International Foundation in Business, Hospitality and Tourism

Your first step to studying a degree in areas such as media, advertising, computer games design, graphic design, landscape architecture, popular music and more.

Why apply?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a six month fast track option saving you time and money
  • full university status

There are three course options available:

  • Accelerated International Foundation (2 terms) – a fast-track option saving you time and money
  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
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What's special about this programme?

The International Foundation in Business, Hospitality and Tourism combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in the UK.

As well as a guaranteed offer from the University of Gloucestershire for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality-assured university programme
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Teaching methods

Study visits including attending a session at the Law Court, evaluating Cheltenham’s festival events, or visiting local businesses, play an important role in your learning. During your programme classes will include both group and individual to help increase your confidence and develop team-building skills. You will contribute to group presentations which are recorded for later reflection on your performance. Classes include interaction with staff and undergraduate students to give you insight into university-style teaching.

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?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway.

Core modules:

English Language for Foundation Study (45 credits)

You will develop your overall English language level, including your grammar and vocabulary, as well as your specific skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking, which will prepare you for further academic study.

Academic Skills for Foundation Study (15 credits)

Through this module you will be supported in applying academic skills in the context of your chosen subject area. You will learn how to interpret and analyse a range of subject-related information, structure and plan academic work, find and use relevant resources, and communicate effectively using appropriate academic conventions.

 

Specialist modules for the 3 term or 4 term option:

Introduction to Accounting (15 credits)

The module will introduce you to accounting, and enable an understanding of its development and function in the world of business. It will introduce key concepts, terms and conventions in accounting, and will enable you to record, describe and analyse key accounting transactions from the perspectives of a variety of users of financial information.

Operational Skills for Hospitality, Events and Tourism (15 credits)

This module introduces you to a range of practical skills and attributes that a manager in the leisure industries will need in order to accomplish tasks effectively. You will develop an understanding of the relationships between event operations and the event experience, as well as an appreciation of the operational constraints under which managers are engaged.

The World of Business (15 credits)

An introduction to the key dimensions of business through the introduction of different types of organisations, common business structures, the key functions of a business, including marketing, finance and human resource management, the roles of managers and other departments in the co-ordination of these functions, to ensure the delivery of business objectives is considered.

Investigating the Leisure Industries (15 credits)

You will be introduced to the size and scope of those industries that make up the leisure sector within the UK, namely the hospitality, events, sports and tourism industries, and the diverse nature and variety of those sectors.

OR

Introduction to Law and Legal Systems (15 credits)

In this module the main principles and structures of English law are introduced.You will study sources of the law and the process of law making in England and Wales, including the European Union and how this compares to other legal systems. By the end of the module you will be able to apply your knowledge to a given scenario, and communicate outcomes clearly, using the correct legal terminology.

Specialist modules for the 2 term accelerated option:

Introduction to Accounting (15 credits)

The module will introduce you to accounting, and enable an understanding of its development and function in the world of business. It will introduce key concepts, terms and conventions in accounting, and will enable you to record, describe and analyse key accounting transactions from the perspectives of a variety of users of financial information.

Investigating the Leisure Industries (15 credits)

You will be introduced to the size and scope of those industries that make up the leisure sector within the UK, namely the hospitality, events, sports and tourism industries, and the diverse nature and variety of those sectors.

The World of Business (15 credits)

An introduction to the key dimensions of business through the introduction of different types of organisations, common business structures, the key functions of a business, including marketing, finance and human resource management, the roles of managers and other departments in the co-ordination of these functions, to ensure the delivery of business objectives is considered.

Introduction to Law and Legal Systems (15 credits)

In this module the main principles and structures of English law are introduced.You will study sources of the law and the process of law making in England and Wales, including the European Union and how this compares to other legal systems. By the end of the module you will be able to apply your knowledge to a given scenario, and communicate outcomes clearly, using the correct legal terminology.

OR

Operational Skills for Hospitality, Events and Tourism (15 credits)

This module introduces you to a range of practical skills and attributes that a manager in the leisure industries will need in order to accomplish tasks effectively. You will develop an understanding of the relationships between event operations and the event experience, as well as an appreciation of the operational constraints under which managers are engaged.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed through a combination of examinations at the end of each term, and coursework, which may include written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

It is validated and quality assured by the University of Gloucestershire. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme leads to the award of Certificate in Foundation Studies (National Qualification Framework Level 3), which is welcomed as an entry qualification both at the University of Gloucestershire and many other UK universities.

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 good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now
English requirements:

2 term programme: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent

3 term programme: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in any subskill) or equivalent

4 term programme: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in any subskill) or equivalent

If you are applying for a Student Tier 4 visa you must have an IELTS for UKVI to apply for your visa.

If you’re coming to the UK to study a course that is no longer than six months (2 terms), a Short-term Study Visa (STSV) may be more appropriate for you than applying for a Student Tier 4 visa. For a STSV, INTO is able to accept a wider range of English language qualifications as evidence that you meet the minimum requirements of the programme.

If you have any questions about this test, our experienced team will be happy to help you. Email your questions to: [email protected]

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

Age:

16 years and above.

Note: All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 16 years old by 1 September of that calendar year. For all other Foundation intakes after 1 September, including the Extended Foundation, students must be 16 by 1 September of that academic year. So, for example, students starting in January 2017 or after must be 16 by 1 September 2016. Students will then have turned 17 before 1 September of the year they progress to university.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

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

Term 4: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£15,845

September 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£15,945

September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£12,495

January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 2: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£12,495

January 2018 start
(2 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 2: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 29 Jun 2018

£7,500

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Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks: available from the Centre for an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (2 or 3 term) or £290 per academic course (4 term)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

What's the difference between the 2, 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

The two term accelerated programme offers the same high-quality teaching, support and experience at a fraction of the cost over a shorter timeframe, so you benefit from much faster progression to your chosen degree, while saving money on the course, accommodation and living costs.

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.

Where will it take me?

Our 100% 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.

In the Guardian Good University Guide 2016 the University of Gloucestershire is ranked in the top 20 for accounting and finance.

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