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International Foundation Certificate (Business)

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1 year full-time
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Irena Kolar

The International Foundation Certificate (IFC) (Business) is specifically designed for international students and will prepare you for undergraduate study in business in the UK. You will gain high levels of support as we help you settle into student life in London, and build the skills and confidence needed for successful degree study.

Why study the International Foundation Certificate (Business)* at Middlesex University?

The programme is aimed at students with intermediate to advanced levels of English, who have completed secondary school with good grades, but would like to improve their study skills to meet the entry requirements for a business undergraduate degree at Middlesex.

During the course you will be introduced to a range of subjects taught on our undergraduate programmes, and we will offer you individual support in choosing and applying for your degree. The course will prepare you to begin an undergraduate course in our Business School with confidence, and settle into student life at Middlesex.

Course highlights

On the International Foundation Certificate (Business), you will:

  • improve your academic language skills and general level of English
  • develop your study skills and independent learning ability
  • become familiar with living and studying in the UK
  • be introduced to a range of undergraduate subject areas
  • receive support in choosing and applying to your business degree.

Progression opportunities

If you successfully complete the International Foundation Certificate (Business), you are guaranteed an offer to year 1 of our following undergraduate business degrees:

* Please note that you will also need to satisfy Mandarin/Spanish language requirements as appropriate for entry on to these courses.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications onto the International Foundation Certificate (Business) from students from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gaza, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Nepal Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, West Bank, Yemen.

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What will you study on the International Foundation Certificate (Business)?

The programme incorporates a streamlined, integrated design based on an intensive English language module, along with three modules which will support your overall mathematical, academic communication, business fundamentals and problem solving skills. These are designed to help you succeed in your future undergraduate business degree.

  • Modules

    • Introduction to Business (30 credits) - compulsory

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the notion of business, its environment, and its domains through literature. The module develops students’ ability to source, read, understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. It aims to provide an introduction to business and help students develop their communication, study and team work skills.

    • Management Foundation Project (30 credits) - compulsory

      This module aims to cultivate students’ learning and transferable skills by undertaking and managing a business project through structured supervision. The module provides students with experience of a range of project tasks that reinforce learning in other foundation year modules and opportunities to develop decision-making, problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, synthesis, research, analysis, evaluation and presentation skills to foster employability and further learning in higher education.

    • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics (30 credits) - compulsory

      This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. Students will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas. The module covers introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. Software will be used to demonstrate and elucidate material and to motivate its use in real world situations.

    • Enhanced Academic Skills (30 credits) - compulsory

      This modules aims to equip students with the written and oral communication skills necessary for study at undergraduate level. This will cover reading and advanced writing skills, essential researching and presentation skills, as well as effective strategies for independent learning and techniques for creative problem solving.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the International Foundation Certificate (Business) taught?

  • Teaching by specialist subject lecturers and guest lecturers
  • Small class sizes with high-levels of support
  • 16 hours of supervised study per week including lectures, seminars, labs and individual tutorials
  • Individual and group tasks/projects
  • Support using library facilities and learning resources

Additional Support

  • Ongoing academic support in seminars, workshops, advice sessions and online
  • Individual programme planning and advice sessions to help you apply for your undergraduate degree
  • Support services to help you settle into life at Middlesex and in the UK.
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We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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