International Year One

Programme overview

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 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 is a three-term course at the International Study Centre starting in September or January. No matter which intake you choose, you will join the 2nd year of your undergraduate degree the following September.

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.

  • One term course: if you have academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (min 4.0 in all skills), you can join our one-term intensive English Language Preparation course in June or September before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.

Please visit the International Year One entry requirements page for more information.


During the three-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.

Course facts

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Entry requirements

English Language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (min 5.5 in all skills)

Options available for entry from Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall with our English Language Preparation Programmes.

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

View country-specific entry requirements.

Course fees

Read more on our fees page

Progression degrees

Once you have successfully completed your International Year One and achieved the required progression grades, you can join the second year of the intended undergraduate degree.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Business Management with Business Experience BSc (Hons) 40% 60% with no skill less than 50%

Study plans

IELTS for UKVI Length Jun-Aug Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Aug Sept
5.5 4 terms       Progress to 2nd year of your undergraduate degree
5.5 4 terms      
4.5 5 terms    
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Term dates

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Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to undergraduate success, by studying our International Year One course and the remainder of your degree with one visa.

Doing this means you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the International Year One programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before joining your undergraduate degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC, for more information please visit the Kingston University, London website.

Please note Students taking an English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme will study on a B2 GSV visa as these courses are not included as part of the combined visa – this allows them to make the ICAS application in the UK for a combined visa for their pathway and degree study, as well as allowing them to remain in the UK before starting their pathway.

Your study options

Join us on campus

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Find out about studying your programme on campus, what to expect from blended learning and tips for preparing to travel.

Join us virtually

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If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can start virtually and join us in the UK at a later date.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.