Overview of University Foundation Programme in Business Management


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Our Foundation Programme in Business Management is specifically designed for High School students who wish to progress onto undergraduate courses in the UK to study foundation in business-related programmes. There is a strong emphasis on developing learning skills and approaches in preparation for higher education study in the UK in order that students who graduate from our programme are well equipped to face the challenge of studying at the university level.

This year, our business foundation students received offers from a wide range of universities including the University of Birmingham, Glasgow, Reading, Royal Holloway, University of London, Reading, Sussex, Swansea, Brunel and many more.

Successful completion of your IFG Foundation in Business Management offers a pathway to an extensive range of career-enhancing undergraduate programmes at leading universities in the UK and Australia. While studying at IFG you will receive one-to-one advice to help you decide on the best university and course options plus IFG will guide you through you application. For more information on our university partners and advice please click here.

Course Content

University Foundation Programme in Business Management is taught over one academic year. In the first part, there is a focus on improving academic and language skills as well as a module which introduces students to basic statistical concepts which are so important for most undergraduate level related to business. In the second part of the business foundation course, the main focus is on the three depth modules of business studies, accounting, and economics.

Business Studies introduces students to the ways in which business organisations of all types of function. It examines the global environment in which businesses operate and how they can respond to external factors. The principal aim of the business management foundation course is to prepare students for degree programmes in business and management related programmes, and there is a strong practical element to the course allowing theories to be applied to practical situations. The coursework element of the assessment allows students to trace the different stages of starting a business and appreciating the internal and external challenges which businesses encounter.

In Accounting, an understanding of the basic concepts of financial and managerial accounting is valuable as a way of understanding how businesses work in general. The Accounting module gives students an introduction to basic accounting principles and helps them to apply these principles in different situations.

The third depth module, Economics, combines a study of micro and macro content in exploring a range of economic issues drawn from national and international contexts. It promotes an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.

Throughout the foundation in business management course, students receive six hours per week of Academic English classes, helping them to prepare for the IELTS test.

The business management course is completed with a project which consolidates your learning throughout the course and further prepares you for undergraduate studies. Students are given up to an additional six weeks to write up this project after the completion of the course.

Course Structure

Part 1 :

  • Core Mathematics
  • Themes in Social Sciences
  • Academic English
  • Study Skills
  • Communication Skills

Part 2 & 3 :

  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Academic English
  • Study Skills
  • Communication Skills
Entry Requirements

These vary from one country to another but we are looking for good High School grades plus an English language level equivalent to 5.0 in IELTS. For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available, Click here to find out more.

Also, we offer One to One Tutoring, please click here to find out more!

For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available. Click here to find out more.

Programme Length

One academic year



* These fees are for UK based centres and may vary for other centres, please see individual teaching centre pages for more details.

IFG Foundation Courses September 2024

We offer the option of either joining us in London or Abu Dhabi or studying online in our virtual classroom.

Start dates:

Monday 30th September 2024
Monday 6th January 2025

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