International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting 

Academic preparation for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree course in areas such as banking and international finance, economics, business studies and management.

This programme provides a pathway to Cass Business School.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • only International Foundation programme that can guarantee progression to Cass Business School
  • access to City, University of London support and facilities
  • multiple start dates

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (2 or 3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
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What is special about the programme?

The International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3). The programme combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree.

The INTO City Foundation is the only International Foundation programme that can guarantee progression to Cass Business School.

As well as a guaranteed offer from City, University of London for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at City, University of London
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at City, University of London. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway.

 Core modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

This module introduces you to academic language, university study skills and the conventions of academic writing and speaking you will encounter at a UK university. You will develop the skills needed to select, read and interpret academic texts, and carry out research for academic assignments and presentations. You will also learn to use your reading to support your arguments in academic writing and speaking. The content of the course is closely linked to the subjects you are studying and through texts and lectures you will learn to take notes effectively. The module provides you with the confidence to work both collaboratively and independently, qualities essential for success at City University.

Foundation Mathematics

This module covers key mathematical concepts and notations, including manipulation of numerical and algebraic expressions; techniques for polynomial root-finding; coordinate geometry; trigonometry; differential and integral calculus; basic techniques of statistics and ideas of probability.

OR Foundation Mathematics for Economics**

The objectives of this module are to introduce and develop your knowledge and skills in the following areas: linear, quadratic and cubic equations; limits, continuity and inequalities; calculus and multivariate calculus; compound growth; exponential functions and logarithms; continuous growth and natural exponential functions; derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions; constrained maxima and minima; integration; matrix algebra; probability and data analysis. This module is compulsory for students who wish to study Financial Economics at the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City University London, and will equip you with the necessary skills for applying key mathematical skills to economics in preparation for undergraduate study.

 

Specialist modules:

Introduction to the Study of Business

This module provides a basic understanding of business and management for those students who aim to undertake an undergraduate degree involving the study of business. The module includes the following themes: models of management; the business environment; managing people; leadership; corporate social responsibility; human resource management; corporate strategy; marketing; organisational structure; and managing operations.

Economics

The main aims of this unit are to introduce you to thinking like an economist, to familiarise you with key terminology used in economics and to provide an introduction to the main theoretical models and concepts used in economics. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic theory to real-world business situations.

Introduction to the Study of Accounting

The introductory module covers financial and management accounting, including social and environmental accounting. It demonstrates some of the basic accounting concepts and procedures used in the preparation of financial statements. It also demonstrates some of the major techniques used in management accounting – so as to develop an appreciation of the role of management accounting in organisational planning, control, decision making and performance evaluation.

 

** This module is compulsory if you are intending to study BSc (Hons) Financial Economics

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Entry to all City, University of London honours degrees is highly competitive, so the purpose of the assessment process is to help you improve and build on your success. Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards a final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet key criteria for progression.

You will receive support from your tutor throughout your course and be assessed by a combination of:

  • exams at the end of each term
  • coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

 

How is the programme validated?

The International Foundation is validated and quality-assured by City, University of London. Successful completion leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3), which is welcomed as an entry qualification both at City, University of London and many other highly-ranked UK universities.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now
English requirements:

Two term programme: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

Three term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing) or equivalent

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you should apply for our English for University Study course.

Age:

17 years and above.

Students starting a course in September must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the start date of the course.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
July 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 04 Jul 2016 to Fri 09 Sep 2016 

Term 2: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 09 Dec 2016 

Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017 

Term 4: Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017 

£21,595
September 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 09 Dec 2016 

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 24 Mar 2017 

Term 3: Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 23 Jun 2017 

Term 4: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017 

£21,595
September 2016 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 09 Dec 2016 

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017 

Term 3: Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017 

£16,995
January 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 24 Mar 2017 

Term 2: Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 23 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£16,995
March 2017 start
(2 terms)

Term 1: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 30 Jun 2017

Term 2: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£16,995

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £220 per academic course (2-3 terms), £300 per academic course (4 terms), £80 per English term
  • iPad fees (if applicable, see below)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Digital learning

The International Foundation programme at INTO City University London is taught mostly through the use of tablet computers(such as the iPad) to enhance the classroom experience through digital learning. International Foundation students will be required to purchase an iPad before they commence their studies.

iPad fees:

  1. One payment of £300; or
  2. If you have your own compatible device and will be bringing this with you to the UK, there will be no additional charge

What's the difference between the 2, 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

Where will it take me?

Our 100% progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

Assured progression

If you successfully complete the International Foundation, subject to achieving the specified grades for progression to your chosen degree, you will be able to join year one of a wide range of undergraduate courses at City University London, as well as at other leading UK universities.

This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at Cass Business School:

*Please note that progression BSc Financial Economics is not possible for students joining the International Foundation Business and Economics with Accounting in March. For progression to this degree students will need to join the July, September or January intake.

Business and Management

BSc Accounting and Finance

BSc Banking and International Finance

BSc Business Studies

BSc Management

BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management

BSc Finance

Economics

BSc Economics

BSc Economics and Accountancy

BSc Financial Economics*