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Foundation Diploma in Business

1-year Progamme
Full-time and Distance Learning options available
Start September or February
Online Study Available

The Foundation Diploma is designed to develop skills and qualifications in areas of business that match your ambitions and talent. It is an ideal preparation for future studies at Bachelor’s level, even if you do not yet meet the standard entry requirements for university.

Over the course of one year, you'll be introduced to a wide range of topics, including management skills, marketing, HR, finance, and event management. Content is delivered in an engaging, interactive way, and you can be sure of continuous tutorial support, including assistance with academic writing.

The programme gives you the choice to study in person in Prague, or to join as a distance learner and follow live lessons, receive recordings, and access resources via the Digital Campus. You will meet other students studying from their home countries as well as in Prague. 

Programme Essentials

  • Discover talents and interests by exploring, experiencing and collaborating with classmates
  • Enhance business skills through practical hands-on projects
  • Develop critical thinking, academic writing, research and time management skills
  • Enjoy small class sizes with focused academic support from lecturers and tutors
  • Improve reading, writing and debating skills related to your subject areas
  • Enhance employability prospects by developing soft skills
  • Enjoy regular seminars, workshops and guest speakers as part of our Master Speaker series

Find out more about programme accreditation & recognition →

What You Study

Semester 1

  • Exploring Business
  • Human Resources
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Professional & Academic Writing Skills for Business

Semester 2

  • International Business
  • Digital Marketing
  • Managing an Event
  • Research and Plan a Marketing Campaign
  • Business Decision Making
  • Professional & Academic Writing Skills for Business
Juan Jose Navarro Trujillo, Foundation Diploma in Business graduate

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with numbers so after high school I decided to look at combining this with business. Initially I was interested in International Management but the financial classes in my Foundation year made me realise that I really enjoyed this part. I then chose to study BA (Hons) International Finance and Business Accounting. So slowly I’ve started to grow into a career where I can play with numbers."

Juan Jose Navarro Trujillo, Foundation Diploma in Business graduate



Full-time students can expect to attend daily classes, with 16 hours per week in class, plus additional workshops and guest lectures. Further independent learning and group work is expected.

Online Study Format

Distance learning is for students who are located outside of Prague and the Czech Republic. Classes are delivered live and take a participatory format, with you making active contributions during classes.  All recorded classes are sent to distance learning students, allowing you to review class content and study at times that are suitable to your schedule and time zone.

Meet Your Programme Leader

Br Bruce Gahir, Associate Dean of the School of Business

Dr Bruce Gahir

Dr Bruce Gahir is Associate Dean of the School of Business and programme leader for the Foundation Diploma. Bruce pursues his own academic interests in questions of financial management and accounting, business ethics, and the management of global economic operations. He also manages the CIMA and ACCA programmes, and acts as an adviser in the field of financial services. Bruce studied theoretical physics (BSc and MSc) at University College London, and philosophy (MA) at Birkbeck College and received his doctorate from Teesside University. Before his academic career, Bruce worked for several multinational corporations and banks in London.

See all lecturers from the School of Business →

Entry Requirements

  • A Czech high school diploma or equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually. At least two AS-level passes, or one A-level pass or LCCIEB equivalent, or International Baccalaureate Diploma or Certificate.
    Students who have been unable to complete their High School due to mitigating circumstances or do not have the required qualifications or grades to enter directly to the Bachelor’s degree level should contact our admissions team to confirm their eligibility to apply for this programme based on their educational background.

  • Confirmation of English level upon entry, which could be one of the certificates listed below:
    IELTS with a score of at least 5.0; TOEFL iBT with a score of at least 45. Duolingo and Cambridge certificates of English are also accepted with equivalent scores. Applicants can also sit the Versant language exam at PCU to assess their English level. Other equivalent English assessment subject to PCU approval.

  • A letter of motivation (300 words). 

  • For all programmes at Prague City University there is a final interview between the applicant and the Programme Leader before the final decision on admission is made.

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Projects & Studies

Foundation students have successfully worked with the Czech Circular Economy initiative to complete an integrated project together with INCIEN. Students worked in project groups and were responsible for carrying out a study assessing the marketing efforts of L’Oreal. In their assessment they also evaluated their current efforts transitioning into a circular economy, and provided recommendations on what else they could do in order to become active participants in the circular economy. 

Career Building at PCU

Career Fair 2023

Career Fair

Every year PCU run a Career Fair to connect students, lecturers and professional partners in order to share knowledge, strategies and skills. This is also the forum for students to open the door to their future career by meeting with recruiters from international business eager to secure talent. 

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A pathway to an undergraduate degree

1-year Foundation Diplomas provide students with the knowledge to make an informed decision regarding their choice of Bachelor's degree.

Worldwide, Foundation Diplomas are growing in popularity, with many universities encouraging students to complete a foundation year before committing to a Bachelor’s programme. PCU offers two Foundation Diplomas including a Foundation Diploma in Business


Graduate Careers & Further Study Destinations

Our graduates usually move on to further studies. Here are just a few of their stories:

  • Evet Yaqoob successfully completed her Foundation Diploma in Business and graduated from BA (Hons) International Finance and Business Accounting degree and CGMA Finance Leadership programme to further enhance her professional accounting qualification.

  • Joan Nicolas Garcia successfully completed his Foundation Diploma in Business in 2019 and is now in the BA (Hons) International Management programme.

  • Arwa Zahran successfully completed her Foundation Diploma in Business qualification at Prague City University and is now in her final year of BA (Hons) International Finance and Business Accounting programme, she will continue to earn her professional accounting CGMA qualification after completing her Bachelor's degree.

  • Juan Jose Navarro Trujillo completed the Foundation Diploma in Business programme from Dubai and then moved to Prague to start his BA (Hons) International Finance and Business Accounting programme and CGMA qualification and will graduate in 2024.
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