Foundation Course in Business Studies

Enrol in our Foundation Business English Course, accredited by Oxford Brookes University, to elevate your English proficiency and ready yourself for your first year at university in the UK. Unlock the opportunity to enhance your language skills while preparing for a successful academic journey.

About this course

In September 2024, CIE is set to launch The Foundation Course in Business Studies, an accredited eight-month program by Oxford Brookes University designed to prepare international students for university entry.
This is a 32 week course, including 12 weeks of IELTS training for those with an IELTS level below 5.5 and 20 weeks of intensive Business Studies. 
With small class sizes, the program ensures personalised attention. You will study 3 hours of Business Studies in the morning and 2 hours of IELTS practice in the afternoon.
Oxford Brookes University recognises and approves the Foundation Course in Business Studies, considering it equivalent to NQF level 3.


This course is tailored for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Possess an existing IELTS score of 4.5 or higher (Please note that individuals with a score below 4.5 cannot be accommodated for this course).
  • Aim to achieve an IELTS score of 6 or above, a prerequisite for embarking on university studies in the UK.
  • Demonstrate an interest in business studies.

This program helps you dive into and improve your English language skills and boost your knowledge in the world of business studies for an insightful learning experience.


High school leaving certificate, Baccalaureate or equivalent of 3 British A Level examinations.
IELTS score of 4.5 (September start) or 5.5 (January start)


Start dates

September 2024 – online 

If you need to improve your skills or get your IELTS score up to a 5.5 before starting in January 2025, you should choose this option. 

January 2025 – in person

This online course is for you if you need to improve your skills or get your IELTS score up to a 5.5 before starting in January 2025. 



September start: £13,960

January start: £10,280

Included in fees:

  • 32 weeks’ (Sept start) or 20 weeks’ (Jan start) tuition
  • Course materials
  • Social programme, including 2 weekly social and cultural activities
  • IELTS examination fee for June 2025 test dates
  • Academic & welfare tutorials

Not included in fees:

  • Single half board accommodation with a carefully selected homestay host (includes breakfast and dinner every day) can be arranged for £260/week
  • Accommodation during holidays
  • Weekday lunches
  • General English Course during holidays
  • Local transport, such as taxis or Oxford city bus passes.

Minimum Age 


More about this course

Sample Timetable for Term 1/2

Lesson 1 & 29.00 – 10.00Functional English / People and Operations Management
Lesson 310.15 – 12.30General English / Motivation & Leadership

 Lesson 3 & 4            1.30 – 3.45                      IELTS

Entry Requirements 

  • A senior high school certificate in your own country
  • An English Language level of IELTS level 4.5 (September start) or 5.5 (January start

The course comprises of the following elements

English Language tuition designed to enable students to reach IELTS level 6 or higher

Study skills and computer skills which should prepare the students for university study

Business Studies modules which will provide students with the academic background to follow a degree course in a similar area.