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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.
  • 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.

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.

Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

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 you to economics and applications related to business, providing you with an introduction to modern economic principles and macro and micro economics.

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. 

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 allows students to be able to identify how businesses create opportunities for success and adapt marketing strategies. Also allowing students to explore how businesses focus on gaining a competitive advantage through interacting with customers.

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

In this module students will analyse corporate strategy and objectives and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences.

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

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksOctoberMay
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters30 weeksNovemberAugust
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksJanuaryAugust

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.

CountryQualification
AlgeriaSuccessful completion of Bacc de l'Enseignment Secondaire overall 12/20
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.25 (55%), with 55% or above in Maths & English. Maximum age 22 years & 364 days
China (Mainland)SH3 with 80% or above in 4 or more key subjects
SH2 with 60% or above in 4 or more key subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further year of study with a pass
EgyptSuccessful completion of Thanaweya - overall grade 80%
GhanaOND or Ghanaian A Level or Polytechnic Diploma
IndiaHSC with 55% and 50% or above in Maths, English and relevant subjects
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 3 - GPA 7.0 with 4 relevant subjects
IranHigh School - 11/20 + Pre University Year Peeshdaneshgahe 12/20
JapanHigh School/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - GPA 3.0
JordanSuccessful completion of Year 12 Tawjihi (General Seceondary Education) overall 70%
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education + 1 further year of study
KoreaSuccessful completion of High School Diploma (4th Grade, or lower if the student can demonstrate 1 further year of study)
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate - 60% + 1 further year of study
MalaysiaSTPM or A Levels - 2 Principal passes
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 75%. Or 65% with 1 further year of study
MoroccoSuccessful completion of Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12/20 overall
MyanmarBasic Education High School Matriculation - minimum of 60% achieved overall, including 60% in 4 relevant subjects + 1 further year of study
NigeriaNational Diploma or Certificate
PakistanSuccessful completion of High Secondary Certificate - 55% overall
QatarHigh School Certificate + evidence of further study
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT with GPA of 3.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Saudi ArabiaPart study of Diploma Level Studies
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High 3 at 70%. If GPA is lower than 70% + 1 further year of study
ThailandHigh School Certificate MAW6 - average GPA 3.0 in academic subjects including GPA 3.0 for Maths and Science subjects
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 55% overall
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi + 1 further year of study
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT with minimum GPA 6.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with GPA 7.5 overall

Other qualifications

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

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)

Alternative tests accepted include:

- IELTS Academic (non-UKVI)
- LanguageCert International ESOL
- TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- Cambridge ESOL
- Oxford Test of English
- Pearson PTE Academic (non-UKVI) / Online

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

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

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.

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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.

Key facts

Course length: Two Semesters
Entry dates: October, November or January

Semester dates

January 2023
15/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
7/5/2023 - 3/8/2023
October 2023
1/10/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 2/5/2024
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