Sample pathways for the International Business Foundation
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.
It is run in partnership with the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH). CTH is one of the world's leading specialist hospitality and tourism professional bodies whose core mission is to provide the highest standard of industry-focused professional qualifications.
CTH is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies and is approved and regulated by Ofqual.
The applied nature of the International Business Foundation means that practical, hands-on experience is fundamental to the course.
- Presentations and lectures from representatives of multi-national companies, plus leading entrepreneurs and business award winners, giving the opportunity to hear first-hand business experiences
- Lectures on management, branding and franchising include talks from local business leaders
- Visits to global companies, other locally based businesses and growing business enterprises to gain information for specific research projects
- Building a portfolio of achievement
- Business-related presentations to other students and staff
Students will have the opportunity to complete short work shadowing placements within local businesses and to become involved in business enterprises, in order to gain full understanding and primary knowledge that will be used for their research projects. Students will be given a range of options from different companies that we work closely with in providing valuable and reliable work experience opportunities.
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 a closed-book written examination and assignments. All assessments and exams are set and assessed by CTH.
Students’ work will be measured against the specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria of each unit.
On successful completion all students will receive the CTH Diploma of International Business.
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 course also follow modules which include English language development, IELTS skills, ICT and specialist English for Business. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a Communication and Research Skills module, moderated by CTH.
The course provides a minimum of 650 hours of tuition over 3 terms. Students are expected to complete extensive private study.
English language modules include:
- General English language development
- IELTS preparation
- Specialist English for Business
- Communication and Research 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.
CTH Diploma in International Business
All students will complete the CTH Diploma in International Business supplemented by additional IELTS preparation, ICT 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 four 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.
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 and presentation
Essentials of international marketing and finance
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.
This unit also covers the role of finance in an international organisation and the principles of business planning in a global context.
Assessment method: Closed book written examination
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
Assessment method: Written report and a presentation of the report
From Kings Life
International Business Foundation student Patricia Elena Troya De Puy from Panama tells us about her experience at Kings Oxford so far.