International Business Management (Foundation Year)

Today, businesses of all sizes can reach a global audience. Prepare to enter the exciting world of international business management with this foundation degree.

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Overview

The digital era has opened up a world of business opportunities. You no longer need to be part of a multinational corporation to operate on a global scale. Studying international business is the ideal way to get ahead in this exciting and fast-paced environment. 

Events such as Brexit are shaping the current business environment. Understanding subjects such as foreign direct investment and international trade agreements is essential to stay ahead.

When you progress onto BA (Hons) International Business Management you’ll learn all this and more. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to work across countries and cultures.

This foundation course will prepare you for your degree and is ideal if you don’t have the usual qualifications expected for a full degree. It will not only prepare you for studying at university but will also ensure you have the basic knowledge you need for your degree in international business.

Once you complete your foundation year, you’ll go straight into your full degree course.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to life at university – develop your study skills and get to know your campus and lecturers during your foundation year.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Financial support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Learn in an international city – Manchester is home to some exciting businesses and, on placements, you gain real-world experience through our extensive network of industry connections.
  • Business expertise – learn from teachers who are conducting cutting-edge research, shaping policy and consulting global organisations.  Use Innospace to find a mentor and make your business plans a reality.
  • Put skills into practice – spend an optional year working in business during your degree after your foundation course. Apply for placements with international employers thanks to our strong industry links.
  • International reach – spend a year studying overseas instead of on a work placement. Or pick up a new language as one of your option units.
  • Professional development – attend a series of key industry events and masterclasses throughout your course and network with recruiting businesses.
"The University is very diverse, everyone is treated the same and it is easy to make friends. After four years, Manchester is now like home to me." Assan Begimov, BA (Hons) International Business Management

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The Foundation Year gives students the perfect environment to advance academic abilities prior to continuing onto their link degree. Key skills and knowledge gained during the year give an excellent grounding for students to go on and successfully complete their degree.”

Garry Blair, Link Tutor

Career Prospects

This foundation course is designed to lead to our BA (Hons) International Business Management. It’s a stepping stone to this well-respected qualification.

Knowledge of international business practices has never been more valuable. Once you complete your full degree you’ll understand cross cultural management, global strategy, business in different territories and more.

The international focus of the full degree will open up employment opportunities around the world. You can further boost your appeal to global employers by learning a foreign language.

Our graduates have gone onto a range of management roles in various sectors, from banking and finance to manufacturing and the public sector.

Others have joined graduate programmes with high-profile employers, such as BMW, Credit Suisse and IBM.

Build a solid base with this foundation course and develop your knowledge and skills on our full degree. You’ll leave ready to work in any business with global reach.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We get that real world understanding from our partnerships with global businesses such as AJ Bell with UEFA, with Manchester City Football Club, with the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation.” 
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University …

Course details

Successful completion of this Foundation Year will allow you to progress onto one of the Business School's honours degrees, including BA (Hons) International Business Management.

Students on the International Business Management (Foundation Year) will take the following units:

  • Study Skills
  • Business Intelligence
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Finance for Business
  • Business Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Customer Service Management

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

Placement options

If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

N128

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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