International Year One in Business Management

The International Year One in Business Management is a first-year undergraduate equivalent programme that builds students’ knowledge and skills in the Business field. You will also study our integrated English for Academic Purposes module which is accepted in lieu of IELTS and will help you improve your English language skills.

Students who successfully complete the International Year One in Business Management gain guaranteed access to the second year of an international bachelor’s degree at a top-ranked university with hundreds of degree courses to choose from.

What will I study?*

Students enrolled in the International Year One in Business Management complete a total of 8 modules (4 per semester). Click on the modules below to read a brief overview.

*Please note that our International Year One in Business Management is currently undergoing a redevelopment process. This update is being meticulously carried out by our subject matter experts and is set to be finalised by our Quality Validation Panel. Consequently, the modules and university progression options for the 24/25 academic year are subject to confirmation. We are committed to providing an updated and relevant curriculum that aligns with the evolving needs of the global business landscape.

Business Economics (15 credits)

This module aims to provide business students on a level four programme with the essential economic knowledge and understanding which will enable them to be able to place business related issues and problems in the wider economic context, as well as being able to recognise the contributions that economics can make in analysing and resolving business issues and problems.

Business Skills (15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a range of skills that will prepare them for study of the International Year One programme as well as future undergraduate studies in business and management related programmes in UK universities. The knowledge and skills gained throughout the module will provide students with transferable skills that will also be beneficial in the world of work

Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)

This module aims to give students an appreciation of what organisations are, the purpose of establishing formal organisations, and the many inter-related aspects of collective and individual behaviour that can impact on the success or otherwise of organisations.

There are different approaches to analysing organisational behaviour and these will be considered during the course of this module.

The module also addresses a number of the inter-relating facets of organisational behaviour including organisational structure, approaches to leadership and management, culture within organisations, motivation and organisational change.

Financial Accounting 1 (15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of basic financial accounting principles.

The module will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of financial accounting from the key principles of ledger entry bookkeeping, to single entity final accounts, all within the context of the most recent Generally Accepted Accounting Practice.

The module will aim to provide a rigorous introduction to the subject area for students progressing to further related study, in particular the module Financial Accounting 2. This module offers a valuable and coherent introduction to the topic for students who will not progress further with accountancy study.

Management Themes and Case Studies (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide students with the theory, practice and structure of the fundamental elements of business management. The module focuses on the application of the strategic, operational and ethical streams of business management in a range of different organisations.

The module also addresses a range of inter-related topics which further develop students’ understanding of the core themes of management.

Marketing OR International Business (15 credits each)

Students will have to choose between one of these modules:

  • Marketing: The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to a range of theories and concepts underpinning key elements of marketing planning with a focus on the application of those theories and concepts to a range of different organisations.
  • International Business: This module aims to provide business students with a foundation in the theory and practice of international business while also developing students’ interest, knowledge and appreciation of current global economic/business issues and the challenges they pose for management. In addition, the module seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate the principles underlying the internationalisation strategies of firms, develop students’ understanding of the key features of the international business environment within which firms operate as well as to encourage students to consider how government, firms and consumers influence, and are influenced, by international business development.

Management Accounting (15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the function and the importance of management accounting in supporting management decision-making. It is recognised that students studying this module may not progress to further, specialist accountancy studies and it is therefore important to give a broad, introductory module rather than technically detailed coverage of the subject.

The module will cover key areas such as ‘decision making’; ‘cost assignment’; ‘planning and control’ to give specialist accounting students the foundation they will require for more advanced coverage of the subject area

Quantitative Methods for Business (15 credits)

This module aims to develop mathematical and statistical literacy in students, including the ability to make numbers meaningful, focussing on conceptual understanding and recognising the demands for dealing with “big data” in an information age; Enable students to use mathematical and statistical methods to investigate business-related data, emphasising application and interpretation rather than fundamental theorems and proofs; Develop in students the concept of mathematical and statistical modelling in business and economics, and an appreciation that applied mathematics and statistics can be more subjective than commonly assumed; Prepare students for entry to more advanced modules dealing with quantitative analysis in business; Develop students’ skills in the use of spreadsheet software and calculators

How will I be assessed?

The assessment breakdown is generally 25% coursework and 75% exam.

Each semester will include formative tasks that will prepare you for the later summative assessments. You will also complete homework assignments, engage with past examination questions and other activities. For the summative assessments, you will be evaluated separately in each module.

Why study Business Management?

A Business Management degree is ideal for those aspiring to become business leaders and entrepreneurs. You will be able to broaden your knowledge and skills in all areas of business and apply them to specific areas such as finance, human resources and more.

Jobs that are directly related to the Business Management field are Management Consultant, Corporate Investment Banker, Project Manager, Stockbroker and many more. Besides, there are plenty of jobs where this degree can be useful such as Human Resources Officer, Sales Executive or Urban Designer just to mention a few!

University Progression

By completing the International Year One in Business Management you will be able to progress to a range of 20+ NCUK Universities across the UK, Australia and New Zealand where you will have 100+ degree courses to choose from, including popular options such as Finance and Economics, Human Resource Management, Marketing and many more!

IYOne Business Management

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Qualification & Module Overview

The following document will provide you with an overview of what to expect from the International Year One in Business Management qualification and a wider understanding of each individual module. This includes information on the aims of the qualification, course structures, assessment methods and more.

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Entry requirements

To register the International Year One in Business Management applicants must meet all of the following entry conditions:

Entry requirements

  • Have achieved at least an NCUK EAP ‘D’ grade or hold an acceptable equivalent alternative English language qualification.
  • Have achieved Grade ‘B’ in (I)GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. NCUK IFY Mathematics or NCUK International Foundation Year Half Mathematics Grade ‘D’ may also be used. For the Business Management route, (I)GCSE Grade C is sufficient.


  • obtained a minimum of 48 NCUK foundation points with a D in at least 2 subjects following study of the NCUK International Foundation Year programme.


  • obtained a minimum of grade ‘D’ in two relevant UK recognised ‘A’ levels.


  • met one of NCUK’s country-specific entry requirements, which can be found here.
  • have completed a satisfactory entry interview designed to assess motivation, post-diploma study plans and preparedness for the programme.

Applicants outside of the published entry requirements may also be eligible for the qualification on a case-by-case basis. Please discuss with your preferred Study Centre.

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