The International Foundation Year in Business, Hospitality, Law, Management, Marketing, Transport & Logistics prepares international students for progression to degrees in fields such as Accountancy, Finance and Marketing.
You will study core modules which are general skills subjects and route modules which are specific and important for your academic development.
English and Skills for University Study (ESUS 1, 2 & 3)
You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback.
When you have completed these modules you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to five presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:
- Independent enquirers
- Creative thinkers
- Reflective learners
- Team workers
- Effective participators
This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.
In this module you will focus on basic topics and methods in Numerical Techniques, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and Probability with a view to strengthening your background knowledge and improving your skills in handling and presenting data.
You will develop an understanding of how businesses develop and adapt in a changing economic and business climate. You will be able to demonstrate that you can apply knowledge of the different forms of ownership and control to a specific business context and explain the reasons for change. You will also understand the role of different stakeholders and their competing, and changing objectives. You will be able to explain the reasons for reasons for growth or decline of industrial sectors and be able to analyse location decisions, including some international comparisons.
The Competitive Business Environment
This module gives you the opportunity to consider some of the external influences that affect businesses and other organisations. By applying your learning to real business scenarios you will learn that businesses rarely have any control over these influences. You will also analyse how a business or industry has responded to competitive influences.
Legal and Financial Environment
In this module you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of how business organisations are affected by the law. You will explore the main types of legislation and consider how business activities are constrained by relevant legislation. You will also demonstrate the ability to interpret summary financial information and make judgements about business performance, including profit and loss statements, cash flow forecasts and balance sheets.