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The International Year One (Business) is a student centred programme that aims to bridge your academic and English learning gap from your home country, to provide a fast track entry to year 2 of all undergraduate degrees offered by the University of Roehampton’s Business School.

The programme focuses on the creation of theory and practice in business areas such as psychology, marketing and accounting alongside development of English Language and new academic abilities and skills required to be successful at university.

Both the October* and the January intakes allow you to join your undergraduate degree of choice the following September.

The majority of the target degrees are available for a joint CAS option. This means you will only apply for your Student route visa once, for the whole of your foundation and undergraduate study at Roehampton.

Study plan

Oct* – Jan Jan- Apr Apr- Jun Jul Aug Sept
International Year One (Business) Summer break Start your undergraduate degree at University of Roehampton
International Year One (Business) Summer break

Key Facts

Business or Accounting route available
IELTS 5.5: October* or January start
9 months – October* start, finish in June
9 months – January start, finish in August
Tuition Fees
2021/22: £13,474
Study mode
: Full-time, classroom-based programme
Average class size: 18
Assessment methods: Coursework, presentations, unseen exams and online tests

Key Dates

October start date: 11 October 2021
January start date: 17 January 2022

About the course

The programme has been specially created for you and other likeminded international students who are looking for a tailored route of study to join year two of undergraduate study that provides more help and guidance. It gives you an opportunity to gradually familiarise yourself with the UK learning requirements in a supportive and encouraging environment, allowing you to develop and grow as a new academic learner.

A key feature of studying the programme is that you become a full student of the Roehampton Business School and as such, you will be invited to join guest speaker events, conferences, staff student committees and have full access to all the facilities, software and materials to prepare you for year two study. This approach ensures that you feel part of the student community and gives you the opportunity to widen your academic and social friendship groups to develop long lasting relationships within the University.

What will I study?

The modules you will study are mapped to those in Roehampton Business School undergraduate degrees and will develop your subject knowledge in areas such as management, marketing, accounting and analytics. For those of you who intend to join the Accounting degree you will study a module Accounting for Organisations that prepares you for further exemptions for industry bodies such as ACCA and CIMA.

A key module that supports you throughout your journey is the Business Academic Skills module. You will begin this module with an extended introduction in academic English, business language and everyday social English, all of which is designed to build your confidence and language proficiency to get ready for learning new business knowledge. Within all the modules you will apply academic theories to real life situations, enabling you to develop your critical thinking skills.

Embedded into all undergraduate degrees at Roehampton is the development of skills ready to join your intended career at the end of university study. During the IY1, you will be introduced to and become familiar with the concepts that developing your resilience, presentation, communication and analytical skills are valued by your future employer.

For example, at the end of the programme, you will have identified the skills you have by developing a CV, LinkedIn profile and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio.

Professional accreditations

Many of the progression degrees at Roehampton include accreditations from major industry bodies.

  • Business – Eligible for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership
  • Marketing – Exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Accounting – Accredited by the ACCA, giving you the maximum 9 exemptions from ACCA professional exams. Also accredited by CIMA.

Your typical week of study will consist of:

  • 19 to 22 hours of teaching in interactive seminar workshops;
  • 15 to 20 hours of independent study through our virtual learning environment, Moodle;

You will be taught in small groups providing a creative and secure environment in which to learn new knowledge and skills. Each module has embedded tutorials that provide you with time to meet your tutor on a 1-2-1 basis to explore, investigate and solve problems in preparation for your assessment submissions and support you through your learning journey.

For both face-to-face and blended/online modes of study, modules use a form of digital input such as podcasts, video, blogs or wikis, and electronic voting systems. You will be empowered to use technology to expand and develop your skills, for example you will become part of discussion groups and interactive exercises such as online quizzes, film and audio clips that will help support students learning and encourage engagement in the modules.


  • Coursework, presentations, unseen exams and online tests – spread out over the modules to give you more time to settle whilst offering the perfect preparation for your future undergraduate assessments

All assessments are spread out over the academic year with the academic Business Skills module supporting all business subject modules. A number of modules have an element of portfolio building where a number of smaller tasks are completed over a period of time and then submitted together during an assessment week.


All modules are core and 20 credits, unless specified.

*you will study this module if you intend to progress onto a BSc Business or Management degree.
**you will study this module if you intend to progress onto the BSc Accounting degree.

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to different types of business organisations and the environments that they operate within. The module particularly focuses on the factors affecting businesses that are located in advanced economies, as well as in developing countries/emerging economies (to a lesser extent). There will be real life examples used in the forms of case study analysis exploring the factors affecting businesses strategies and the way they operate.

You will investigate real life examples of current organisations; examining their organisational purposes and how they should operate to comply with the relevant legal regulatory frameworks. In addition, the module considers business markets and how they take various forms and how the structure of a market enables an understanding of how organisations behave. In this module you will consider how different market structures shape the pricing and output decisions of businesses, as well as other aspects of their behaviour.

This module will help you to develop your understanding of self and is your first stepping stone to the personal and professional development required of all students who wish to study business and management. The module has been designed to enable you to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses through a process of self-assessment and reflection.

You will be able to identify your personal values, preferred learning styles, develop your understanding of issues such as cultural and emotional intelligence and be supported to enhance your interpersonal skills. This process of self- assessment and reflection will in turn develop your independent thinking, build your confidence in your own potential, and increase your drive to achieve your management potential.

