Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Business

Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

Pre-University programme of study

Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

Pathway: Business

The main purpose of this programme is to offer a one-year pre-university qualification which is designed to provide you with an entry route to UK or overseas universities.

Course duration: One academic year, September to June.

Venue: Online and on campus at Lansdowne, Bournemouth

Course dates: from September 2022 to February 2023 – fully online; then on campus from February 2023 to June 2023

Visa requirements: Students will be required to obtain a six months student visitor visa in order to join on campus studies

Course Level: RQF3

Qualification: Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

Awarding body: NCC Education


Developing English Language Skills, Advanced English Language Skills, English for Academic Purposes, Study and Communication Skills, Culture Studies, Foundation Mathematics, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Accounting and Economics, Further Maths.

Download the programme leaflet (PDF)

Entry requirements

  • Age 17+
  • Successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects
  • UKVI Academic IELTS 4.5
  • Alternatively, you can take The College marked English Test

Assessment method

The units are assessed by either examination or coursework assignments.

Typical progression opportunities include: 

Business, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, Management, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Analytics, Statistics, Fashion Business, Sports Business, and International Banking.

University progression

This diploma is accepted by most UK universities and over 70 universities worldwide.

A number of universites offer a guaranteed progression route upon successful completion of the Diploma. Additionally, many universities welcome and view favourably applications from NCC Education students including London Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham, University of Essex, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of York.

Benefits of the course

Z Quality assured and well-established awarding body with  centres in the UK and worldwide

Z A valuable university preparation qualification which allows candidates to develop their English language skills (both general and academic) together with key transferable study skills, cultural knowledge and mathematical understanding, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of business and economics (Business electives)

Z Recognised and valued by many universities, both in the UK and in other countries. There are over 50 university progression routes to UK and overseas universities.

For more details of the universities that successful L3IFDHES candidates can progress to, see www.nccedu.com

Download the NCC education leaflet (PDF)


The Bournemouth and Poole College is a good place to study International Access to University Science course. The teachers were always very helpful to me. As one of the International students it was fairly hard for me to get accustomed to the UK education system. Each time when I finished my subjects, I was always being welcomed to ask questions and share what I knew. With the teachers’ help, guidance and patience, I was able to achieve great results with enough credits to get into Bristol University to study Pharmacy.

By studying the Bournemouth and Poole College programme it was possible to gain enough credits to meet the entry requirements of different top-ranking UK universities.