Prepare to succeed in your undergraduate degree in the UK, with a course aimed at helping international students excel.

This programme is perfect for you if you wish to study one of the many Northumbria University London undergraduate business degrees, but don’t have the right entry qualifications to gain direct entry into those.

This course counts as the first year of an undergraduate degree, allowing you to get the support you need while still finishing your degree in three years.

Key facts

  • Learn more about the UK culture and student life
  • Gain a UK honours degree by completing the International Year One Business followed by two years of further study at Northumbria University London Campus
  • Develop essential business knowledge and skills equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree
  • Gain the chance to study at the Newcastle Business School, part of a group of business schools worldwide accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation

What will I study?

This course is ideal for international students transferring to a UK university.

You will gain essential subject-specific business knowledge and academic business skills. You will develop your English language, study skills, writing, employability and academic skills necessary to pass successfully.

You will develop business theory and practice knowledge including people management marketing, finance and wider business, society and economics. You will also become familiar with key contemporary business subjects, tools and techniques.

The modules you will study will ensure you’re ready to succeed in your undergraduate degree while boosting your employability.

Teaching and assessment

  • Receive all the support you need to succeed with tutors experienced in teaching international students and more lecture and seminar hours than on a traditional undergraduate Year One
  • Learn what it takes to study in the UK with seminar activities allowing you to develop the skills required for your summative assessments
  • Improve each step of the way through on-going feedback from your tutor
  • Develop an electronic portfolio of evidence to help you keep track of your learning and make sure you progress into Year 2 of your chosen degree
  • Make the most of the University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) in preparation for your future studies

Teaching and learning: seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops
Taught hours: 20 hours
Independent study: 20 hours
Assessment: coursework and exams – including portfolios, essays, reports, reflection, exams, poster presentations and group work

Which courses can I go on to study?

To pass and progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree, you must achieve 40%. Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you will join the second year of a business undergraduate degree at Northumbria University, choosing from the following options:

Academic & English requirements

  • Good High School Grades or equivalent. You must be 18 or older to study this programme.
  • IELTS 5.5 with no element less than 5.5

International entry equivalencies

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

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All modules on this course are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

This module will introduce you to key marketing principles and strategies used to research, design, produce, distribute, sell and manage products and services to satisfy a variety of target markets.

You will also gain insight into the various career options within the industry, developing your knowledge and ability to apply marketing principles to different types of organisations, using a variety of marketing tools. You will also boost employability skills including teamwork, presentation delivery, research and the use of IT.

This module will allow you to explore the driving forces shaping how business interacts with society and the economy.

Your tutors will introduce and create a research-rich learning experience through informative lectures and practical tutor-led workshops. Wherever possible, this will simulate ‘real-world’ scenarios and you’ll work on a series of tasks during the semester to prepare for the final assessment.

This module introduces you to the foundation links and relationships between an organisation, its management and its people. It will help you understand how a heightened awareness of people’s workplace behaviour, actions and attitudes leads to successful organisational sustainability and team performance.

With the chance to apply your learning in a practical, discipline-specific context through case studies, you will boost your employability options and career-ready skills.

This module will equip you with financial knowledge and numerical and problem-solving skills to support informed and effective business decisions.

You will practise investment appraisal techniques, accounting for risk and uncertainty while developing your ability to make accurate decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole. Through the interpretation of accounts, you will learn real-world skills including how to calculate key measures such as profitability, liquidity, and activity to assess business performance, and how to translate these indicators into meaningful information for key stakeholders.

This module provides essential business skills, giving you a theoretical and applied understanding of statistical and modelling applications supported through practical IT exercises – equipping you with key career-focused skills including proficiency in everyday business software such as Excel.

You will undertake various assessment tasks including a portfolio of preparatory work leading to a short answer examination focused on your findings and problem interpretation. These analytical, practical IT and interpretative skills are directly transferable to your working life.

This module will enable you to firstly perform better during your International Year One, and secondly develop a range of key academic skills for success.

You will have the chance to practise critical and analytical reading skills, as well as produce informed written and oral responses across a range of content types, including journals, business magazines, data sets, presentations, reports, graphs and charts.

Tuition fee 2024/25

  • International students: £16,750  per annum
Included in your tuition fees
Class hours (lectures, seminars and tutorials)
Online resources
24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals
Facilities (computers, printers, vending machines)
On-campus Wi-Fi
Study spaces
Academic Support
Student Support
Careers & Employment Service


Tuition fees do not include the cost of course books you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing, photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities.

We recommend you allow an additional £250 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Information for international students

Northumbria University is committed to providing the best possible experience to all our students. To ensure you secure your place with us, we require our international students to pay a deposit towards their fees. More information can be found here.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this undergraduate programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

London Cost of Living Bursary

Eligible international students will receive an automatic bursary for £1,334, covering one month’s living costs in London*, applied at the Conditional Offer as a fee discount. This bursary is effective for intakes in May 2024, September 2024, January 2025 and May 2025. This offer excludes Pre-sessional English, standalone Graduate Certificate programmes and sponsored applicants.

If you receive this bursary, you may still be eligible for additional bursaries and scholarships, these will be confirmed at the Unconditional Offer stage. Full maintenance costs still need to be evidenced when applying for your visa.

This bursary is only available for international students from specific countries. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

*As defined by UKVI

Region Scholarship
Southeast Asia 20%
Africa 20%
Russia & CIS 20%
South Asia 20%
Latin America 25%
Middle East: Levant regions (Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon) 20%

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

Enquire now to find more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Direct applications – international students

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study in the UK. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

You can apply online to study International Year One. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

Apply for September 2024
Apply for September


Please note, that during the application process, you will be asked to specify your chosen progression course:

  • Global Business Management BSc (Hons)
  • Global Business Management (Logistics and Supply Chain) BSc (Hons)
  • Global Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons)
  • Global Business Management (Human Resources) BSc (Hons)
  • International Tourism, Hospitality and Events BSc (Hons)
  • Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)
  • International Banking and Finance BSc (Hons)

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

Download an application form

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • A personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not English)
  • Passport – a copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Information For Disabled Applicants

At Northumbria University London we welcome applications from disabled students and are committed to ensuring an equal and accessible application journey. Your application will be considered on an equal basis to all other applications. Please contact us if you require any assistance. This website is continually optimised to adhere to accessibility best practice guidelines; tools to assist users with specific accessibility requirements have also been provided. More information is available in our accessibility statement.


Course Information

Level of study:

Undergraduate degrees

2024/25 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: N/A
International Fee: £16,750 per year

Entry requirements:

Good High School Grades or equivalent IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study:

Full-time classroom


9 months

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Scholarship or bursaries:


Student finance:

Not available

Payment plan:



January, September

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