International Foundation in Accounting and Finance, and Management

Prepare for entry on an undergraduate degree at Exeter and complete your studies in just six months with this intensive programme.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • opportunity to develop necessary skills to prepare you for undergraduate study
  • improve your English language skills, knowledge of academic theory and your understanding of key subjects


What is special about the programme?

The Fast-Track International Foundation is an intensive programme which focuses on Accounting and Finance, and Management, allowing you to complete your studies and progress to university in the next academic year.

This condensed programme will prepare you for a UK degree and is designed to help you develop key skills and an understanding of academic subjects.

Teaching methods

During this intensive programme, you will be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops and presentations. You will have the opportunity to take part in practical activities, such as working in teams to identify an appropriate marketing mix for a company creating a product that has a global market.

A key feature of this programme is the Independent Study for Business module. You will carry out independent research into a subject of your choice, developing your primary and secondary research skills. Examples of research projects could include looking into the accounts of a public limited company, reviewing the marketing strategy of a local business or studying current literature on effective leadership styles.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

This course will allow students to focus on their understanding of academic subject content, as well as developing their study skills and experiencing university life. It is intended for students with a high level of English to further develop their understanding of relevant subject areas.

What will I study?

Compulsory modules:

English for Business

This module will develop your writing and speaking skills to meet the demands of your studies. Enhancing your performance in extended written assignments and extended spoken interaction, such as seminars and group presentations is central to effective communication in academic English. You will learn to organise and support your ideas to develop a theme, and use sources competently and in accordance with academic conventions. In addition, you will develop time management skills, as well as managing your own learning, and reviewing and planning skills.

Foundation Mathematics

Learn the foundation of mathematics, ideal for degrees in accounting, business, economics, engineering, mathematics, psychology or science. Topics will include: geometry, logarithm and exponential functions; differentiation and integration; statistics; and using Microsoft Excel.

Introduction to Economics

This module introduces, and applies to real world situations, major theoretical models and key terminology of macro and micro- economic theory. Topics will include: the economic environment; the market mechanism and market failure; market structure and competition; growth; inflation; unemployment; international trade; and macroeconomic policy.

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Topics will include: accounting concepts; procedures used in the preparation of financial statements; analysis of published information; and using accounting information to assist with business planning. The study of finance focuses on central issues of how finance is raised and invested to meet core business objectives. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of accounting and will have the capacity to undertake appropriate numerical procedures in preparing and analysing statements and management reports.

Introduction to Management

Receive an introduction to the characteristics of different organisations, how businesses are managed and business terminology. You will be able to demonstrate familiarity with business aims, strategy, planning, and different approaches to organisational structure. You will be introduced to the principles of modern management through management theories as well as an investigation of culture, leadership and motivation. The range of themes extends to: production; quality; communication; social responsibility; and business growth and organisation change.

Independent Study in Business

This module will allow you to study a chosen topic area, related to your programme of study and personal interests. The aim of the module is to support the development of your planning, research, critical thinking, analysis and self- evaluation skills. You will be encouraged to develop and apply skills effectively and demonstrate initiative and enterprise. Throughout your studies on this module, you will improve your learning and performance as a critical, reflective and independent learner.

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.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

 English requirements:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in all subskills) 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 can apply for our Academic English course.


16 years and above.

Students must turn 17 by the end of their first term of study.


When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
March 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 21 Apr 2017

Term 2: Mon 01 May 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

March 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 20 Apr 2018

Term 2: Mon 30 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018


Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (3 term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be 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.

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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