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Certificate of HE International Year One in Business

Why we're great

  • Access to both our Essex Pathways Department and Essex Business School facilities.
  • Small class sizes allow you to work closely with your teachers and classmates.
  • We equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed at Essex and beyond.

Course options2017-18

UCAS code: NN14
Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Pathways
Fee (Home/EU): £9,250
This course is not available to UK applicants
Fee (International): £13,350
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
Home and EU fee information
International fee information

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About the course

Are you an international or EU student who wants to study business in the UK? Our three-term International Year One in Business is designed for students seeking entry into relevant second-year undergraduate honours degrees offered by Essex Business School. On passing the course you will also receive the award of Certificate of Higher Education from the University of Essex, which is a recognised UK qualification.

We teach our International Year One students in our Essex Pathways Department, studying subjects equivalent to those studied in the first year of an Essex degree in business, such as accounting, finance, management and marketing, quantitative methods and financial maths, and economics. We also work with you to improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific vocabulary, and to improve your academic skills and knowledge, so that you are prepared for a further two years of undergraduate study at Essex.

You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.

Our Essex Business School takes you beyond the basics of a business education. Our strong emphasis on ethics and sustainable business practice in the global economy, and our expertise in international management, accounting and finance, will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for your future career in an increasingly complex business world.

Essex Business School courses provide you with accreditations and exemptions from a range of professional bodies including:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Investment Management Certificate (IMC)

This means that you are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.

Our expert staff

Our Essex Pathways staff all have strong subject backgrounds, and are highly skilled in their areas both as academics and practitioners.

Within Essex Business School, you are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

Specialist facilities

By studying within our Essex Pathways Department, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:

  • We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
  • Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
  • Our social space is stocked with magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends

Essex Business School’s landmark new building on our Colchester Campus provides you with an innovative, collaborative space and stunning environment in which to work, offering:

  • A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
  • A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
  • Study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Your future

Essex graduates can be found in a variety of roles around the globe where they use the skills and knowledge they gained by studying with us.

We have dedicated careers advisors within Essex Business School, but we also work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Companies around the world that employ Essex graduates include:

  • Alcatel
  • Amnesty International
  • Bank of Mexico
  • BBC
  • BT Group
  • Fujitsu
  • Government Statistical Service
  • Intel
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Gallery
  • QinetiQ
  • Panasonic
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • PriceWaterhouseCooper
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • United Microelectronics Corporation
  • United Nations
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Vodafone

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Example structure

Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so you learn the essentials of business on our International Year One before your degree, which will combine compulsory and optional modules adding to your knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.

Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

What are the major issues in management theory and practice? How does the past influence management work? And how does the present? Examine key theories on management practice. Discuss a range of management activities to understand how management is multi-faceted and complex. Acquire the knowledge for future study on management.

What are the issues underlying the efficient market hypothesis? And what role does the City of London play in this? Examine the traditions, concepts and techniques within finance. Study the major features of the financial system, including markets and institutions. Build your knowledge for future study on finance.

How useful is accounting? What are the major sources and applications of funds for a business? What are the limitations of financial reporting? Understand financial accounting, examining the processes to record, summarise and present accounting data. Learn to prepare simple financial statements. Build your knowledge for future study.

How do consumers make decisions? And how do firms act in different market structures? What impact does inflation have? Or unemployment? Understand economic principles, examining macro and micro-level behaviour. Use verbal and graphical reasoning to express economics ideas. Apply economic theory to study a range of problems.

How can we use statistical and mathematical methods in business and finance? How can business managers use data to inform decision making? Learn how to collect, analyse and present data and to use the results in a business or finance context. Acquire numerical skills for use in other modules such as finance, accounting, management and economics.

How can you communicate effectively in a business context? This module will help you: to develop confidence when communicating with different cultural groups; to work in teams; to make persuasive oral presentations; to write clear and correct reports; and to develop skills that will enhance your future employability.

Which research tools should you use to investigate a topic? How do you acknowledge source material in a recognised citation format? Develop your language accuracy and fluency within an academic setting. Build your grammar understanding, your skills of critical analysis and your ability to present a clear and logical viewpoint.


  • Your teaching mainly takes the form of lectures and classes, the latter involving about 20 students
  • A typical timetable includes a two-hour lecture and two two-hour classes for each of your subject modules every week, and a maximum of four two-hour classes for your academic skills modules
  • Our classes are run in small groups, so you receive a lot of individual attention


  • Your assessed coursework will generally consist of essays, reports, in-class tests, book reviews, individual or group oral presentations, and small scale research projects

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UK entry requirements

This course is not available to UK applicants.

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

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.

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Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Some of our EU and International students who are still at school or college can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

Visit us

Open days

Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.


Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

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