The International Foundation Programme taught at BUV and awarded by University of London is a passport to international study and future success. University of London’s member institutions comprise some of the top universities in the world, such as London School of Economics and University College London. It is this broad range of expertise and quality that makes the programme special. Students who join the IFP at BUV not only receive an international learning experience at our world-class campus and a recognized certificate that shows that they are truly able to excel in academic study, but also get well prepared with the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to gain direct entry to undergraduate degrees.
After completing IFP, student can choose to pursue either University of London programmes at BUV or Global Study by enrolling to any of the institutions within the University of London and Staffordshire University international network.
- Prepares students to pursue their studies at the undergraduate level in the field of accounting, finance, economics, mathematics, statistics, international relations, and business management.
- The teaching and learning strategies utilized ensure students have sufficient academic rigor to prepare them for degree education.
- Provides students with relevant intellectual challenge and also to develop transferable skills for a lifetime of employment.
- Focuses on the student’s needs, abilities, interests and learning styles, with the teacher as a facilitator of learning.
- Develop students’ ability to think critically, logically, and creatively, as well as to be disciplined and diligent.
- Instills in students the skills for life-long learning and self-development that will contribute to a global society.
Course length - 24 weeks
The accounting module is designed to prepare students for accounting and finance studies at a tertiary level. It consists of five major areas which are:
- Introducing financial reporting: What is accounting? Forms of business organization and concepts. Income statements and statements of financial position.
- Preparation of financial accounts: Double-entry bookkeeping: accounting for business transactions. Adjustments: accruals, prepayments, bad debts, and provisions. Adjustments: depreciation, disposal of non-current assets, revaluation. Inventory and cost of goods sold.
- Other financial accounting issues: Liabilities. Equity. Internal control: bank reconciliations, control accounts and suspense accounts. Incomplete records. Partnership accounting. Cash flow statements.
- Interpretation of financial accounts: Published financial statements and auditing. Interpretation of financial statements.
- Management accounting and finance: Management accounting introduction: the meaning of ‘cost’. Contribution, break-even analysis and limiting factors. Absorption costing. Budgeting and cash flow forecasting. Standard costing and variances. Capital investment appraisal.
Mathematics and Statistics (Required)
This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised quantitative courses in Mathematics and Statistics are based. The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance, and related areas.
The course offers an overview of key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs using modelling techniques.
Pure Mathematics (Optional)
This is the foundation course on which subsequent, university level pure mathematics is based, consisting of 7 topics which are:
- Logic, Proof and Sets: Mathematical statements and proof. Some basic logic. Quantifiers and proof by contradiction. Set notation and operations on sets.
- Algebra: Polynomial division. The factor and remainder theorems. Solving polynomial equations. The relationship between the roots of a polynomial and its coefficients. Partial fractions. The binomial theorem.
- Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions and the Pythagorean identities. The compound angle formulae. Using trigonometric identities to simplify and evaluate trigonometric expressions. Solving trigonometric equations.
- Calculus: Differentiating implicitly defined functions. Integration by substitution. Integration by parts. Using trigonometric identities and partial fractions in integration.
- Differential Equations: Separable and linear first‐order differential equations with some applications.
- Coordinate Geometry: Conic sections. Tangents and normals. Parametric equations and using them to find gradients.
- Vectors: Vector addition and scalar multiplication. The dot product and the angle between two vectors. The vector equation of a straight line. Normal vectors and planes. The Cartesian and vector equations of a plane.
International Relations (Optional)
This course offers a basic introduction to IR, its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas. There are 4 topics covered in this course which are:
- States, nations, and countries: This unit introduces students to regional and global issues facing International Relations (IR). The six sections cover basic IR concepts and essential information about different parts of the world. This gives students empirical knowledge they will need to engage with issues facing regional and global international societies.
- Four models of IR: The aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical tools needed to analyse world events. It introduces four different ways of understanding international events at the global and/or regional scale, defining key terminology and assessing the ability of each approach to inform our understanding of specific issues in International Relations.
- Analysing regional issues: This unit asks students to use Unit Two’s theoretical tools to analyse regional issues in IR. Its aim is to discuss the context behind regional issues; to consider them from four different theoretical perspectives, and to use the resulting information to analyse events.
- Global issues in international society: This unit asks students to analyse key international issues at a global scale, using IR theories and concepts to explain context and evaluate proposed solutions.
Business Management (Optional)
This Business and Management course introduces students to the different types of businesses that exist and their reasons for so doing. It looks at changes that are taking place in selected aspects of the external environment for businesses. Selected internal functions are studied to show how businesses can use resources efficiently and take informed marketing decisions to respond to changes in their environment and fulfil their aims and objectives.
AGE: 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration
ACADEMIC: Having one of the following:
- Completed Vietnamese high school or equivalent
- Passed at least four separate subjects at GCSE or GCE O level, with grades A to C, or the equivalent
ENGLISH: Having one of the following:
- Taken BUV’s Placement Test and reach the required score
- Passed GCSE in English language, with grades A to C, or the equivalent
- Proof of five years at a secondary school taught only in English
- IELTS: 5.5 (minimum 5.0 for each individual band), taken within the last 3 years
- TOEFL: 75 (minimum 18+ for Reading and Writing, 16+ for Speaking and Listening), taken within the last 3 years
- PTE Academic: 46 (minimum 46 for Reading and Writing), taken within the last 3 years