University of Chester

Programme Specification
International Foundation Year
2014 - 2015

No Formal Award

International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year (No Formal Award)

University of Chester

University of Chester

Warrington Campus



Classroom / Laboratory,

1 Year

1 Years

Biannual - February - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Business and Finance


University of Chester

Undergraduate Programme Assessment Board for reporting only

Thursday 1st August 2013

This programme of study is devised to support international students who have the requisite academic capability to enter University undergraduate programmes but lack the necessary English Language skills to succeed. In recognition of the specifics of language deployed within subject areas therefore this programmes seeks to combine a subject based experience with English Language tuition. In recognition also of the continued pursuit of a multicultural and diverse student experience candidates will be provided with opportunities to integrate with existing students in subject classes and engage with the subject content to assist their uptake of relevant vocabulary and to expose them to subject specific language and related skills. This will aid their transition onto degree awards at the end of the programme. As this level of study sits at NQF level 3 no award of the University may be provided (as sub-FHEQ Certificate level), but a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who qualify to IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each category and meet the programme completion requirements as detailed.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • English Language to IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum in each category (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of 5.5 equivalent.

Thinking or Cognitive Skills

Practical Skills

Key Skills
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving

Transferable Professional Skills

  • Communicating effectively at an individual level.
  • Working autonomously and collaboratively within a team
  • Interpreting data and information
  • Presentation and communication in a range of formats.

Students undertaking the programme will be provided with English Language tuition in addition to a subject specific classroom experience. Whilst the English Language tuition is set and distinct in assisting them in moving towards IELTS 6.0+ level the subject specific classroom experience is flexible in allowing the student to engage with a potential area of interest for future study. The following table is indicative of the subject aspects which may be studied and is reviewed annually to reflect programme development and market requirements for ultimate undergraduate progression routes. Specific note is made of subject and these are related generally to social sciences or sciences target areasStudents who wish to pursue a particular future course of study will be required to attend two modules indicated as subject (i.e. Business, Sport, Media, Computing). In addition they will also attend another from the same or a complementary area to extend their experience, skills and importantly extend their language engagement.

Module \ RouteSocial Sciences/ Sciences
CO4027 - Introduction to Web-based Technologies Business, Media (SS), Computing (Sciences)
CO4005 - Information Analysis and PresentationBusiness (SS), Computing (Sciences)
SS4103 Introduction to Sport DevelopmentSport (SS)
SS4112 Sport in SocietySport (SS)
SS4108 Introduction to Physiology for SportSport (SS, Sciences)
SS4109 Introduction to Psychology for SportSport (SS, Sciences)
SS4105 Introduction to Sports CoachingSport, Business (SS)
SS4113 Principles of Sports CoachingSport (SS)
ME4 710: British CinemaMedia (SS)
ME4 719: Creative Media Industries: Ownership and ControlMedia (SS)
BU4201 Organisational BehaviourBusiness (SS)
BU4203 Communications in the WorkplaceBusiness (SS)
BU4204 The Business EnvironmentBusiness (SS)
Routes and modules are subject to availability and should be confirmed at the time of acceptance. The following are indicative progression routes for those students who attain the Certificate of Achievement and subject to the consideration of course teams for admission.
Subject Area AttendedIndicative Progression BA(Hons) Awards
Business Business Management, Business Studies, Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Events Management, Marketing and PR, International Business, Marketing, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, Accounting and Finance
Media Advertising, Commercial Music Production, Creative Media, Digital Photography, Film Studies, Journalism, Media Studies, Radio Production, Television Production.
SportSport Development, Sports Journalism
ComputingComputer Science, Information Systems Management, Games Development

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single

Admissions requirements will be of an equivalent to the relevant subject areas indicated for eventual study (i.e. business, media, computing and sport), with the exception of the English Language requirements which will be from a minimum based of IELTS 4.5 overall or equivalent.

The positioning of the award as pre-undergraduate studies negates the application of subject benchmarks.

Some learning and teaching will be class-room based: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations and tutorials constitute examples of the ways in which the tutor/student contact time may be utilised in this way. Learning opportunities will enable students to apply elements of their academic learning to a real-life context wherever feasible.  They should also serve as valuable integrative experiences, enabling students to enrich and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of English language in context.Further support to learning may also be afforded through weekly 'drop-in' sessions for each of the modules where students can follow-up issues they identify with their tutors in a more informal setting. Additionally, learning will be acquired through extensive tutor-directed and student-directed independent reading and research, much of which will inform the class-tutor contact time.   The value of developing within students the ability to work and learn autonomously is recognised. To facilitate the development of this, emphasis will be placed on a shared responsibility for learning, on the importance of independent work to support the tutor-led sessions and on student self-directed learning. A pastoral support facility will be offered throughout the taught part of the programme. This will support the students learning on this programme and will provide guidance, advice and referral as considered appropriate.

Whilst the programme builds toward a recognised assessment of English Language through an IELTS/ equivalent methodology and the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening candidates are also required to undertake complementary tasks to assist them in their progress. These include:·         The maintenance of a learning log for subject areas studied, which will summarise key themes developed and hence indicate fundamental awareness·         The creation of a bibliography in support of future intended subject studies and for general assistance of language development·         The attendance at the selected sessions to a minimum of 80% in each subject area and for all English elements.


This programme is devised to encourage access by the opening of an opportunity to progress to degree level education for those students who do not currently meet the English Language requirements of the University. As such this programme fully embraces the University’s commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity.  The  University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students.  The ultimate objective of the programmes delivered are to ensure all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society and in whose activities all students can participate to the best of their ability. This programme is designed to ensure inclusivity and to ensure that the diverse needs of our students are provided for.  In addition, within this programme: •Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality.  •Each module has been developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning. •There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Department works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans where appropriate. •The induction activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues.  Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality.

•Supportive formative exercises are presented to give all students an equal chance of succeeding.

•Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills. The introduction of anonymous marking also enhances equal opportunity to all students. •In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and promptly notified to the University for removal or for reasonable adjustment to be made based on requirements. •All students are made aware of the Department structures to discuss issues should a concern arise. •A Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) is allocated for all students.  An appointment system also exists whereby any student can make an appointment to see any member of staff, including the Head of Department and Dean.


The programme will be revised annually in line with market requirements and the changing portfolio of the university with regard to the desire for and availability of routes and associated modules and the fit with evolving portfolio. As such candidates should check at time of acceptance as to the availability of elements they may desire.

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