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International Year One in Business Management

Study business in the UK

Our Business programme will prepare you to join the BSc (Hons) Business Management with Business Experience degree at Kingston University London. By covering the bases of topics such as economics, marketing and statistics, the International Year One will prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress to the second year of your degree. English language support is provided to improve your speaking, writing and academic skills to an appropriate level for you to join your second year.

This programme aims to provide you with a great introduction to your future career. Additionally, the available progression degree incorporates Business Experience within its standard three years of study. This means you can gain early experience in the industry of your choice, increasing your employability and helping you to successfully transition into your career.

Key Facts

Three terms

Find out more about specific term dates for this programme.

  • September, November (Enhanced Induction) and January

Find out more about entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

What you'll study

During your Business Management International Year One you will study the following modules:

This module introduces you to the external context in which organisations operate and in which you will eventually work. As potential managers of the future, defined as someone involved in assisting and directing members of an organisation to achieve their organisational objectives, you’ll need to be equipped to understand the component parts of the external context within which organisations function.

The variety and complexity of the external environment and interactions with industries and organisations has a significant impact upon the way organisations and teams are structured. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to be able to research, critically appraise, compare businesses across territories, sectors and size.

Disruptive Technologies are the ultimate challenge in change management impacting not only industry structures and strategic positioning; it affects all levels of an organisation and its extended supply chain. You will review the basis of disruptive innovation and examine these by researching technologies and applications of today.

This module also focuses on how data analytics and digital technologies are utilised by businesses to enable better decisions and alter consumer interactions. You will use a problem-centric approach applying analytical techniques with the aid of information technology, and the development of employability skills associated with these.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

This module introduces students to core topics and concepts of experience and service management. This includes the behaviour and management of people in work situations, customers interacting with organisations, stakeholders or partners in the sourcing/resourcing and delivery of the proposition organisations offer.

You will understand and research the behaviour and needs of stakeholder groups , frame, and design experiences, connect, manage and measure these for business success. It builds an understanding of the complexity of relationships in and across global organisations and how these function in “best practice” situations; building and managing relationships, partnerships and networks in start-up or smaller business situations.

Business design thinking is a set of methods and techniques applied to problems or opportunities to come up with ideas. You will gain an understanding of the challenges of managing creativity and innovation within organisations, and experience first hand some of the typical problems faced in organisations today and work on ways in which to solve these creatively.

You will work with the input of real cases, external speakers and organisations and will be encouraged to present your ideas and findings.

Please note: you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

English language preparation

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Year One, additional Online English language training is available. You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (min 4.5 in all skills) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation Online for International Year One.

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

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need. You'll benefit from useful insights into studying abroad and have the opportunity to gain key skills before you start your pathway programme.

Progression degrees

Once you have successfully completed your International Year One and achieved the required progression grades, you will progress to the second year of the relevant degree.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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“ Networking is a big part of business. If I could network with all my friends I made here, they could help me later.”

Farah, USA

International Foundation Year

Progressed to BSc (Hons) Business Management

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How to apply

See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

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Kingston University International Study Centre

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English Language Preparation

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

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