Business and Finance

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2023
  • Future start date: Sep 2023
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3.5/4 years
  • UCAS code: N300
  • Study abroad: Optional

The following course information is for students applying for entry in January 2023. If you're looking to start a similar course in September 2023, please refer to this page. For the September 2023 intake, the course structure is different from what you see on the page below.


    This integrated foundation year has been specially designed to give you the introductory knowledge and business skills needed to confidently progress to degree-level study.  

    The Foundation year is structured around an entrepreneurial challenge, with modules that introduce the transferable skills you will need at degree level and beyond.  

    Once you have successfully completed your foundation year, you will progress to the first year of BA (Hons) Business and Finance. 

    You’ll gain a solid grounding in management principles, together with a broad set of business skills. Building upon this foundation, you’ll develop specialist knowledge in your chosen course.  

    About this course

    Finance plays a fundamental role in every organisation – whether it’s a global brand or a new start-up. This course offers a holistic insight into financial management and fintech – developing your skills as a financer while giving you the confidence to manage teams internationally. 

    Explore the financial parameters of business planning, learning core competencies like analytics, economics, politics, law, global banking and strategic management, while examining the structure of financial corporations and how they function – gaining a thorough understanding of how financial intermediaries and institutions work hand-in-hand with businesses, both big and small. 

    You’ll also have the opportunity to explore alternative approaches to finance, other than the current Western standards, and consider the influence and impact of emerging financial technologies – developing your ability to innovate and manage change, globally. 

    Practical, experience-based simulations and challenges with industry experts will expose you to real-world business issues and give you the strategic skills to combat them. 

    You’ll have the option to undertake an independent placement or enterprise project to gain further industry experience, or you can study abroad for a term at one of Regent’s international partners to broaden your understanding of management and enterprise in a global context. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn a new language – preparing you to work in an international arena. 

    Download the Programme Specification

    Join Foundation in January and: 

    • Kick-start your studies and career, right now 
    • Find accommodation quickly – with less students looking in Spring 
    • Enjoy the London lifestyle for longer: there's so much to do 
    • Take part in Regent's industry events and internships

    You'll also be able to...

    • Complete your Foundation year in six months versus one year for Sept starters
    • In September, go straight into your second year of study (first year of your degree-level) 
    • Enjoy a more focused format – the same great quality, just condensed 

    How to apply

    Applying to study at Regent's University London is a straightforward process. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

    Not received your results yet?

    That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

    There's still time to submit an application. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

    Step 1: Apply

    You can apply in the following ways:

    • Apply online
    • Apply through UCAS (The Regent’s UCAS code is R18)

    If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

    • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
    • One academic letter of recommendation
    • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
    • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
    • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

    Credit Transfer

    • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

    Step 2: Receive a response to your application

    You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

    We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

    For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

    Step 3: Accepting your offer

    If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

    Please see here for information on how to pay.

    Step 4: After you have accepted your place

    Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

    Information for international students

    If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

    Scholarships and funding

    There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

    For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.



    Tuition fees

    £21,500 for academic year starting September 2022 
    £21,500 for the academic year starting January 2023 (Foundation entry – Level 3 entry)
    £22,000 for the academic year starting January 2023 (Undergraduate – Level 4 entry)

    Non-refundable advance deposit

    UK students: £1,000 
    Non-UK students: £4,000

    What do fees include?

    Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.

    What other costs should I budget for?

    You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

    The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

    When are fees paid?

    Fees are payable in the following instalments:

    • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
    • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
    • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

    Calculating fee increases

    The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes. The University reserves the right to alter fee levels.

    Study Period Abroad (SPA)

    Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States.
    A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

    Teaching and assessment

    Contact hours and expected workload

    Information to follow.

    Teaching staff

    Our teaching staff represent a diverse range of professional and academic backgrounds, with a large percentage having extensive industry experience. Many are research-active and regularly publish in respected academic journals and at conferences. We are very proud of the global nature of our programme, and our lecturers also reflect this ethos, coming from a wide variety of countries and cultures across the world. In every way, you will feel part of a genuine global family.

