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International Foundation Programme (Business and Management) Extended *

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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11 months full-time. 

Start February 2020.

Typical Offer: 

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation


The International Foundation Programme is an extended eleven month course that is designed to provide international students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to an undergraduate degree programme within the UK university sector. The Extended option is aimed at students who have not met the English language requirements for standard entry.

The programme has a practical orientation, enabling you to put management theory into practice and the practice back into theory. You will explore the nature of management and the key management skills and processes associated with marketing and human resource management. In addition you will study accounting and project management.

The International Foundation Programme comprises subject specific, English and study skills modules which are taught through a combination of lectures, small group seminars and individual tutorials. Students who successfully complete the International Foundation Programme and meet the associated progression requirements will be guaranteed a place on one of the undergraduate degree courses within the University of Suffolk Business School.

The Extended International Foundation Programme has a single entry point each year in October, with students completing the programme in August.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Pre-sessional English programme (Mandatory)

The Pre-sessional English module will allow students to develop the basic language skills needed to follow the International Foundation Programme. Students will develop the necessary study skills for effective learning through the medium of English. 

English for Academic Purposes (Mandatory)

This module will focus on developing student’s grammar, vocabulary and academic writing skills. Through exploring a range of academic writing genres, students will develop their knowledge of the language structures and vocabulary used within academic writing. Students will also develop their academic writing skills by producing a range of texts, including essays, reports and reviews. The small class size greatly enhances the learning experience for students on this module. Students can feel confident to explore and share ideas in a safe and supportive community, and can expect to receive individual feedback during the writing workshops, one-to one tutorials and seminar discussions.

Study Skills (Mandatory)

This module will equip students with the study skills needed to become a successful and independent learner on their chosen undergraduate degree course. During the module, students will develop a wide range of study skills, including listening and note-taking, academic reading, referencing and critical thinking. Students will also become confident in carrying out research and engaging with IT based learning. Students will develop these skills by engaging in a wide range of activities, including seminar discussions, group presentations and individual tutorials. The small class size greatly enhances the learning experience for students on this module. Students can develop these skills in a safe and supportive environment, and can expect to receive individual feedback during writing workshops, one-to-one tutorials and seminar discussions.

Management: Putting Theory into Practice (Requisite)
Accounting for Decision-Making (Requisite)
Managing Projects for Competitive Success (Requisite)
Business in Context (Requisite)

Career opportunities

Students who successfully complete this programme, and achieve the desired English language requirements, will be guaranteed a place on one of the following undergraduate programmes within the Suffolk Business School: 

BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management

BA (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) Business Management and Information Technology

BA (Hons) Economics*

BA (Hons) Economics, Banking and Finance*

BA (Hons) Event Management

BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management

BA (Hons) Marketing*

BA (Hons) Marketing and Public Relations*

BA (Hons) Project Management*

BA (Hons) Tourism Management

*subject to validation

Fees and finance



Further Information

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

Please refer to our International Foundation Programme country specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS for UKVI: 4.5 overall (minimum of 4.0 in each component) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Facilities and Resources

Our Waterfront Building has modern lecture theatres and group study spaces, as well as stunning views across Ipswich waterfront.

Along the waterfront you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants, with the town centre only a ten minute walk away.

Teaching will also take place in our Atrium building which has recently been refurbished and is home to high end computer laboratories and facilities.