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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 a business, law or social studies degree

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

Is this programme for me?

On the Business, Law and Social Studies route, you will:

  • learn about the importance of financial management, and the operational and strategic challenges facing the businesses
  • gain understanding of the concepts and models of micro-economic and macro-economic analysis
  • develop core mathematical skills that will be relevant to your undergraduate degree
  • gain business skills, including decision-making and problem solving
  • for Law, you will study the English legal system, the mechanics of the legal process, justice and those who administer it.

Why study the International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies?

  • LJMU is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business which is dedicated to improving the quality of business education worldwide.
  • 86% of LJMU School of Law graduates are in work or further study 15 months after completing LLB Law*.
  • Staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are research active and produce world-leading research that has real-world impact.

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What will you study?

Over the two-semester programme, you will study a number of core modules that relate to your chosen progression degree. The modules have been designed by expert academics at the International Study Centre, in collaboration with LJMU, to ensure you have the skills you need to succeed upon progression to the University.

Core modules

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.


This module will provide you with an understanding of the principles of economics and a sound foundation for further study of the subject within a business or law related degree. You will be taught a combination of micro-economic and macro-economic content, drawing on local, national and international contexts. You will be able to identify economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena.

These modules are designed to develop your English communication skills and to ensure you 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. By the end of the course we would expect you to 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.

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 must study the Introduction to Financial Accounting module.

To provide you with knowledge and an understanding of politics and business in an ever globalized world. The module will address the key challenges, issues and approaches to politics as a global activity, and business in a globalized market.

To provide a basic knowledge of financial mathematics for progression to a degree programme in business related subjects, and to establish a firm foundation in mathematical applications for finance and accountancy.


Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksSeptemberJune
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksJanuaryAugust

Entry requirements

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in writing and minimum 4.0 all other areas)

Nationality: Available to international and EU students

Age: 17+

Academic entry requirements

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

CountryQualification
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.0 or 50%, with 50% or above in Maths and English. Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
BahrainTawjahiya (secondary school leaving cert) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
China (Mainland)Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65% or above
China (Hong Kong)Successful completion of the HKCEE with 4 x E's in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 3 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with minimum grades 222 in relevant subjects
China (Macau)Successful completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with an average grade of 60%
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) with grades 1-8 in 4 relevant subjects
IndiaSuccessful completion of Standard 10 with 65% or Standard 10+1 with 55%
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 2/Sikolah Menegah with a average of 7.0
IranSuccessful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with passes in 4 relevant subjects
JapanSuccessful completion of Kotogakko with a GPA of 2.0
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 50% in 4 relevant subjects
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education
KuwaitShahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
KoreaKorean high school graduation equivalency exam - 60%+ including relevant subjects
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 60%
MalaysiaSPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 65%
MoroccoSuccessful completion of Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
MyanmarHigh School Diploma: 60% PLUS 1 year of further study
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with grades 1-8 in 4 relevant subjects
OmanThanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
PakistanSuccessful completion of High Secondary Certificate (50%) or SSC (65%)
QatarSuccessful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 60%
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 3.5
Saudi ArabiaSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60% in 4 relevant subjects
SingaporeForm 5: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 60% or Senior High 3 at an average of 55% and passes in 4 or more subjects
ThailandSuccessful completion Mathayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0 in relevant subjects
TurkeySuccessful completion of Deviet Lisen Bitirme Diplomasi or High School year 3 - minimum overall grade 45%, including relevant subjects
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60%
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 4.5
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with a GPA of 6.0

Other qualifications

The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)
20 / 40 UCAS points
IGCSE/GCSE/O-Levels4 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). new grades 9-4 in English and Maths. 

For courses starting in September 2022, you must join us on campus by the latest arrival date. Find out more here.

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters
Entry dates: September or January

All students must be 18 within six weeks of their LJMU enrolment date

Semester dates

September 2022
18/9/2022 - 12/1/2023
15/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
January 2023
8/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
7/5/2023 - 10/8/2023
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Progression degrees

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of postgraduate 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.

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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.