International Year One - Business Management
CU Coventry (Coventry)
CU London (Greenwich
1 year full-time
Study level: International Pathways Programme
International Year One
This study route is designed to introduce international students to higher education while experiencing life abroad in the UK. It aims to prepare you with a deeper understanding of academic culture that will allow you to flourish in your chosen degree studies.
It will offer you the chance to:
- Develop business management skills through teaching methods focused on hands-on, interactive learning through case studies and more.
- Develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills, and content knowledge to meet the entry requirements of your progression degree programme.
- Acquire a strong, critical approach to real-world problems specific to language and education skill levels, as well as be allowed ample opportunities to reflect upon your learning.
- Enhance your academic English and learning with English modules taught first to set you up for success as you go on to your accounting and finance modules later on.
- Build on the fundamentals of business and management concepts used in the real world and learn more about certain specialist topics.
Global experienceStudy in the UK and gain international experience
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Degree readyGet the skills needed to progress onto a UK degree
The Business Management International Year One (IY1) can help support you for a selection of degree specialism in this field. It also aims to build on previous experiences and expand the success of learning to use the English language while heading into your chosen degree. It will help you take a critical approach to your studies, reflect on your learning, organise your studies, and be a strong, independent learner.
On successful completion, you will be eligible to progress onto the second year of the following Coventry University or Coventry University London degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
I can sense the level of sincerity in the teaching here, it is more thorough, and teachers want to impart their knowledge to you, truly. You really can learn the full topic. Here, I study event management because I like creating events and planning stuff, it's something I enjoy and the Business International Foundation Year can help me; the education feels right and it’s entertaining.
What you'll study
By choosing to study the Business Management IY1, you will develop academic language skills through an intense language module, as well as be exposed to four subject-specialist modules. These modules will provide a strong framework for your continued studies toward your chosen higher education degree.
Academic Language and Skills for University Study
This module aims to explore the academic language and skills needed for successful university study. It will provide you with strategies for approaching extended listening and reading texts. It will also outline how to structure successful written academic assignments and presentations that develop reasoned arguments using appropriate supporting evidence, delivered in an appropriate academic style.
You will have opportunities to use the language and skills learned during the module through individual, pair and group tasks with feedback at all stages. The module will also provide an overview of key information about your destination degree course.
The Business Environment
You will become familiar with a range of factors to develop successful operational plans from inside and outside an organisation, learning about environmental scanning. You will also develop an understanding of the impact of global economic decisions on UK business, international markets and working across borders. As well as looking from inside an organisation, you will look at the business environment from different perspectives, such as customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
Communication and Collaborative Working
Highly developed communication and collaborative skills are essential in today’s world, particularly for managers and leaders to ensure effective performance. This module will help you to explore your communication skills and the network of collaborative partnerships that exist to deliver goods and services.
Management and Leadership Perspectives
In this module you will develop an understanding of key management, leadership and motivation perspectives and the tension that can exist between these two essential roles. We will introduce you to the basic management concepts and theories, the nature and function of communication, team dynamics and collaboration in the contemporary business world, which are of paramount importance when demonstrating management perspectives.
Principles of Sales and Marketing
The emphasis of the module is the application of theory to your customer experiences. It will explore how to manage and engage with profitable consumer/customer relationships within a complex, fast moving and increasingly UK and global environment.
This module investigates the complex arena of branding, brand management, communications channels, consumer behaviour and customer segmentation to create and sustain a successful brand.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
This International Year One 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.
You will be assessed on academic language and skills for the International Year One study route through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments.
The learning outcomes of the modules will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve those outcomes.
For the subject-specialist modules, methods include practice assessments, oral presentations, and assessments.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 5.5 minimum
You must have obtained CEFR Level B2 or above; evidence of B2 level competence can take the form of a non-SELT language test.
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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your study route. For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Fees and funding
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|International||£16,250 per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees2 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.
During your international year one you'll be based at our modern CU Coventry Mile Lane campus1, located in the heart of the city. You will also have access to the wider facilities and amenities available at Coventry University3.
This includes full membership of Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) where you will receive access to support and advice as well as societies and events, and access to TheHub, which is the centre of student life at our Coventry campus.
The campus is home to an on-site library with bookable 1-2-1 academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, open access study areas, café and IT suite. Our labs contain industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.
At TheHub you'll find the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Students’ Union and Square One which provide entertainment from quiz nights to live music, the Spirituality and Faith Centre, Tank Studio, Careers and Add+vantage Office, Enterprise Hub and a fantastic food court.
You will have full reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.
Our contemporary North Greenwich campus1 is located in an area of London with a thriving creative community, innovative architecture and an active social scene. While you study here you will be in the heart of the Greenwich Peninsula, close to the O2 arena and a variety of cafés, shops and leisure facilities.
Easily accessible by road, rail and bus and just a 3-minute walk from North Greenwich tube station and the Jubilee line, the only thing stopping you from exploring the city is your own imagination.
Silent study area
You will have access to silent study areas and breakout spaces, perfectly situated to help you concentrate on your studies. These areas are rich in natural light and comfortable seating.
Library and IT space
The library is structured to allow access to both online and offline reading material. Along with open access IT suites, laptops can be rented out and desktops used for ease of accessing course material or other online resources.
Our fully equipped classrooms are bright and contemporary, fitted with smartboards and interactive teaching capabilities.
Careers and opportunities
If you successfully pass the Business Management IY1, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at Coventry University or Coventry University London (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.
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.
We are here to provide high-quality education for students as well as to teach you life skills for completing your future career goals. The university's dedicated employability support, the Talent Team, can provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your future studies and career.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
The International Foundation Year study route will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University.
- If you choose to study in Coventry for your International Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU Coventry. Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to the relevant Coventry University subject faculty building for your progression degree.
- If you choose to study in London for your International Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU London (North Greenwich). Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to Coventry University London in the City of London for your progression degree.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. We may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.