What is the International Year One?

The International Year One in Business Management is a first-year undergraduate equivalent programme that builds students’ knowledge and skills in the Business field. You will also study our integrated English for Academic Purposes module which is accepted in lieu of IELTS and will help you improve your English language skills.

Students who successfully complete the International Year One in Business Management at International Centre of Excellence gain guaranteed access to the second year of an international bachelor’s degree at a top-ranked university with hundreds of degree courses to choose from.

Entry Requirements

To study the International Year One in Business Management, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
  • Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate with an average grade of 75% or more (60% or more in Maths and English if studied).
  • Minimum 48 NCUK foundation points with a D in at least two subjects in the International Foundation Year.
  • B in (I)GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. (C is sufficient for Business Management route.)
  • Minimum D grade in NCUK EAP or equivalent English qualification.

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What will I study?

Students enrolled in the International Year One in Business Management complete a total of 8 modules (4 per semester). Click on the modules below to read a brief overview.

This module aims to provide business students on a level four programme with the essential economic knowledge and understanding which will enable them to be able to place business related issues and problems in the wider economic context, as well as being able to recognise the contributions that economics can make in analysing and resolving business issues and problems.

This module aims to give students an appreciation of what organisations are, the purpose of establishing formal organisations, and the many inter-related aspects of collective and individual behaviour that can impact on the success or otherwise of organisations.

There are different approaches to analysing organisational behaviour and these will be considered during the course of this module.

The module also addresses a number of the inter-relating facets of organisational behaviour including organisational structure, approaches to leadership and management, culture within organisations, motivation and organisational change.

This module aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of basic financial accounting principles.

The module will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of financial accounting from the key principles of ledger entry bookkeeping, to single entity final accounts, all within the context of the most recent Generally Accepted Accounting Practice.

The module will aim to provide a rigorous introduction to the subject area for students progressing to further related study, in particular the module Financial Accounting 2. This module offers a valuable and coherent introduction to the topic for students who will not progress further with accountancy study.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the theory, practice and structure of the fundamental elements of business management. The module focuses on the application of the strategic, operational and ethical streams of business management in a range of different organisations.

The module also addresses a range of inter-related topics which further develop students’ understanding of the core themes of management.

Students will have to choose between one of these modules:

  • Marketing: The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to a range of theories and concepts underpinning key elements of marketing planning with a focus on the application of those theories and concepts to a range of different organisations.

  • International Business: This module aims to provide business students with a foundation in the theory and practice of international business while also developing students’ interest, knowledge and appreciation of current global economic/business issues and the challenges they pose for management. In addition, the module seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate the principles underlying the internationalisation strategies of firms, develop students’ understanding of the key features of the international business environment within which firms operate as well as to encourage students to consider how government, firms and consumers influence, and are influenced, by international business development.

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the function and the importance of management accounting in supporting management decision-making. It is recognised that students studying this module may not progress to further, specialist accountancy studies and it is therefore important to give a broad, introductory module rather than technically detailed coverage of the subject.

The module will cover key areas such as ‘decision making’; ‘cost assignment’; ‘planning and control’ to give specialist accounting students the foundation they will require for more advanced coverage of the subject area

This module aims to develop mathematical and statistical literacy in students, including the ability to make numbers meaningful, focussing on conceptual understanding and recognising the demands for dealing with “big data” in an information age; Enable students to use mathematical and statistical methods to investigate business-related data, emphasising application and interpretation rather than fundamental theorems and proofs; Develop in students the concept of mathematical and statistical modelling in business and economics, and an appreciation that applied mathematics and statistics can be more subjective than commonly assumed; Prepare students for entry to more advanced modules dealing with quantitative analysis in business; Develop students’ skills in the use of spreadsheet software and calculators

There are two ways to study the International Year One:
Accelerated Programme
– Six months or Standard Programme – Nine Months

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Why study Business Management?

A Business Management degree is ideal for those aspiring to become business leaders and entrepreneurs. You will be able to broaden your knowledge and skills in all areas of business and apply them to specific areas such as finance, human resources and more.

Jobs that are directly related to the Business Management field are Management Consultant, Corporate Investment Banker, Project Manager, Stockbroker and many more. Besides, there are plenty of jobs where this degree can be useful such as Human Resources Officer, Sales Executive or Urban Designer just to mention a few!  

University Progression

How will you be assessed?

The assessment breakdown is generally 75% exam and 25% coursework.
Exams 75%
Coursework 25%


What modules will you study?

By enrolling on to the International Year One in Business Management, you will complete a total of eight modules (four per semester), which include:
Each module is worth 15 credits


Student Support Services

By studying with NCUK, you will benefit from the services of the NCUK Student Support Team, who offer services that will help you throughout your time studying the International Year One and prepare you for university and ensure that students get in to the most appropriate degree course at one of our universities. The services include assistance with:

University Application

Personal Statement

University Accommodation

Visa Advice

University Application Service

All NCUK students can utilise our University Application Service to progress to NCUK University Partners. This service can also support you if you don’t get the grades you need to get into your first-choice university, did better than expected or would like to change your degree course. The University Application Service will help you find an alternative solution so you can still progress to university.

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