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.
This module aims to improve students' overall ability in English and to develop academic study skills for immediate use. Students will learn to write in an academic style with a focus on written accuracy, formal register and the ability to draft and edit essays, in addition to demonstrating an ability to use academic vocabulary and present arguments, and solve problems in both written and spoken format.
This module aims to develop advanced academic language and study skills, building on the strategies and language taught in semester one. Students will be required to apply and practise skills and knowledge in a more autonomous manner, perform more complex writing tasks and take more responsibility for their output.
This module aims to teach academic presentation skills, research methods (including use of the University’s library and database systems), and the importance of appropriate in-text referencing and accurate reference lists. Classes will also focus on methods for effective reading and listening to complete secondary tasks such as paraphrasing / summary writing.
This module aims to orientate students to their studies at Cardiff University and raise awareness of British life and culture. Students will undertake research in an area related to British Culture and present a report based on the findings. Students will also be required to transfer language and study skills taught on other IFP English Language modules.
This module aims to enable students to integrate and combine the use of a variety of study skills taught on other IFP English Language modules in practical situations. It also focuses on learner training to encourage students to be better prepared for their academic studies.
During the course you will be given the opportunity to undertake Personal Development Planning (PDP) which will improve your ability to understand what and how you are learning and help you reflect on and plan your own learning. Learning and development are continual processes and engaging in PDP will help you to develop a positive attitude to all aspects of learning.
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
- 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.