International Business (Foundation Entry)

International Business (Foundation Entry)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B778; Short form: BA/IBfs

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Go global and prepare yourself for a career in international business through this specialist degree which combines the theoretical tools and analytical skills required by successful international businesses with a global perspective. International business runs as a core throughout the three years and is complemented by a personal development theme. You’ll study international business modules with a choice of optional modules to suit your personal interests and career ambitions: human resources, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, tourism, politics or trade.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Managing Business Information (Year long)
  • Skills for HE (Year long)
  • Business in Context (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Enterprise Skills (Semester 1)


Choose two from:

  • Accounting and Economics (Semester 2)
  • Managing People and Organisations (Semester 2)
  • Marketing and Retail (Semester 2)

Year 2

  • The Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Functions
  • Business and Management Essentials
  • Data Communication


  • Language and Intercultural Business

Year 3

  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Managing Personnel and Human Resources
  • Marketing Principles for Business
  • Learning and Development for Business and Management Education
  • Transition to Work


  • Planning your Career
  • Plus 1/2 Options

Year 4

  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Business Strategy
  • UK-China Business Creation
  • Plus 3 Options

Further Information

The BA (Hons) International Business degree at UCLan differs from similar degrees at other institutions in a number of ways. It is a course with the option of spending part of your time studying overseas. You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia.

International Business runs as a core throughout the course and is complemented by a personal development theme. The degree is designed particularly for those who will seek posts with international companies as graduate trainees or as assistants in functional specialisms e.g. marketing, sales, purchasing, HRM. In order to train students for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.

In this course you will develop an understanding of the issues and key factors in the international business environment and provides some basic business skills and concepts necessary for further study. It also, through the personal development programme, develops self-awareness and personal transferable skills. Later you will develop and extends your understanding of international business and marketing theories and their relevance to the operations of international firms. It also encourages you to examine differing cultural values and their influence upon the operations of the international company. The final year has a central core which focuses upon strategic decision making and management issues and the role these play in the survival and competitiveness of the international firm. The dissertation gives control for progress and direction of study to the student.

Greenbank Building 

The programme offers optional modules to complement the core modules. From time to time, the course team may expand or amend the options available, but the wide range allows students to develop their particular strengths and interests in Years 2 and 3. Those students who choose to study a foreign language can select from French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Urdu, and Arabic. These can be studied at beginners' level, post-GCSE or post-A Level.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.



For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).


A feature of this course is an opportunity to study abroad: why not consider taking your second year modules at our Cyprus campus? You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia and there are generous travel bursaries to support these. You’ll also have the chance to study a foreign language as one of your options, although this is not compulsory.

On graduation you can pursue a career as an international business specialist within multi-national corporations, consultancy firms, joint ventures, financial institutions, law firms, government departments and manufacturing. In order to prepare you for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.

I spent a semester in Spain which was a great experience. It gave me the chance to stand out from the crowd and improve my employability both in the UK and abroad.

Agne Rakstikaite

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