School has a great reputation for helping graduates secure professional employment.

Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors, in the Liverpool City Region and nationally, including; Princes Food, Unilever, British Nuclear Fuels, NHS England, and Quilter Wealth Management.

This degree will open up a huge range of potential careers because the success or failure of an organisation is ultimately determined by its financial performance. 

You will have the option to extend your studies to four years, with the third year spent on work placement. You will receive support and advice from the Business School's Placement Support Unit when looking for a placement opportunity, including presentations from employers offering placement schemes, a dedicated placement fair, and opportunities to apply for paid internships with leading local, national and international firms.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

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. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. 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 Enterprise 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.

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What you will study on this degree

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


Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also 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

Business and Economic Decisions
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to business economics as a foundation for further study. The emphasis will be economic theory and concepts developed from real world business issues. 

Contemporary Business Issues
20 credits

This module provides you with the essential frameworks to understand current issues in business and their impact on companies and society.

Academic and Business Skills
20 credits

This module enables you to develop the concepts and skills necessary to be an effective learner and gain sufficient work base skills to enhance your future employability.

Marketing for Business
20 credits

This module immerses you into the role and practice of marketing, providing knowledge and understanding of the relevant theories through engagement.

Finance and Accounting Skills
20 credits

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of essential finance and accounting terminology and methods to enable you to perform effectively and efficiently within your future workplace. 

Fundamentals of Management
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to various theories of management and how they have developed. It will highlight various challenges faced by business managers in the 21st century including the various concepts, tools and models used to overcome them. 

Level 5

Core modules

Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the key concepts of organisational behaviour and managing people, involving an examination of organisational, human resource management and industrial relations theory. 

Digital Business Intelligence
20 credits

The course aims to introduce you to business intelligence tools and software used to transform structured and unstructured data into actionable insight. Based on data, you will learn how to lead and manage digital initiatives and/or to identify digital opportunities and devise digital strategy to respond to changes in markets and competition.

Research Methods
20 credits

The module aims to enable you to develop a research proposal on a topic of your choice. The module aims to develop your skills in the research process. Working as an individual, you will work on a real research problem which will develop your skills in questionnaire design, team work, the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and the production of a comprehensive research report.

Investment and Finance
20 credits

The module is designed to enable you to use investment appraisal techniques and to critically evaluate investment appraisal activity within the firm. The module will also enable you to demonstrate an awareness of the significance of finance theory and its contemporary and practical relevance.

International Monetary and Financial Systems
20 credits

This module enables you to form a critical understanding of international financial systems and roles, risks and regulation of financial institutions, instruments and markets. You will develop the ability to critically evaluate the role of financial institutions, markets and regulators in an increasingly volatile global market, alongside an opportunity to evaluate the impact of major economic events/developments in the monetary and financial system.

Optional modules

Employability Skills
20 credits

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

Personal Development
20 credits

This module aims to support you as you transfer into the University environment. It will do so by providing a context for the your learning and development by developing knowledge and skills relevant to academic and professional success. In particular the module will seek to develop your awareness of your inherent abilities and potential through guided self-reflection and practice.

Level 6

Core modules

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module provides you with an integrative approach to the study of strategic management. You will examine the role that this plays within the overall performance of the corporation.

Business Consultancy
20 credits

The aims of this module is for you to develop an understanding of business problems and issues particularly at strategic level. It also provides you with the opportunity to apply key academic theories and models in the development of a solution that meets the client’s needs.

Innovation and Creativity for Business
20 credits

This module will allow you to understand how to create and manage business change which leads to product or service innovation; to understand core and secondary corporate innovation practices enabling business leadership; to present and analyse the strategic process and business informatics necessary for creating novel ideas with commercial viability; and to provide sustainable strategies for valuing commercially innovative approaches.

This module is intended to teach you how to not just think creatively, but how to manage innovative ideas to be aware of the power that creativity and innovation can bring to contemporary business environment and the organisation. 

Financial Risk Management
20 credits

This module is designed to enable you to identify, measure and manage financial risks.

International Corporate Finance
20 credits

This module will enable you to make corporate financial decisions in an increasingly volatile international marketplace, in order to increase profitability, maintain liquidity and reduce financial risk. 

The module follows the growth of a company from decisions concerning the acquisition of long-term and short-term sources of finance, to the evaluation of capital investment and ultimately the international marketplace as the company seeks to expand.

Optional modules

Corporate Social Responsibility
20 credits

The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of ethical decision making in a global business environment, to appreciate the impact of global business on host nations and to introduce present and potential future issues facing business.

Personal Development and Employment
20 credits

This module aims to support you in joining the programme from another institution/country. It is recognised that some students will not have experienced UK education or education in a UK Higher Education institution and will require guidance and instruction to enable them to adjust their understanding of academic practice to meet the expectations of the Liverpool Business School. 

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 via lectures, workshops and seminars to discuss ideas and issues more informally.

Work-related Learning

Early in level 5 you can decide whether to undertake a paid 48-week work placement in the UK or overseas.  You would do this placement between level 5 and 6.

Placements give you experience of what it’s like to work in business and finance sectors, as well as giving you a chance to put your learning into practice, develop personal skills and enhance your employability.

Students from Liverpool Business School have completed placements with organisations as diverse as the NHS, Liverpool Football Club, Bentley and Airbus.

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

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need. You will be assigned a personal tutor. They will set up one-to-one tutorials with you to discuss a piece of coursework or to work with you on your personal development plan.

Assessment

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

​We understand that students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are given and so a range of assessment methods is used on the programme. These include written assignments (essays/reports, individual/group), exams (closed and open book), practical assessments, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and the final year live consultancy project. 

The university policy is to provide feedback within 15 working days for coursework, and the opportunity for individual follow-up with  your tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

I enjoy seeing our students embrace all that Liverpool Business School has to offer, wherever it is a successful placement year in industry, a semester or year spent studying abroad, or the buzz of our final year live business consultancy projects. Of course graduation in the amazing Liverpool Anglican cathedral has to be my most favourite day of the year!

Facilities

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 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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

T Levels

  • T Level requirements: 72 UCAS points in a related subject

BTEC qualifications

  • 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 if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifcations

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • 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: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be interviewed, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

Pearson/Edexcel HND and foundation degree awards in a relevant subject area will be considered for direct entry to level 6. Applicants will be required to provide an academic transcript listing modules studied. 
 

International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

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. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

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

International entry requirements

Find your country

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

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students with the potential to:Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of 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.

Pearson/Edexcel HND and foundation degree awards in a relevant subject area will be considered for direct entry to level 6.

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.