    We provide a focused and personal treatment of our students as they progress through the programme. We ensure that students enjoy open lines of communication with lecturers and heads of programme alike.

    All our staff hold postgraduate qualifications in their subject area, and a large section hold PhDs or are studying for one. We also encourage our teaching staff to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

    Methods of assessment

    A wide range of assessment methods is used, including:

    • Examinations
    • Presentations
    • Written assignments
    • Challenge-based activities
    • Group work 
    • Case study analysis 
    • Simulations 
    • Project-based assignments 

    Disability Support

    We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

    Our Student Support & Welfare team is here to support you. We ask that you speak with us as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us

    Entry requirements

    Academic requirements

    A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

    Minimum entry requirements for Level 3 students

    One of the following qualifications: 

    • 5 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent
    • US High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.5 
    • Equivalent qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University

    We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications.

    English Language requirements

    English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 
    You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

    • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components
    • GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4
    • International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

    *qualification satisfies the English language requirements of the UK Immigration and Visas (UKVI) for non- UK/Irish nationals.

    This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

    For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

    Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

    We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.


    Future Opportunities

    Successful completion of this degree will equip you with the skills and attributes you will need to lead people and projects in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Your flexible, informed and proactive approach will enable you to pursue a career as a leader, manager, strategist or entrepreneur in many different sectors across the world.


    This course combines a common set of core business management modules with specialist modules related to this course and a choice of electives. 

    The integrated foundation year has been specially designed to give you the introductory knowledge and business skills you need for progress to degree level.

    If you begin your studies in September, you will undertake a four-year, full-time programme.

    If you join us in January, you will undertake an accelerated three-and-a-half-year version of the course. This accelerated course will see you complete a spring and summer term in your first year, and join the September cohort for the beginning of your second year in the autumn term.

    Integrated Foundation Modules

    Business & Management - 22-23 start dates

    Module Title
    Enterprise Challenge This module will help you contextualise your academic learning and understand how it relates to the business environment. In teams, you will launch and run a live business start-up. It will be your responsibility to raise capital, open a bank account, and market and sell a real product or service. This exercise will require you to employ all the personal and professional skills you have gained throughout your Foundation year.
    Mastering Foundational Numeracy This module will teach you how to analyse and present large amounts of data in a clear and informative manner. You will be trained in Excel and learn how to use statistical and mathematical techniques to solve complex equations or transform vast columns of data into summary statistics. These vital skills enable you to exploit data to make informed business decisions.
    Skills for Impact This skills-based module will teach you how to make an impactful impression in both a personal and professional environment. You will learn how to effectively communicate within a business context and efficiently manage work processes. You will also be taught how to source and use reliable sources to identify opportunities and make informed business decisions.
    Working with Others In modern business, the key to being a successful entrepreneur is building and maintaining strong working relationships. In this module, you will learn how to work effectively and successfully with others. Collaborative work will teach you how to identify and use your own and your team-members’ individual strengths to contribute towards team success. You will learn the fundamentals of effective communication, both interpersonal and organisational, as well as developing essential strategies in time management and critical thinking.
    World of Business This module will introduce you to the mechanisms of global business. You will explore key themes including economics, globalisation, market and industry analysis, and threats and risks. You will also gain an understanding of the competitive environment in which businesses operate, and the tools they use to achieve success.

    Year 1

    Core Modules

    BA (Hons) Business & Finance
    Analytical Tools for Business and Finance This module aims to enhance your employability by teaching key numerical techniques and IT tools applicable to business, finance and management. Through reflection and technological application, you will learn how to generate new ideas and identify opportunities to innovate business solutions.
    Integrated Business Skills This module will help you develop key transferrable skills that can be used in both academic and workplace environments. Collaborative work will teach you how to work effectively in teams and strengthen your leadership skills. Presentation training will also help become a more confident and impactful speaker. The module will directly relate to the activities and assessment of two other level 4 modules: ‘People-Centric Organisations’ and ‘Principles of Marketing in the Digital Era’.

