This course prepares you for an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects at Newcastle University.
Interested in progressing to Year 1 of an Economics, Accounting and Finance, Marketing or Management degree?
This course will prepare you to enter the world of business and accounting. Experts in the field of business will enhance your studies by giving presentations. You will also benefit from using case studies from the Financial Times 100 series.
This course is suitable if you:
- need to improve your English language study skills within the context of business
- want to increase your subject knowledge of business and management
Expand your skills and knowledge on various topics including:
- key features of business in the UK
- mathematical and statistical techniques
- accounting concepts and principles including financial statements and double entry bookkeeping
You will also learn how to research, analyse and present your work effectively thanks to your improved language and communication skills. Successful completion of this course will lead to you being awarded our International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3).
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
- top 200 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us.
Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.
This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.
Choosing this course means that you'll get:
- a quality-assured university course
- full Newcastle University status
- a guaranteed offer on a designated undergraduate degree at Newcastle
- a campus-based course with access to university facilities
- active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
- a very supportive study environment
Modules for 2018/19 entry
Introduction to Accounting (10 credits)Introduction to Accounting (10 credits)
- accounting concepts and principles
- the main financial statements
- an introduction to double entry bookkeeping
English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way:
The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on:
- private study
- student research
- student-led presentations
- seminar discussions
- group work
Study Skills and Project (30 credits)Study Skills and Project (30 credits)
This module will help you adjust to the specific demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered include:
- personal and time organisation
- library and information skills
- using and interpreting data
- team-working skills
- problem-solving skills
- examination and revision techniques
- presentation skills
- avoiding plagiarism
You will also have workshop sessions in core ICT skills including the use of:
- web-based learning systems
Introduction to Business (20 credits)Introduction to Business (20 credits)
This module will help you understand key features of business in the UK. You will be introduced to many aspects of business in preparation for a range of business degrees.
Topics covered include:
- management and leadership
- business classifications
- business funding in the UK
- scrutiny of corporate annual reports and accounts
- how economic factors affect business
- current themes in business
You will be taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will be assessed via examinations and coursework.
Maths for Business (20 credits)Maths for Business (20 credits)
This module covers mathematical and statistical techniques that have applications in business and economics. It reinforces algebra skills and builds on these in the areas of equation handling and graphing techniques.
Differentiation is introduced as a technique for finding the slope and turning points of a curve.
You will develop skills in the area of handling, summarising and representation of data, and become familiar with probability as a concept. The concept of correlation is also introduced and developed to establish relationships between variables.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
- 21 hours per week minimum
- Maximum of 16 students per class for English language teaching
- 17 years and above
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their course.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation course do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your course from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including:
- written essays
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving
To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2019 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
To progress to all degrees except Law
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
To progress to Law
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Don't meet English language requirements?
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for Academic English.
You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.
For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.
You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated undergraduate degrees at Newcastle if you successfully complete the International Foundation in Business and Management.
As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of Newcastle progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:
- successfully completing an interview;
- having previously studied a relevant discipline;
- having previously completed a degree; or
- having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language
Your progression options:
- Accounting and Finance BA Honours (N400/N401)
- Economics BSc Honours (L100)
- Economics and Business Management BA Honours (LN12)
- Economics and Finance BSc Honours (L161)
- Law LLB Honours (M101)
- Agri-Business Management BSc Honours (N280)
- Business Management BA Honours (N200)
- Marketing BSc Honours (N500)
- Marketing and Management BSc Honours (NN52)
- Politics and Economics BA Honours (LL21)
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
June 2018 start (4 terms) £23,250
September 2018 start (4 terms) £23,400
September 2018 start (3 terms) £18,500
January 2019 start (3 terms) £18,500
The above tuition fees do not include the following.
An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.
The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:
- 3 terms will cost approximately £210 per academic course
- 4 terms will cost approximately £270 per academic course
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Foundation Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.
Visit our International Preparation Course website for more details.
How to apply
To apply online visit our INTO application form.
You can also contact us in a variety of ways.