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Foundation Year - Cardiff School of Management

Entry Year

Our foundation year in management is an extra year of study at the start of your university degree. After successful completion of your foundation year, you can access the first year of a wide range of degrees from Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies.

The foundation year is intended to prepare you for your following years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Whatever your reason, we welcome you to study a foundation year if you're from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences, including:

  • If you're unsure which subject you'd like to specialise in
  • If you don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
  • If you don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • If you're returning to education after some time away​

International Applicants

If your first language is not English, you 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.

Course Content​​

Our foundation year enables you to progress onto the following degrees being delivered within Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies.

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:

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

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

LLB Law (Hons)
Business Law and Management - BA (Hons)
Law and Criminology - BA (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)

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


Regardless of your above chosen degree, you will study the same modules throughout your foundation year before specialising in a specific area.

  • 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

You’ll study six units to prepare you for the rest of your chosen degree. Our curriculum is designed to boost your confidence, skills and knowledge to progress onto a degree of your choice.

You will develop transferrable skills throughout our foundation year, such as research and analysis, design and innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurial and verbal, written and visual communication.

You will be fully immersed into university life and the student community from day one. With high progression rates, we work hard to ensure every student reaches their full potential.  We also offer specialist support and a range of social activities for you to enjoy.

Our Foundation Year is taught through a blend of weekly lectures, group work, workshops and seminars. You will study six modules, three will be delivered in term one and three in Term two. Each module will have 48 hours of teaching and 152 hours for self-study / independent learning time.

You will have access to course content via Moodle, the virtual learning environment, with interactive learning tools and materials to support independent learning. 

You will also benefit from our personal tutoring team alongside your module leader, seminar tutors and Programme Director.


Our foundation year is assessed using a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, in class tests, exams, individual research projects and reflective diary.

Support is available for assessments including revision sessions, personal tutoring and skills workshops run by the Learning Centre. 

You will receive a wide range of feedback on your work both verbally and in writing.

Employability & Careers​

Our foundation year enables you to progress onto the degrees listed within the ‘Course Content’ section of this webpage. 

For specific information on employability and careers linked to these degrees, 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 enqui​res, please contact the programme leader Gareth Dyer on or 029 2041 6626.

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:​ ​Each degree has its own foundation year UCAS code. Follow the links to the degree course you want to study listed under ‘Course Content’ for the relevant UCAS code and apply on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

All students, regardless of which degree they progress onto, will study their foundation year at the Llandaff Campus.

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: One year full-time, with an additional three or four (sandwich) years of full-time study required to complete your chosen degree.​

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“The Foundation Year gave me the chance to find out what I was really interested in, and wanted to specialise in, at Degree level. From completing Foundation Year to now having a Degree and Master’s under my belt, I can honestly say that Cardiff Met was an environment in which I thrived.”

Read Jake’s journey from Foundation Year to MSc in Digital Marketing and working in the Welsh food and drink industry as a Marketing Executive.

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From Foundation Programme to Graduating with a First and my Dream Career in Events Management

Events Management graduate Louis, blogs about his journey from foundation to Events Management and the practical experience he gained along the way to help him secure a career in the events industry.
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