Accelerated International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance

With the Accelerated International Foundation Year, you’ll gain all the high-quality academic and English language teaching you need for success at Cardiff University in just 22 weeks. Once you successfully complete this intensive programme and achieve the required grades, you can progress to the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree. 

You will study a subject route depending on your chosen progression degree. You have four options: Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Economics, or Financial Mathematics. The route you choose will impact the modules you’ll study during your time with us.

Key facts
  • Intakes: March
  • Length: 22 weeks
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements

Fees

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Your pathway to a business career

With the Cardiff University International Study Centre, you’re on the way to an exciting future. The Accelerated International Foundation Year prepares you for your life and studies at Cardiff University. Once you have progressed to Cardiff, your degree programmes are enhanced by industry collaboration, so you can gain the skills, experience, and professional network you need to achieve your goals.

What will I study?

You will study a blend of core modules, designed to prepare you for studying at a UK university, and subject-specific modules where you’ll gain the knowledge needed for your degree.

Core modules

  • Core modules
    • Academic English Skills

    The Academic English Skills course teaches students the specific academic language skills they need to develop for success at Cardiff University. The course focuses on the receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills through practice in semi and authentic task-based activities which build a strong foundation in preparation for each student's future studies. This critical module places particular emphasis on developing academic reading and research skills; research-based writing along with presentation and seminar speaking skills.

    • Contemporary Business Issues 1 & 2

    This module will improve your knowledge and understanding of contemporary business issues as well as some of the relevant business and management theories which underpin these. It will provide students with an insight into a range of business and management issues and concepts which undergraduates will require to study these topics in greater depth.

    • Maths for Business

    The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in core statistical concepts. The module supports students to recall principles and concepts in statistics and develop the mathematical and statistical background, required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK.

    • Understanding Organisations and their Environments

    This module will improve the student's knowledge and understanding of organisations and their environment. It aims to further the student's understanding of the nature of organisations as well as the internal and external environments in which they exist. Students will explore a range of business concepts and theories which will enable them to understand the nature of this relationship and prepare them for further study at undergraduate level.

Route modules

  • Business Management
    • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

    This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the basic principles of accounting and finance, facilitate an appreciation of the way in which the characteristics and principles of accounting are applied and develop an understanding of the need for financial information. This broad introduction to accounting and finance will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that business, economics and accounting and finance undergraduates will need to study these topics in greater depth.

    • Economics of Business and Society

    The module is suitable for students with or without A-level economics or equivalent and is designed to equip them with an understanding of the basic economic concepts and theories that undergraduates will require to study these topics in greater depth.

  • Financial Mathematics/Accounting and Finance
    • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

    This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the basic principles of accounting and finance, facilitate an appreciation of the way in which the characteristics and principles of accounting are applied and develop an understanding of the need for financial information. This broad introduction to accounting and finance will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that business, economics and accounting and finance undergraduates will need to study these topics in greater depth.

    • Statistics

    The aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in core statistical concepts. The module supports students to recall principles and concepts in statistics and develop the mathematical and statistical background, required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK.

  • Accounting and Finance
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Statistics
  • Economics
    • Economics of Business and Society

    The aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in core statistical concepts. The module supports students to recall principles and concepts in statistics and develop the mathematical and statistical background, required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK.

    • Statistics

    The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in core mathematical and statistical concepts. The module supports students to recall principles and concepts in statistics and develop the mathematical and statistical background, required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK.

Progress to your degree

Once you’ve completed the programme and achieved the necessary grades, you can progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at Cardiff University.

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