International Year One in Management and Business Economics

Academic preparation for direct entry to year two of an undergraduate degree in subjects such as business, economics and marketing.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • flexible start dates

What is special about the programme?

The International Year One programme is equivalent to studying Year 1 of a UK undergraduate degree, and you will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education on satisfactory completion. It is a quality-assured pathway to degrees in business, accounting and economics-related subjects.

As well as full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • a highly supportive study environment to enable swift progression

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter and arrange visits to your academic college, so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

Teaching methods

You will take part in problem-solving activities with real business scenarios, such as looking at how to extend the product life cycle of well-known chocolate bars. You will also have discussions with HR professionals from local organisations, learning how to resolve complex Human Resources issues.

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, 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 the University of Exeter.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Management Concepts and Practice

This module is designed to: introduce management and organisational concepts and related theories; examine the formulation and implementation of business strategy; and explain the main management issues in marketing, human resources and operations.

Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)

This module explores the national economy; banking, money and interest rates; the relationship between money and goods markets; fiscal and monetary policy and supply-side economics.

Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)

This introductory economics module explores the foundations of microeconomics looking at supply, demand and elasticity; government intervention in the market; profit maximisation; alternative theories of the firm; the theory of the distribution of income and markets, efficiency and the public interest.

Accounting for Management and Economics

This module is an introduction to the complementary concepts of financial accounting and management accounting for non-accountants. It will cover the principles of interpreting published financial information and methods for using accounting as an important tool for decision making.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This module provides you with a consumer- oriented perspective on marketing, enabling you to understand the social and psychological forces in the planning of marketing strategies. It looks at marketing and consumption in the context of globalisation and considers the ethics of marketing practices in relation to sustainable environments.

Introduction to Statistics

In this module you will have training on a variety of statistical methods commonly used in research. You will learn how to use statistics to draw conclusions, make sensible business decisions and justify your findings in business presentations.

English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies

This module will improve your language proficiency within the context of your studies, in order to: develop the ability to read complex academic, texts and extract relevant, information, produce written assignments in an appropriate format following academic conventions, develop fluency and confidence in seminar discussions and the delivery of presentations, enhance the ability to extract relevant information from lectures and produce a written assessment based on extensive reading and some library-based research.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed not simply to pass or fail students but, to help you build on your successes and meet the requirements for entry to the second year of a degree. Marks from the Diploma programme do not count towards the final degree, but help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed through a combination of examination and coursework which may include:

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

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Satisfactory completion of A-levels or equivalent, first year of overseas university programme or equivalent.

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

English requirements:

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in all other 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.


17 years and above

When can I start?

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

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018 

Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018 

January 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018 

Term 2: Mon 16 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
  • 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?

This course leads to the second year of the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter:

University of Exeter Business School

BA (Hons) Business and Management

BSc (Hons) Business Economics

BA (Hons) Management with Marketing

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