    People-Centric Organisations This module focuses on the key issues associated with people in organisations. You will learn how to handle the employer-employee relationship effectively and implement creative strategies to ensure a better working environment. You will cover a range of disciplines including management, organisational behaviour and human resource management. This training will help you identify organisational challenges and give you the management tools to overcome them.
    Principles of Marketing in the Digital Era This module will introduce you to the core principles of marketing. Critical examination of business models will give you real life insight into contemporary marketing issues and challenges such as big data, social media, sustainability and globalisation. You will learn the latest marketing practices, paying close attention to the different ways in which technology is used to improve customer relations.
    One elective module Choose between: Brand Identity | Business Analytics | Business Ethics | Career Management | Chinese Culture and Society | Contemporary Intercultural Issues | Creativity, Imagination and Innovation | Design Thinking for Enterprise | Developing a Business Idea | Global Communication Skills | Green Business | Independent Enterprise Project | Independent Placement Project | Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) | Latin American Culture and Society | Starting Up a Business | Taking Pictures: Advanced Spanish Through Film

    Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders This module is designed to help you to understand and embody the roles, responsibilities and traits of a true leader. Your main task will be to work together with your peers to support a charity and achieve mutually agreed objectives. Activities could include resolving a unique business problem, raising awareness for the charity, and fundraising. This challenge enables you to take on leadership responsibilities within a real-life business context. You will also be expected to critically reflect on your performance to understand and improve your management and leadership techniques. Working with students from different cultures and nationalities will also give you the intercultural intelligence to work successfully across international boundaries and become a true global leader.
    Economics for Business This module focuses on both the micro- and macroeconomic environment in which businesses operate. You will gain a solid understanding of key economic concepts and their implications. This knowledge will help you to identify potential challenges that arise from globalisation and make smart business decisions to overcome them.
    Exploring the Fundamentals of Financial Markets This module focuses on financial market structures and operations in the US, UK and across the globe. You will examine the purpose, principles and fundamental concepts of today’s global financial markets, instruments and institutions. This comprises of banking and non-banking institutions, securities markets, foreign exchange markets, bond markets and derivatives products.
    Financial and Management Accounting This introductory module focuses on financial and management accounting, with particular reference to external and internal reporting. You will learn how to make informed business decisions and communicate overall performance using key financial statements. You will also gain an understanding of the key regulations applicable to financial accounting, as well as the nature and cost implications of business decision-making. This module will give you the techniques required to prepare financial statements and formulate your own simulated business plan.
    Global Perspectives This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students enrolled on Regent’s validated degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages students to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking them to cross the physical and intellectual borders of their degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares students for their subsequent studies by familiarising them with the resources available to meet their lifelong learning needs.

