International Stage One - Business

Students will understand the fundamentals in business, with modules tailored to your future degree. These include tailored tailored to a degree progress in ‘Business’, ‘Accounting and Finance’, ‘International Hospitality, Tourism and Events’, ‘Marketing’ and ‘Economics’.

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The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area.

You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen Edinburgh Napier undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at Edinburgh Napier University once you have successfully completed the pathway.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathways + 3 year degree

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Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
International Stage One IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Course Modules

This module introduces you to the role and function of management accounting within a business and shows its importance in terms of costings, financial control and decision making. It introduces computerised systems in accounting and shows how these support the accounting function in informing and advising a company’s senior managers.

30 credits

The module aims to introduce students to the role and purpose of the accounting function within business, considering primarily the key concepts and activities associated with financial accounting. You learn how to record transactions using double entry bookkeeping and to prepare the financial statements which provides companies and their investors with a financial ‘health check’.

20 credits

This module sets out to improve your practical and life skills as you adapt to a new environment. Its early classes focus on advice about the access to the world of work and also help you to budget effectively. The latter part of the modules enables you to enhance your basic IT skills in terms of use of preparation and use of documents and spreadsheets using Microsoft 365 (Office), and presentation skills using PowerPoint. It further helps you both to develop your research skills through appropriate use of the Internet and to demonstrate how using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and social media can support effective communication with their tutors and fellow students during your studies.

20 credits

The aim of the module is to provide you with a broad appreciation of a number of key economic principles. You will study, for example, resource allocation and scarcity, supply, demand and elasticity, the drivers for economic growth, market structures and the consideration of alternative economic systems.

20 credits

Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Festival and Event Management:

This is an introductory module intended to help you understand, in an international context, the hospitality, tourism and events sectors which have become vital to the overall economic and socio-cultural development of worldwide destinations. The module discusses the boundaries of tourism, hospitality and events, their inter-relationship and inter-disciplinary nature. Definitions and terminologies of tourism, hospitality and events will be provided as will information on the structure of these sectors. The measurement of tourism, hospitality and events in terms of quantitative or statistical data and the interpretation are key components of the module. You also examine demand and motivational factors for consumers of tourism, hospitality and event products.

30 credits

Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Festival and Event Management:

The module aims to introduce you to the theory and practice of marketing and marketing management as a key activity within a business. You will study the different market environments and dynamics, learn about the importance of market research and the study of consumer behaviour, and be introduced to the different aspects of the marketing mix – product, price, promotion and place.

20 credits

Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Business Management:

The module introduces you to the study of Management and Entrepreneurship. Apart from considering some basic theories of management structures and approaches to leadership, you develop your understanding of how culture works and why this matters in a global context. You consider how theoretical concepts and frameworks can help you identify and understand cultural differences and these impact on attitudes and behaviour. You also see the ways in which culture influences how people approach, not only leadership, but also, for example, motivation, relationships and team work.

30 credits

Available Degrees

BA (Hons)
Accounting is so much more than crunching numbers, it is the backbone of any business, and with the advances of technology and AI, it guarantees an exciting career.
BA (Hons)
Accounting with Corporate Finance
Accounting is so much more than crunching numbers, it is the backbone of any business, and with the advances of technology and AI, it guarantees an exciting career. This joint honours degree involves the same core accounting modules as BA (Hons) Accounting but more compulsory finance modules to build up your specialism.
BA (Hons)
International Tourism and Airline Management
Learn about every aspect of international tourism and airline management; design, development, and delivery. This course offers the exciting opportunity to train for a tourism and airline-related career and learn from experienced professionals from the industry.
BA (Hons)
International Festival and Event Management
You'll learn how to plan, design, market, operate and develop events, as well as how these events can be used to help local economies and communities.
BA (Hons)
International Hospitality Management
You'll study the principles of international hospitality management and apply these to practical situations in hotels and restaurants, preparing you for a career in the hospitality and tourism industries.
BA (Hons)
Financial Services
We developed this programme to meet the financial sector’s increasing demand for skilled graduates. The course provides students with up-to-date and relevant learning experiences, whilst equally developing the skills necessary to excel in the modern workforce.
BA (Hons)
International Tourism Management
This degree covers practically every aspect of tourism management, from impacts and sustainable development to destination and visitor attraction management. It will equip you with the knowledge and practical experience you need to prepare for a career in tourism management.
BA (Hons)
Business Management
This course provides you with opportunities to discover how organisations are managed whilst developing your business mindset. This flexible course allows you to study Business Management and specialise in the area that interests you the most.
BA (Hons)
Marketing Management
If you are looking for a career that emphasises creativity, communication skills and analytical abilities then marketing could be for you. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to enter this exciting sector, by exposing you to current theory and practice.

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