International Foundation Year - Business 2021/22 entry
CUCIFY (various - see overview section)
CULGIFY (various - see overview section)
1 year full-time
Coventry University (Coventry)
Coventry University London (City of London)
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This course has been designed to introduce international students from different educational and language backgrounds to life and study at UK universities. It aims to give you a deep understanding of academic culture that will allow you to flourish in your degree studies.
As well as providing a thorough academic orientation and induction, on successful completion, it also supports you to develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills and content knowledge to meet the entry requirements of your destination degree programme. This solid foundation aims to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ on your degree, help you take a critical approach, reflect on your learning, organise your studies and be an independent learner.
You can study this course via the following pathways:
Delivered at CU Coventry campus:
- CUCIFY01 (IELTS 4.5)
- CUCIFY06 (IELTS 5.0)
- CUCIFY07 (IELTS 5.5)
Delivered at CU London (Greenwich) campus:
- CULGIFY01 (IELTS 4.5)
- CULGIFY06 (IELTS 5.0)
- CULGIFY07 (IELTS 5.5)
On successful completion of the International Foundation Year (Business), you will be eligible to progress onto the following Coventry University or Coventry University London degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
- Advertising and Marketing BA (Hons)
- Business Administration BBA (Hons)
- Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
- Business and Marketing BA (Hons)
- Business Management BA (Hons)
- Digital Marketing BA (Hons)
- Event Management BA (Hons)
- International Business Management BA (Hons)
- Marketing BA (Hons)
- Sport Management BA (Hons)
Coventry University London
The International Foundation Year (Business) consists of six modules – three academic language and skills modules and three subject-specialist modules. Depending on your SELT score, you could have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third language and skills module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
This module aims to introduce you to life and study at UK universities. It explores some of the key academic language and skills needed for successful study and reviews teaching methods and ways to communicate with the wider university, including asking for help. It also introduces research, reporting and presentation skills, and key study skills for managing successful study.
This module aims to provide an in-depth exploration of academic language and skills. This includes strategies for approaching academic assignments, structuring academic writing and presentations, developing a reasoned argument, incorporating supporting evidence, summarising and proofreading. It will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in universities.
This module aims to review and refine your academic skills and language. You will analyse examples of academic work to identify successful approaches and strategies, deepen reading and listening skills for gathering information, and explore different ways of organising arguments and incorporating source material appropriately. You will also have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and an appropriate academic style and review key information about your destination degree course.
The role of marketing within an organisation is critical to the success of any business. This module develops your understanding of the key principles of marketing and how they contribute to achieving business objectives. Marketing is a vibrant, fast-paced and exciting area of business, and by the end of this module, you’ll know the role of marketing research, effective planning and the development of a fundamental tool - the marketing mix.
You’ll also exercise your acquired analytical skills and evaluate key, contemporary techniques and their practical applications in a business setting.
In today's highly competitive environment, there is an increasing number of small- and medium-sized firms that are involved internationally. This trend is expected to continue due to the globalisation of the world economy, markets and intensified international competition.
You will explore the growing importance of global business in the 21st century and consider a range of operational activities and their interdependent roles and impact upon the organisation's wider strategy wishing to trade internationally. The module will cover the principles of international trade and global business and the challenges faced by organisations – such as cultural differences, ethics and logistics – from the viewpoint of achieving both operational and strategic objectives.
This module aims to provide an overview of the skills required by managers and leaders in business. You’ll explore why having an effective manager is crucial to an organisation's success, in addition to identifying successful characteristics of a manager and highlighting how they contribute to the development of a cohesive and productive workforce. We also encourage you to develop and refine your own management characteristics as you look at relevant theories such as motivation, decision-making and problem-solving. You’ll get to practise a range of management activities and learn the competencies required to manage a business effectively.
If you do not need to complete all three English modules because of your English language score, there will be an additional module:
This module aims to give you a deeper understanding of and an opportunity to develop and practice key skills that support successful university study, and you can transfer to the workplace. You will explore skills and approaches including teamwork and collaboration, communication, information gathering, analytical and problem-solving, what it means to be ‘professional’, taking a global perspective and intercultural awareness. You will produce a portfolio of work during the module and present reflections and findings to your peers and other university group stakeholders.
In more detail...
This International Foundation Year will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using various approaches, which may include lessons and individual and group tutorials. You will also have self-study materials to follow outside of the classroom.
Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over a six-week period and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.
You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week. This will be a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or live online). There will also be regular small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.*
The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
*We set out the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters/blocks and years of study and may vary due to module selection (if applicable). In addition to the contact hours detailed, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
You will be assessed on the first three academic language and skills modules of the International Foundation Year through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments. Formative assessments will be delivered at the end of module one and two, and there will be continuous assessment of your performance and output throughout each module.
For your subject-specialist modules the learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion of your modules, including the subject-specific modules, you will have had the opportunity to:
- Understand approaches to learning in UK universities and expectations in your chosen subject area.
