What will I study?
The programme has been designed especially for international students transferring to a UK university. You will study a combination of subject-specific business modules alongside an academic business skills module which will focus on teaching you the English language, study skills, employability and academic skills necessary to successfully pass the programme.
You will develop your ability to read and critically engage with a wide range of texts including journals and business magazines, whilst you build your capability to produce a variety of written and verbal critical responses.
Through investigating the theory and practice underpinning core business functions such as organisational management, supply chain and operations management, marketing and finance, you will understand the essential business knowledge and be ready to integrate into the second year of undergraduate study.
Alongside these business essential modules, you will study a range of contemporary business subjects, such as business analysis tools and techniques and understanding human resource management through the lens of ‘work psychology’, these industry relevant topics will take your business knowledge to the next level.
How will I be taught and assessed?
We have a deep understanding of how international students learn and we have found that the combination of increased tutor interaction, consistent assessment and academic and English support leads to success. That is why, to support learning and assimilation into university life, the number lecture and seminar hours are higher than on a standard undergraduate first year. This increased time in the classroom is to support your learning and the development of skills that most UK students already have.
You will study all your modules over three terms – giving you time to gradually build your skills and understanding of key concepts. There will be opportunities for you to revisit topics and apply later learning to enhance your overall experience.
Joining a UK university and taking on a new programme of study can be a challenge, especially at the beginning so, rather than all your work being assessed at the end you are required to build up a portfolio of work throughout your whole module. You will receive feedback from your tutor as to how you are progressing helping you to improve each step of the way.
The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation to studying in a British university and you will benefit from staff who are used to supporting international students through this important transition. Teaching and learning is carried out through seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totalling 24 hours per week.
In addition, you will be expected to spend 20 hours a week on independent study through self-directed learning. Teaching and self-directed learning also makes use of the University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) and you will be encouraged to use the technology in preparation for your future studies.
During each term you will have a scheduled an independent learning week during which you will work through study as directed by your module tutor, your own research to broaden your academic knowledge and study for assessment.
The assessment strategy has been designed to support you as an international student integrating into a UK University. 20% of your total marks will come from a portfolio of preparatory work that you have created during the whole of the programme, this approach allows you to reflect on your progress and development. Each module requires you submit a piece of assessed work at the end of term 2 and 3, these items are reflect the academic nature and subject content of the module.
You will be assessed through coursework and exams – including portfolios, essays, reports, reflection, exams, poster presentation and group work.