Your Pathway to University

Get prepared for university, earn a highly respected academic qualification and progression to UK undergraduate business degrees.

Foundation in Business Pathway

The Foundation in Business prepares students for university and includes a stand-alone academic qualification, respected by both employers and universities. Successful completion of this programme results in an offer from one of Twin's partner Universities for progression to a business related undergraduate degree.

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is exclusive Pathway programme is designed for students who have finished secondary school at home, but do not yet meet the requirements for direct entry to university. This course provides an opportunity for students to earn a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, recognised by 95% of UK universities as meeting all or some of the entry requirements for business related undergraduate degrees, and completion will result in progression to a UK university. By the time you complete the Foundation in Business programme you will be completely prepared for life at a UK university – linguistically, academically and culturally.

We're in partnership with UK universities

Twin has partnerships with a number of universities with whom you can enrol into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree upon successful completion of the programme. Possible undergraduate degree courses include Accounting, Business Management, Human Resources, Tourism and Hospitality, Logistics, Marketing, Retail and many more.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific universities.

Choosing your University 

A Foundation in Business with Twin gives you the security of progression offers from Twin Partners. And because our course includes a Level 3 BTEC Diploma, the most common university qualification after A-levels, you can also apply directly to any university through the UCAS system.

These universities recognise the Twin Foundation in Business as meeting their entry requirements for Business related undergraduate degrees together with the required English level:

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Herts Logo London Met University Of Sunderland Logo
 Suffolk  Demontford  

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What is Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business?

BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic, vocational and work-related qualifications. They are recognized by UK universities and employers as meeting many, or all, of the requirements to do business-related undergraduate degrees. Many UK universities recognise the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma as a viable qualification that together with your high school certificate and English level can secure a place for you on a business related undergraduate degree. Higher ranked universities will have additional entry requirements and we will provide application counselling to help you find the right university for you.

Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year. Along with A-Levels, they are the most widely recognised qualification taken to access university. YouGov research shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications.

The BTEC National Diploma is also approved by professional bodies such as CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) for acceptance onto their courses at the appropriate level.

Course Content

Developing a Marketing Campaign

Learn how a marketing campaign is developed. Use market research data to see the different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign. You will also plan your own campaign.

Exploring Business

Gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities.

Personal and Business Finance

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. You will learn how to analyse profitability, liquidity and business efficiency, and gain an insight into where you can get financial advice and support.

Managing an Event

You will investigate a number of successful events in this unit, both large and small, and use this research to assess the feasibility of events to plan and stage an event yourself.

International Business

Explore the benefits and issues associated with international business. You will investigate the economic environment and cultural factors in international markets and the influence they have on how business is conducted.

Principles of Management

The effective planning and organising of a business’ activity can significantly influence the success of a business. Learn how to adapt management approaches in response to business challenges and change in environment.


English and study skills modules:

Academic English (EAP)

Learn about the conventions of academic English and practice reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that are appropriate for university.

Study Skills

Learn about approaches used in UK universities: reading skills and critical thinking, researching, presenting, participating in seminars and group work, and essay writing in exams.


Additional modules

The course includes 2 of the following modules that will be chosen by Twin at the start of the course:

Cost and Management Accounting

Study cost and management accounting and its involvement with financial planning, controlling, monitoring and evaluation of business costs & revenues.

Digital Marketing 

Examine the different aspects of web-based marketing, and the channels that can be used to deliver a successful digital marketing campaign.

Training and Development

Study training and development and recognise that successful businesses need to plan and manage the training programmes they offer.

Market Research

Examine the purpose and type of market research undertaken in a business, consider the objectives of the research and the processes followed.

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Foundation in Business for EU and UK students

International Academic Equivalences

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Download the De Montford University factsheet 


Read our blog post about studying at the University of Derby

What's included?

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business - awarded upon completion of the course

  • IELTS preparation

  • Study skills for university

  • Company visits
  • UK University Tours & Open Days

  • Guest speakers from UK Companies and UK universities

  • Twin social programme - a variety of events, activities and outings every week, many of which are free
  • Total academic and practical support throughout your programme

  • Specialist counselling and assistance with your university application

  • Free secure IELTS test

Fast facts

Foundation in Business

English Level

3 terms: IELTS 5.0*
4 terms: IELTS 4.5*

*No score below 4.0/4.5

Age 17+
Hours per week 28.5
Start date

23 Sept 2019 - 19 June 2020
21 Sept 2020 - 18 June 2021

Course duration

39 weeks (36 weeks + 3 weeks holiday) 

Course dates

Term 1: 23 Sept -19 Dec 2019
Term 2: 6 Jan-3 Apr 2020
Term 3: 14 Apr-19 June 2020

Course Location English Centre London
Optional Extras

UK Excursions

For details on deposits, additional fees, refunds and cancellation details please see our terms and conditions.


Our University Foundation Pathway is priced at £12500 for 3 terms (36 weeks' tuition + 3 weeks' holiday). 

An extra term of English for University is 10 weeks, priced at £2600 or £260 per week.


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Foundation in Business –

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£12, 500

First Tuition Payment of £4000 or full payment on acceptance of offer

Balance 30 days prior to course start
Students who pay full fees in advance will receive a 5% discount

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On application

Course material fees


30 days prior to the course start

Residence booking fee


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