International Year One

This programme is designed to help you prepare for second-year study at the University of Leicester. The International Year One is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, allowing you to save time and money in your studies. You can progress to one of the following three degrees:

  • Management Studies
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
Student in library

Programme description

The programme includes coursework, tutorials, seminar style classes, self-study and larger group lectures.

It has a modular structure. This is made up of academic modules focusing on the areas most useful to a business degree. You will also receive study skills and English language training.

You will have regular assessments throughout the programme. This will ensure that you are on track to achieve the required grades for progression to your degree. Assessment methods include coursework, examinations, presentations and extended essays.

Study plan options

IELTS Length Sep Jan Jun Aug Sep
5.5 * 3 terms       Start your degree
5.5 * 3 terms    


  • International Year One
  • Vacation

* minimum 5.5 in writing

Key Facts and Term Dates

Course length
Three terms

Start dates
September and January

Term dates

September 2018 
Term 1 – 17/09/18 to 30/11/18 
Term 2 – 07/01/19 to 22/03/19 
Term 3 – 01/04/19 to 07/06/19

January 19
Term 1 – 07/01/2019 to 22/03/2019
Term 2 – 01/04/2019 to 07/06/2019
Term 3 – 10/06/2019 to 09/08/2019

Pathways and Progression

International Year One

The modules you will be studying have been carefully designed to focus on the academic area most useful to your chosen degree.

Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include 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.

Business Finance and Reporting

Economy and Society

Employment Relations

Information Management

Management Inquiry and Analysis

Management Theory and Debate

Principles of Marketing

Work and Society


Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades (an overall grade at the end of the course and a minimum English grade on the final English Skills module), you can enter the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade Academic English Skills Requirement
Management Studies BA 50% 60% overall (50% writing; 40% reading, speaking and listening)
BA 50% 60% Overall (50% writing; 40% reading, speaking and listening)
Human Resource Management BA 50% 60% Overall (50% writing; 40% reading, speaking and listening)

Entry Requirements

Only available to overseas students, non-UK and non-EU

You should be 18 years or older

English language
Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing).  If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English

Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study plus up to one year of further study

For full entry requirements information, please visit entry requirements page.