Business

The Business International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a mixture of English language and business-based modules.

It is designed for students who want to progress into Cardiff Business School. It is one of the leading business and management schools in the UK, regularly placed in the top ten of more than 100 schools in the country.

The School’s wide variety of expertise is reflected in the range of courses it can offer, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated. All courses 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.

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

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.

A thriving undergraduate community

The School has an undergraduate community of 1,800 students. In addition to all the University facilities on offer, there is a number of School-based clubs and societies, such as the Cardiff Business Society.

English modules

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 (including being 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 your 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.

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 you to cope well with your academic studies across the skill areas.

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.

This module aims to prepare you for your studies at the 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.

This module aims to introduce you to basic computing skills and the University's 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 Microsoft Word document.

During the course you'll 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 modules

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
  • 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.

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.

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.

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. We will then show how they relate to economic policy and its implementation.

Teaching, learning and assessment

We employ several teaching methods, all selected to deliver the tuition you need in the best possible way.

Progression

Students who obtain a merit (50%) in each module of the IFP can automatically progress onto a selection of Cardiff Business School courses.