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Business IFP

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The Business International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a mixture of English language and Business based modules, designed for students who want to progress into Cardiff Business School.

Cardiff Business School is one of the leading business and management schools in the UK, regularly placed in the top ten of over 100 schools in the country.

The School’s wide variety of expertise is reflected in the range of programmes it can offer, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated. All programmes have significant vocational and professional content designed to satisfy the needs of employers within industry, commerce and government. Experts from industry regularly give guest lectures, workshops and seminars onsite.

Cardiff Business School has an undergraduate community of 1800 students. In addition to all the facilities offered by Cardiff University, there is a number of School-based clubs and societies, such as CBS Rugby and Netball and Cardiff Business Society, to name a few.

Cardiff Business School students are in high demand and the School is regularly targeted for recruitment purposes by major global companies. Graduates have progressed quickly to high profile positions within accountancy, personnel management, marketing, banking and other business-related fields.

The School’s programmes are flexible: if you choose a degree programme and later discover that another programme would be better suited to your needs and ambitions, you may be able to change programme, right up until the start of the second year of your studies.

To find out more about the school, its facilities and the programmes it offers, visit the Cardiff Business School website.

English Language & Study Skills 1 (10 Credits)

This module aims to improve overall ability in English and to develop academic study skills for immediate use. On completion of the modules, you should be able to:

use reading strategies to perform successfully, indicating an understanding of their importance and benefits;

demonstrate knowledge of and ability to manipulate the language: be able to produce a variety of sentence forms in structured paragraphs, with attention to accuracy in an academic style;

understand listening extracts of differing lengths and types, e.g. dialogues and monologues, social situations, lectures and talks, radio programmes, news interviews, etc;

use his/her spoken skills effectively in a range of informal and formal situations, demonstrating an ability to exchange information, discuss, problem solve, express attitudes and justify opinions.

English Language & Study Skills 2 (10 Credits)

This module aims to develop advanced language and study skills; produce confident manipulators of the English language who work very effectively, if not always accurately, at this high level in a culturally acceptable way.

On completion of this module, you will:

be expected to use the structures of the language with greater ease and increased fluency;

show an increased understanding of the relationship between the language and its culture, and demonstrate an understanding of the use of an appropriate style/register;

have acquired a level of English to enable them to cope well with their academic studies across the skill areas.

English for Academic Purposes (10 Credits)

This module aims to teach generic study skills and subject specific study skills.

The module includes using the facilities in the University libraries to locate books and journals, methods for effective reading and note-taking, basic data analysis, producing a variety of written texts using a language style appropriate to the specific subject (Business, Law, Engineering), planning and giving presentations.

British Social & Cultural Environment 1&2 (20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your studies at Cardiff University while developing and consolidating the language and study skills introduced in English Language & Study Skills 1.

On completion of the module you will have an increased awareness of British life and culture and a basic knowledge of the identity and culture of Wales and the nature of its language.

Integrated Study Skills (10 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to basic computing skills and Cardiff University specific systems and packages and to provide techniques for future improvement, improve overall ability in English and to develop and practise academic study skills for immediate use

On completion of the module you should be able to:

gain access to a range of software packages

demonstrate an understanding of how to integrate listening /reading and note-taking skills to construct a written academic text

use synthesis skills to produce written work which is correctly referenced, avoiding plagiarism

produce a Powerpoint presentation

create simple graphs and charts and transfer information for use in a word document

Personal Development Plan

During the course you will also be given the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will improve your ability to understand what and how you are learning and help you reflect on and plan your own learning.

The PDP will help you to get the most out of your student experience by encouraging you to take responsibility for your development and raising your awareness of the variety of opportunities for development.

PDP is not just an important process for your time at university but will prove to be a useful skill throughout your life. Learning and development are continual processes and engaging in PDP will help you to develop a positive attitude to all aspects of learning.

Business Studies (20 credits)

This area of the course is aimed at developing an appreciation of the main disciplines of business studies. You will gain knowledge of key business topics and an understanding of the fundamental concepts of business studies. Topics for study include business planning, human resource management, marketing, organisational behaviour and business communications skills.

Business Plan students get the chance to apply all the subjects that they are studying for the IFP into real life situations. They also make presentations for their fellow students, lecturers and staff from the foundation office.

Quantitative Methods for Business (20 credits)

On completion of this section of the course you will have developed competence in the relevant mathematical and statistical methods. You will be able to carry out appropriate calculations and manipulations, and will also have an understanding of the underlying principles. There will be emphasis on problem solving and on interpretation of results in a business context.

Introduction to Management (10 Credits)

This section aims to provide an understanding of the activities of people within work organisations. It will cover a wide range of issues including the role of individual and groups behaviour in organisations, the significance of managerial control and the influence of wider society in organisational life.

Introduction to Economics (10 Credits)

This area of the course aims to provide an understanding of the principles and tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Topics include supply and demand, theory of price, basic consumer theory, modern banking, monetary policy and unemployment, amongst other things and show how they relate to economic policy and its implementation.

The course here in Cardiff employs several teaching methods, all chosen to deliver the tuition you need in the best possible way.


Lectures allow you to gain a comprehensive base of knowledge. Lecturers make use of a range of resources and facilities to provide the information you need. During lectures you will be given written material (handouts), information about exams and essays, and multi-media presentations. You may even find that you are invited to give your own presentation.


These are smaller discussion groups of three to ten students, led by tutors. This is an ideal time to discuss any questions after lectures, and an opportunity to fully understand the subjects you are studying.


You can arrange to meet any tutor to discuss any aspect of the course. For example, if there is something you did not understand in a lecture or seminar, or if you want to discuss the progress of your project or essay - or any other topic you want to talk about. All students are encouraged to speak individually to their tutors if they have any questions or problems; your tutor will always be pleased to see you and happy to help.

Staff/Student Panel

Every department has a staff/student panel which consists of teaching staff and elected student members who meet to discuss academic issues. Any issues that you feel need attention can be alerted to your student representative who will raise the query with the panel. This way the opinions and ideas of students get a hearing which can lead to the way your course is run being changed. This means that each course is constantly being reviewed to make it the best scheme of study available for students.


A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, reports, presentations, project work and final examinations. All written tasks are word processed and normally submitted electronically. You will be awarded a score out of 100 for each module:

  • 40% and above - Pass
  • 50% and above - Merit
  • 65% and above - Distinction

Attendance and participation in all classes, lectures, and tutorials on the IFP at Cardiff University are compulsory and essential for academic success. Please note that due to immigration rules, we are required to keep records of attendance.

Students who obtain a merit on the IFP (50%) can automatically progress into Cardiff Business School.

Cardiff Business School offers a wide range of module subjects in each degree scheme, allowing you to tailor your degree as it progresses to suit your own specific interests. The degree schemes are all vocationally relevant and give students the best preparation for finding challenging and rewarding employment. Teaching incorporates both practical and theoretical examples and aims to provoke debate and independent thinking among students.

Here is a list of the Undergraduate programmes on offer for you to chose:

Accounting & Finance courses
    Business Management courses
    Economics courses

    A range of joint honours options are also available to suitably qualified students.

    International Foundation Programme