International Foundation Programme in Business

Course overview

  • Course level
    Foundation programme
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 academic year (September to June)
  • Course options
    No placement
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • English Language Requirements
    You will need a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre. We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).
  • You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent.
More information

Key Dates

Learn how to create, grow and sustain a successful business

Lay a firm foundation of knowledge, study and language skills

Gain entry to Aston Business School degrees upon successful completion

Aston Business School holds triple accreditation status

Course summary

Start the pathway to your business career - enter Aston Business School programmes upon successful completion.

Entry requirements and fees

Academic and Age Requirements:

You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent. Please use the link below to view standard entry requirements by country

Applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the start of the programme in September will be considered on individual basis upon receiving parental consent and evidence of a UK based guardian. 

English Language Requirements:
You will need a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre.  We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).      
If you only hold the minimum listed above, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. If you already meet the minimum 1st year English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme, your English Language modules may be substituted with alternative modules.

Progression Requirements (for entry to the 1st year of the BSc programme):

40% in Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all ABS programmes.

Plus, for progression onto specific study areas, you need to have the following:

Minimum 65% or equivalent in Mathematics in your secondary school leaving certificate for the following programmes:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics programmes
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics

 Tuition fee (2020/21):  £14,200*. More on fees.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

How to apply

The application is submitted online (Please select All as University School) 
It is free of charge to apply.

Together with your application you also must:

  • Supply copies of your academic qualifications achieved so far. If they are not in English, please provide a certified translation into English as well as copies in the original language

  • Provide copies of your English language qualifications(if you have any, or send it later)

  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation

  • Give details of the courses you are currently studying, along with any results you are waiting for 
  • Indicate which undergraduate degree programme you would like to progress on to.

If you have any queries, please contact us:

Course outline

Programme Duration: 1 academic year/ 9 months (September to June)

The International Foundation Programme in Business is a one year course designed for International students who do not have the required GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications for entry to Aston University undergraduate degree programmes and who want to study Business or related programmes. The programme is equivalent to the UK’s Year 13. 

This programme allows you to study modules which guide you through the processes involved in creating, sustaining and growing a successful business. In addition, you will receive support in professional and study skills. You will have the best of both worlds - you will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your existing skills and knowledge and build on them to smooth your transition to a University environment. 

This programme will give you access to all degrees in Aston Business School, which include:

  • BSc Accounting for Management

  • BSc Business and Management

  • BSc Business Computing and IT

  • BSc Economics and Management

  • BSc Finance

  • BSc Human Resource Management

  • BSc International Business and Economics

  • BSc International Business and Management

  • BSc International Relations (Joint Honours)

  • BSc Marketing

  • LLB Law

You can also gain access to some degrees in Aston's School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • BSc Logistics with Supply Chain management

  • BSc Logistics with Transport Management

  • BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management

Subject guide and modules

You will study:

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Business Model Generation
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Introductory Marketing


You will need to choose 2 further modules, one from section A and one from section B. You will also study either Academic Language Skills, or Professional Skills and E-business, depending on your English requirements.


Section A:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Engineering a Sustainable Future
  • Systems and Logistics Foundations
  • Developmental Psychology


Section B:

  • Developing New Products and Services
  • Construction Project Management
  • Transport Foundations
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Security Challenges in the International System
  • e-business
Learning, teaching and assessment

As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.  The Academic Language Skills modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language & Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Upon successful completion you will receive a Foundation Diploma as well as the opportunity to enrol on an Aston University degree programme.

"The reputation of Aston Business School supersedes that of many of its competitors, which attracted me to the university in the hopes I would benefit from this extensive experience to aid me along my journey."

Manray Bharj
Financial Analyst Wealth Management at Schroders

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