You will study academic skills modules to help you develop key skills such as research, writing, presentations and analysis. Following this, you will study a number of subject modules that include core and specialised areas of study, which focus on the topics and skills needed in your chosen undergraduate degree course.

Completion of the International Year One in Business course to the required level provides guaranteed admission into year 2 of a related undergraduate degree at Bournemouth University.

The International Year One in Business equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the necessary academic standards to progress to the second year of a range of undergraduate degrees.

You will focus on core business principles and strategies, and develop a good insight into your chosen subject area. The course enables you to develop a range of practical skills necessary to be effective in any business field such as teamwork, planning, evaluating financial statements, communication, decision making, research and analytical skills.

The course includes:

  • Employing a host of quantitative analysis techniques and evaluation skills, including probability models and forecasting models that are relevant to the modern business world.
  • Applying business, management and strategic issues to a range of practical situations that impact on business organisations.
  • Distinguishing between a total marketing approach, involving all elements of the marketing mix, and individual marketing activities such as advertising and sales.
  • Recognising and evaluating the influences on customer buying behaviour and how this in turn impacts on the marketing activities of an organisation.
  • Employing professional standard accounting conventions/principles including double entry methods, balance sheets and income statements.
  • Applying basic economic concepts to evaluate business decisions and the implementation of economic policy.
  • Describing how market processes work and how to evaluate the benefits and limitations of market outcomes, including financial markets
  • Recognising the different drafting and interpretation techniques that apply to EU legislation
  • Developing an ability to use techniques such as ratio and trend analysis to analyse/evaluate financial statements

Term dates

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English language requirements

  • You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking a UKVI approved IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.
  • Students entering the programme with an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill will take the three-term (Language) course, with academic and language support integrated throughout the course.
  • Students entering the programme with an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill can choose either to take the course over two terms, or to take the three-term (Enhancement) course.
  • Students with an overall IELTS of 4.0 or 4.5 will benefit from the academic and language support which is integrated into all courses at the International College.

Academic and language support

The International College also offers academic and language support as part of its university preparation courses for students who need support improving their English language skills.

All modules are specially designed to meet the needs of international students looking to study Business or Finance in the UK.

You will cover key academic skills, including research, writing, presentation and analysis, and subject-specific modules including core subjects in your area of study, and specialised modules that are central to your chosen undergraduate degree course at Bournemouth University.

Academic modules
Business pathway modules
Finance pathway modules
Common core modules-Language for Study 3
-Skills for Study 2
-Skills for Study 3
-Quantitative Methods for Business
-Business Development and Entrepreneurship
-Introduction to Marketing Principles
-Business Law
-Quantitative Methods for Business
-Business Development and Entrepreneurship
-Introduction to Marketing Principles
-Management Accounting and Financial Management
Extra core modules (Language)-Skills for Study 1
-Language for Study 1
-Language for Study 2
Extra core modules (Enhancement)-Basic Computing Skills
-Personal Development and Pre-study Skills
-Introduction to British Society and Culture
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