Keele University

The International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Computing leads to the first year of an undergraduate degree at Keele University. You can choose from a wide range of single and combined honours courses.

Modules you will study

You will study four core modules, which are compulsory. You will also choose one of two optional modules that will focus on the subjects most relevant to the degree you want to study.

Core modules

English and academic skills modules: 

Foundation Academic English Skills
You will develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This module focuses on the academic English you will need during your degree. You will also be introduced to essential study skills, such as note-taking, referencing and source evaluation. Teaching and learning focuses on grammar and vocabulary, for both general and academic English. You will study this module during both semesters, beginning at a level that suits your individual needs. Challenging yourself in your written and spoken work will be an important aspect of this module.

Project Study
You will study this module during semesters one and two. It gives you the chance to explore an issue or problem of your choice. Week by week you will develop the knowledge and skills to explore and evaluate issues and problems independently. This will result in your research project. You will develop problem-solving and research skills relating to your chosen pathway. You will also learn the study skills and analytical techniques you need to study an undergraduate degree at a British university. This module aims to provide a supportive learning environment where you will become a questioning, independent learner with rigorous analytical skills to apply to your reading, listening, writing and speaking. You will develop effective methods of research, source analysis and project-planning techniques. It involves individual and group activities in which you will develop your collaboration skills.

Subject-specific modules:

Business in Action
This module introduces you to the different elements of a business. You will consider the aims and characteristics of businesses and what makes them unique. You will also look at how businesses operate locally and globally. This module will assist you in developing strong decision-making skills. It will help you to understand the importance of context, how issues and concepts link together, and effective thinking. Real-life case studies and other opportunities to learn by experience are an important part of this module.

Mathematics for Business, Economics and Computing
You will study this module during semesters one and two. It gives you the chance to develop your knowledge of foundation mathematics and how to apply it. You will gain a solid understanding of mathematical notation, terminology and conventions. You will also apply a range of tools and concepts to new situations, which will help to strengthen and deepen your learning. Topics are carefully selected to prepare you for your chosen degree.

Optional modules

Global Political Economy
You should choose this option if you are planning to progress to a Business, Management, Finance or Economics degree. This multi-disciplinary module focuses on helping you to develop well-informed views on a wide range of topics. It combines theory and technical concepts relating to business economics, international relations and politics. This module can be described as a ‘user guide’ for global citizenship. It gives you an understanding of the different approaches to the central economic problem of scarcity and the structures and concepts you will need for degree study.

Foundations of Computing and Internet Technology
You should choose this module if you wish to progress to study a single or combined honours degree that includes computer science. It is designed to help you develop an in-depth understanding of how computer technology operates. This module discusses how the internet and other technologies provide a framework for modern business to operate. It highlights the idea that technology is part of an interaction between individuals and their environment. You will develop your knowledge of the major role that software can play in accomplishing goals and benefitting society.

Progression to your degree at Keele

You will receive regular feedback on your progress throughout the International Foundation Year. This is to make sure you are meeting all the learning outcomes you will need to succeed in your undergraduate studies at Keele University. Progression is subject to achieving the minimum Academic English Skills (AES) and subject module grades.

The grades below show the requirements for progression for the 2018/19 academic year. These are for illustration purposes only. 

Progression requirements are reviewed before the start of each academic year and will be confirmed during your programme induction.


Academic English Skills

Subject modules

Year 1 of your
chosen degree


Minimum 50% average across all subject modules (minimum 60% module mark in Mathematics for Business, Economics and Computing for undergraduate programmes that include mathematics)

Degrees you can go on to study at Keele

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Business Management BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Accounting and Marketing BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Accounting and Mathematics BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Accounting, Finance and International Business BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Business Management and Computer Science BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Business Management and Economics BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Business Management and Finance BA (Hons) 50% 50%
Business Management and International Relations BA (Hons) 50% 50%

Combined honours

You can broaden your skills and career options by studying two subjects in equal depth.

Accounting and: 

  • Mathematics BA (Hons)

Business Management and:  

  • Computer Science BA (Hons)
  • International Relations BA (Hons)
  • Mathematics BA (Hons)
  • Media BA (Hons)

Computer Science and: 

  • Mathematics BA (Hons)

Economics and: 

  • Mathematics BA (Hons)
  • Politics BA (Hons)

International Business and:

  • International Relations BA (Hons)

Marketing and:

  • Media BA (Hons)

Please note that the degrees listed above are subject to change.