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February, June, October

Study options

Full Time

Key fact

Access the degree you want with our inclusive Year 0 course


Greenford and Greenwich

Our integrated Foundation Year focuses on you, individually, and through our unique strengths-based learning approach we help you to discover your strengths. With elective 'taster modules'; for you to find the degree that suits you, a blended-learning approach; a mix of in-class lectures and innovative online resources, and personal support every step of the way - we help you to be the best you can be!

The Foundation Year, is part of an extended bachelor's degree programme. We want to make degree-level study realistic and achievable for everyone, and we welcome students of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.

The Foundation Year is not an access course: it automatically registers you onto your chosen degree course, and once you have completed all the modules successfully, you can begin your Plymouth University degree just by filling out one form!

If you are returning to study to improve your job prospects, are returning to learning after several years' work or child-raising, haven't formally completed your education, or don't have any experience of academic study but hold work experience, then the Foundation Year is for you. Our unique programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to begin your degree course, and make you academically ready and confident to begin your higher-level studies.


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Why a Foundation Year?

Our Foundation Year offers blended learning with innovative e-resources and the modules focus on your strengths, giving you essential skills and greater flexibility in your degree course. it enables you to begin acquiring knowledge for your degree through exciting 'taster modules'. This means that you will gain an insight into two distinctive subjects - one being the degree you are enrolled on and another subject of your choice At the end of your Foundation Year you can choose to continue your degree in either of these subjects. Or, you may be able to change your degree option completely.

Whatever your circumstance, we will be here to guide you in your options throughout the process. We understand that starting higher education may be daunting at first, so our First Term Engagement Team will be on-site to offer additional support settling in. We also provide academic support classes which complement the core modules of the Foundation Year. These classes are designed to provide you with core module-specific guidance and assistance in preparing coursework submission and developing exam techniques.

How will this progress my career?

A higher education qualification undoubtedly leads to improved employment prospects and further studies, and many of our students have gone on to study at Master’s level and beyond.

GSM London is committed to our students’ best possible future, and we provide superb student support teams, including dedicated Careers advisors, plus job fairs and networking events to get you ready for your dream role. All we ask of you in return is your commitment to study and the drive to achieve a good classification of degree.

How is the Foundation Year structured?

Our innovative curriculum combines compulsory and elective modules. It has eight modules across two semesters. All BA, BSc and LLB students will study the core modules of:

  • English for Academic Purposes (2 modules, one each semester)
  • Numeracy (2 modules, one each semester)
  • Introduction to Computer Skills
  • Effectiveness in the Business World

In semester two, you choose your two elective modules, to get insight into two different degree-course topics. You can choose from:

  • Understanding Human Resources Management
  • Understanding Law (If you are pursuing Law, you must choose to study the Understanding Law module and achieve an overall pass mark of 60% and a pass of minimum 40% in this module.)
  • Understanding Accounting and Finance
  • Understanding Management
  • Understanding Marketing and Events
  • Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environments
  • Understanding Oil and Gas
  • Understanding Technology
  • Understanding Travel and Tourism. 

Our innovative blended learning combines traditional classroom lectures and seminars with workshops, collaborative learning projects, and state-of-the-art e-learning: live and recorded webinars, audio and video recording of lectures and online revision and practice classes.

Degrees with Foundation Year

Passing the Foundation Year proves that you have acquired the skills and knowledge needed to begin your GSM London degree and will set you up to to continue expanding those skills on the course of your choice. You will be able to study a degree in one of these subjects:

Please note: To automatically register on to our LLB (Hons) degree programme you must have completed all of the modules and achieved an overall pass mark of 60% and a pass of minimum 40% in the ‘Understanding Law’ module.

Accounting and Finance

App Development for Digital Business

Business Management with Creative Industries

Business Management

Business Management with E-commerce


Enterprise and Small Business Development

Events and Entertainment Management

Human Resources with Management



Oil and Gas Management

Professional Management (part-time, for individuials in employment)

Travel and Tourism


Programme structure

The first stage of the programme is the  Bachelor's Degree Extended (Foundation Year) qualification, studied over two semesters with eight taught modules, each worth 15 credits. This initial stage of the programme is designed to prepare students for their course by developing self-confidence, core practical degree skills, and essential knowledge of degree-level topics including business awareness.

The next element of the programme is the full Bachelor’s degree, and consists of three stages; there are six subjects at each stage: three subjects in any semester. Each stage takes eight months (two semesters) to complete.



Assessment is made on a continuous basis, taking programme work, group project-work and examination results into consideration. Formal examinations take place at the end of every semester.

Continuous assessment throughout the degree emulates the business environment by placing an emphasis on the consistent intensity of work demands.

Passing the Foundation Year proves that you have acquired the skills and knowledge needed to begin your GSM London degree and will set you up to to continue expanding those skills on the course of your choice. You will be able to study a degree in one of these subjects:

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and hold the following qualifications (or international equivalents):

  • 5 GCSEs (at grade A-C) or equivalent

If English is not the applicant’s first language they will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, we accept:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of 5.5
  • Pearson’s PTE Academic – 48
  • GSM London’s English Proficiency test – 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT - 54

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s:

Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered via our non-standard entry process.

Applications from candidates who lack the normal course entry requirements are positively encouraged. In such cases, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the course successfully.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • Evidence of full-time work experience (minimum one year)
  • An employer reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

Candidates who apply via non-standard entry are considered on individual merits.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will gain direct entry on to Level 4 of your chosen undergraduate degree, pending meeting the entry requirements for that course.


Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the Foundation Year are £6000.

How to apply

How to apply

You can apply online >

If you are unsure if you qualify or would like advice concerning your eligibility for your chosen programme please contact a Course Advisor on 020 8516 7850 or by email

The GSM London Course Advisors are available for informal personal consultations to help you ensure you choose the right programme compatible with your career and educational goals. If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact our Course Advice Team.

Student testimonials

Student testimonials

'As I had been working for the past 10 years, choosing an institution that could support me back into learning process was vital. After searching for the best option to fit my needs, I came across GSM London and their Foundation Year. This was a real appeal as it allowed me to gain a large amount of skills I would need before beginning my Oil and Gas Management degree.

I am so grateful to GSM London for allowing me to ‘re-learn how to learn’ and providing me with the right challenges to push me forward. The staff at GSM London supported me throughout my whole application, which was great for me as I had never been through the process before.' Tonisha Tagoe

'I began on the Foundation Year  at GSM London as my home qualifications aren't recognised to enter onto a degree. I've recently finished, the modules were straightforward and the PDP (Personal Development Plan) was very motivational for me going forward into my study. I'm really looking forward to starting the first year now' Nikolay Antonov