International Year One in Accounting and Finance

Progress to Year 2 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees and choose your specialist pathway post-arrival after a common first semester, with 10 universities to choose from.

Why apply for the Year One programme?

  • Guaranteed conditional progression to one of 10 NCUK universities (subject to meeting progression requirements).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme.
  • Recognised by a wide range of other leading UK universities.
  • Choose your specialist pathway post-arrival, after a common first semester.

Course options available

  • International Year One (3 terms) – this is the standard option, suitable for most students.
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support and English language entry requirements are typically lower.

What is special about this programme?

The International Year One will focusing on developing your academic and undergraduate research skills, as well as improving your English language abilities.

The programme covers everything you need in order to progress successfully to university.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching (for academic modules)
  • English language classes are taught in an interactive, inclusive classroom environment
  • helpful and supportive teachers
  • high contact hours and interactive teaching

You will receive advice and feedback from your teachers throughout your studies. Regular access to your teachers will help you plan for future study, and answer any questions to encourage your academic success.

Teaching methods

During lessons, you will have the opportunity to take part in presentations, workshops and interactive group work

You will have continuous assessment and weekly homework to help improve your exam skills and give you guidance on how to structure essays suitable for university study. 

To give you an advantage in your studies, teachers use online resources to upload relevant articles and videos which you can read or watch in advance.

For the Accounting and Finance stream, you will explore theories and their practical applications using real-world case studies. Group exercises will help you understand business scenarios from different perspectives and supportive tutorials will you ensure you are prepared for Year 2 of your degree.

For the Business stream, you to explore theories and their practical applications using real-world case studies.

You will independently research and present subjects which you will discuss during seminars helping improve your presentation skills.

Throughout your programme teachers will ensure you are aware of the latest in business and current affairs.

You will also benefit from supportive tutorials giving you practical advice on study skills and exam techniques to ensure you are prepared for Year 2 of your degree, whatever the subject.

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to an NCUK university.

INTO Manchester Kelvin Zhao from Hong Kong

from Hong Kong

"We learnt presentation skills, academic writing skills, and how to carry out logical group discussions in English. This helped me gain confidence and to efficiently carry out seminars and presentations in Year 2 and 3 at University."

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Meet Kelvin from Hong Kong who:

  • completed an International Year One with INTO Manchester
  • graduated with a first in BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance the University of Sheffield
  • is now working as an Assurance Associate at Ernst and Young, Hong Kong

"What I have learnt from INTO has been useful. The accounting classes I had at INTO was very comprehensive, which has worked as a stepping-stone for the second year of university.

"I've met some international students at INTO, and they have helped me integrate into this new city quickly. Nowadays, most companies are multinational, so I think this will definitely help towards my future when I have to work along with people from different cultural backgrounds.

"Because I am studying accounting, I want to accumulate as much experience as possible and build up a network for my career. I will go back to Hong Kong, find a job, and get my accountant certification at the same time. I am lucky that I have graduated from the University of Sheffield; this means that I am exempt from certain certifications already.

"It’s an interesting story how I ended up coming to the UK to study. I bumped into an INTO ambassador at an agent fair one day, and they told me everything about INTO, and straight away, I felt like there was a lot of choice I could have. Also I thought INTO could help me progress onto a wide choice of universities, so I chose the UK, and chose INTO.

"I would definitely recommend INTO to my friends and family, in fact, I have already recommended it to two of my friends who are coming to come study with INTO this year. I tell my friends that this is a good place to study, progression rates are brilliant as long as you are willing to put the work into it, there are a lot of universities to chose from. The courses that INTO delivers are very dynamic, which caters for a wide range of students according to interest and abilities."

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

Language and study skills are incorporated into all aspects of the programme. The EAP module is designed to be closely connected to all other academic modules.

The module is built around six strands: academic writing skills; academic reading skills; lecture and seminar skills; academic skills; ICT; and tutorials.

This module is compulsory for students unable to demonstrate English language proficiency of at least NCUK EAP grade C. This module does not contribute academic credit points towards the International Year One programme.

Semester 1:

Business Economics

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the competitive market within which businesses operate, learn about price mechanism and the basic principles of supply and demand, and examine the limitations and weaknesses of a market economy.

Business Skills

This module is designed to develop your academic and study skills.

You will consider the management of learning and personal development, research skills, the presentation of numerical information as well as group and team working.

You will also develop presentation and reflective skills.

Financial Accounting

In this module, you will develop a sound foundation in the basic principles of double-entry bookkeeping and a basic understanding in the preparation of final accounts.

Organisational Behaviour

This module is concerned with the study of how individuals and teams behave within organisations.

You will study a number of interdisciplinary factors relating to and impacting on behaviour within organisations covering a range of disciplines.

Semester 2:

Business Finance

This module provides a conceptual introduction to the subject of Business Finance that emphasises general principles.

It will provide you with the tools and skills required to analyse new issues as they arise.

Business Statistics

This module provides an introduction to the basic statistical techniques that are used to analyse business data.

You will learn about the assumptions and principles of statistical methods, and develop an understanding of the basic techniques used to analyse statistical data in the business environment.

Financial Reporting

In this module, you will develop an understanding of accounting’s regulatory framework and be introduced to the final accounting statements of limited companies.

Management Accounting

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of management accounting and build up the management accounting skills necessary both to construct cost information and to interpret financial information for decision makers.

How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests.

The final grade for each unit is based on a mixture of coursework and end-of-module examinations. Successful students will achieve grades distinction, merit, credit or pass for each of the modules.

Basic information will be delivered in lectures, and an understanding of the subject and the ability to utilise the information supported by tutorial work and by extensive e-learning provision.

Assessment will be by:

  • coursework - prepared assignments, module tests etc.
  • end-of-course module examinations.

Academic guidance

You will receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies and career plans. We also have a Placement Co-ordinator who will help with your application to the chosen university and arrange visits to help you learn more about your chosen degree.

Students should be aware that:

  • the International Year One does not replace the International Foundation programme. Students require a Foundation programme, A-levels, or a similar level qualification for entry to the International Year One programme
  • students' previous educational performance will be considered in their university admission, in particular to selective universities and/or degree programme
  • students are not guaranteed a place at any particular NCUK university

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Successful completion of A-levels, a recognised Foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme, or equivalent with good grades.

Applicants for Accounting and Finance routes must have a minimum of GCSE Grade C in Mathematics or equivalent.

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

English requirements:

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

3-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

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

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


17 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published June or September start date must be 18 years old by 31 December of that calendar year.

For the January start date, students must be 18 years old by 31 December of the preceding calendar year.

Places at some universities are subject to previous qualifications. To have a chance of progression to selective universities (in particular those within the Russell Group), students should have:

  • completed high school in their home country with good grade
  • studied a Foundation programme and achieved at least a B grade (normally 60% or more)
  • missed out on first year entry for their degree course because they do not meet the English entry requirements
  • in some cases, students may be considered if they have narrowly missed out on academic requirements for first year entry

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
June 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Wed 28 Jun 2017 – Fri 08 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 06 Apr 2018
Term 4: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
September 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 08 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 06 Apr 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 25 May 2018
Term 4: Tue 29 May 2018 – Fri 31 Aug 2018
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 06 Apr 2018
Term 2: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 25 May 2018
Term 3: Tue 29 May 2018 – Fri 31 Aug 2018

Tuition fees do not include

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme, to be charged upon confirmation
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £240 (3-term) and £320 (4-term) per academic programme
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options
  • social programmes (costs for some excursions and activities are in addition to fees paid)

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 and 4-term courses?

The 4-term Extended International Year One incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition on the same visa, allowing you to improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study. It will typically have a lower English language entry requirement than the 3-term programme.

You will be required to pass the initial English language component before progressing to the next stage of the programme.

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Year One leads to the initial award of Certificate of Higher Education (FHEQ Level 4) from NCUK.

It offers direct entry to the second year of approximately 70 undergraduate degree degrees at NCUK's universities.

Please note that students looking to progress to a Russell Group university will need to meet additional entry requirements, and there is no progression available to the University of Liverpool or to The University of Manchester from this INTO programme.

Degree options

This programme leads to Year 2 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees at NCUK universities.

The following are some of the most popular degree choices for international students - for a complete list of all available progression options, please visit NCUK's website.

University of Bradford
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (including work placement)
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics and International Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics and International Economics (including work placement)
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Economics (including work placement)
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management (including work placement)
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Management (including work placement)
The University of Huddersfield
  • BA (Hons) Accountancy
  • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance (ACCA, CIMA and ICEAW accredited)
  • BA (Hons) Accountancy with Financial Services
  • BA (Hons) Accountancy with Law
  • BSc (Hons) Air Transport and Logistics Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) Supply Chain Management
  • BA (Hons) Transport and Logistics Management
The University of Leeds
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Finance
Leeds Beckett University
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Liverpool John Moores University
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management (at MMU Cheshire)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (at MMU Cheshire)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (4 year exchange)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing (at MMU Cheshire)
University of Salford
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance*
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics*
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management*
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management*
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology*
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport*
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management*
  • BSc (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing*
The University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
Sheffield Hallam University
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
* Degree with Professional Experience Year also available.
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