This module is designed to introduce you to the essential concepts and skills used in business problem solving. Excel is used to identify and interpret quantitative data to solve a range of problems, including customer satisfaction, personal finance issues, business modelling, quality assurance, recruitment issues and supply chain problems. The emphasis is on case studies drawn from a bank of case studies relating to real business situations.

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the crucial role of solving real business problems. You will learn basic techniques in problem solving and the software tools that are frequently used. Issues of data presentation, modelling and testing will be investigated. On completing the module you will be equipped with an ability to identify different types of organisational problems and to conduct quantitative analysis using IT for problem solving.

This module introduces you to the modern marketing environment where digital technologies such as websites and communications involving social media are increasingly important. The underlying theories behind many key marketing decisions, such as pricing of goods and services, the use of promotional tools such as advertising and digital marketing, will be covered. The use of marketing campaigns will also be explored.

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the crucial role of marketing in helping organisations understand customers. You will learn about the strategic importance of marketing to organisations, whether it is a profit oriented firm (e.g., Apple or Nike) or a not for profit organization (such as a Government Department or a charity).  On completing the module you will be equipped with an ability to understand core marketing principles, the marketing environment and the manner in which the needs of customers are identified and satisfied.

This module is intended to develop your ability to understand the main features of managing an organisation, considering various aspects of management and leadership whilst applying commercial acumen. You will be introduced to academic concepts enabling you to apply management theory to organisational practice.

Through the learning and assessment strategy, you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills in problem- solving and apply this to your role as an aspiring manager.

This module will introduce you to the essential knowledge and skills in Accounting and Finance that you will need as a practicing manager. We assume that you are new to the subject and that you are a general business learner – not an accounting specialist. The module will develop your learning in stages. We’ll start from familiar ideas about money and business, move through internal Accounting issues like budgets then show you the key ideas in financial statements. Finally we will give you an overview of the sources and uses of Finance required for a sustainable organisation.

Along the way, you will meet important ideas around information systems for planning, controlling and making financial decisions as well as understanding the basics of risk. As you learn, the module will demystify Accounting and Finance, improve your confidence in these areas and equip you with knowledge and skills to increase your ability to understand business.

This module will introduce you to key concepts and techniques in both management and financial accounting. It will provide you with the foundations on which you can build your knowledge and skills in all aspects of Accounting practice as you progress through the BSc Accounting degree programme.

You will understanding the importance of appropriate financial information to all management decisions. This module will enhance your employability by developing your commercial acumen through an appreciation of profits and cash flows as key business drivers of success and start you on your journey towards becoming a Roehampton Business Graduate.

Although emphasis will be placed on techniques you will also be expected to reflect on the nature of accounting and some of the challenges faced by practitioners and users of accounting information.

This module wraps around the other subject modules of the programme in order to build your learning and assessment preparation and provides an opportunity to enhance your acculturation to the UK university environment. The module provides the study skills and personal academic tutoring to support your transition from college/school to UK university education.

You will develop your communication skills and build strong support networks within the university to support your learning for the rest of your studies at Roehampton. This is where you will be introduced to the Roehampton Business Readiness programme.

Entry requirements

Age requirements

You must be 17 in the month before the course start date, students who are under the age of 18 will be assessed in line with the University’s Safeguarding Policy.

Academic requirements

You can check whether your local academic qualifications meet our entry requirements here.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 (with no single band below 5.5)

If you’re not sure which programme you will be best suited to or would like to find out more about the application process, you can register your interest and one of our team will contact you, or call +44 (0) 20 8108 3087.

Tuition fees


  • £13,474

It is important to note that your tuition fees do not cover the cost of the following: stationery, printing and photocopying costs, accommodation, living expenses, travel, hobbies, sports or any other extracurricular activities. other extracurricular activities.

All core course texts are provided.

Fee Guarantee

The fee guarantee does exactly what it says, and guarantees your fees in years 2, 3 and 4 of your studies. For more information, eligibility and terms, please check our Dates & Fees page.

Application deadlines and key dates


October 2021 
Enrolment 11 October 2021
Course start date 18 October 2021
Progression options

Following successful completion of your programme, subject to a 40% pass mark, you will be able to progress onto the second year of all Roehampton Business School undergraduate degrees.

If you have the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 overall with no sub score below 5.5 you will be able to apply for a joint CAS for the whole of your foundation and undergraduate study at Roehampton. This means you will only need to apply for your Student route visa once for your entire UK study with no additional English testing requirements.

These may include the options listed below:

Option modules
Accounting for Organisations
Introduction to Accounting and Finance
BSc (Hons) Accounting
BSc (Hons) Business Management
BSc(Hons) Business Management and Economics
BSc(Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship
BSc(Hons) Business Management and Finance
BSc(Hons) Business Management and Marketing
BSc(Hons) Human Resource Management
BSc(Hons) International Business
BSc (Hons) Marketing
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How to find out more

For more information on the application process, you can visit our how to apply page. You can start your application and come back to it as much as you need. However, we advise you to start your application as early as possible to allow you the necessary time to prepare all needed requirements to study in the UK.

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You can apply online by choosing your preferred start date below.


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If you would like to find out more about the application process, you can register your interest and one of our team will contact you, or call +44 (0) 20 8108 3087.

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