International Year One in Business and Management

Business & Management International Year One

The International Year One in Business and Management is a fast-track programme for undergraduates who are ready to start their degree, but still need some help adjusting to studying and living in the UK. Kingston also includes a work placement within the three-year degree, so you can keep getting a head start in your career. Combine the knowledge learnt in class with practical experience to impress future employers. 

This a two-term course at the International Study Centre that will conclude in March 2018, at which point you will join the third term of the 1st year undergraduate degree in May. 

You will receive the academic support and English language skills needed to succeed on the BSc (Hons) Business Management with business experience at Kingston University. 

English language preparation

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Year One, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre. Check the entry requirements to find out.

Depending on your Academic IELTS for UKVI you can join our one-term intensive English Language Preparation course in June before starting the International Year One in September.


During the two-term course you will study the following six modules:

This module provides you with intensive English Language preparation in all important skills areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and with the necessary academic study skills relevant to starting a degree programme at Kingston University.

As you progress through the module you will be taught a number of English language skills, including:

  • Sentence structure when writing,
  • Scanning content for key information
  • Learning how to construct and deliver presentations

In this module you will learn the basics of marketing, how to communicate your own ideas and how to analyse the latest trends. In addition to understanding the principles of the subject you will also develop skills to enable you to clearly communicate your own ideas on marketing and be able to critique the latest thinking of the discipline. The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, case studies and visits enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real marketing situations.

Managing Statistics explores the use of mathematical and quantitative techniques together with information technology to develop output which serves decision making in business. As well as developing an appreciation of dependency between mathematics and IT in business, you will develop employable skills in applying modelling to solve everyday business problems and learn how to analyse data correctly.

The Economics for Business module introduces you to basic business and economic concepts and focuses on their application to current issues and the world of government, business and the market. The material and format used are designed to develop your ability for clear and structured analysis; you will develop both awareness and understanding of core business economic concepts with an ability to communicate these concepts using appropriate terminology. The module will enhance your employability by developing critical thinking, oral and written communication skills that are relevant to the world of work.

Studying this module will help you understand the behaviour and management of people at work. The module is organised into three main parts: the individual, the group and the organisation. Based on theoretical understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, you are given the opportunity to reflect on and learn from your own and others’ experiences and behaviour in the group. Throughout the module you engage in activities that enable you to develop your academic and other relevant skills, which can be applied throughout your time at the university and taken into your future work and organisations.

Business Readiness is designed to prepare you for your work placement and improve your employability after graduation. The programme has been developed with professional accreditations and memberships, such as the Chartered Management Institute, and is based on employer input. During this module you will:

  • Work with faculty staff, including Business Experience Office, to identify the skills needed in your chosen career.
  • Receive tuition on specific subject areas during the fourth teaching term, before your placement begins.
  • Develop a portfolio of skills that will help you find the best possible work placement, which include internships, research placement, entrepreneurial placement or study or work abroad.
  • Gain experience and knowledge that will make you more competitive in the job market after graduation.

The BSc (Hons) Business Management with business experience is a career-focused degree that includes a work placement and the opportunity to study abroad. This can all be completed in three years, unlike traditional Business Management degrees which take four years, making it great value for money. Studying this degree at Kingston University gives you the necessary qualifications, knowledge and practical experience to start a successful career in business.

During your third year you can specialise in one of four subjects:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Service Operations

While studying your course you can also:

  • Gain the PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner qualifications as part of your course, which will make you more employable
  • Enjoy a 22-day programme of pre-business experience sessions
  • Become a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Progressing to your undergraduate degree

Once you have successfully completed your International Year One and met the entry requirements, you will progress to start level 5 in May, joining in the third term of the first year of your degree at Kingston University.

Study plan options
IELTS Duration June September January May
4.5 3 terms Start level 5, joining 1st year of undergraduate degree
5.0 2 terms Start level 5, joining 1st year of undergraduate degree
    English Language Preperation
    International Year One
Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Business Management with Business Experience
BSc (Hons) 40% 60% (50% minimum in each skill: listening, reading, writing, speaking)

Course facts

Yajun, a student at Kingston International Study Centre

Entry requirements

English Language: IELTS 5.0 overall (with minimum 5.0 in writing and a minimum of 4.0 in all other components)

Academic: Good high school graduation grades plus up to one year of further study.

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Course fees

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