Undergraduate Year 1

Undergraduate Year 1

An Undergraduate Year 1 course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in London, this course prepares you for the second year of a business-related degree at university.

The Undergraduate Year 1 in Business and Management develops your English language and study skills and prepares you for second-year entry to a choice of UK universities. Learning in London, you'll find yourself immersed in the business world from day one.

The Bellerbys Undergraduate Year 1 programme has been developed in close partnership with Aston University and is suitable for articulation on to selected Aston programmes.

On completion

On successful completion of the Bellerbys Undergraduate Year 1 in Business and Management programme, you have the opportunity to progress to the second year of a business-related degree at one of over 20 partner universities, subject to achieving the grade and IELTS/ESUS required by the university.

This course prepares you for the teaching and learning style of university through a mix of intensive lesson time and self-study. Our trusted and supportive staff makes sure you develop your academic and English language skills and personal tutors help you with your all-important university application.

This course gives you the excitement of studying in London, a world-leading financial and business capital, while feeling part of our safe and nurturing business college. It’s the best of both worlds. Enrichment activities like visiting the Bank of England or attending workshops at London School of Economics couldn’t be easier in England’s capital city. All while you are living and studying in leafy Greenwich, with 24-hour college security and support staff.

Choose your university while you’re in the UK with the help of our experienced staff, organised visits and guest lectures. Degrees range from accounting, finance and tourism as well as business and management subjects. Our in-depth knowledge of British universities means we can help you choose the best university for you.

The Undergraduate Year 1 is accepted by more than 20 universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University*
  • Bangor University*
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bournemouth University*
  • University of Bradford*
  • University of Brighton*
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University*
  • University of Chichester
  • Coventry University London Campus* (subject to meeting the university's academic and English requirements)
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Hull
  • Hult International Business School
  • Keele University
  • Middlesex University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Regent’s University London*
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Southampton Solent University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Ulster (London Campus)
  • University of Westminster*

*These universities offer progression based upon our English Skills for University Study (ESUS). IELTS is not required.

Progression is subject to successful completion of the programme and achievement of the grades required by that university. 

Please note that university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

You have the option to study external qualifications as part of our enrichment programme. Stand out to universities and boost your skills with:

  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) 

Key facts

Minimum age: 17.5+
Course length: 3 terms
Start dates: September, January. See term dates
Hours per week:  24 to 30 plus 20 hours self-study  
Entry requirements:  Completion of senior high school (and in some countries, evidence of a further year's study) and minimum of 2 A Level passes (Grade E).
English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing).
Tuition fees per term: London: £6,080


  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Skills
  • Information Technology 
  • English Skills for University Study 1
  • English Skills for University Study 2
  • English Skills for University Study 3


  • Management Accounting
  • Operations Management


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.

University Preparation

A Bellerbys star student preparing for a place at a first-class university

As the international education specialists we will prepare you for university from the moment you arrive at one of our Colleges. We will introduce you to new ways of learning and help you develop your confidence to ensure you can join the best university for you.

Student care

Bellerbys students in the classroom at the College

The caring and supportive learning environment at Bellerbys will help you develop essential life skills. So you can become a successful global citizen. Every year we see our students grow in confidence and gain outstanding academic results. You'll make international friendships that will last a lifetime.