    Year 2

    Core Modules

    BA (Hons) Business & Finance
    Business Law Business Law focuses on the fundamental principles of law relating to business transactions, commercial entities and consumer rights. You will examine different types of business organisations and the legal consequences of incorporation. A significant part of the module will focus on contract law and the various aspects of a contractual relationship. Applying legal principles to a variety of different business scenarios will help you understand the legal implications of entrepreneurship and business activity. Upon successful completion, you will have a solid understanding of the legal issues and complexities that exist within a business environment.
    Global Banking This module takes a critical look at the most relevant managerial topics of commercial and investment banks from an entrepreneurial perspective. You will examine and critically analyse the purpose, principles and fundamental concepts of today’s commercial and investment banks. This includes bank activities and services, different typologies of banking, the role of central banks and their impact on banking business, bank regulation and supervision, bank failure and crises and financial and risk management. You will learn how to deal with international monetary and banking problems, as well as how to invest and create business opportunities both locally and internationally.
    Financial Analytics In today’s financial environment, one of the hardest tasks a government, manager or investor must perform is to predict the future. This module will teach you how to use financial analytics to make efficient estimations about the future in order to make the best possible decision from the estimated outcome. You will examine the purpose, principles and fundamental concepts of today’s financial analytics and its’ use in business forecasting. You will gain an understanding of the complex structure of financial decision-making, as well as the important role that simulation and data analytics plays in the future of investment. You will also learn about the limitations of forecasting methodologies.
    Optimising Operations and Change Organisations must continuously transform their operational processes in order to sustain growth and compete in the 21st century landscape. Looking at the drivers and causes of organisational transformation, you will learn how to diagnose the need and readiness for organisational change. This training will develop you into an effective change leader with the insight and skills to identify potential opportunities and implement new operational processes. You will also build an awareness of the changing global environment and its implications for organisations.
    Quantitative Methods of Finance and Investment This module will teach you how to analyse problems, identify appropriate solutions and advise on financial decisions. You will learn how to apply quantitative techniques to a range of problems in the finance and investment environment. Covering a range of analytical methods, you will gain an understanding of how business data analysis is used to transform problems into quantitative models. Using Excel and other relevant packages, you will learn how to apply statistical methods to analyse past data and infer future trends. This training will teach you how to communicate the results of quantitative analyses and foster a confident approach to the field of financial investment.
    Research Methods This module will teach you how to conduct independent research for both academic and professional purposes. You will learn the theoretical frameworks of the research process, together with practical insights. You will apply this knowledge to a number of different business situations and contexts, gaining an awareness of the complexities of international research studies. You will also examine current debates in business research, such as the extent to which big data will replace more traditional data collection methods.
    Sustainability Current challenges such as population growth and the widening gap between nations, concerns over water, food and energy security, and the fast-paced environmental changes have become key issues for many organisations. This module focuses on the meaning and scope of sustainability, from both a business perspective and from wider societal and environmental contexts. You will develop an awareness of current national and international regulatory policies regarding sustainability and corporate responsibility. Engaging with analytical research, you will learn how to assess the challenges and opportunities for businesses and construct innovative strategies to champion sustainability.
    One elective pathway module See the Year 2 Elective Pathway Modules section below for more information.
    Two elective modules Choose between: Brand Identity | Business Analytics | Business Ethics | Career Management | Chinese Culture and Society | Contemporary Intercultural Issues | Creativity, Imagination and Innovation | Design Thinking for Enterprise | Developing a Business Idea | Global Communication Skills | Green Business | Independent Enterprise Project | Independent Placement Project | Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) | Latin American Culture and Society | Starting Up a Business | Taking Pictures: Advanced Spanish Through Film


    BA (Hons) Business & Finance - Year 2 elective pathway modules
    FinTech and Innovation Innovation and technology play essential roles in providing market participants and various economic agents with efficient financial services. This module gives an overview of global financial technology (FinTech) and how it has helped make the financial industry more efficient, personal and secure. You will review and evaluate modern investment strategies that use financial technology. This will help you understand the complex structure of payment methods and financial regulations and appreciate how important financial technology is to the future of investment. You will analyse products and FinTech services such as Robo advising, cryptocurrencies, peer lending, crowd funding and changing demographic forces. Exploring different payment methodologies, you will learn how financial technology has fast become an entrepreneurial solution for both investments and payments systems. The module will train you to identify financial techniques and understand the dynamics between innovations and regulations in order to develop a financial technology strategy from an entrepreneurial perspective.
    Intermediate Financial Accounting This module provides a detailed understanding of financial statements for the purposes of investment decisions and wealth protection. Interpreting the significance of accounting bases used to prepare financial statements will help you understand how to assess the value, risk and implementation of procedures. This process will train you with the skills to evaluate the ability of an organisation to stay in operation without diminution in value.

