International Foundation in Business and Management at Newcastle University

Study for your undergraduate degree in economics, finance, marketing and management subjects.

The INTO Newcastle University Foundation course offers assured progression to the first year of your degree programme.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university student status and access to university facilities

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support

What's special about this programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Newcastle University
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Teaching methods

During your first semester you will have high contact hours, and will go on to work on more independent research related to your future chosen degree during your second semester. In addition to lectures, you will have seminars, group work, computer sessions and also study clinics, where you will receive one-to-one guidance from your teacher. Experts in the field of business will enhance your studies by giving presentations. You will also benefit from using case studies from the Financial Times 100 series.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

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. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and all are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way. The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on private study, student research, student-led presentations, seminar discussions, e-learning and group work.

Study Skills and Project

This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered will include: personal and time organisation; library and information skills; using and interpreting data; team-working skills; problem-solving skills; examination and revision techniques; presentation skills; and avoiding plagiarism. You will also have workshop sessions in core ICT skills including the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and web-based learning systems.

Introduction to Accounting

This module will prepare you for the world of Business and Accounting by giving you opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in accounting and the mathematics needed for these disciplines. Through a combination of lecture delivery and small group seminar interaction, you will be guided towards understanding the practical topics in the study of accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles, the main financial statements, and an introduction to double entry bookkeeping. You will also learn how to understand a range of graphs as well as studying an introduction to statistics. Assessment will consist of both online and written tests.

Introduction to Business

This module will help you understand key features of business in the UK. Students are introduced to many aspects of business in preparation for a range of business degrees. Topics covered range from motivation, management and leadership, business classifications, business funding in the UK, scrutiny of corporate annual reports and accounts, how economic factors affect business, marketing, and current themes in business. You will be taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will be assessed via examinations and coursework.

Maths for Business

The module covers mathematical and statistical techniques that have applications in business and economics. The programme reinforces algebra skills and then builds on these in the areas of equation handling and graphing techniques. Differentiation is introduced as a technique for finding the slope and turning points of a curve. You will develop skills in the area of handling, summarising and representation of data, and become familiar with probability as a concept. The concept of correlation is also introduced and developed to establish relationships between variables.

  Maths for Business is mandatory for most Bachelor degrees, except for Law. 


How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving

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.  

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

English requirements:

Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or an equivalent score

Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

Students who have achieved a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall but have less than IELTS 4.5 in one or more sub-skills will be evaluated on a case by case basis

For Newcastle Law School

Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score  

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 can apply for our Academic English course.


17 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date 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 published start date of the course.

When can I start?


Start date Term dates Fees

July 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

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

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018


September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

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

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018


September 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

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

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018


January 2018 start
(3 term)

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

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018


Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books - an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (3 terms), £270 per academic course (4 terms)


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 and 4 term course?

The Extended International Foundation 4-term course has an additional term of English 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 it take me?

Our 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.

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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