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COURSE OVERVIEW

Studied at High School level overseas and ready to take the next step towards your business career?

Want the opportunity to explore different business theories and see how they apply to the real world?

The International Foundation Programme at Solent University is designed specifically to support you in the transition from an overseas High School education, to undergraduate study in the UK. Alongside language development units, you will also build your confidence and independence, developing your study skills. The inclusion of subject-specific pathways prepare you for your chosen subject area, enabling you to familiarise yourself with some of the theories and terminology that you can expect to encounter at undergraduate level.

This particular pathway develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on external business pressures and management theory.

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Key facts
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2021/22: 2 term programme: £10,500. 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: 16-20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, presentations, portfolios, projects and in-class tests
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 17 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 18
  • Average class size: 16
  • Starts: October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: 10 September 2021
  • Key facts
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2021/22: 2 term programme: £10,500. 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: 16-20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, presentations, portfolios, projects and in-class tests
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 17 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 18
  • Average class size: 16
  • Starts: October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: 10 September 2021
About The Course: Business and Management Pathway

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Business and Management pathway is specifically designed to develop your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on external business pressures and management theory. By exploring the business world through different perspectives, you will develop an understanding of the environment in which businesses operate and the role different functions within a business play. This Pathway also introduces you to management theories and examines the role of a manager.

The Business and Management pathway will equip you with the essential skills to maximise your learning and will leave you well placed for successful undergraduate study in a wide range of disciplines, from business and management to marketing or human resources.

WHAT IS AN INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME?

An International Foundation Programme is a subject-specific course which prepares you for university study in the UK by developing your academic skills and your ability to use English in an academic context, together with helping to develop your subject knowledge.

WHO’S THE PROGRAMME FOR?

If you are a recent high school graduate, who would like to study an undergraduate degree in the UK, but you do not fully meet the entry criteria (academic and/or linguistic), this programme is for you.

It is specifically designed to support your transition from high school to the UK higher education system if you are an international student who:

  • Needs to improve your English language and academic skills in the context of the UK higher education system
  • Prefers to adapt to the British culture in an academic context before starting an undergraduate degree.

WHERE WILL THIS PROGRAMME LEAD YOU?

Once you successfully complete the International Foundation Programme you will be able to meet the entry requirements and be well equipped to progress to undergraduate study at Solent University.

WHAT BENEFIT WILL YOU GET FROM THE PROGRAMME?

Specifically, the International Foundation Programme has a number of objectives:

  • Equip you with appropriate learning and study skills to support your study experience, academically and personally, at an undergraduate level and above
  • Develop and ensure you have the required level of English ability to engage successfully with undergraduate study at a UK University
  • Enhance your ability to work with academic subjects at undergraduate level.
  • Develop your confidence and independence and your ability to learn effectively within the UK’s academic culture.
  • Introduce you to the learning, teaching and assessment regimes adopted at undergraduate level and above at UK universities
  • Learn specific knowledge relevant for your chosen degree and future career

OVERVIEW

  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2021/22: £10,500 (2-Term) £13,000 (3-Term)
  • Contact hours per week: 16-20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, presentations, portfolios, projects and in-class tests
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 17 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Average class size: 16
  • Starts: October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: 10 September 2021

 

2 TERM PROGRAMME

2021/22 tuition fee: £10,500

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: October and January

Next application deadline: 10 September 2021

 

3 TERM PROGRAMME

2021/22 tuition fee: £13,000

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: October

Next application deadline: 10 September 2021

The International Foundation Programme is fully embedded so you will be studying your course on-campus in Southampton, with access to all of the university facilities that you can expect for your undergraduate studies at Solent.

Throughout your studies, you will be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their experience to develop your English and academic skills in preparation for progression on to your chosen undergraduate course.

Course contact time: 16-20 hours/week

Additional study time: 15-20 hours/week for self-study and individual learning

You will be taught through a mix of teaching methods which may include: lectures, seminars, and workshops.
You will also meet with your tutors individually for additional academic support.

Assessment for this programme is through a mix of coursework, presentations, portfolios, projects and in-class tests.

These programmes are delivered as part of a partnership between Solent University and QA Higher Education. The programmes are validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education staff.

TERM ZERO

The English term is designed to support you if you hold an IELTS 4.5 at the start of the IFP. The aim of this term is to develop your English language ability and to ensure that you reach the equivalent of an IELTS 5.0 prior to starting Term 1 and 2 of the programme.

