This course prepares you for the second year of your undergraduate degree in Business at Newcastle University.
Interested in progressing to Year 2 of an accredited Business or Marketing degree?
This course will enhance your knowledge in modern business and management skills.
This course is suitable if you:
- need to improve your English language study skills within the context of business and marketing
- want guidance and advice on developing your business knowledge
Expand your skills and knowledge in various areas including:
- main principles of management theory
- economic principles and vocabulary, including microeconomics and macroeconomics
- researching, planning and writing a strategic marketing plan for a new product idea
- statistical concepts and methods of data analysis
You will also focus on academic writing and critical reading skills.
Successful completion of this course will lead to you being awarded our Certificate of Higher Education (FHEQ Level 4).
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Year One (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Year One (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
Academic and Professional Development (20 credits)Academic and Professional Development (20 credits)
This module assists you in the transition to higher education. It develops your academic skills and professional mind-set.
Lectures are used to introduce material and explain theories and concepts. Seminars develop your academic skills through discussion, task-based practice, and formative presentation practice.
English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)
This module focuses on academic writing and the development of your critical reading skills. This is part of the preparation stage for exam and assignment writing.
Spoken English and listening skills are developed in all classes by the extensive use of discussion tasks in pairs and group work.
Management and Organisation (20 credits)Management and Organisation (20 credits)
This module provides you with an introduction to the main principles of management theory. It also provides an understanding of the development of theory in organisational behaviour and its relation to management within organisations.
You will learn about:
- different organisational structures and designs
- organisational cultures
- the decision-making process within an organisation
This module also addresses human resource management issues such as organisational motivation, leadership, teamwork and managing change in the workplace.
Introduction to Economics (20 credits)Introduction to Economics (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of basic economic principles and vocabulary in order to understand the impact economic factors have upon businesses.
Microeconomics focuses on how the behaviour of individual agents determines prices and quantities in specific markets. It explores the principles of demand and supply, market behaviour and consumer behaviour.
Macroeconomics examines the economic environment in which businesses operate. It considers the relation between factors including national income, unemployment, international trade, and government policies.
Marketing (20 credits)Marketing (20 credits)
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the core concepts of marketing theory. Topics include:
- market research
- the marketing mix
A key part of the module assessment involves working as part of a group to research, plan and write a strategic marketing plan for a new product idea.
Quantitative Methods (20 credits)Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
This module offers an introduction to basic statistical concepts and methods of data analysis. It covers the different ways in which data can be collected, summarised and analysed.
You will also learn how to present that information to ensure clear understanding. You will consider probability theory as well as common probability distributions.
You will cover topics such as:
- hypothesis testing
- resource allocation
- market research
- quality control
There is a strong practical element to this module and you will become familiar with standard statistical packages.
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 Year One 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, enabling you to build on your successes and meet the requirements for entry to the second year of a degree. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including:
- written assignments
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving exercises.
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
Satisfactory completion of A levels, a recognised Foundation programme, first year of overseas university programme with good grades or equivalent.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or an equivalent score
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.
This course leads to the second year of the following undergraduate degrees at Newcastle University:
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. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
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.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in 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.
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.