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International Business Foundation

This course is for you if you want either a recognised, stand-alone business qualification or are intending to use it to progress to a university degree course related to business or management.

Sample pathways for the International Business Foundation

Sample pathways for the International Business Foundation at Kings Bournemouth

The course

The Foundation is ideal for students who want either a recognised, stand-alone business qualification or are intending to use it to progress to a university degree course specifically focused on business or management.

Practical experience

The applied nature of the Business Foundation means that practical, hands-on experience is fundamental to the course.

  • Presentations and lectures from local business leaders
  • Visits to local businesses with specific research projects
  • Building a portfolio of achievement
  • Business-related presentations to other students

Kings Enterprise

All students will also automatically join the Kings Enterprise scheme, as part of the course, setting up their own company to create products or services for a profit.

Assessments and certificates

Assessment is integral to the course. A range of assessment methods includes assessment by presentations, closed book written examination and assignment.

After each assignment and presentation, your teacher reviews your progress with you so that you learn your strengths and weaknesses. The assignments are marked by your teacher and moderated by CTH.Your examinations are marked by CTH. Certificates and awards

On successful completion, students will have two distinct awards. The Kings Foundation in International Business and
the CTH Diploma of International Business.

Course structure

The International Business Foundation is an intensive Level 3 Course. The syllabus is written in conjunction with business departments at UK universities to ensure students benefit from the ideal preparation for business-related degrees.

Students on the 9-month Foundation course also follow modules which include English language development, IELTS skills and specialist English for Business.

The course provides a minimum of 450 hours of tuition over 2 terms and 650 hours of tuition over 3 terms.

Students are expected to complete extensive private study.

Students with IELTS 5.5 can follow the 6-month course from January to June.

Students with IELTS 4.5 should complete the 9-month course from September to June.

Course content

Term 1 (September – December)

Students who complete the full 9-month course will begin their course by following introductory modules as follows:

  • General English language development
  • IELTS preparation
  • Specialist English for Business 
  • Study skills

These modules will prepare students either to work in the sector or progress to academic courses relating to business and management.

This qualification is designed to equip students with the language skills and vocabulary required in their professional careers and will bring their linguistic skills up to an Upper-Intermediate level.
Although language-based, the course is practical in approach, with industry-related case-studies and exercises which allow students to gain insights into business. This will improve confidence when dealing with correspondence, customers, colleagues and external parties. 

Terms 2 and 3: CTH Diploma in International Business

In terms 2 and 3 (from January to June), all students will complete the CTH Diploma in Business Studies supplemented by additional IELTS preparation and study skills sessions. This section of the course is taught at NVQ Level 3 (equivalent to A-level). Students who successfully complete the course will be able to join an undergraduate degree course the following September.

The CTH Diploma of International Business consists of five academic modules as shown below. Each module requires a minimum of 120 study hours and also requires students to complete various assignments and presentations involving extensive private study and research.

1. Compulsory units

Purpose and function of international business
This unit aims to provides students with an introduction to international business in general.
The student will understand the aims and objectives of business, the economic background to international business and trade and business functions within international organisations.

Assessment method: Closed book written examination

This unit aims to introduce students to the analysis of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, how to raise finance for a new business venture and the identification and management of business risk.

Assessment method: Assignment

2. Elective units

Group A
Choose one from:
Essentials of ethical business and finance in a global context
This unit aims to introduce students to the structure and requirements of business organisations in a global context, the role of finance in a business organisation and the principles of business planning in a global context.
Assessment method: Closed book written examination

Essentials of international marketing and customer relationships
This unit aims to introduce students to marketing theories in the context of international business, the principals of selling, the concept of customer care in an international context and international customer relationships.
Assessment method: Closed book written examination

Essentials of tourism and hospitality operations 
This unit aims to introduce students to a range of functions within the tourism and hospitality industry, i.e. front office, housekeeping, food and beverage operations, destination analysis and tour guiding operations.
Assessment method: Work assessment or assignment

Group B
Choose one from:
International business communication
This unit aims to introduce students to international organisational structures, the
concept of international business communication, the principles of global
e-commerce and international stakeholder relationships.
Assessment method: Assignment 

Communication and research skills
This unit aims to provide students with essential skills for academic communication, making presentations of academic information and carrying out programmes of academic study.
Assessment method: Written report and a presentation of the report