Concretely, during this 9-week course, you will study an English module for 16-20 hours per week. The module is built around the key linguistic elements that you need to develop. At the end of the programme, you will be required to pass the module before progressing on to the next stage of the programme.

To progress on to your chosen undergraduate programme at Solent University, you will need to achieve at least 40% in every unit in your International Foundation Programme.

You will be advised at the point of an offer if there are any further progression requirements for your chosen undergraduate programme.

Subject to successfully meeting the above, you will be able to progress on to the following programmes from the International Foundation Programme – Business and Management Pathway:

To study the International Foundation Programme – Business and Management Pathway you will need to meet the following entry requirements.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To find out more information on the specific entry requirements for your country please click below

View country-specific entry requirements here

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 term programme: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre
  • 3 term programme: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age: 17 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme

If you are studying the 2 Term programme, you will study Terms One and Two. If you are studying the 3 Term programme, you will study all Terms detailed below.

TERM ZERO

This module is designed to help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin the International Foundation Programme. As such, the course focuses on the development of the core linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, the development of vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and oral fluency.

TERMS ONE & TWO

All units are 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

The module has been designed to help you develop the type of language skills used in an academic context and help you engage effectively with the teaching environments you will experience at undergraduate level. You will develop your academic English reading, writing, listening & speaking skills and explore the types of materials and sources you will be expected to use on your degree course.

During the module, you will listen to lectures and practice note-taking, learn how to read critically, develop your writing skills through the production of a variety of writing genres, and participate in different types of speaking tasks. You will also enrich and improve your academic vocabulary and grammatical accuracy.

In this module, you will explore and develop the academic skills and language which are specifically related to your area of study at degree level.

The aim of the module is to prepare you for the linguistic challenges of your chosen area of study at undergraduate level. Therefore, the resources you will be exposed to during the module will be related to some of the topics covered in your pathway subject modules.

You will develop your teamwork skills in this module as the assessment is based on collaborative tasks. You will also be encouraged to research your future target degree further and connect with relevant University departments.

This module has been designed to support you in your preparation for undergraduate level study by developing your independent study skills.

The module covers a diverse range of academic skills and takes a practical approach to learning. You will be required to participate in interactive classroom sessions and complete independent study tasks. Combined, these will help you improve your skills in the following areas:

  • Digital literacy (including basic IT skills and effective email communication)
  • Referencing
  • Seminar discussions & debates
  • Study skills (such as time management and planning assignments)

On completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate your readiness for study at undergraduate level by developing the key academic skills that will enhance your success on the degree course

In this module, you will learn how to write an academic essay using a structure and style which is appropriate for undergraduate level study.

You will have the opportunity to select a topic related to your target degree course which particularly interests you and then explores this further through the development of your essay. You will be guided through the process of essay writing, from the development of your title to the planning and research stages and the correct structure and style.

Part of your assessment for this module involves the delivery of an academic presentation, based on your chosen essay topic. The module gives you, therefore, an opportunity to practise your academic communication skills in both a written and verbal format.

In this module, you will be encouraged to take an investigative and independent approach to your learning through opportunities to explore different contemporary issues. As a result, you will develop an appreciation and understanding of the link both between business organisations and the external environment and between core functions within an organization.

You will be introduced to a number of business theories and analytical tools, such as PESTEL, Porter’s Five Forces and the marketing mix.

This module explores the connection between different management styles and organisational culture & structure. You will explore the differences between the roles of managers and leaders in decision-making and the development of business strategies.
You will develop an understanding of a number of management and leadership theories, and identify and analyse various methods of motivating staff.
The module takes a practical approach and explores real-world examples of how managers operate and the challenges they face, while also linking this to relevant theories.

TUITION FEES 2021/22

  • 2 term programme: £10,500
  • 3 term programme: £13,000

Your course fees cover registration costs, teaching for the course and access to the learning resources at the University and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will need a laptop or PC (with the Microsoft Office package installed) to prepare your assignments.
You should be prepared to buy any stationery (pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, etc.) you need for your classes as well as specialist materials you may need for your pathway projects. This figure is very dependent on the type of project you decide to complete.

There may occasionally be trips organised, which may form part of your course requirements.

We would suggest allowing an additional £250 to cover these costs.

YOU CAN NOW APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ONLINE

Click the buttons below for your preferred start date below which will take you to our online application form.

Apply for October 2021 (2-term)
Apply for October 2021 (3-term)
Apply for January 2022 (2-term)

 

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If you have any questions regarding the International Foundation Programme – Business and Management Pathway, entry requirements, or studying in the UK at Solent, contact us using the form below or visit our Enquire Now page.