Undergraduate Year 1

Undergraduate Year 1

The Undergraduate Year 1 in Business and Management is a one-year course equivalent 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.

This programme develops your study skills and prepares you for direct entry to the second year* of a choice of UK universities. By studying in London, you will find yourself immersed in the world of business from day one.

As a part of the Undergraduate Year 1, we also teach Academic English Skills (AES). This is a qualification that provides training in the language and academic skills you’ll need to reach your potential at university. With the AES qualification, Undergraduate Year 1 students can progress to 13^ universities without a further IELTS test.

The Bellerbys Undergraduate Year 1 programme has been developed in close partnership with Aston University and is suitable for progression on to selected Aston programmes. Aston Business School is a triple accredited school (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA) – 1 of only 22 in the UK.

Aston University has received the prestigious Gold award for teaching excellence, consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

^Current number of universities but subject to continued change

By studying the Undergraduate Year 1, you will receive a unique conditional offer of progression to study at Aston University. You will have the opportunity to progress to the second year of a degree at Aston University, subject to achieving the grade and IELTS/Academic English Studies required. You can choose to study:

  • BSc Business and Management (Hons) (with options in Economics, Accounting, Information Systems and Analytics)
  • BSc Accounting and Finance (Hons)
  • BSc Marketing (Hons)
Aston University academic scholarship

Upon completion of the programme and progression to the University, two students on the Undergraduate Year 1 programme have the opportunity to receive a scholarship of £1,500 from Aston University.

You can apply to other universities through UCAS. The Undergraduate Year 1 is accepted by over 20 universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Birmingham City University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • University of Chichester
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University (London)
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Hull
  • Hult International Business School
  • Keele University
  • University of Leeds
  • Middlesex University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Regent's University London
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Southampton Solent University
  • University of Strathclyde (BBA programme)
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Ulster (London Campus)
  • University of Westminster


Subject to achieving grades and IELTS/AES required by that university. Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that 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 college. Benefits of studying London include the opportunity to partake in enrichment activities such asvisiting the Bank of England or attending workshops at London School of Economics .

You will be living and studying away from central London in Greenwich, with 24-hour college security and support staff.

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) 

Undergraduate Year 1 key facts

Minimum age: 17.5+
Course length: 3 terms
Start dates: September and January. See term dates
Hours per week:  20 to 22 plus 15 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).
Location:  London
Tuition fees per term: £6,232
Full programme price 3 terms:
Aston University Birmingham


  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Academic English Skills


  • Further Topics in Accounting for Business


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.