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Undergraduate Year 1

The first year of your degree in a supportive and international environment

The Bellerbys Undergraduate Year 1 in Business and Management is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in one of the world’s top business hubs, on our vibrant London campus, this course prepares you for the second year of a business-related degree at many UK universities.

You’ll study specialist business modules alongside English language preparation, over your choice of two or three terms, helping you to gain the skills to join the second year of your chosen degree. By studying in London, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the exciting world of business outside the classroom.

Our Undergraduate Year 1 programme has been developed in close partnership with Aston University and gives you the opportunity to progress on to selected Aston degree programmes. As-ton Business School is a triple accredited school (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA) – 1 of only 22 in the UK. Aston University has also 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.

Three term Undergraduate Year 1

Our three-term Undergraduate Year 1 combines business modules with our Academic English Skills (AES) module, providing you with training in the language and academic skills you’ll need to reach your potential at university. Our AES qualification even means can progress to 13* universities without further IELTS testing.

Accelerated Undergraduate Year 1**

If you’re looking to join your undergraduate degree even sooner, our Accelerated Undergraduate Year 1 allows you to study the programme in just two terms. This is an intensive course of study, with eight modules taught over the two terms. You will benefit from additional study hours each week ensuring you gain the skills you need for university. As this is an accelerated programme, you’ll be expected to commit to a high level of private study in order to succeed in this demand-ing programme.

After successfully completing your two terms of study and achieving the required grades, you’ll be able to progress to the second year of your chosen degree at Aston University, University of Brighton, Bangor University, University of East Anglia, Middlesex University or Regent’s University London.

*Current number of universities are subject to continued change
**Subject to approval

Key facts

Undergraduate Year 1 Accelerated Undergraduate Year 1
Minimum age: 17.5 17.5
Course length: 3 terms 2 terms
Start dates: September and January. See term dates April start has been withdrawn
Hours per week: 21 - 27 hours (plus self study) 27 - 28 hours (plus self study)
English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no skill less than 5) IELTS 6.5 (no skill less than 6)
Location: London London
Tuition fees per term: £6,317 £6,317
Full programme price: £18,951 £12,634

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
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University (London Campus)
  • HULT International Business School (London Campus)
  • Keele University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University London
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Regent’s University
  • Southampton Solent University
  • St Mary’s University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Chichester
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Strathclyde
  • 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) 
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 campuses. 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.