International Year One in Business and Management

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Your pathway to a future in business

Studying the International Year One in Business and Management will introduce you to technical principles while helping you develop your creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills. You will progress to a wide range of business and management degrees with the confidence to think logically, see the big picture and make the big decisions.

What will I study?

The International Year One in Business and Management is a 2-semester programme, preparing you to enter the second year of a wide range of single honours or combined honours degrees at Keele. You will study a combination of core English modules and subject-specific modules, carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree.

Introduction to English and Skills for University Study (3 and 2.5 semester only)

This module will help you achieve the level of English language proficiency and study skills that you will need for university study. You will also learn independent research skills.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Thinking, planning and innovation for Business (3 and 2.5 semester only)

Develop your creativity and teamwork skills in relation to enterprise and improve your thinking and study skills so that you become a questioning, independent learner, able to apply rigorous analytical skills.

Managing and Developing People

Learn about the role of the manager, employee engagement, teamwork, leadership and management issues.

Accounting Principles

Develop the techniques to produce financial statements, prepare budgets and complete analytical problem solving tasks which reflect workplace practices.

Microeconomics

Learn about how markets work and the behaviour of individuals, firms and government through applying economic theory to a series of applied case studies. You will also learn how to express models and theories mathematically.

Introduction to the Global Economy

Whilst international trade provides great opportunities to organisations and national economies, its complexity, diversity and scale of operation present significant risk. Learn about the key differences, complexities and risks involved in trading in a global context.

International Business Management

Study how firms operate in international markets, how they set about identifying and evaluating opportunities, quantify and minimise the risks, manage the practicalities, explore alternatives to exporting and become multinational enterprises.

Financial Accounts

Building on the knowledge and skills developed in Accounting Principles, this module focuses on Financial Accounting in practice, more advanced accounting study and includes a concise study of the legal requirements for publication and the process of incorporation.

Marketing

How does the marketing role drive success and deliver results? Study topics such as understanding customer needs and consumer behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation, the marketing mix and digital re-mix and marketing ethics. Explore emerging processes for engaging the marketing function in digital spaces.

Macroeconomics

This module focuses on how the economy as a whole works and the nature and determinants of economic success. It introduces the concept of national income accounting and an economy’s key performance indicators.

Introduction to Human Resource Management

The success of a business often relies on its relationships with its employees. Study the theory and practice of human resource management focusing on current human resources practice and the impact of topical issues and legislation.

Financial Markets

Study the institutional framework that underpins financial markets and the instruments that are traded by financial institutions and enterprises. Develop and apply your knowledge and skills in economic theory such as supply and demand, market efficiency, risk and arbitrage, as well as practical analysis using discounting and investment appraisal.

Quantitative Methods for Business

Develop your understanding of the technical and quantitative aspects of finance and economics to inform decision making. Develop your skills in data collection, presentation, interpretation and analysis, conditional probability and probability distributions, statistical inference and calculus.

Law for Business

Study the legal foundation of employer’s rights and duties in the context of a UK corporation, the English Legal System, Contract, Employment and Company Law. The module also provides an opportunity to develop and strengthen analytical and problem solving skills.

Subject-specific modules

Subject-specific modules include core modules which must be taken for your Business and Management programme and options from other pathways which will help you prepare for a combined honours degree. We will provide recommendations on suitable options during your programme at the International Study Centre.

Improve your English

If your English language level does not meet the minimum requirements for entry to the International Year One, we offer specialist English training to get you there. You can study Pre-sessional English for 5 or 10 weeks, depending on your current level of English.

Key facts

Length: Two semesters

Start date: October and January

English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all sub-skills) or over 30 IELTS alternatives accepted

Academic entry requirements: Good high school graduation grades

Age: 17 years of age or above.

Prepare for your future

After you successfully complete your International Year One in Business and Management programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree at Keele University.

Progress to your degree

Your programme will be structured to give you regular feedback on your progress and make sure you are meeting all the learning outcomes required for success on your Keele University degree course. Progression is subject to achieving the minimum English requirements and subject module grades.

The grades outlined below indicate the entry requirements to progress for the 2019/20 academic year and these are for illustration purposes only. You will be advised of the minimum requirements for progression for 2020/21 on arrival at the International Study Centre.

To enter Year 2 of your chosen degree, you need to:

  • Achieve at least 40% in all subject modules
  • Achieve at least 60% in Academic English skills.

If you do not achieve the grades needed to enter Year 2, you may be able to enter Year 1 of your chosen degree. You need to:

  • Achieve at least 30% in all subject modules
  • Achieve at least 60% in Academic English skills.

In order to meet UKVI requirements, students should also reach the minimum of 40% in each of the individual skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - as part of their assessments.

The degrees and grades listed below are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Business Management BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Accounting and International Business BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business Economics BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business Management and Accounting BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business Management and Economics BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business Management and Finance BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Business Management and Marketing BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Human Resource Management and Accounting BA (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -

What do our students say?

Keele University International Study Centre Evan stands outside Keele University Students' Union

"If I could go back to first year, I don't think I would change anything at all, because everything in the ISC and Keele was so amazing."

Evan from China studied International Year One in Business and Management

Now studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Combined honours

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

Subject 1 subject 2
Accounting and: Business Management BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
International Business BA (Hons)
Marketing BA (Hons)
Business Management and: Accounting BA (Hons)
Economics BA (Hons)
Finance BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
Marketing BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management and: Accounting BA (Hons)
Business Management BA (Hons)
Economics BA (Hons)
International Business BA (Hons)
International Business and: Accounting BA (Hons)
Economics BA (Hons)
Finance BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
Marketing and: Accounting BA (Hons)
Business Management BA (Hons)
Economics BA (Hons)
Finance BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

 

These degrees and grades are subject to change.