Business, Law and Social Studies

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Learn from expert tutors who will monitor your progress regularly throughout the programme.

About this programme

You will be taught English language, study and academic skills so that you can succeed in your undergraduate degree, as well as your future career once you graduate.

You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on helping you learn the skills most relevant to the degree you want to study.

Study plan options

International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to Leeds Beckett University
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semestersSeptemberMaySeptember
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semesters (with Enhanced Induction)NovemberJulySeptember
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semestersJanuaryJulySeptember


Your work will be assessed regularly through coursework assignments, presentations, essays, case studies and exams.

Where this programme will take you

Once you complete the programme, and achieve the required grades, you will be able to start your chosen degree at Leeds Beckett University. You can choose from a range of degree options, in areas such as business, law, marketing and public relations.

Programme modules

Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Business in a Global Context

This module will introduce you to the global nature of business and to the various political, economic, and cultural issues associated with international business. It will also support you in developing your teamwork, research and communication skills, and give you an introduction to the local economy, by employing a practical, case-based assessment strategy.

Business and Finance

This module will develop your understanding of key management business and finance issues and methodologies used in business practice to aid and inform decision making and performance management. The module will be problem orientated, taking realistic business settings and showing how techniques of financial and data analysis can be used to offer alternative solutions and predict financial consequences. 

Project Skills

The module provides you with an opportunity to identify and research a topic aligned to your progression degree. It will equip you with fundamental scholarly, research and transferable skills, necessary for progression onto an undergraduate course.

Social Sciences

This module introduces you to three interlinked social sciences: politics, criminology, and sociology. Concepts and case studies are introduced and understood through three interrelated lenses to provide you with a wide-ranging understanding of international issues.


This module introduces you to the law and legal system in England and Wales, including its underlying principles, the personnel who administer it, the mechanics of the legal process, and justice in broader perspectives. It also introduces you to the core principles in Criminal Law, Tort Law, and Contract Law.

13th in the UK

for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism

(The Guardian University Rankings 2024)

29th in the UK

for Journalism

(The Guardian University Rankings 2024)

Top 100 in the World

for Sport-related subjects

(QS World University Rankings by subject 2024)

Top 100 in the World

for Hospitality and Leisure management

(QS World University Rankings 2024)

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Portfolio Required

  • Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Dance BA (Hons)
  • Fashion BA (Hons)
  • Fashion Marketing BA (Hons)
  • Filmmaking BA (Hons)
  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Graphic Design BA (Hons)
  • Illustration BA (Hons)
  • Interiror Architecure & Design BA (Hons)
  • Landscape Architecuture & Design BA (Hons)
  • Music Industries Management BA (Hons)
  • Performing Arts BA (Hons)
  • Product Design BA (Hons)
  • Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Interview and Portfolio required

  • Games Art BA (Hons)
  • Games Design BSc (Hons)

Submission of an artefact required

  • Journalism BA (Hons)

ABRSM Grade 5 Theory or equivalent & Portfolio required for pathway programme offer

  • Music Performance & Production BA (Hons)

7th in the UK

for student satisfaction for History

(The Complete University Guide 2025)

17th in the UK

for student satisfaction for marketing

(The Complete University Guide 2025)

10th in the UK

for Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage studies

(The Complete University Guide 2025)

Rosemary Brough

"I think it's a special place to study at the Leeds ISC. We have exceptional student support. We have fantastic teachers, very experienced teachers. We're within a great city. It's a very vibrant city. "

Assistant Director, Student Experience

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How to apply

Ready to make a decision? Our online application process is fast and simple. Find out how you can apply to join us at the International Study Centre. 

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International Study Centre

By studying with us you can adjust to student life in the UK with the help of our expert staff – and as part of a friendly, multicultural student community.

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English Language courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

Ready to join us?

Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer your questions about living and learning in Leeds.