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Extended International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies

Find out more about studying Business, Law and Social Studies.

Your pathway to the first year of your chosen degree in business, law or social studies

This extended programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for your undergraduate degree.

  • Increase your knowledge of the language used in business, law, and economics.
  • Learn the critical definitions required for the study of business, law, and economics at degree level.
  • Develop your English language skills.
  • Enhance your study skills.
  • Strengthen your mathematical ability.

Key facts

  • Three semesters
  • September only

View course-specific entry requirements and course fees.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

With multiple entry points throughout the year, visit our semester dates page to see when you can join us.

Semester 0 modules

Semester 0 is a preparatory course which you must pass before you can progress to semester 1. The International Foundation Year programme starts at semester 1.

- Understand the main points in straightforward texts on subjects of personal or professional interest, and distinguish between the main idea and related ideas in a simple academic text in order to answer specific questions.
- Communicate with reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts with generally good control over language structures and vocabulary and express ideas clearly despite some influences from the mother tongue. 
- Write a short, simple academic essay on a familiar topic, if provided with a model.
- Take notes during a lecture which are precise enough for use at a later date.
- Effectively participate in a classroom discussion about an academic topic.
- Give a simple presentation on an academic topic and follow most of a clearly structured presentation within your own field. 

This module introduces key concepts to students who have not studied Law before. It provides an understanding of English law and rudimental legal concepts providing students with a good platform to the Foundation Law modules.

The course aims to introduce and develop the techniques needed to study mathematics for use in foundation programmes (such as Engineering, Life Science, Business and Computing), laying the foundations needed for future study. It aims to develop confidence in using mathematical skills so students can communicate effectively using mathematics.

- Identify key university terminology and have a basic understanding of academic expectations, including basic research skills and understanding the significance of time management.
- Engage with the process of reflective writing to reflect on coursework performance including prior academic performance and considering strategies for improvements.
- Speak with some fluency to describe experiences and events, changes over time, future plans and ambitions, and briefly give reasons for opinions and plans.

The following modules are dependant on degree route.

Business students

This module introduces the key topics to students who have not studied business previously. Students need to develop a basic knowledge of key business concepts in the UK to progress successfully onto the standard Business Foundation Programme. Development and strengthening of knowledge and understanding will underpin foundation level study and consolidate prior learning acquired in their home country. Students will also develop skills relevant to business topics including self-directed study, academic writing, critical thinking and research to prepare them for entry to the programme.

Economics students

To develop a basic understanding of key concepts of Economics as well as understand the principals of demand and supply and introduce micro and macroeconomic topics and concepts.

Finance students

This module introduces key concepts to students who have not studied Bookkeeping or Accounting before. It provides an understanding of bookkeeping and accounting techniques in setting students with a good platform to further foundation accounting and finance modules.

Progress to semester 1

To progress to semester one, you need to obtain required grades in modules.

OverallEnglishStudy Skills

For students wanting to progress to Law degrees, they must do the Law module

For students wanting to progress to Finance degrees, they must do the Finance module

To develop your understanding of both the operational and strategic problems facing the business enterprise in the modern market economy, with particular reference to marketing management, advertising and public relations (PR). This module will advance your knowledge of management processes and themes in contemporary business management.

- Demonstrate an understanding of accounting systems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic bookkeeping and accounts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of accounting records.
- Identify the main users of accounting records.

- Demonstrate an understanding of how markets operate
- Demonstrate and understanding of basic macroeconomic concepts
- Use skills of self-directed learning, time management, writing and IT to compile a portfolio of work.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide. 

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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. 

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning. 

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key concepts of business studies. It will help you to develop an understanding of both the operational and strategic problems facing the business enterprise in the modern market economy. This module considers the practical aspects of setting up, establishing and running a business and looks at the external influences that could have a major impact on business success.

This module will introduce you to the concept of law as a subject and the role of law in society. It will also introduce you to the principles which underpin the English legal system, the mechanics of the legal process, justice in a wider sense, and the personnel who administer it.

This module aims to provide you with the basic knowledge of mathematics for progression to a degree programme in business related subjects. You will also acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of business maths using a selection of real-world applications. The module will enable you to establish a firm foundation in mathematical applications for finance and accountancy.

You will complete a self-study project on a topic that you will take, in consultation with your tutor, from the academic discipline that you will subsequently study at degree level. This will also include computer skills.

This will introduce you to basic legal principles and practice in contract law and consumer protection. You will also receive an introduction to the principles, issues and legislations relating to contract and consumer protection.

Optional modules

Please note: students wanting to progress to the Financial Accounting degree will study the Introduction to Accounting & Finance module.

The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of international businesses, relationships and trade in an ever globalising economy. The module will help students understand how businesses conduct their affairs internationally, including references to key international organisations such as United Nations. It will introduce students to the key concepts of the business environment focusing on cultural and political influences.

This module will introduce you to basic book-keeping and accounts for progression onto degree programmes on business-related subjects. To establish a firm understanding of accounting concepts and principles.

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 4.0 (4.0 in all skills)3 semesters40 weeksSeptemberAugust

Progression degrees

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of undergraduate degrees at LJMU, subject to achieving the required grades.. As well as achieving the grades necessary, you will be required to take an Academic English Studies (AES) test at the end of your course. Once you successfully complete this, you will be ready to start your degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

Along with being invited to attend a graduation ceremony organised by the International Study Centre, students who successfully complete their pathway programme will be provided with a transcript and certificate. The award of any certificate is made in line with the Final Transcripts and Awards Certificate Policy and the Certificate and Transcripts for Students on Collaborative Programmes Policy, which are available via the Policy Centre.

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Please note:

*The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student visa route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Student will be interviewed prior to any degree offer being made:

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See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

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