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Foundation Programme - Cardiff School of Management

Entry Year

This programme provides a generic route of study enabling students to access the first year (Level 4) of a wide range of degree programmes within Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies. It also provides an opportunity to widen access for students whose qualifications are not appropriate for normal entry onto a degree course and who might have been out of education for a time but have relevant work experience. It will provide a foundation of core knowledge that students on successful completion can apply to their chosen future degree programme. We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:

• those who are uncertain which subject they'd like to specialise in

• those who don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1

• those who don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1

• those who are returning to education after some time away

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 see the International Foundation Management.

This degree will undergo a periodic review in 2023/4 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.

Course Content​​

The course links with the following honours degree programme areas delivered within Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree. You'll be fully integrated into university life and the student community from day one, we have high progression rates, and we work hard to ensure every student reaches their full potential. We are mindful of our students' welfare, so we will offer specialist support and a range of social activities for you to enjoy. 

Accounting, Economics and Finance:
Accounting - BA (Hons)
Accounting & Economics - BA (Hons)
Accounting & Finance - BA (Hons)
Banking & Finance - BA (Hons)
Economics - BSc (Hons)

Business and Management:

Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management - BA (Hons)

Aviation Management - BA (Hons)
Business & Management Studies (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons)
International Business Management - BA (Hons)

Management & Leadership - BA (Hons)

Computer Science and Information Systems:
Business Information Systems - BSc (Hons)

LLB Law (Hons)

Advertising and Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
Brand and Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
Fashion Buying and Brand Management – BA (Hons)
Digital Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
Fashion Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
Marketing Management - BA (Hons)
PR and Marketing Management – BA (Hons)
Sales and Marketing Management – BA (Hons)

Sports Coaching - BSc (Hons)
Sports Media - BSc (Hons)
Sport Performance Analysis - BSc (Hons)
Sport, PE & Health (Dance) - BSc (Hons)
Sport, PE & Health - BSc (Hons)
Sport Management - BSc (Hons)
Sport & Physical Education Studies (bilingual) - BSc (Hons)
Physical Activity, Health and Well-being (bilingual) - BSc (Hons)

Tourism, Hospitality and Events:
Events Management - BA (Hons)
International Hospitality Management - BA (Hons)
International Tourism Management - BA (Hons)

The foundation year will include the following modules:

  • Academic & Professional Skills
  • Information Technology in the Modern World
  • Application of Numeracy
  • Developing a Research Project
  • Marketing in the 21st Century
  • Working in Management

Learning & Teaching

The curriculum is designed to instil a level of confidence and readiness in students that enable them to progress onto a degree programme of their choice. The programme will also facilitate the development of transferrable skills that are valued by industry employers and aid further study, for example: critical awareness through research and analysis, design and innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and verbal, written and visual communication. It is focused on the student journey and transition into university of students from non-standard backgrounds and supports life-long learning amongst the wider community. A variety of teaching delivery methods are used in this course including, lectures, group work, seminars and workshops. You will study six modules, three will be delivered in Term 1 and 3 in Term 2. 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 Leaders / seminar tutors, Programme Director, and the personal tutoring team.


There are a wide range of assessments on this programme including essays, presentations, reports, in class tests, exams, individual research projects and reflective diary. Preparation and support is available for assessments including revision sessions, personal tutoring and skills workshops run by the Learning Centre. A range of feedback will be provided to students and will take various forms such as; written, verbal and on-line depending upon the method of submission.

Employability & Careers​

The programme links with the three-year honours degree programmes delivered within the Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies.

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 should normally possess:

• GCSEs (Grades A-C) including English Language and Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy at grade C / grade 4 or above

• 32 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 A level or equivalent

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications are considered on an individual basis by the Programme Director and may be required to attend an interview.

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 see the International Foundation Management.

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

For enquiries please contact Admissions on 029 2041 6044 or email

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes: Please refer to the course information web pages listed under Course Content 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.

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