International Year One

Please note: Our last intake was September 2018 

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
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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.

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
The main aim of this module is to introduce the students to book-keeping concepts and how these are used to produce financial statements.  The module also introduces students to statement analysis to determine profitability. In addition, students will also consider tools to predict future decision. Upon completion of the module, students should be able to produce financial statements and apply a range of tools to analyse and evaluate business scenarios. The module also introduces students to some academic criticism of accounting information and models.

Economy and Society
 This module aims to explore the global economic changes that have taken place over recent decades and examine the nature of markets and their increasing role in people’s lives. We will explore the various meanings of ‘value’, ‘values’ and ‘wealth’, and how they relate to economic growth. This module looks at questions arising from the recent financial crisis – the nature of debt, the risks of sovereign debt crisis, austerity policies regarding economics and the global over the twenty-first century. 

Employment Relations
The study of human resource management often assumes the interests of employers and employees can be aligned to meet common goals. Employee Relations combine elements of both. This module examines the whole employment relationship by means of analysing and evaluating the rich range of workplace interactions between employees and employers. You will discuss managerial control structures, types of communication, as well as social and economic environment impacts on employment.

Information Management
The syllabus of this module is organised around three themes. In Management Information Systems, you will discover how information systems are used in contemporary organisations. In Management, Information & Technology, you will see management theory within historical and social context. Further teaching and learning will engage with the difference between information and knowledge, as well as the ethics and social consequences of technology use. In Digital Capacity and E-Tools, there will be specific teaching and learning opportunities to enhance student familiarity of and hands-on experience with digital tools. Through demonstrations, self-learning, and lectures students will be taught how to use essential digital production tools, such as content curation and sharing tools.

Management Inquiry and Analysis
Students will explore four key foundations of knowledge. Firstly, you will study the production of knowledge claims, to understand how knowledge claims are generated, evidenced, promoted and defended. You will also look at the relationship between knowledge and persuasion, with a focus on rhetoric. The module also explores the importance of understanding how scholarly arguments are constructed – the way spoken and written language is used the ways which evidence is presented and deconstructed, taken apart and criticised. Finally, philosophy as a core foundation of knowledge will be investigated and the key features of the branch of philosophy known as ‘epistemology’.

Management Theory and Debate
This module will provide students with a broad introduction to management, business and organisation. It will draw upon a variety of disciplines including sociology, economics, politics and history, placing management in a wider context. In this module, students will be encouraged to be more critically engaged with contemporary management-related issues and organisational practices, and to reflect upon many assumptions about management and the world of work.

Principles of Marketing
This module aims to provide learners with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. In addition, it examines the role and practice of marketing within the changing business environment. This unit will provide all learners with a concise and contemporary overview of marketing, and give them the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in the specialist field of marketing.

Work and Society
This module aims to examine, conceptualise and discuss the nature of work by placing it in the relevant social context.


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
Human Resource Management BA 50% 60% Overall (50% writing; 40% reading, speaking and listening)
Management Studies BA 50% 60% overall (50% writing; 40% reading, speaking and listening)
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