International Year One in Business and Management 

Direct entry to the second year of a degree in areas such as business management, marketing, advertising and branding.

Why apply?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status

There are two course options available:

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

What's special about this programme?

The International Year One in Business and Management combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the second 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 conditional offer of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities

Teaching methods

Throughout the programme you may be invited to attend events within the Business School including visits from guest speakers, giving you the opportunity to interact with students at the University and experience university-style lectures. Different online teaching methods and resources are used, including a combination of live teaching and a virtual classroom. All modules have additional podcast and screencast material within our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One 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 the University of Gloucestershire. The additional January start date will also appeal to students who are unable to apply for the traditional September start date for university study

How is the programme validated?

The programme is validated and quality assured by the University of Gloucestershire. Successful completion of the International Year One programme leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education (National Qualification Framework Level 4). The International Year One is therefore a first step towards obtaining a recognised undergraduate qualification.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway. The course comprises of 150 credits and approximately 20 hours per week.

Core modules:

English Language for Undergraduate Study (30 credits)

English language is a core subject in the International Diploma programme, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking. The module ensures that students reach the entry requirement for the second year of a degree course.

Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study (15 credits)

Essential preparation for university life, the Study Skills module will help you develop the necessary skills for undergraduate-level study by providing support with group work, presentations, research methods, note taking in lectures, structuring assignments and understanding methods of self-evaluation.


Specialist modules:

Business Environment (15 credits)

This module analyses the interaction between the organisation and its stakeholders, and interprets the influence of the internal and external business environments. The role of shareholders and customers will be examined through a discussion of their financial and marketing relationships. The module will also cover the environmental influences on the organisation by examining the legal, political, economic, social, ecological and technological factors at a global, international, national and industry level.

Business Finance (15 credits)

This module provides a broad introduction to the subjects of financial and management accounting. Its aim is to provide students with an understanding of the purpose and uses of financial information in business. Students are encouraged to evaluate financial information for control purposes and for assessment of business performance.

Consumer Behaviour (15 credits)

Through this module you will develop an understanding of customers and their consumption. The module explores customer attitudes, values and beliefs, why customers buy and consume brands, the meanings of these brands in their lives and the associated decision-making process. Organisational buying behaviour and customer segmentation will also be considered.

Introduction to Business Law (15 credits)

An introduction to the English legal system and some aspects of business law which are relevant to the accounting profession. It looks at the distinction between civil and criminal law, gives an overview of the court system and considers various aspects of contracts including the distinction between employment and service contracts, factors affecting contracts and ways in which contracts can be changed.

Introduction to Management (15 credits)

This module aims to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of management in a variety of modern organisational contexts. The module focuses on the role of a manager in an organisation, and key organisational functions and systems, such as how to develop, manage, motivate and monitor teams to deliver on managerial goals and the impact that both power and culture can have within an organisation.

Introduction to Marketing (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings and first principles of marketing and the fundamental tools to provide a superior customer value proposition. Problem-centred learning is achieved via students developing a basic marketing plan for a product/service of their choice.

Putting Business Cases (15 credits)

This module provides an opportunity for students to critically consider issues surrounding decision-making within the business context and how they can establish and gain support for decisions through high-quality business cases. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate soft and hard analytical tools along with considering relevant theory and models informing their decision-making. There will be an emphasis on developing and delivering business pitches.

How will I be assessed?

Grades from the International Year One programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for entry to your chosen degree programme.

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally, you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, including written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations, and problem-solving exercises. You are required to obtain 150 credits to complete the programme successfully.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: Satisfactory completion of A-levels, a recognised Foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme with good grades, or equivalent. To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now
English requirements:

3 term programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

4 term programme: IELTS 5.0 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 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.


17 years and above

Note: Students starts 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

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


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


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


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



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 (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 3 and 4 term course?

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

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. 

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