Business and Media

International Foundation Year students can choose from Business or Media subject routes, and a range of degree options.

What Will I Study?

Core Modules

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.

Route-specific Modules for Business students

Accounting

This module will take you from the fundamental recording of financial transactions to the preparation and analysis of final accounts. It will include individual and group work to reflect the modern business world.

Economics and Law in a Business Context

This module introduces basic concepts in law – such as the definition, purposes and liabilities of companies – in a business context, along with fundamental economic concepts – such as markets, monopolies and regulation - in order to provide students with a critical perspective on the relationships between business, law and society. In a world facing many political, economic and environmental challenges, these relationships are ever more contested, and this module introduces ideas and debates of developing relevance.

Fundamentals of Business

This foundation-level module offers an introduction to business studies, surveying principal areas of the discipline in order to discuss the nature and purpose of business within the modern economic system, principles of markets and choice, regulation and market failure, and the social functions and responsibilities of businesses. Using examples and case studies it provides a platform for future study of business, finance, accounting, economics and related topics in the field.

Route-specific Modules for Media students

Film and Media: Theory and Practice

This foundation-level module comprises a broad introduction to film and media studies. Beginning from the fundamental question of what media is, and how we relate to it as both individuals and cultures, ideas of media type, genre and criticism are introduced in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of film and media in preparation for future study.

Fundamentals of Business

This foundation-level module offers an introduction to business studies, surveying principal areas of the discipline in order to discuss the nature and purpose of business within the modern economic system, principles of markets and choice, regulation and market failure, and the social functions and responsibilities of businesses. Using examples and case studies it provides a platform for future study of business, finance, accounting, economics and related topics in the field.

Media

By studying news media and its role in society you should develop an understanding of key media concepts relating to representations, institutions, audience, and values and ideology.

Route-specific Modules for Social Science students

Approaches to Social Science

This module introduces the idea of social sciences by looking at the way academic disciplines seek to explore and understand the complexities of human self-organisation. By considering multiple dimensions of social stratification – including class, gender, family, ethnicity and religion – and founding figures within the social sciences, students are equipped with the tools and concepts required for in-depth future study.

Economics and Law in a Business Context

This module introduces basic concepts in law – such as the definition, purposes and liabilities of companies – in a business context, along with fundamental economic concepts – such as markets, monopolies and regulation - in order to provide students with a critical perspective on the relationships between business, law and society. In a world facing many political, economic and environmental challenges, these relationships are ever more contested, and this module introduces ideas and debates of developing relevance.

International Relations

This module examines historical developments and current issues within International Relations. It explores key issues including the nation state, order and power, globalisation, and conflict and crisis. The theories and concepts introduced provide an essential toolkit to understand and interpret the modern world.

Successful completion of this course leads to the first year of the following degrees:

Degree programmes Award Overall grade English grade
Accountancy and Finance
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Advertising and Marketing
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Business and Finance
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Business and Management (with Professional Practice)*
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Business and Marketing (with Professional Practice)*
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Business with English BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Studies (with Professional Practice)*
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Criminology BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Criminology and Social Policy
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Events Management
BSc (Hons)
40%
50%
Film and Television Studies
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
History
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
International Business Management
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
International Relations
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
International Relations and Politics BA (Hons) 40% 50%
International Tourism Management
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Law
LLB
40%
50%
Law and Criminology
LLB
40%
50%
Marketing Management
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Media Production
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Politics
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Politics and Social Policy
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Social Policy
BA (Hons)
40%
50%
Sociology
BA (Hons)
40%
50%

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

*Availability of Professional Practice element to international students is dependent on visa restrictions. Students who successfully complete their studies with a year of Professional Practise will receive an award title containing (with Professional Practise) after the name of their degree. Those who do not will receive a standard BA (Hons) award.