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Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 25k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 25k / Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1868 Duration:18 months

Combine your Foundation and Diploma for direct entry to the second year of a degree in areas such as Business and Management, Marketing, Advertising and Branding

The Composite Diploma in Business and Management combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the second year of a university degree in the UK.

Why apply for the composite diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a continuous six term programme from pre-university study to the second year of undergraduate study
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Course length: 6 terms

When can I start?

  • September Start (6 terms)

Mon 30 Sep 2013 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


  • January Start (6 terms)

Mon 06 Jan 2014 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


  • April Start (6 terms)

Mon 07 Apr 2014 to Fri 28 Aug 2015


Terms 1-3

You will study the following modules:

English Language for Foundation Study

  • You will develop your overall English language level, including your grammar and vocabulary, as well as your specific skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking, which will prepare you for further academic study.

Study Skills for Foundation Study

  • This module will introduce you to the generic study skills necessary for successful undergraduate study. You'l receive an appraisal of your learning style and development needs and introduced to a range of introductory skills, such as time management, how to access resources both online and on-site, how to approach academic presentations, how to tackle and write assignments, apply mathematics and understand learning styles.

Academic Skills for Foundation Study

  • Through this module you will be supported in applying academic skills in the context of your chosen subject area. You will learn how to interpret and analyse a range of subject-related information, structure and plan academic work, find and use relevant resources, and communicate effectively using appropriate academic conventions.

The World of Business

  • This module introduces you to the key dimensions of business through the introduction of different types of organisations, common business structures, the key functions of a business, including marketing, finance and human resource management, the roles of managers and other departments in the coordination of these functions, to ensure the delivery of business objectives is considered. The module also examines the factors in the local and global business environment and how they impact on the way businesses run.

Introduction to Law and Legal Systems

  • In this module the main principles and structures of English law are introduced. In order to understand the background of the English legal system you will study sources of the law and the process of law making in England and Wales, including the European Union and how this compares to other legal systems. You will also learn about the different types of law, including civil and criminal, and public and private. By the end of the module you will be able to apply your knowledge to a given scenario, and communicate outcomes clearly, using the correct legal terminology.

Business Decision Making

  • This module provides an introduction to the generation and use of information in making high quality business decisions. Through it you will develop knowledge of how we make decisions and explore techniques from a range of management disciplines, which can be used to support good decision making.

Terms 4-6

You will study the following modules:

English Language for Undergraduate Study

  • Essential preparation for university life, the Study Skills module will help you develop the necessary skills for undergraduate-level study by providing support with group work, presentations, research methods, note taking in lectures, structuring assignments and understanding methods of self-evaluation.

Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study

  • English language is a core subject in the International Diploma programme, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking. The module ensures that students reach the entry requirement for the second year of a degree course.

Business Environment

  • This module analyses the interaction between the organisation and its stakeholders, and interprets the influence of the internal and external business environments. The role of shareholders and customers will be examined through a discussion of their financial and marketing relationships. The module will also cover the environmental influences on the organisation by examining the legal, political, economic, social, ecological and technological factors at a global, international, national and industry level.

Business Finance

  • This module provides a broad introduction to the subjects of financial and management accounting. Its aim is to provide students with an understanding of the purpose and uses of financial information in business. Students are encouraged to evaluate financial information for control purposes and for assessment of business performance.

Business Information

  • This module equips students with a variety of technical and analytical skills that will be of use to them in their studies and in business. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of quantitative techniques in the decision-making process, including financial mathematics and the conversion of data into information for management use.

Consumer Behaviour

  • Through this module you will develop an understanding of customers and their consumption. The module explores customer attitudes, values and beliefs, why customers buy and consume brands, the meanings of these brands in their lives and the associated decision-making process. Organisational buying behaviour and customer segmentation will also be considered.

Introduction to Management

  • This module aims to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of management in a variety of modern organisational contexts. The module focuses on the role of a manager in an organisation, and key organisational functions and systems, such as how to develop, manage, motivate and monitor teams to deliver on managerial goals and the impact that both power and culture can have within an organisation.

Introduction to Marketing

  • This module provides an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings and first principles of marketing and the fundamental tools to provide a superior customer value proposition. Problem-centred learning is achieved via students developing a basic marketing plan for a product/service of their choice.

Putting Business Cases

  • This module provides an opportunity for students to critically consider issues surrounding decision-making within the business context and how they can establish and gain support for decisions through high-quality business cases. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate soft and hard analytical tools along with considering relevant theory and models informing their decision-making. There will be an emphasis on developing and delivering business pitches.

How will I be assessed?

Grades from the Composite Diploma programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for entry to your chosen degree programme.

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally, you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, including written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, design projects, presentations, and problem-solving exercises.


The Composite Diploma is suitable for international students who have completed secondary school education in their own country, who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to the University of Gloucestershire and are looking for a supported progression through to the second year of degree study.

Academic requirements:You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now. English requirements:IETLS 4.0 or equivalentWe can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.Age: 17 years and above English Language Requirements IELTS band: 4 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.

If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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