- Write an extended piece of academic writing that requires elements of research and follows standard academic conventions
- Express facts, information and ideas with effective grammatical accuracy and accuracy, using an appropriate range of academic and subject specific vocabulary
- Communicate effectively in everyday situations within the University environment and more generally in English-speaking contexts
- Deliver a well-structured presentation on an academic topic
- Participate in seminar discussions on academic topics
- Access academic texts in order to select relevant information
- Differentiate between different academic genres of writing
- Comprehend extended academic listening texts and record relevant information
- Access online materials and demonstrate increased digital literacy
- Organise academic study and manage your time
- Reflect on learning
- Understand, engage with and critically evaluate knowledge relating to global issues
- Apply your knowledge and language skills to a realistic learning opportunity and assessment, at an appropriate academic level.
On successful completion of the International Foundation Year (Business), you will be eligible to progress onto the following Coventry University and Coventry University London degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
- Accountancy BSc (Hons)
- Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)
- Business Economics BSc (Hons)
- Business and Finance BSc (Hons)
- Economics BSc (Hons)
- Finance and Investment BSc (Hons)
- Finance BSc (Hons)
- Financial Economics BSc (Hons)
Coventry University London
- Financial Economics and Banking BSc (Hons) (Coventry University London)
- International Finance and Accounts BA (Hons) (Coventry University London)
The subject-specific modules and the academic language and skills modules are all non-credit bearing. A progression meeting is held at the end of your modules to determine whether you can progress to the degree course.
Applicants must have a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT), which is listed on the UKVI’s ‘List of approved tests and providers’.
Non-Student visa students may be accepted with equivalent scores on Cambridge Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE); PTE Academic; TOEFL iBT; or the Coventry University English Test (CUET), on a case-by-case basis.
Depending upon the SELT score already obtained, you will have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
Entry to the course on the first or second Language and Skills Modules requires a SELT. Direct entry on to the third Language and Skills Modules requires students to have obtained CEFR Level B2 or above; evidence of B2 level competence can take the form of a non- SELT language test.
Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application by email.
Please be aware you will need the following information to make your application:
- Copies of your full (final) and up to date academic transcripts
- Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
- An English Language test result or certificate
- One academic reference Letter
- Your personal statement supporting your application to study at Coventry University
- Copy of your current passport.
Please see the list of entry requirements by country. If your country is not represented, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Country Entry Requirements - International Foundation Year Angola Completion of Secondary School Certificate (Grade 12) with pass grades Albania Completion of high school education with Certificate of Maturity with pass grades Armenia Certificate of Secondary Education (Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat) with pass grades Azerbaijan Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) with pass grades Bahrain Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades Bangladesh Senior School Certificate/Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with pass grades Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio with grade 6 average Brunei Darussalam Brunei Cambridge O-level with pass grades Cameroon Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation with pass grades in relevant subjects China Completion of Senior Secondary School Year 3 with 60% average
Completion of Senior Secondary School Year 2 with 70% average
Gambia West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades Georgia Certificate of Secondary Education with pass grades Ghana West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades Hong Kong Successful completion of Form 5 with pass grades in relevant subjects OR HKDSE with passes in 3 relevant subjects India Completion of Year X with average 65% Completion of Year XI with average 50% Completion of Year XII with average 40% Indonesia SMU 2 with an average of 7.0
SMU 3 with an average of 6.5
Iran Islamic Republic of Successful completion of High School Diploma with pass grades Japan Upper Secondary School Year 2 with GPA 2.5
Upper Secondary School Year 3 with GPA 2.0
Jordan Tawjihiya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades Kazakhstan Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (Attaestat) with pass grades Kenya East African School Certificate/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with pass grades Kuwait Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades Lebanon Lebanese Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate with pass grades Libya Secondary Education Certificate Macao iGCSE/O-levels/ Completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with average grades Malaysia SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) (or forecast) with average grades/UEC with pass grades Myanmar High School Matriculation with pass grades in relevant subjects Nigeria West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades Oman Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades Qatar Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/Senior Schooling Certificate with pass grades Russian Federation Certificate of Secondary Education with good grades in relevant subjects Saudi Arabia Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades Singapore Singapore/Cambridge O-level/iGCSE with pass grades Republic of Korea Senior High School 2 with average 4th grade in relevant subjects/Senior High School 3 with average 6th grade
in relevant subjects/School Leaving Certificate with average 60%
Sri Lanka O-levels with average grades Taiwan Senior High School Year 2 with 60% average/Senior High School Year 3 with 55% average Thailand Mathayom (MAW) 5 with GPA 2.5
Mathayom (MAW) 6 with GPA 2.0
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Birtme Diplomasi OR High School Year 3 with pass grades United Arab Emirates Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades OR Technical Diploma: min. 60% Uzbekistan Diploma of Completed Secondary Education with pass grades Vietnam Completion of Year 12 with an average Grade 5.0
Completion of Year 11 with an average Grade 7.0
Zambia Zambia School Certificate with pass grades Zimbabwe ZIMSEC O-level – 5 passes A–C inc. English and Maths
Fees and funding
£16,000 (per year)
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees, which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated based on what it costs to teach each course, and we aim for total financial transparency.
|International Foundation Business (IELTS 4.5)||CUCIFY01/CUCLIFY01||£16,000|
|International Foundation Business (IELTS 5.0)||CUCIFY06/CUCLIFY06||£16,000|
|International Foundation Business (IELTS 5.5)||CUCIFY07/CUCLIFY07||£16,000|
If you successfully pass the International Foundation Year - Business, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at Coventry University (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.
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