International Foundation in Accounting and Finance with English

On successful completion of this excellent one year foundation course in accounting and finance you will have direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance related subjects at the University of Exeter Business School.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 17
  • English level: B1: Intermediate / | IELTS 5
  • Academic level:

    You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.

Course format

  • Length of study: 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 17 - 24
  • Typical student mix:
    40% European, 50% Far Eastern, 10% Other

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 14 Sep 2015
    • 4 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: 17450.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks: 190.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:

Why choose this course?

The Foundation leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree.

As well as a guaranteed offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  •         a quality assured university programme
  •         full university status
  •         a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
  •         degree at the University of Exeter
  •         professional support and guidance with university applications
  •         the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation in Accountancy and Finance course?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

Compulsory modules:

English Language for Academic Study

All students will study English language skills for academic study. This module provides the core skills in English needed for university- level study and runs the length of the course.

Foundation Mathematics

Topics will include geometry, logarithm and exponential functions, differentiation and integration, statistics and using Microsoft Excel.

Introduction to Economics

This module introduces and applies to real world situations, major theoretical models and key terminology of macro and micro-economic theory. Topics will include the economic environment, the market mechanism and market failure, market stucture and competition growth, inflation, unemployment, international trade and macroeconomic policy.

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Topics will include basic accounting concepts, procedures used in the preparation of financial statements, analysis of published information and using accounting information to assist with business planning and decision making. The study of finance focuses on the central issues of how finance is raised and invested in pursuit of core business objectives.

Introduction to Management

You will be introduced to the principles of modern management through a consideration of management theories and the process of management through an investigation of culture, leadership and motivation. The range of themes extends to production, quality, communication, social responsibility, business growth and organisational change. 

Study Skills

This essential part of the curriculum will help you work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, take lecture notes, organise the content of essays and dissertations, and understand how to evaluate your own work.





How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following bachelors degrees at the University of Exeter:

Business School and College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Accounting with Leadership
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business and Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Economics with Econometrics
  • BA (Hons) Leadership and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Management with Leadership
  • BA (Hons) Management with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Management with Tourism
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Management

This course is classified as a Pre-sessional course by the UK Border Agency

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