International Foundation Year - Business

In this course, you will be provided with a highly supportive and academically challenging environment in which to develop language, university study, and subject-specific modules related to your intended degree choices in the field of Business.

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The International Foundation Diploma (IFD) is your pathway to an undergraduate degree through the London Centre. This course is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study at one of our university partners.

Upon successful completion, you are guaranteed progression to the University of Greenwich, alternatively, many students have gone onto study at a number of our partner institutions in the UK and worldwide.

To join this course, you will need to have GCSEs with five passes at Grade A* to C or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. You will need to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

Pearson PTE Academic LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
4.5 (with no skill below 4.0) Minimum 43 overall (minimum 43 in each component) Minimum 33 in each component

Oxford International Education Group (OIEG) is a pathway provider that operates in conjunction with the Oxford International London Centre (OILC), providing a level three foundation course with a curriculum approved by the University of Greenwich.

Key Information



One term:

7 months

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 4.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
+6 weeks of PSE IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in each component
+12 weeks of PSE IELTS 3.5 with no less than 3.5 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Subject-specific modules

This module aims to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and prepare them for degree studies in business subjects. The module also aims to help students understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and providing the data for decision-making in business.

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a basic introduction to the study of business and management by introducing them to the standard departments within a company, such as finance, marketing and human resource management. The course covers the different types of businesses, business set-up, planning and financing of developments, considerations in marketing the company’s products or services, the importance of issues around work and people in organisations and how businesses plan and support new projects and respond to and manage change. This module may cover a wide range of micro and macroeconomics.

This module aims to enable students to apply data to work towards solutions to real-life problems in the contexts of their chosen field of further study. Students are introduced to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods. They are also introduced to statistical packages to help them collate and present data in forms that help them analyse and interpret it.

This module looks at the business structure and the impact of internal and external factors on business growth and development. It introduces students to approaches to management and leadership within businesses and how thinking about management has developed over time.

The module also considers how businesses have impacted society and the environment and the need for companies to behave ethically and sustainably. It considers the impact of modern technology on businesses and how they need to respond to change and innovation. the subject area) and reporting their findings both in written form and through a presentation.

This module aims to provide students with a basic introduction to the study of Macro and Microeconomics, introducing them to relevant economic theories, concepts and terminology and explaining the importance of key topics such as demand and supply, the financial problem, the allocation of scarce resources and ideas around elasticity, specialisation, productivity, economies of scale and monopoly. Students consider different economic models and the importance of and bases for government’s financial decision-making, including the significance of key indicators such as GDP, inflation and unemployment. They also consider external influences and constraints on government action, such as EU membership and the impact of globalisation.

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Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

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