The University Foundation Course (UFC) in Business Management that we offer here at Buckswood School is recognised and accepted by around 20 UK universities.
Students have the opportunity to experience business in action through their involvement in business enterprises and workshops, through visits to businesses and through the use of real life case studies. Mirroring a degree course, the UFC is a blend of seminars, lectures and self-study assignments that require good writing, analytical, evaluative skills and is a course-work based qualification.
Students visit businesses, for example, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chessington or Thorpe Park, Cadbury, Jaguar Landrover, Denby Pottery and JCB in the UK and we organise business trips to other European cities such as Paris. We run a range of business and enterprise workshops and take part in national competitions such as Student Investor, Young Enterprise, and the Tenner Challenge. We have an active Business Society. Our students have the opportunity to visit JP Morgan and to participate in the London Academy of Trading.
The one-year or two-year Business Foundation Course at Level 3 is a good preparation for undergraduate study in a wide range of Business related degree courses.
The course provides a good grounding for employment in many areas, including: marketing, economics, finance, accounting, operations, human resources, and the Public Sector, as well as preparing budding entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. In addition to completing the Business Management modules, students will be expected to achieve a level of English Language acceptable to UK universities. This may be a C grade (or better) in GCSE English Language or 6.5 IELTS.