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International Foundation Year - Business Route (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    The International Foundation Year - Business Route fully prepares international students for entry onto a wide range of business-related undergraduate degree programmes.

    It may suit you if you are an international student with the potential and motivation to succeed, but currently without the formal qualifications for entry to one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

    Our International Foundation Year - Business Route guarantees all students who pass with the required grades, progression onto a range of business-related degree programmes at the University.

  • Course content

    The International Foundation Year - Business Route is a one-year foundation year (level 0) programme taught at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 3. This level 0 programme provides a firm grounding in the subjects required for the students intended undergraduate degree programmes. Those who successfully complete the International Foundation Year by achieving specific grades are admitted to level 1 of one of a wide range of business-related undergraduate degree programmes offered by the University of Leeds. For a list of these degree programmes please see the International Foundation Year website.

    Course structure

    The course is a 9-month, 3-term programme. It runs from September to mid-June of the next year. You will study academic study skills as well as subject specific content. Subject specific modules are taught by Leeds University academic staff and tailored to your chosen degree, so you can be sure that you are fully prepared to start your degree programme.

    Read about the degree programmes you can progress to.

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Your subject-specific modules will depend on the degree you plan to progress to.

    Compulsory modules

    • Academic Study Skills 50 credits
    • Foundations of Economics 20 credits
    • Introduction to International Business 10 credits
    • Introductory Management 10 credits
    • Elementary Differential Calculus (Version 1) 10 credits
    • Foundation Applied Mathematics for Business 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Marketing 10 credits
    • Introductory Accounting and Finance 20 credits
    • Introduction to HRM 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read International Foundation Year - Business Route in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    You will be taught by University of Leeds academics typically within the departments which specialise in the module you are studying. You will study through lectures, seminars, group work and examples classes where appropriate. This is all alongside a comprehensive Academic Skills module which will enable you to develop appropiate business-related academic study skills so that you can succeed in your future degree. You will be assigned a tutor who you will meet with regularly. You will have access to the range of extensive libraries and learning resources we have on campus.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying


    For entry to programmes below degree level we are only able to accept English Language qualifications which are listed as UKVI approved SELT's and taken in approved test centres.

    Read about specific countries' entry requirements

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.0 in each component. For entry to programmes below degree level we can only accept English Language qualifications which are UKVI approved SELTs (Secure English Language Tests) and taken in approved test centres.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for the International Foundation Year programme.


    UK/EU: Not applicable

    International: £17,500 (total)

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

  • Career opportunities

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.