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International Foundation Year

Academic preparation for undergraduate study 

The International Foundation Year is a three-term programme designed to help international students succeed in a UK classroom environment and meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study.

Your classes will range from lectures and workshops to interactive activities and meetings with guest speakers. You will learn about the importance of managing performance to achieve business success, and will explore enterprising and creative solutions to business problems. You will also study the basic principles, concepts and models of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis and acquire a range of business and core mathematical skills relevant to undergraduate study at Coventry University London.

The programme is modular in structure with academic subjects, study skills and English language training. Our expert teaching, small class sizes and supportive environment ensures you will gain the specialist skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your degree at Coventry University London.

Flexible study options

You can choose to study your programme on campus or start virtually from home. Find out more about preparing to study and choosing how you study your programme with us.

Additional 2020 start date

If you were unable to join the programme face-to-face or online in September, there is now an option to begin the International Foundation Year in November. If you start your studies at the International Study Centre in November, you will progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at Coventry University London (upon successfully achieving the progression requirements) in September 2021 as originally planned.

Entry dates: September, November or January

September 2020
Semester 1 21/09/2020 – 29/01/2021
Semester 2 08/02/2021 – 04/06/2021

November 2020
Semester 1 16/11/2020 – 16/04/2021
Semester 2 19/04/2021 – 06/08/2021

January 2021
Semester 1 18/01/2020 – 09/04/2021
Semester 2 19/04/2021 – 25/06/2020

Entry requirements

Study plans

IELTS Length September-December January-March April-June June-September October
4.5 (4.0 in writing) 2 Semesters International Foundation Year     Start the first year of your degree
4.5 2 Semesters   International Foundation Year    
4.5 (4.0 in writing) 2 Semesters     International Foundation Year


The modules you’ll be studying have been specially designed to fully prepare you for the challenges of undergraduate degrees at Coventry University London.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include 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.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.

Investigating Business

You will get an understanding of how businesses develop and adapt in a changing economic and business climate. You will be able to demonstrate that you can apply knowledge of the different forms of ownership and control to a specific business context and explain the reasons for change. You will also understand the role of different stakeholders and their competing, and changing objectives. You will be able to explain the reasons for reasons for growth or decline of industrial sectors and be able to analyse location decisions, including some international comparisons.

The Competitive Business Environment

This module gives you the opportunity to consider some of the external influences that affect businesses and other organisations. By applying your learning to real business scenarios you will learn that businesses rarely have any control over these influences. You will also analyse how a business or industry has responded to competitive influences.

Legal and Financial Environment

In this module you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of how business organisations are affected by the law. You will explore the main types of legislation and consider how business activities are constrained by relevant legislation. You will also demonstrate the ability to interpret summary financial information and make judgements about business performance, including profit and loss statements, cash flow forecasts and balance sheets.

Coventry University subject rankings

Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK and has an excellent reputation for many subjects. The University is ranked:

  • 3rd for Hospitality, Event & Tourism in The Guardian University League Tables 2020
  • 15th for Business, Management and Marketing in The Guardian University League Tables 2020.

You can be confident in the quality of your intended progression degree.

Skills for success

All of our International Study Centre courses include our embedded CareerAhead programme, a special service that will equip you with all of the skills you need in your future employment. Learn more about CareerAhead.

Degree progression

Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades (60% overall English and 40% overall Academic), you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Applied Global Marketing BSc (Hons) 40% 60%
Financial Economic and Banking BSc (Hons) 40% 60%
Global Business Management BA (Hons) 40% 60%
International Fashion Management & Marketing BA (Hons) 40% 60%
International Finance and Accounting BA (Hons) 40% 60%
International Hospitality and Tourism Management BA (Hons) 40% 60%
Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.