International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Business Management (Face-to-face or Online Distance Learning)

Our International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Business Management is the ideal preparation for progressing to one of our undergraduate business or accounting degrees. When combined with your BSc (Hons) degree, it forms the first year of BPP University’s four-year extended BSc (Hons) degree. The modules are designed to give you a thorough grounding in the skills that underpin your chosen programme.

Subjects include English for Academic Purposes, plus core academic subjects in business, accounting, economics, numeracy and data analysis. We also offer an online study mode to enable students to benefit from flexible study, without compromising on the quality of your learning.

International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Business Management is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush
Online: Distance learning

Start Date

January, May and September

Length of programme
One term, full-time
Two terms, part-time online

Modes of study
Online: Distance Learning

We use different methods of assessment depending on the module. These include: portfolio coursework, seen and unseen assessments and examinations

How to apply

To apply online please apply direct or request a call back for more information.

*Subject to any UK regulatory requirement

Key Information

  • Our English language provision is accredited by the British Council
  • Receive assistance from personal tutors and international student advisers to help you settle in and increase your confidence when you study our face-to-face option
  • If you choose classroom study, you will have a minimum of 16 hours face-to-face tuition, plus homework and self-study to undertake each week
  • You will have access to online resources on BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere
  • Guaranteed progression onto your BPP University business or accounting degree on successful completion of all the programme assessments*
  • A choice of start dates for added flexibility
  • Learn from a mix of academic and management professionals
  • Study books and online study materials are included within the fees

Your certificate

The International Foundation Certificate in Business Management is a full-time programme, run over one year if you choose classroom study, or two-years, part-time if you choose to study online.

If you are an international student please visit our International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies page

Teaching methods


This programme provides 16 hours of face-to-face classes per week to provide a positive and supportive learning experience. We want you to have as much contact time with your tutor as possible. This is why we offer small group workshops throughout the programme. You'll take part in fully interactive sessions, often involving group work, to maximise understanding, testing and peer support.

You will have regular progress reviews with your personal or programme tutor. These meetings enable you to monitor your personal and academic progress and to receive support if you have difficulties.

As well as attending classes each day you are expected to study on your own. This gives you the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and to apply your newly acquired skills. To help you achieve this, you'll have access to BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will find all the study materials available 24/7.

You will receive additional personal support from your Personal Tutor and through our International Student Advisers, who will help you to adapt to life, learning and the requirements of studying for a UK degree.


As this is an online programme you are expected to study at your own pace. To help you achieve this, you'll have access to BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will find all the study materials available 24/7.

You will have regular progress reviews with your personal or programme tutor. These meetings enable you to monitor your personal and academic progress and to receive support if you have difficulties.

You will receive additional personal support from your Personal Tutor and if you ever have questions after classes, or if you're finding a subject difficult, support is available from your subject tutors and your allocated personal tutor.


On successful completion of all the programme assessments you will be able to progress to the following BPP University’s BSc (Hons) Business Management degree

Pre-Sessional English course also available

Our Pre-Sessional English course is designed for international students who want or need to improve their English before beginning their BPP University degree or foundation programme. Successfully passing the course will guarantee you progression on to your chosen degree programme without needing to re-take any external English language tests. You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of general and academic English and develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

Find out more


These modules provide you with a thorough grounding in the skills you need to progress onto your chosen BPP University business degree programme.

All modules are compulsory.

Term 1

  • English for Academic Purposes (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business and Business Law (20 Credits)
  • Study and Employability Skills (0 Credits)

Term 2

  • English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Economics (20 Credits)
  • Numeracy and Data Analysis (20 Credits)

Entry requirements

English language

  • English language requirement for those applying from outside the UK, whose first language is not English: IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with 5.5 in writing) or equivalent


You must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme and have completed a minimum of 12 years of schooling with evidence of good grades.


You may study for your International Foundation Certificate either by yourself and through your own studies, or with the assistance of one of our in-country support centres

  • You must be 16 years or over on commencement of the programme and be able to demonstrate good grades in your +10 year qualifications, including Maths and English to an equivalent GCSE C grade.

However every application is taken on its own merit so we do encourage you to apply.

At BPP University we are committed to you being successful in your studies. As part of your application you may be asked to undertake and experience a sample online lesson and write about your experience – we ask you to do this so you are happy with the online learning style and understand the level of commitment required to be successful. We would also like to talk to you over the phone so that you are aware of what is expected of you.

Requirements specifically for online study

Students will require access to sufficient bandwidth and regular internet access to be able to access the BPP University VLE, the online materials and email. These will contain all the relevant BPP University online study materials, online classrooms and course management materials. Students must also have access to Chrome or Firefox internet browsers to be able to view materials on the VLE platform, Moodle.

Your experience

At BPP University, your studies are just part of your student experience.

Being highly career-focused and concentrating on practical application as well as academic theories, we want your time at BPP University to be a great all-round experience.

There are many student-led activities and societies for you to choose from and lots going on off-centre. So as well as giving you the practical and academic knowledge you need to get ahead, we'll help you build the social skills you'll need to thrive in work – and life.

At BPP University we give you all the skills and advice you need to get ahead. As part of helping you get the best possible start to your working life, we provide a specialist Careers service.

BPP University Students' Association

Founded in 2011 after a year of consultation with and design by students, the new BPP Students' Association is home to thousands of students across all ten BPP University sites, and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you – the student – at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Study locations

Paying for your programme

This programme is open to non-EU international students for a fee of £12,500

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

BPP University Scholarships

We know that you are a student with passion, drive and a real desire to learn. That is why we have scholarships that you may find helpful if you simply do not have the finances to go to university. In 2015 alone, we offered over £400,000 in scholarship funding. For more information please visit:

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company ( or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit /bpp-university/student-finance

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website at BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.