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International Year One in Business

Course overview

(Certificate of HE) Certificate of Higher Education
International Year One in Business
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Certificate Higher Education
Business and Management

Open to EU and International students only. A good academic record at senior secondary/high school is required. Students that have taken A-levels, International Baccalaureate, Indian CBSE, Malaysian STPM or a similar examination but not achieved the grades required for direct entry to the first year of our degrees may also be eligible to apply. In addition all applicants require IELTS 5.5, including 5.0 in writing (or equivalent).

GCSE: Mathematics C

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.0 in all other components (or equivalent). Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The International Year One in Business is a one-year pathway programme.

It is available to international students who do not meet the academic and/or English entry requirements for direct entry into the relevant first year courses at Essex Business School.

It focuses on the knowledge and skills required for future study of particular accounting, finance and business management degrees specified within the rules of assessment.

In addition it aims to develop the academic literacy skills required to make an effective contribution to team-based activity and to conduct autonomous investigative academic enquiry.

Overall, the course is designed to ensure students are equipped for the second year of degree level study.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Fundamental accounting concepts and principles
A2 The contexts in which accounting is situated, including the business entity, capital markets and the legal framework
A3 The context, nature and processes of management and the core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualise the management process
A4 Core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualize behaviour at work
A5 Core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualize operations management, technology and innovation
A6 Core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualize strategic management
A7 Core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualize human resource management
A8 The application of economic principles to individual decision making and to the performance of the economy.
A9 The essential consequences of monetary and fiscal policy of the performance of the economy
Learning Methods: The teaching methods and academic support strategies are highly interventionist, highly interactive and highly supported in the first term.

This tapers off by the end of the year to ensure students have developed skills to be independent learners and so are equipped for second and third year degree level study.

Lectures provide a method of delivery for the principles, concepts and arguments in A1-A9.

Students are also directed to readings from textbooks, academic journal papers, and on-line resources.

For all learning outcomes, students understanding is reinforced by means of tutorials, assignment or laboratory sessions.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of knowledge and understanding is assessed through marked individual take-home assignments (A1, A2), individual take-home assignments or in-class tests (A3 - A7), unseen closed-book tests (A8 - A9), and unseen closed-book examinations (A1 - A9).

The early stages of each module will be characterised by activities designed to build confidence and reinforce knowledge acquisition, such as a variety of practical exercises during tutorials, the opportunity to receive feedback draft assignments prior to submission and prompt feedback on assessments both one-to-one with tutor and in groups.

In the case that a module is examined at the end of the year, students will normally take a formative end of term test to provide students and staff with the means to monitor academic progress.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Bring together data from a variety of relevant sources in order to support an argument
B2 Evaluate contemporary theories and empirical evidence, marshal evidence, develop an argument and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner
B3 Manipulate and analyse (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts
Learning Methods: Students acquisition of intellectual and cognitive skills, B1-B3, is enabled primarily through lectures and further sustained via tutorials, recommended reading, guided and self directed study and assignments.

Content specific tutorials, laboratories, and the Applied Business Communication and Academic
Literacy modules delivered in the autumn and spring terms support the students in the development of B1 and B2.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of intellectual/cognitive skills is assessed through individual and group take-home assignments (B1-B3), closed-book tests (B1-B3), and unseen closed-book examinations (B1-B3).

C: Practical skills

C1 Record and summarize transactions and other economic events
C2 Identify and access data from a variety of relevant sources
C3 Present data in an appropriate format
C4 Perform financial analysis and projections
C5 Undertake investment appraisal using DCF and other techniques
Learning Methods: Practical skills are developed in tutorials, laboratory classes, assignments and group work.

Skills C1 to C3 are introduced and developed through QM and IT labs in the autumn term and consolidated with tutorial exercises in the spring and summer.

Skills C1 to C3 are also introduced in a QM and IT group assignment in the autumn term and consolidated in the following terms in the
Accounting, Finance and Economics modules.
C4 and C5 are introduced in the Accounting and Finance tutorials.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of the practical skills C1 to C3 are assessed through a group and individual assignment in the autumn term, via unseen closed-book in-class tests, take-home assignments and unseen closed book final examinations in the spring and summer modules.

C4 and C5 are assessed via take-home assignments and closed-book examinations.

D: Key skills

D1 Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner (both in writing and verbally)
D2 Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data
D3 Manipulate numerical data and apply basic statistical concepts
D4 Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions
D5 Understanding and appreciation of different communities of interest, good spoken and written communication skills, empathy and resolution of conflict
D6 Improving time management, prioritising critical tasks, meeting deadlines, and evaluating self learning
Learning Methods: Students are guided in lectures, tutorials and individual advice from teachers in acquiring skills D1 to D5.

Skills D1, D4 and D5 are developed specifically in the Academic Literacy and Business Communication modules.

D2, D3 are reinforced through the QM and IT tutorials and computer laboratories.
Assessment Methods: Skills D1 to D6 are assessed through group and individual assignments and individual presentations.

Skills D1, D2, D3, and D4 are assessed via take-home assignments, tests and unseen closed-book examinations.

Skill D6 is assessed indirectly through students' capacity to construct submitted work (take-home assignments for which feedback is given) and their study plans for unseen tests and examinations.


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