LC International Pre-Masters Semester (Business Management)

Are you an international student interested in studying a business related Master's degree in the UK? On this International Pre Master’s Semester (Business Management), you’ll be able to prepare yourself for potential postgraduate studies in business management-related subjects, experience a UK academic environment and familiarise yourself with a new social and cultural set-up.

LC International Pre-Masters Semester (Business Management)

Course details

Our International Pre-Masters Semester programme in Business Management is designed to introduce you to a new study culture, build on your knowledge of business management, and help you develop your academic and language skills to an advanced level.

This means providing you with teaching that’s interactive, and has a strong focus on communication and group working. This way, you don’t just learn from your tutors, but also from your fellow students as you collaborate and support each other’s progress.

Studying in a foreign country is a great opportunity, and can be a really positive life-changing experience. It can be a challenge too, so we’re here to provide you with wide-ranging support and encouragement to help you make the most of your time living and studying in what might be a whole new cultural experience, and an academic approach you’re not familiar with.

Classes on this course are taught and run by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers who have a solid background in business management.

  • Start date: 25/05/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: LC
  • Duration: 15 weeks

Course highlights:

  • You can acquire a balance of business management knowledge and advanced academic and language skills.
  • You’ll be able to develop your understanding of the key principles, practices and theories of business management.
  • On successful completion, you can achieve an English level comparable to IELTS 6.5
  • There’s excellent pastoral support from highly qualified teaching staff, personal tutors and welfare officers, to help you embrace and make the most of studying here.
  • Bolton University has an excellent International Society, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with people from all over the world while you get to know Bolton, the local area and beyond.

Key features:

  • Interactive and inclusive teaching comes with a focus on developing your communication as well as your skills and knowledge.
  • You’ll have full access to comprehensive guidance from University Student Support Services, including advice on housing and accommodation, financial and careers, plus counselling services and disability support.
  • Specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutors work closely with Business Management tutors to provide excellent teaching and learning support.
  • You also have access to chaplains and pastoral assistants from a range of traditions, faiths and worldviews.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 25/05/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: LC
  • Duration: 15 weeks

You’ll need a Secure English Language Test score of at least IELTS 5.5 (with at least 5.5 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification. You’ll also need a recognised HE5/HE6 undergraduate qualification.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Career opportunities

If you complete this International Pre-Master’s Semester, you’ll be in a position to apply for a range of business and management-related postgraduate courses at the University of Bolton, or strengthen your career opportunities in business management-related roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

Useful information

The fee for this programme is £4,625 for 2019/20.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Gateway to Management
  • Global Marketing
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Work and the Employment Relationship
  • Financial Reporting for Management

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll get to experience a range of teaching approaches on this course, and we’ll help you develop the study and learning strategies that best support you as you acquire and develop your business management, language and academic skills.

Each module will have a practical focus, and timetabled sessions will allocate time to tuition, group work and assignment/IT workshops. Each week, we offer 15 hours of tuition, including workshops or seminars, plus an hour’s academic tutorial to support you with assignments. Our teaching approach places emphasis on facilitation, where your tutor will guide and support you as you complete a variety of tasks.

In tutorial sessions, you’ll receive detailed and constructive feedback on your progress, and we’ll help you find your own strategies for successfully completing the course. In addition, you’ll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment – a website with a wide range of additional learning materials, interactive content and support resources.

Assessments don’t just include written exams and assignments but also portfolios of work which you’ll work on independently with advice from teachers, giving you the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. You’ll also be expected to deliver presentations and participate in discussions with regular feedback from your teachers to help you. One to one discussions between teacher and student are also a very important feature of the programme where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss progress and raise any concerns about your studies.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (90%), Written exams (10%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (55%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    15 weeks

Contact us

Sally Preece
Programme Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903783

Susan Rabbitt
Lecturer in Business Management
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903463

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903