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International Study Centre

International Foundation Year in Management and Economics

A foundation programme leading to undergradaute management and economics degrees

The Management and Economics pathway at the International Study Centre will prepare you for management and economics-related degrees at the School of Management at Royal Holloway.

This International Foundation Year is split into two routes:

  • Management
  • Economics.

Choose one of the two routes, keeping in mind what undergraduate degree you would like to do.

Key facts

Course length: Three terms
Entry points: January or September
Age: 17+

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What you will study

The programme consists of core and optional modules. Core modules will improve your academic and English language skills, and optional modules will teach you more about your chosen progression degree.

Some optional modules are more appropriate for either the Management or Economics pathway. When you arrive, you will be able to get advice on which ones are right for you from our friendly staff. 

You might be required to choose an appropriate elective module in relation to your chosen degree. We can help you with your choice, or amend it, when you arrive at the International Study Centre.

Management route

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.

Business

You will gain an understanding of the reasons behind starting a business, how a business is organised, the different legal frameworks a business can adopt and how businesses work with stakeholders in the real world.

Using international businesses as examples, the course looks into more detailed study of business activity in the fields of human resource management, marketing, finance and operations, and concludes with an in-depth study of global organisations, business objectives and ethics.

Economics

You will learn about types of goods, types of economies and the problems faced by consumers and producers.

The course will include an introduction to Financial Accounting and also includes supply, demand, elasticity and price controls. You will study global economies, the effects of market failures and conduct a detailed study of competitive influences.

Core Mathematics

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, solving equations and using graphs to represent findings. You will also focus on statistical mathematics, including probability, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimation.

You will develop your ability to apply a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. The emphasis is on understanding the implications of various techniques in practical situations.

Politics

An introduction to International Relations theory, you will look at a range of issues that affect contemporary politics and develop an understanding of the principles of the legal system within England and Wales.

Topics include: Introduction to Global Politics; Historical Context of Global Politics; The Global Economy; States and Foreign Policy and UK Government and Politics.

Psychology

You will learn about the historical development of psychology as well as key areas of contemporary research, including cognitive, biological, developmental and social psychology.

You will also study the methods of psychological research and will be required to evaluate the scientific status of issues associated with research involving humans and animals. This module is available as an option for both routes.

Sociology

You will be introduced to a range of issues which affect contemporary society, and study the research methods relevant to sociological investigations.

You will also study the way societies develop, their structure and the way in which they function, including aspects such as family, education, work and crime, and issues in which social divisions are prominent; poverty, health, race and gender.

Economics route

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.

Core Mathematics

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, solving equations and using graphs to represent findings. You will also focus on statistical mathematics, including probability, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimation.

You will develop your ability to apply a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. The emphasis is on understanding the implications of various techniques in practical situations.

Economics

You will learn about types of goods, types of economies and the problems faced by consumers and producers.

The course will include an introduction to Financial Accounting and also includes supply, demand, elasticity and price controls. You will study global economies, the effects of market failures and conduct a detailed study of competitive influences.

Business

You will gain an understanding of the reasons behind starting a business, how a business is organised, the different legal frameworks a business can adopt and how businesses work with stakeholders in the real world.

Using international businesses as examples, the course looks into more detailed study of business activity in the fields of human resource management, marketing, finance and operations, and concludes with an in-depth study of global organisations, business objectives and ethics.

Economics

You will learn about types of goods, types of economies and the problems faced by consumers and producers.

The course will include an introduction to Financial Accounting and also includes supply, demand, elasticity and price controls. You will study global economies, the effects of market failures and conduct a detailed study of competitive influences.

Politics

An introduction to International Relations theory, you will look at a range of issues that affect contemporary politics and develop an understanding of the principles of the legal system within England and Wales.

Topics include: Introduction to Global Politics; Historical Context of Global Politics; The Global Economy; States and Foreign Policy and UK Government and Politics.

Psychology

You will learn about the historical development of psychology as well as key areas of contemporary research, including cognitive, biological, developmental and social psychology.

You will also study the methods of psychological research and will be required to evaluate the scientific status of issues associated with research involving humans and animals.

Sociology

You will be introduced to a range of issues which affect contemporary society, and study the research methods relevant to sociological investigations.

You will also study the way societies develop, their structure and the way in which they function, including aspects such as family, education, work and crime, and issues in which social divisions are prominent; poverty, health, race and gender.

Study plans

IELTS Length Jun Aug Sep Dec Jan Jun Jul Aug Sep
4.5 4 terms         Start your degree
4.5 4 terms        
5.0 (5.0 in writing) 3 terms          
5.0 (5.0 in writing) 3 terms          

   International Foundation Year    English Language Preparation

Progression degrees

You can continue your studies at Royal Holloway as an undergradaute when you successfully complete your International Foundation Year. This means that you have to achieve the required grades for progression. You can speak to staff about these requirements when you are about to finish your programme in case they have changed.

Term dates

January 2019 start

Term 1: 07/01/2019 - 29/03/2019
Term 2: 15/04/2019 - 28/06/2019
Term 3: 01/07/2019 - 16/08/2019

September 2019 start 

Term 1: 07/01/2019 - 29/03/2019
Term 2: 15/04/2019 - 28/06/2019
Term 3: 01/07/2019 - 16/08/2019

January 2020 start

Term 1: 06/01/2020 - 27/03/2020
Term 2: 13/04/2020 - 26/06/2020
Term 3: 29/06/2020 - 14/08/2020

RHUL ISC student Christabel

“When it comes to Economics and Mathematics, everything they taught us at the International Study Centre is based on what they are teaching us now. They’re building on my basic knowledge, which is helping me to improve in academics.”

Christabel from Ghana
Studied International Foundation Year in Economics, progressed to BSc Economics and Mathematics

You can study one of the following undergraduate degrees:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
BSc Accounting & Finance (Year in Business) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Business and Management BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
Bsc Business and Management (Year in Business) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Economics and Management BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Economics, Politics and International Relations BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with 70% in writing, 40% other skills
BSc Finance and Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Management with Accounting BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills
BSc Management with Accounting (Year in Business) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with 50% in R & W and min 40% other skills

Careers after graduation

This foundation course is ideal for you if you would like a career in business, finance, or government. You can specialise in:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Hospitality and events management
  • Human resources
  • Investment banking
  • Logistics and transport
  • Retail.