Business Foundation Course

Business students in IT Suite

This is a one-year, full-time foundation course in business-related subjects which prepares students aged 17+ for study at British universities. It is accepted as an entrance qualification in place of A levels by a number of universities with whom Padworth has strong links.

The course aims:

• to improve academic achievement in the subjects which students plan to study in the future
• to foster a more analytical and independent approach to learning in preparation for entrance to university
• to ensure that students attain the standards in English language and Mathematics
required by UK universities

Course Components

There are 4 core modules:

• Business
• Finance
• Law
• IT

In addition, preparation classes for GCSE Mathematics and IELTS preparation class are compulsory options for students who do not have a GCSE grade C pass in English and Maths.

The EAL Department delivers the IELTS class which prepares students to take the IELTS exam in their final term.  The focus is on the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking which are tested and scored separately and also to familiarise the students with the exam format, expectations and criteria.  Students are given verbal and written feedback on their IELTS work.

There is a weekly tutorial session with the Course Co-ordinator.


Throughout the year the student compiles a portfolio of coursework which includes a series of written assignments. Internal examinations take place at Autumn mid term break and at the end of each term. The overall result is an average of the final coursework grade (40% weighting) and an average of the written examination (60% weighting), both of which are assessed by the Course Co-ordinator and approved by the Principal.

Higher Education Advice

Each student receives advice and support to guide them through the UCAS application process: choosing the right course, completing application forms, writing personal statements, providing references and dealing with offers. In recent years, students who have successfully completed the course have been admitted, or have been offered a place by the following:

  • Aston University
  • Royal Holloway
  • University of Buckingham
  • Middlesex University
  • South Bank University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • De Montfort
  • Southampton Solent

Students have gained places on a variety of business-related courses including International Business Management, Business and Marketing and Management and Strategy. However, students are advised that some of the more competitive courses are open only to students with A level qualifications.

Please click here for the Business Foundation Course Information sheet