BMF Foundation Degree in Merchant Management

BMF Foundation Degree in Merchant Management
This programme is distinctive in that it is designed to be offered exclusively as part of the extensive training and career development programme offered through the BMF.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the BMF.

Through a process of accrediting prior learning it provides a progression route for managers in the builders and timber merchants sector who have previously been awarded the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management or have at least two years’ experience as a manager. 

A Foundation Degree is the equivalent of the first two years of full-time undergraduate study. However, the prior learning accreditation enables the award of a Foundation Degree (FdA) Merchant Management to be achieved in one year of part-time study.

For students seeking further development the FdA Merchant Management can lead onto an Honours Degree in Leadership and Professional Development. 

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and end of module exams.

Course Duration

The BMF Foundation Degree in Merchant Management course will be 12 months.

Funding Support

Course fees are £6K per student. The charity of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants encourages applications for up to 50% funding support for the course fees payable on successful completion of the course through their bursary application process. Details of the criteria, conditions and application requirements can be obtained from the Clerk at 

Up to 10 bursaries are available based fairly on an assessment of need. The award of bursaries for the course fees is at the discretion of the Trustees but they will look sympathetically at applications from applicants employed by businesses with limited training funds available.

Applicants from businesses with well-funded, in-house training budgets are less likely to be able to make the case that a bursary is needed. Successful applicants will be permitted to give irrevocable instructions to the Trustees to pay the bursary to a lender or funder of the course fees on successful completion of the course. 

One of the bursary conditions will include a commitment to remain in the industry for two years on completion of the course.

Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCoBM) Bursaries for training, qualifications & apprenticeships

A bursary of up to £2,000 a person can be used towards this BMF course.

The bursary is open to: 
College or University graduates
Employees working in the sector

To apply for the funding, download and complete this form.

The WCoBM bursary programme is in partnership with The Rainy Day Trust:

How to register
Training for this course is booked on demand. To register your interest please contact Paige Godsell at or call 02476 854980.


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