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Foundation Programme - Cardiff School of Management

Foundation Programme: Cardiff School of Management


Key Facts

UCAS Codes: Please refer to the following degree programme web pages for the relevant UCAS code and apply for year '0' on the UCAS website:

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: The foundation year will take one year (full-time) to complete, with an additional three or four (sandwich) years of full-time study required to complete the chosen degree programme.

Course Overview

This course is intended for students wishing to enrol on a three-year honours degree programme in Cardiff School of Management (CSM), who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level (or equivalent) points score.

2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.

​Course Content​​

The foundation year will include the study of the following areas:

  • Academic Skills 
  • Information Technology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Finance​

The course links with the following honours degree programme areas delivered within the Cardiff School of Management. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

Business and Management:
Business & Management Studies (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons)

Digital Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
Fashion Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
International Business Management - BA (Hons)
Marketing Management - BA (Hons)

Accounting, Economics and Finance:
Accounting - BA (Hons)
Accounting & Finance - BA (Hons)
Banking & Finance - BA (Hons)
Business Economics - BA (Hons)
Economics - BSc (Hons)
International Economics & Finance - BSc/BScEcon (Hons)

Computer Science and Information Systems:
Business Information Systems - BSc (Hons)
Computer Games Design & Development - BSc (Hons)
Computer Science - BSc (Hons)
Software Engineering - BSc (Hons)

Tourism, Hospitality and Events:
Events Management - BA (Hons)
International Hospitality Management (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons)
International Tourism Management (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons)​​

Learning & Teaching

A variety of teaching delivery methods are used in this course including, lectures, group work, seminars and workshops. You will study six modules. Each module will have 48 hours of timetabled hours (contact time) and 152 hours for self study / independent learning time.

Independent learning is supported by our virtual learning environment (Moodle). Further support is available from your Module leader / seminar tutor, programme director, year tutor and the personal tutoring team


​​Assessments on this course include examinations, coursework, presentations, reports, in class tests, practical exercises, library project, portfolio and diary.
Preparation and support available for assessment include revision sessions and personal tutoring.

Employability & Careers​

The programme links with the three-year honours degree programmes delivered within the Cardiff School of Management.

For specific information on employability and careers linked to these degree programmes, please refer to the individual course pages.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

​Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​ and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

If you need further guidance on entry requirements, please​ either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally made on the basis your UCAS application form and where relevant, an interview.

How to Apply:​ Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For enquiries please contact Admissions on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquires, please contact the programme leader Lisa Wright on or 029 2041 6318. 

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting