International Year One in Business Management

Study a range of topics related to business management in preparation for a degree at a top university.

The International Year One in Business Management is equivalent to studying the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

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 focus 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 with qualified and experienced teachers
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • professional support and guidance with university applications

You will receive advice and feedback during seminars and tutorials. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will help you plan for future effective study, and answer any questions to ensure your academic success.

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures and seminars will enable 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 programme 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 Oanh Nguyen from Vietnam

Oanh Nguyen
from Vietnam

"INTO Manchester really is the right decision for any international student wanting to study at prestigious UK universities."

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Meet Oanh Nguyen from Vietnam who:

  • completed the International Year One programme with INTO Manchester in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University
  • graduated with a first in BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds
  • graduated from the University of Southampton with a MSc in International Financial Markets

What made you want to study in the UK?

When I decided my future career in Finance, I firmly believed that the UK would be the place for me as it is known as the home of the largest financial institutions in the world.

What do you think you’ve gained from studying abroad?

I’ve learnt a lot from studying abroad. It’s not just about the academic knowledge I’ve been taught in class but also about the way to approach an issue, any issue, so that I have a wider viewpoint when dealing with problems in any situation.

Do you think you could have done this without studying with INTO?

No I don’t. INTO Manchester is the springboard that allowed me to graduate from the University of Leeds with a first class degree in Accounting and Finance.

What was the most valuable thing you learnt?

INTO Manchester changed my way of thinking in study from being passive to being more active in class. The small class sizes at INTO Manchester gave me more opportunities to interact with teachers and classmates so that I could question and raise my voice when I hit struggles in lessons. I gained more initiative within my study. This is really important for study at a UK university; whether you are sat in a big lecture theatre or doing group work.

Would you recommend INTO?

Yes, I would definitely recommend INTO to everyone who plans to study in the UK. INTO will help international students to get familiar with the way to study in the UK. You will have a lot of opportunities to learn about the UK culture in order to avoid experiencing culture shock. I feel lucky that I've had the chance to experience all these things at INTO Manchester.

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 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.

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.

Management Themes and Case Studies

This module uses case studies and real-world examples to enable you to look at business problems from a management viewpoint.

You will also cover business strategy and strategic management.


This module provides an introduction to a range of theories and concepts underpinning key elements of marketing planning.

You will study the application of those theories and concepts to a range of different organisations.

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 place in 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 for more details.

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


18 years and above.

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

For all other start dates, 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

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.

Degree options

The 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)
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
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
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business and Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Management
  • BA (Hons) Management with Marketing
Leeds Beckett University
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management
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
The University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 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)
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Events Management (Sandwich)
  • BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management (with overseas study)
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management (with placement)
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management
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 and Tourism Management*
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology*
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport*
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management*
  • BSc (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing*
The University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
Sheffield Hallam University
  • BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Business
* Degree with Professional Experience Year also available.
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