    Year 3

    Core Modules

    BA (Hons) Business & Finance
    Finance Pathway Capstone The Capstone module is the summative module that brings together all the knowledge and skills that you have gained on your pathway in a practical project. You will learn how to use your entrepreneurial skills to implement responsible stewardship practices in global financial markets. Focusing on a specific problem, you will collect raw data and learn how to process it into financial business intelligence. This training will enable you to establish your own critical framework of contemporary finance at a societal, organisational and personal level.
    Investment and Wealth Management This module brings together aspects of institutional investment management, asset management, hedge funds, private banking and personal finance. You will gain an understanding of financial products and core investment and risk management strategies. Upon completion, you will be able to analyse, research and create a hedged portfolio consisting of equities, bonds, derivatives, real estate vehicles and hedge funds. The analytical skills you will develop are central to private and institutional investment processes in a globalised market.
    Managerial Finance The module offers a critical examination of the role of financial management in corporate governance. Under a range of circumstances, you will analyse whether a capital project adds value to a business. This analysis will help you to evaluate the considerations underlying the financial decisions of a company and determine the need for strategic financial planning. This module incorporates global finance strategy with investments and aligns its application to practice. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have a solid understanding of the factors that affect strategic financial decision-making and its integrated practices.
    Strategic Analysis Strategy can be seen as having two main schools – the ‘market-based school’ and ‘resource-based school’. This module explores both perspectives, giving you the knowledge and skills to create an appropriate ‘strategic fit’ for a given organisation. You will learn how to use a range of strategic tools and techniques that are used across many business contexts and organisations. You will explore how organisations analyse their context both externally (environment, industry/market etc.) as well as internally (culture, structure etc.). By the end of the module, you will be able to combine insights from a range of techniques to give a multi-faceted view of the organisation.
    Two elective pathway modules See the Year 3 Elective Pathway Modules section below for more information.

    Year 3 elective modules

    BA (Hons) Business and Finance - Year 3 Elective Pathway Modules

    Module Title
    Derivatives and Risk Management The investment process is characterised by risk, with the return on any investment being directly linked to risk. Understanding risk management enables you to be a competent and informed financial player. This module will equip you with insight into derivative products and how to apply them in real-world situations, as well as develop your analytical skills on the notions of value, risk, hedging, diversification, market risk, liquidity risk, and credit risk.
    Independent Learning Project The independent learning project is designed to allow you the time and resource to pursue your own learning and research into a topic of your choice. The aim of the ILP is to enable you to critically explore, analyse, and evaluate a specific contemporary phenomenon of the fourth industrial revolution on an organisation within a business management, technological, political, economic, social and/or cultural context, and to develop your aptitude for independent research and analysis.
    International Finance This module is distinct from other finance modules as the topics covered are solely focussed on international finance. You will learn how to assess the current global business environment and design appropriate international finance management strategies. This will develop your understanding of multinational financial management through interpretation and analysis of strategic financial information. You will examine recent multinational financial management issues and their impact upon international organisations. This knowledge will help you to understand and review the wider developmental, strategic and ethical issues concerned with multinational financial management.
    Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions are transactions where the ownership of companies is restructured or consolidated with others, transforming their size, activity, and competitive position. In this module, you will study how the flow of capital changes when companies are taken over or sold off, and the larger continuous international reorganisation of industry. You will learn how theories of corporate finance, economics, accounting and financial management work in practice, and how strategy and organisational behaviour apply to real-world financial problems. You will also learn wider-ranging economic and political effects involving tax, regulation and government policy interventions.
    Organisational Governance and Global Financial Ethics This module will see you functioning as a chairperson or director, or as a person involved with delegated directorial responsibilities. Fines for an organisation owing to non-compliance with the OECD may exceed 10% of an organisation’s global turnover and damages are unlimited as to amount, and a company’s financial liability is increasingly in the hands of the director. As such, this module will teach you to take responsibility in terms of strategic business practice as well as professional codes of conduct, ethics, and sustainability, and also develop your qualities as a leader.

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    Karim Henide
    'My course has provided me with access to prestigious industry experts, an early-stage hands-on approach to finance and robust scaffolding, from which I have been able to develop as an academic, a leader and a financier'. Karim Henide, BA (Hons) Global Management (Finance) student