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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.1k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 809pts.
  • Duration:
  • 9 months

    Direct entry to the second year of a degree in areas such as Business, Marketing, Human Resources, Economics and Law

    The International Diploma in Business and Management combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the second year of a university degree in the UK.

    Why apply for the international diploma programme?

    • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
    • a quality-assured university programme
    • full university status
    • a conditional offer of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire
    • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
    • professional support and guidance with university applications
    • the highest levels of personal care and support

    Course length: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 12 months)

    When can I start?

    • June 2014 start (4 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 30 Jun 2014 to Fri 05 Sep 2014
    Term 2: Mon 29 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
    Term 3: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 4:Mon 30 Mar 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • September 2014 start (4 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 29 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 3: Mon 30 Mar 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 4:Mon 22 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015


    • September 2014 start (3 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 29 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 3:Mon 30 Mar 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • January 2015 start (3 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 2: Mon 30 Mar 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 3: Mon 22 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015


    You will study the following modules:

    English Language for Undergraduate Study

    • Essential preparation for university life, the Study Skills module will help you develop the necessary skills for undergraduate-level study by providing support with group work, presentations, research methods, note taking in lectures, structuring assignments and understanding methods of self-evaluation.

    Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study

    • English language is a core subject in the International Diploma programme, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking. The module ensures that students reach the entry requirement for the second year of a degree course.

    Business Environment

    • This module analyses the interaction between the organisation and its stakeholders, and interprets the influence of the internal and external business environments. The role of shareholders and customers will be examined through a discussion of their financial and marketing relationships. The module will also cover the environmental influences on the organisation by examining the legal, political, economic, social, ecological and technological factors at a global, international, national and industry level.

    Business Finance

    • This module provides a broad introduction to the subjects of financial and management accounting. Its aim is to provide students with an understanding of the purpose and uses of financial information in business. Students are encouraged to evaluate financial information for control purposes and for assessment of business performance.

    Business Information

    • This module equips students with a variety of technical and analytical skills that will be of use to them in their studies and in business. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of quantitative techniques in the decision-making process, including financial mathematics and the conversion of data into information for management use.

    Consumer Behaviour

    • Through this module you will develop an understanding of customers and their consumption. The module explores customer attitudes, values and beliefs, why customers buy and consume brands, the meanings of these brands in their lives and the associated decision-making process. Organisational buying behaviour and customer segmentation will also be considered.

    Introduction to Management

    • This module aims to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of management in a variety of modern organisational contexts. The module focuses on the role of a manager in an organisation, and key organisational functions and systems, such as how to develop, manage, motivate and monitor teams to deliver on managerial goals and the impact that both power and culture can have within an organisation.

    Introduction to Marketing

    • This module provides an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings and first principles of marketing and the fundamental tools to provide a superior customer value proposition. Problem-centred learning is achieved via students developing a basic marketing plan for a product/service of their choice.

    Putting Business Cases

    • This module provides an opportunity for students to critically consider issues surrounding decision-making within the business context and how they can establish and gain support for decisions through high-quality business cases. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate soft and hard analytical tools along with considering relevant theory and models informing their decision-making. There will be an emphasis on developing and delivering business pitches.

    How will I be assessed?

    Grades from the International Diploma programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for entry to your chosen degree programme.

    Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally, you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, including written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, design projects, presentations, and problem-solving exercises. You are required to obtain 150 credits to complete the programme successfully.


    The International Diploma is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to the University of Gloucestershire.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Academic requirements:Satisfactory completion of A-levels, a recognised Foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme with good grades, or equivalent.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.English requirements:Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 or equivalentThree term programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalentThe Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELT) including Pearson PTE. Please contact us for further details.If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.Age: 17 years and above


    High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.

    If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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