FndCert International Foundation Programme (Business Management)

The International Foundation Programme has been created to help international students of business prepare for their degree programmes. As well as introducing you to business topics, it’s designed to improve your language skills, equip you with the academic skills you’ll need and introduce you to higher education in the UK.

International Foundation Programme (Business Management)

Key information



Mode of Study:



1 year


The University of Bolton

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Course Details

Our International Foundation Programme (Business Management) is designed to build a solid base of knowledge in key business management topics, help you develop your language and academic skills, and introduce you to a new study culture. This means providing you with teaching that’s interactive and has a strong focus on communication and group working. This way, you don’t just learn from your tutors, but also from your fellow students as you collaborate and support each other’s progress.

Studying in a foreign country is a great opportunity, and can be a really positive life-changing experience. It can be a challenge too, so we’re here to provide you with wide-ranging support and encouragement to help you make the most of your time living and studying in what might be a whole new cultural experience, and an academic approach you’re not familiar with.

Classes on this course are taught and run by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers who all have a solid background in business management.

  • You can acquire a balance of business management knowledge, academic skills and English language.
  • You’ll be able to develop your understanding of the key principles, practices and theories of business management.
  • On successful completion, you can achieve an English level comparable to IELTS 6.0 or 6.5.
  • There’s also excellent pastoral support from highly qualified teaching staff, personal tutors and welfare officers, to help you embrace and make the most of studying here.
  • The University of Bolton has an active International Society, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with people from all over the world while you get to know Bolton, the local area and beyond.
Key Features
  • Interactive and inclusive teaching comes with a focus on developing your communication as well as your skills and knowledge.
  • International Foundation Programmes at Bolton give you access to comprehensive guidance from the university's student support services, including advice on housing and accommodation, financial and careers, plus counselling services and disability support.
  • You’ll also have access to chaplains and pastoral assistants from a range of traditions, faiths and worldviews.
  • English and skills support continues even after you start your degree programme.
  • Start dates are scheduled to fit in with the start of University of Bolton degree courses.

  • You’ll need a Secure English Language Test score of at least IELTS 5.0 (with at least 5.0 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification.
  • You’ll also need a High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Complete this International Foundation Programme successfully and you can apply for an approved business and management-related undergraduate degree at the University of Bolton, or strengthen your career prospects in business management-related roles.

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

You’ll experience a range of teaching approaches on this course, and we’ll help you develop the study and learning strategies that best support you as you acquire and develop your business management knowledge, language and academic skills.

Each module will have a practical focus, and timetabled sessions will allocate time to tuition, group work and assignment/IT workshops. Each week, we offer 20 hours of tuition, including workshops or seminars, plus an hour’s academic tutorial to support you with assignments. Our teaching approach places emphasis on facilitation, whereby your tutor will guide and support you as you complete a variety of tasks.

In tutorial sessions, you’ll receive detailed and constructive feedback on your progress, and we’ll help you find your own strategies for successfully completing the course. In addition, you’ll have access to our virtual learning environment – a website with a wide range of additional learning materials, interactive content and support resources.

Assessments don’t just include written exams and assignments but also portfolios of work which you’ll work on independently with advice from teachers, giving you the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. You’ll also be expected to deliver presentations and participate in discussions with regular feedback from your teachers to help you. One-to-one discussions between teacher and student are also a very important feature of the programme where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss progress and raise any concerns about your studies.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Business In Practice
  • Practical Digital Marketing
  • Applied Business Finance
  • World of Work
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Sally Preece
Programme Manager


+44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes


+44 (0)1204 903783

Ian McDonald
Lecturer in Business Management


+44 (0)1204 903687

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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