International Year One in Business and Management

The International Year One in Business and Management (previously known as an International Foundation) provides an extensive range of progression options from tourism management to international fashion branding, providing you with the freedom to progress the right degree course for you.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • equivalent to the first year of a Scottish undergraduate degree programme
  • direct entry to the second year of undergraduate study
  • full university status

There are three course options available:

  • International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements
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What is special about this programme?

The International Foundation programme prepares you for entry to year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for second-year entry to Glasgow Caledonian University.

In Scotland, INTO academic preparation courses count directly towards your degree, meaning it is possible to graduate with an ordinary degree after just two further years of study following the International Year One - a great opportunity to get a head start in your career.

You'll also benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on a relevant undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Year One programme provides academic preparation for second year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the programme in order to change your specialist subject.

This course is not available for UK or EU students.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purpose and Study Skills, including ICT

This module is designed to help you develop the skills and confidence in academic English for university study. You will study reading techniques and writing styles as well as developing your note taking and presentation skills. Additionally, you will learn how to use dictionaries and other study aids.

Information for Business and Management*

This module covers the processes associated with the transfer of data, and the importance of information analysis in supporting management decision making.

Introduction to Financial Analysis*

In this module you will explore the vital role of financial information in the management process. You will learn about the use of financial information in management, focusing on theory rather than your practical accounting skills.

Introduction to Economic Analysis*

An introduction to the major factors influencing the ways businesses function in a mixed-market economy. On completion, you will be able to identify and analyse a host of contemporary business issues.

International Business: Global Context and Management*

This module develops your understanding of business activities that cross national boundaries. You will explore general concepts and issues prior to consideration of trends in relevant phenomena such as foreign direct investment and international trade.

* Available for the January 2017 start date only.

Depending on your intended degree, you will also choose from the following specialist modules:

Marketing and Communications

You will explore the fundamental principles of marketing, and the central role the consumer plays within different marketing strategies. An emphasis will be placed on interpersonal and cultural communications within marketing.

Financial and Economic Analysis

This module explores the central role of accounting and economic information in the financial process. You will learn about how financial and economic analysis is used by financial advisers and investors.

Introduction to Financial Services

This module introduces you to the UK's financial services sector and covers personal finance, corporate finance and investment, banking, and international finance and risk.

Conceptualising Cultural Environments

This module explores the historical and contemporary forces central to the modern 'cultural economy', which comprises the fields of sport, events, tourism and media. You will learn about the factors that have driven the production, consumption and regulation of modern cultural economies and the issues and challenges that face them.

Foundations of Marketing*

An introduction to the principles of marketing and the central role of consumers. Ethical issues surrounding marketing in terms of consumerism and marketing communications as well as the company’s perspective of ethical marketing are examples of the issues considered.

Fundamentals of Financial Management*

This module aims to emphasise an understanding and use of financial information rather than focus on the preparation of that information. Issues considered include past business performance, current financial position, and business planning, control and decision making.

International Economic Issues and Challenges*

In this module you will examine the main economic issues affecting the world today. Examples of this include allocation of resources; understanding of economic systems; and international trade.

The Business of Social Science*

This module has two broad aims; to introduce you to the principles, ideas and value of the social sciences; and to understand how social science theories support the understanding of business and professional studies.

Workplace Culture and Behaviour*

The module aims to prepare you for many facets of the workplace through considering contemporary issues and the changing nature of work and employment. A range of workplaces is examined in various contexts.

*Available for courses starting in June 2017 or later. The exact combination of modules available to you will depend on the type of degree programme you choose to progress to at university. Modules may be swapped for a more appropriate module(s) to ensure you have the best preparation.

Academic support

Throughout your programme you will receive advice and feedback from your teachers during seminars and tutorials. They will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance, to ensure your academic success.

Tracking your progress

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral and video presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Grades from the International Year One programme do not count towards your final degree, but do help the University assess your abilities with regards to entering your chosen field of study.

How is the programme validated?

The programme is quality-assured by Glasgow Caledonian University. Successful completion leads to the award of the Glasgow Caledonian University International Certificate of Higher Education (valid within the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework), which is welcomed as an entry qualification for second-year entry to comparable degrees at other institutions in Scotland. You will also be eligible to apply for first-year entry to 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 very good grades, or show strong evidence of ability to complete the programme successfully and progress to their chosen degree. 

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Three term programme: IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in writing or equivalent

Four term programme: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent

Five term programme: IELTS 4.0 or equivalent

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

Age:

17 years and above.

If you are starting a course on a published September start date, you must be 16 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. If you are starting a course in June, you must be 16 years old before registering with the Centre. For all other start dates, you must be 16 years old by 1 September of the previous year (and therefore turn 17 before 1 September in the year you progress to university).

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£16,795

June 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Tue 26 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 5: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£21,095

September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£12,495

September 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Tue 26 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£15,945

October 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 16 Oct 2017 to Fri 22 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£18,470

January 2018 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£12,495

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Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional cost in the region of £210 per academic course (three term), £290 per academic course (four term), £370 per academic course (five term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (charged upon confirmation)

 

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.

What's the difference between the 3, 4 and 5 term course?

The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will this take me?

The International Year One course is equivalent to the first year of your degree at Glasgow Caledonian University and leads you directly into year two of the following undergraduate degrees:

Glasgow School for Business and Society

BA (Hons) Business Management

BA (Hons) Economics and Risk*

BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk

BA (Hons) International Business

BA (Hons) International Business and Economics*

BA (Hons) International Business and Finance

BA (Hons) International Business and Human Resource Management

BA (Hons) International Business and Marketing**

BA (Hons) International Events Management

BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding

BA (Hons) International Marketing

BA (Hons) Sports Management*

BA (Hons) Risk Management

 

*Available progression for January 2017 start date only.

**Available progression for June 2017 onward start dates only.

Our progression guarantee

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

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.
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