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International Year One in Business Management

International Year One

What is the International Year One in Business Management?

This International Year One programme will give you a strong grounding in key themes of business management, including human behaviour in business, innovative corporate strategies and management functions. It will also further develop your English language, information technology and independent study skills through a range of insightful modules. After successfully completing the programme, and achieving the required grades, you will be able to progress to the second year of Business Management BA at the University of Leeds.

Key facts

Two semesters

Find out the specific term dates for this programme.

Biological Sciences/International Relations* - September, November (with Enhanced Induction) or January

Business Management/Business Management with Marketing/Civil Engineering - September only

*please note that applications for the International Relations pathway are now closed for the 2024/2025 academic year.

Find out more about the entry requirements and course fees for this programme.


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 module introduces you to the concept of entrepreneurship and how new businesses manage in a constantly changing business environment. You will be able to analyse the macro, micro and internal business environments in which businesses operate and discuss the impact of these changes on business decisions, direction, and development to ensure you are sustainable and competitive. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a business plan that will give you the opportunity to consider the factors that external investors would consider before investing in a business venture. The aims of this module focus on establishing and developing academic skills through learning theoretical content, applying knowledge to specific cases and situations, and evaluating how businesses deal with complex issues that will enable you to be prepared for further undergraduate study. 

This module will ensure you develop the financial and economic literacy necessary to succeed in a business management course. The course will introduce you to the core accounting skills of Double Entry Book-Keeping, creation of Financial Statements and using Ratios to determine the relative position of a business in relation to others in the same sector. You will also develop your micro and macro-economic analysis skills and learn how individual businesses are impacted by the wider economic environment. ​ 

This module introduces you to the core topics and concepts of the ways humans behave and interact within organisations and the management of people in the work environment. As a theory driven module, it focuses on the perspective of individuals, groups, teams, structures, and finally processes, offering opportunities for practical application to real-world business examples and global case studies, and to understand how key topics such as politics, leadership, motivation, and gender are addressed within organisations. You will explore current trends and themes within organisations and analyse the relationship between theory, organisation, and the environment.

The overall aim of the module is to develop your fundamental knowledge of research philosophies and data collection methods, and to give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge to derive a research proposal within your area of study. 

Why study Business Management with us?

This International Year One programme will prepare you to progress onto Business Management BA at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading universities. Find out about the benefits of studying in this dynamic, strategic environment here.

Leeds University Business School

Progression for successful students leads to tuition at Leeds University Business School – an impressive faculty made up of established academics and industry professionals. Regularly world ranked and triple-accredited, this school has a rich historical reputation and is well-equipped for a global community.

Extended career opportunities

Business Management is a degree that can boost you to success in any field, teaching the fundamental career skills that can be applied to any industry or employment journey. Enterprising links at the University of Leeds are also a valuable benefit, giving you the opportunity to network with many globally successful businesses.

Dedicated support for students

This learning environment is receptive to your needs and views, and will encourage you to achieve your full potential. Attentive teaching methods and personal support will be available to you throughout your programme. Additionally, the curriculum has been written in line with what you will continue learning at the University.

University of Leeds subject rankings

Ranked 14th in the UK for Business and Management (The Complete University Guide 2025)

Ranked 80th in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024)

100% of students

who completed their International Year One programme in Business Management at Leeds International Study Centre were eligible to progress to a degree course at the University of Leeds in 2023.

Progression Degrees

You will be required to take an Academic English Skills test at the end of your programme, details of English language grade requirements below. This means that once you successfully complete the International Year One, you will be ready to start the second year of your degree at the University of Leeds.

Please note that places are limited on this progression degree, so you are advised to apply and confirm your place as soon as possible.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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How to apply

Discover how to apply for a programme at the International Study Centre. You can also find the documents you need to provide alongside your application.

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International Study Centre

Study abroad programs at the International Study Centre offers opportunities for international students to study in the UK. Discover how to progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds.

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English language courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

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