Bangor International College

International Year Zero - Business Management and Economics

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Business, Management and Economics degree.

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The IYZ in Business and Management will give you an excellent grounding in the basics of business, encompassing key economic, legal and management principles. You will also develop maths skills that are vital for your degree studies.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • If you have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component below 4.5), you will be offered a6 week Pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.
  • If you have an IELTS of 4.5 (with no component below 4.0), you will be offered a12 week Pre-Sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 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.

Core Modules

A basic introduction to the study of business and management, this module introduces the function of marketing in different types of businesses and organisations. It considers issues around the liberalisation of trade and the development of the global market and how they have affected businesses and the emergence of the international manager. You will also look at basic human resource management functions and activities to gain an understanding of important issues surrounding people in the workplace.

Providing you with a functional knowledge of the basic rights and liabilities in law affecting modern businesses, this module covers types of business entity, such as partnerships and companies. You will learn about the legal system in England and Wales, including the small claims track, and the rights and responsibilities of businesses in this legal framework. The module also outlines the formation and nature of a contract in law, and liability for non-fulfilment of a contract or negligence.

Covering the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in theory and practice, this module prepares you for the later years of your degree studies in Business Management and Accounting and Finance. It will also give you an understanding of financial accounting procedures and their importance in monitoring progress and profitability to run a business effectively.

Familiarising you with the UK economy and government policy, this module also introduces key macroeconomic indicators, including GDP per capita, price indices and balance of payments. You’ll learn about fiscal and monetary policy aims, the desire for growth and the relationship between policy and rates of inflation, deflation and unemployment. National goals are viewed in the context of broader groupings such as the EU, and the impact of the development of a global market.

In this module, you’ll receive a basic introduction to the study of business and management. You’ll learn the different types of businesses and organisations, as well as how to finance a start-up. The module also illustrates different approaches to management and explains decision-making processes. It will give you an appreciation of the current business context and the challenges facing managers today.

In this module, you will learn the maths skills expected of you at degree level. It covers essential mathematical language, notation, conventions and units, as well as developing your algebraic skills and introducing you to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods.

Providing a basic introduction to the study of Microeconomics, this module introduces relevant theories, concepts and terminology as well as explaining key topics such as demand and supply, the economic problem and the allocation of scarce resources. You will look at different models and the importance of economic decision-making, the effects of government intervention and theories around elasticity, specialisation, productivity, economies of scale, public goods, merit and demerit goods, and monopoly.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

BSc (Hons)
By undergoing this module at Bangor University for a degree in Marketing, students will develop skills and knowledge of the essential strategic and operational aspects of marketing, and you will obtain an awareness of the external marketing environment.

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Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

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