CertHE International Foundation and Year One with Business

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Your head start to a career in business

You can study a business degree at Teesside University by joining the second year of study with all the skills you need to graduate in the typical time. You will spend four terms with us at the International Study Centre, developing your English language skills and academic knowledge to join the second year of your degree programme and get a head start on your business career.

By studying the CertHE International Foundation and Year One with Business, you will also benefit from saving time and money by studying on a single iCAS visa for the duration of your programme.

Key Facts

Programme length

  • 4 terms

Entry points

  • May

Admission information

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older.

Start dates

  • 16/05/2022 

Why study business at Teesside University?

Teesside University is the perfect place to gain the skills to begin your career in business. As a student here, you can benefit from:

  • Access to £7.5m business school where you can find the latest technology and modern learning spaces
  • Gaining a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute alongside your degree
  • Real-life work placements with local companies such as Nissan, Samsung, Hitachi, Procter & Gamble, Northumbrian Water and Virgin Money
  • The opportunity to work with local organisations and industry experience with the Teesside Enterprise Clinic
  • Improving your digital literacy skills at Teesside, Europe’s first Adobe Creative Campus.

Choose your modules

You will study modules specific to your chosen progression degree, in order to join your second year with the skills to succeed.

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.

  • Academic English Skills

    In this module, students will develop the language skills necessary for successful study. These include academic writing, effective reading strategies, participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording of information from lectures. Students reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills to use language; effectively, appropriately and with clarity and confidence.

  • Foundations of Business

    Students will begin their academic study in this area by considering how business works. How are management and leadership important, how are organisations structured, what types of business are there, and what principles are important to success?

  • Maths for Business

    Areas of mathematics covered include: pricing; evaluating the acquisition of assets and investing in business opportunities and maintaining quality. This module will provide essential tools and theories in mathematics as a foundation for later modules, such as Introduction to Accounting and Finance. The mathematics content will provide business students with a base to evaluate the potential benefits of a range of business opportunities and the process of evaluating the most beneficial.

  • Introduction to Economics

    This module will introduce important concepts in both micro and macroeconomics – both the economics of business and society, and of global trade. Understanding the working of supply and demand are critical to further study in business.

  • Business Enterprise

    The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience, which will enable students to develop an enterprising mindset and help them to identify some of the skills, and attributes required in both intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

  • Business Finance

    This module develops and equips learners with the financial knowledge and techniques required by all managers. It provides an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting in decision making, control, and managing and adding value to performance.

  • The International Market Environment

    This module introduces basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning framework.

  • Understanding Organisations

    This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to some of the general principles of business management subjects, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour and the business environment.

  • Personal and Professional Development for Business

    This module will help the student become more aware of their own personal and professional development through reflection and interaction with peers. Drawing on related theories students will develop skills, which will enhance their future employability.

Progress to your degree

After completing your International Foundation and Year One pathway and achieving the necessary grades, you will be able to join the second year of your chosen business degree. By completing this pathway, you will be able to progress to the following degrees.


Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.