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

Course length

Three terms

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Entry points

  • January
  • September

Entry requirements and fees

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English language tuition

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. To join the English Language Preparation for the International Year One, you will need to meet the requirements below.

  • One term course: Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 4.5 (min 4.0 in all skills).
  • 8 week course: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (min of 4.0 in all skills).

What you'll study

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

This is the module that will focus on preparing you with a necessary range of English language skills to progress to your undergraduate degree. You will also be given an insight into the academic tools needed to undertake your degree at Kingston University. You will learn a number of important skills during this module, including:

  • Clear, concise writing techniques
  • Methods to scan text for important information
  • Confidence to present academic ideas publicly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Farah testimonial

An international student in a lecture theatre at Kingston University, London

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

Abdul, Malawi
International Year One in Business and Management
Progressed to BSc (Hons) Business Management

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