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International Year One BBA

Key facts

  • Programme length: 3 terms
  • Entry dates: September, November or January
  • Progress to: Second year of a three-year undergraduate degree

A pathway to study Business Administration

This pathway will prepare you for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Strathclyde Business School. When you successfully complete this programme, you can progress to the second year of a three-year BBA degree. 

Why study the International Year One BBA?

  • Spend the first year of your BBA degree in a supportive and international environment
  • Learn from experts in international education
  • Study specialist English language classes designed to complement your academic studies
  • Gain necessary employability skills with our CareerAhead programme
  • Study modules focusing on the academic areas most useful to your degree
  • Progress to Strathclyde Business School, one of only 90 schools worldwide to be triple accredited

What you will study

Course overview

You will study eight compulsory core modules designed to help you succeed in your degree.

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

This is an introductory module exploring how firms both record and use financial data and how they manage their financial operations including decisions on methods of obtaining capital, evaluating the acquisition of assets and investing in business opportunities. This module will provide essential tools and theories in both accounting and finance that provide you with a base with which to evaluate the performance of an organisation based on the financial data they publish and compare performance between firms.

This is an introductory module exploring microeconomics with a focus on choice and the functioning of markets. This module will provide essential tools and theories of economics that provide business students with a base to identify the economic dimensions and also to develop an understanding of the key external factors and issues that organisations and individuals face in all aspects of their activities and how they are placed in such an uncertain environment.

This is an introductory module exploring the international business environment in which organisations operate. This module will provide essential tools and theories of global business that provide business students with and understanding of the key issues facing both MNE and SME in the global business environment.

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. In addition, it examines the role and practice of marketing within the changing business environment. This module will provide you with a concise and contemporary overview of marketing, and give you the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in the field.

This is an introductory module exploring how organisations function, the processes and structures that are used, and the influence these have on employees. This module will provide essential tools and theories of organisational behaviour that provide business students with an understanding of the key issues in the formal and informal interactions between both organisations and employees and between employees.

This module seeks to develop awareness of the student’s own skills and abilities, increase recognition of their strengths and weaknesses, build communication skills, and ultimately enhance employability. Career Ahead software is used to prompt students on this learning journey. Students are also familiarised with current theories of leadership, helping them to identify their preferred team role, management ethos and leadership style. Practical skills such as creating bespoke CVs, personal statements, and Personal Development Plans will also be covered.

Study plan options

International Year One BBA study plan

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Degree progression

By completing the programme and achieving the required grades, you can progress into the 2nd year of the three-year Business Administration programme at the Strathclyde Business School.

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