International Study Centre

International Year One in Business

Find out more about International Year One in Business

Your pathway to the second year of a business undergraduate degree

The programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for you to begin the second year of your undergraduate degree. 

Is this programme for me?

By studying the International Year One in Business, you will:

  • learn about the importance of financial management
  • gain understanding of the operational and strategic challenges facing businesses in the modern market economy
  • strengthen your business skills, including decision-making and problem solving
  • gain understanding of concepts and models of micro-economic and macro-economic analysis
  • strengthen core mathematical skills that will be relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree.

Why study the International Year One in Business?

  • LJMU is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business which is dedicated to improving the quality of business education worldwide.
  • 99% of LJMU School of Law graduates are in work or further study six 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.

What will you study?

The International Year One in Business is a two-semester programme. You will study a mix of subject modules, and classes that will help you to succeed at LJMU.

Core 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. You will gain an overview of specialist areas 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, including 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.

Study Plans

IELTS Length Sep - Dec Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jun - Aug Sep
5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in writing and all other skill areas) 2 Semesters     Start your
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5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in writing and all other skill areas) 2 Semesters    
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Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students
Age: 18+
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5* (minimum 5.5 in writing and all other skill areas)

Good high school graduation grades or equivalent, plus one year of further 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 Lisen Bitirme Diplomasi - GPA 3.0 (60%)
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)

For courses starting in September 2021, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in September 2021.

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
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT

Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus at a later date

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

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

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

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home addition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo

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.

Degree Programmes Award Overall 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 BSc (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Business with Finance BA (Hons) 50% 50% with 40% in each component
Business with International Business Management BA (Hons) 50% 50% with 40% in each component
Business with Marketing BSc (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Events Management BA (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Tourism 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 Student visa 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 Student visa application submitted before 5th November 2015. The certificate is subject to the validity periods as outlined in the table in the link above.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.