International Study Centre

Extended International Year One in Business

Find out more about Extended International Year One in Business

Your pathway to the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree


Who is this programme for?

Our Extended International Year One is the perfect choice for students who do not meet the entry requirements of our International Year One course and need extra support in English language and business subjects. It is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. At the end you will progress to year two of an undergraduate degree at LJMU.

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

  • Learn about the key definitions required to study business
  • Gain understanding of business activity, people in businesses and organisations, operations and the external environment and their impacts on business
  • Study business policy, digital business and the responsibilities of businesses
  • Learn about finance and accounting
  • Develop your English language skills
  • Enhance your study skills
  • Strengthen your mathematical ability

Semester one modules

This module enables students to develop a basic knowledge of bookkeeping, accounting techniques, the preparation of basic financial statements and financial considerations. The module will introduce basic financial ideas and concepts giving students an overview of the Finance and Accounting related topics that will be studied on the standard IYO programme.

This module enables students to develop a basic knowledge of key business concepts in the UK to progress successfully onto the standard Introduction to Business IY1 programme. A general introduction to business in a mixed economy, business management and functional areas of businesses is provided. Students will also develop skills relevant to business and management topics including self-directed study, academic writing, critical thinking and research to prepare them for entry to the programme.

This module aims to meet the needs of students who intend to study at HE level, but have a lower level of English. The course focusses on developing students’ language and skills to B1+ level, which is the entry requirement for the international year one (IYO) programme.

The unit aims to introduce and develop the techniques needed to study mathematics for use in business, laying the foundations needed for future study. It aims to develop confidence in using mathematical skills so students can communicate effectively using mathematics for business related purposes.

The main aim of this unit is to develop the language level of the students; develop the structures, and patterns of language which represent the discourse they will participate in on their academic programmes. Students will be able to transfer the knowledge and skills to support their learning across the pathway. Students will develop confidence in dealing with academic subjects and the expectations of academic study skills to enhance their further learning.

Progress to semester two

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

Overall English Study Skills
40% 60% 40%

Semester two and three modules

This module aims to provide an introduction to business economics as a foundation for further study. The emphasis will be on economic theory and real concepts developed from real world business issues. Essentially, this module introduces students to economics and applications related to business, providing students with an introduction to modern economic principles and macro and micro economics.

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills including: writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed this module, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions. In addition, you will develop analytical skills necessary for problem solving in the world of business.

You will be introduced to business functions and the differences between leadership and management. An overview of specialist areas will be presented to you including marketing, public relations, human resources management and accounting and finance. Your learning will comprise case studies and real-world business scenarios to enable you to identify how theory is applied to practice.

This module will enable you to establish a sound foundation in basic bookkeeping and accounting techniques. You will gain experience in preparing basic financial accounts and in describing the issues influencing the preparation of financial accounts.

This module will explain the principles of designing management and cost accounting information systems, and to explain the principles of evaluating management and cost accounting systems.

This module aims to provide a basic knowledge of mathematics for ongoing study at university in a business related subject. This unit will allow students to acquire the fundamental concepts of business maths, using a selection of real world applications.

Optional modules

Within this module, you will study management processes, marketing and public relations and the impact that these have in contemporary business operations. More importantly, you will identify how these processes have shaped modern-day organisational objectives and why these play a significant role in a variety of organisations which includes private, public and not-for-profit.

This module builds on the module ‘introduction to financial accounting’, and will further develop the students’ financial accounting knowledge and provides an introduction to the regulatory framework of accounting corporate governance and ethics.

Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students
Age: 18+
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 4.5*

Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study. Please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Country Qualification
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60%
China (Mainland) Successful completion of Senior High 3 at an average of 80% or above
Ghana OND or Ghanaian A Level or Polytechnic Diploma
India Successful completion of Standard 10+2 - minimum 50% overall
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 3 - GPA 7.0 with 4 relevant subjects
Iran High School - 11/20 + Pre University Year Peeshdaneshgahe 12/20
Japan High School/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - GPA 3.0
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi + 1 year of further study
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education + 1 further year of study
Korea Successful completion of High School Diploma (4th Grade, or lower if the student can demonstrate 1 further year of study)
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate - 60% + 1 further year of study
Malaysia STPM or A Levels - 2 Principal passes
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 75%. Or 65% with 1 further year of study
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation - minimum of 60% achieved overall, including 60% in 4 relevant subjects + 1 further year of study
Nigeria National Diploma or Certificate
Pakistan Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate - 55% overall
Qatar High School Certificate + evidence of further study
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT with GPA of 3.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Saudi Arabia Part study of Diploma Level Studies
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High 3 at 70%. If GPA is lower than 70% + 1 further year of study
Thailand High School Certificate MAW6 - average GPA 3.0 in academic subjects including GPA 3.0 for Maths and Science subjects
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi + 1 further year of study
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT with minimum GPA 6.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with a GPA 7.5 overall and GPA 7.5 for Maths and Science subjects

Other qualifications

The Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)  22 points (subject pass mark = 3) 

Where does this course take me?

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of undergraduate degrees at LJMU, subject to achieving the required grades.

Extended International Year One & International Year One in Business

Degree progression Award Subject-specific module grade English grade
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Business and Public Relations BA (Hons) 40%
50% with 40% in each component
Business Management BA (Hons) 40%
50% with 40% in each component
Business Studies BA (Hons) 40%
50% with 40% in each component
Human Resources Management BA (Hons) 40%
50% with 40% in each component
Marketing BA (Hons) 40%
50% with 40% in each component

*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 Tier 4 student route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015 (as well as information about valid SELT tests if taken before 6 April 2015**). To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

** SELT taken before 6th April 2015 is only valid if used as part of a Tier 4 visa application submitted before 5th November 2015. The certificate is subject to the validity periods as outlined in the table in the link above.