ETC’s Business University Foundation Programme

Here at ETC International College, we provide a business university foundation programme for you to get into the university of your choice. Study hard, learn the language and focus on the course aspects to enter a business degree course at university.

The university foundation programme for business lasts for 24 weeks. Each unit has 60 hours of teaching and a recommendation of 40 hours per unit of personal study time. By the end of the business university foundation programme, students will develop the language, study skills and subject knowledge relating to the field of business.

Business University Foundation Programme

Accredited by the NCFE

The ETC business university foundation programme is aimed at students wishing to enter a UK university without taking A level examinations. The course prepares students for studying at a degree level.

The 24 week course is a 60 Credit Subsidiary Diploma in Business. Each unit has 60 hours of teaching and 40 hours per unit of personal study time. The university foundation programme for business consists of 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units to be spread over 24 weeks (2 terms of 12 weeks).

TermMandatory UnitsOptional UnitsIn-sessional
Term 1Business EnvironmentAcademic Pathways units by arrangement with studentEAP Study Skills
Business Resources
Term 2Introduction to MarketingAcademic Pathways units by arrangement with studentEAP Study Skills
Business Communications

Optional Units

Optional units will take place twice a week over 2 sessions and be completed in the final 2 weeks of the term.  These units will alternate each term and will be predetermined by the school from the following areas according to course fit, demand and availability:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Pathways
  • Marketing Pathways
  • Human Resource Pathways
  • Management Pathways
  • Law Pathways
  • Administration Pathways
  • Retail Pathways
  • Logistics Pathways
  • Communications Technology Pathways
  • Economics Pathways
  • International Business Pathways

English for Academic Purposes

Following the EAP course will greatly enhance student ability to participate in higher education.  Students will learn the appropriate skills and vastly improve their chance of gaining a higher IELTS score.

Following the Pre-sessional EAP course provides an average progression rate of a 1.5 IELTS score increase within 12 weeks.  This compares to Pre-foundation English courses average rate of a 0.5 score increase in 12 weeks.

For more information about the business university foundation programme, contact us on +44 (0) 1202 559044 and one of our friendly staff members will be more than happy to assist you. Furthermore to say, that ETC International College is one of the leading English language courses in Bournemouth.

The course would typically cover the key areas of business:

  • Macro/micro economics
  • Supply demand marketing structures and theories
  • The marketing mix
  • The BCG matrix
  • Financial accounting and management theories (tall/flat structures, management styles, motivation and leadership).

There are a number of other options covering topics such as supply chain management, logistics, HRM and international Trade.

AccountingMarketingHuman ResourcesManagement
Basic accounting conceptsMarketing mixJob designOrganisational structure
Profit and lossBCG MatrixSelection criteriaLeadership style
Balance sheetProduct life cycleRecruitment processesManagement types
Cash flow statementsNeeds hierarchyIntrinsic and extrinsic motivational theories and practicesStrategic and operational management
Key financial ratios for internal
and external comparison of the health of a business etc.
Primary and secondary market researchJob appraisalsCompeting values
Market skimmingTraining and developmentPlanning and monitoring performance
Market penetrationBuilding and maintaining systems
Mass markets
Sampling frames
Setting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative data
Market selection grids
Invitation to treatOrdering stockSupply chain management
Offer and acceptanceHiring staffMonitoring order processing
 ConsiderationMonitoring staff performanceManaging stock
 Terms and conditionsPlanogramsTransport documentation
 JurisdictionPromotionsJust in time
 Breach of contractOrder trigger pointsStock control
 FrustrationMinimum stockholdingMonitoring shipments
 Force majeureCustomer serviceTransport insurance
TreatiesCashing upINCO terms
CompensationMerchandisingLetters of credit
Remoteness of damange

All assessments and student work will be internally verified according to level 3 standard Business criteria.

The college has a university counsellor who provides free regular tutorials to progress students’ applications to university.

At the end of the course, you will receive an ETC Award as listed below depending on the length of your course of study.  The more credits you have, the wider your choice of universities.

Course Duration (weeks)CertificateNumber of UnitsCreditsEquivalent Qualification
12ETC University Foundation Certificate in Business3301 AS Level
24ETC University Foundation Subsidiary Diploma in Business6601 A Level
36ETC University Foundation Diploma in Business9901.5 A Levels
48ETC University Foundation Diploma in Business121202 A Levels
72ETC University Foundation Extended Diploma in Business181803 A Levels
Please note this is a sample timetable and is subject to change. The business modules will change each week.

8:45 – 10:15EAP
Lessons 1 & 2
Lessons 1 & 2
Lessons 1 & 2
Lessons 1 & 2
Lessons 1 & 2
10:45 – 12:15Business Modules
Lessons 3 & 4
Business Modules
Lessons 3 & 4
Business Modules
Lessons 3 & 4
Business Modules
Lessons 3 & 4
Business Modules
Lessons 3 & 4
Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:45Business Modules
Lessons 5 & 6
Business Modules
Lessons 5 & 6
Business Modules
Lessons 5 & 6
15:15 – 16:45Business Modules
Lessons 7 & 8
Business Modules
Lessons 7 & 8
Business Modules
Lessons 7 & 8

Students studying 24 weeks on our specialist courses will receive a Diploma.

University Foundation ProgrammeHours Per WeekLessons Per Week24 Week Course
UFP (Business)2128£9696

Entry Requirements
Students must be at least 17 years of age.
An Upper-intermediate level of English is required (IELTS 4.5).

Start Dates
Our courses run in 12 week terms.
The Business UFP has 4 start dates throughout the year:

Start Dates 2016Start Dates 2016
4th January20th June
1st February18th July
29th February15th August
29th March12th September
5th April10th October
23rd May7th November

ETC’s University Counsellor Services

When you study on the ETC Business UFP you will be assigned to our University Counsellor.  They will help you to:
Find the university of your choice
Find the university of your choice
Write your personal statement
Write your personal statement
Get letters of recommendation
Get letters of recommendation
Complete your university application
Complete your university application
Find out about extra curricular activities
Find out about extra curricular activities

Other Services

EFL exam preparation course book
General English lesson at ETC
Students in a University Foundation Programme class