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Foundation in Business Administration and English

This 4-week programme equips young international executives and graduates with the key business and management knowledge and skills required for study in the UK. It is perfect preparation for starting an MBA or similar postgraduate course.

Before starting a postgraduate course in the UK, international students need to quickly understand the fundamentals of core business disciplines, at the same time as developing confidence in your knowledge of English in an academic and a business setting.

The course develops essential business and management skills and provides a good grounding in the theories and concepts needed to prepare you as a strong MBA or Masters candidate.

The Benefits

  • Insight into the fundamentals of core business disciplines
  • Key communication and interpersonal skills through regular presentations carried out on the course
  • Knowledge and confidence to use business and conversational English through total immersion in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Knowledge of how to work effectively in multi-cultural teams
  • Broader understanding and appreciation of management practice from a range of business sectors
  • Full insight to the academic and classroom environment
  • Ability to adjust your working mode to meet different challenges from those of the professional world
  • Delegates become part of our Executive Education Network, continuing their links with the business school through regular updates and events.
Dorella Chu Rapizza

I’d recommend the programme to new MBA candidates and students who have not yet decided to take an MBA because the programme gives you a general view about the specific areas you will study. The programme also helps you to understand how UK business works especially through the guest speaker sessions with impressive entrepreneurs. The programme helped me to improve my communication skills and develop new skills that were useful during my MBA.

- Dorella Chu Rapizza

The Delegates

This course is for international graduates, postgraduates and junior managers who are looking to develop their business knowledge and management skills in preparation for an MBA or similar postgraduate course in a UK educational institution.

The Programme

The programme has been designed with a very specific audience in mind which means that it is closely tailored to your needs at this stage in your studies. We design the course each year based on previous feedback, using the expertise of our Alliance MBS academics and selected guest speakers to create the right programme for the group.

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The intensive course develops skills in three key areas – business concepts, general management skills and study tools. It gives an excellent overview of modern business practice through:

  • Business communication and presentation skills
  • Management of organisations
  • Accounting and finance
  • Change management
  • Macro-economics
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Creativity in business
  • Leadership
  • British culture

The Team

Alliance Manchester Business School has some of the most highly-regarded experts in business management. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking on to the course to your post programme executive coaching sessions, they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Our Team - Marie-claude Witcombe
Marie-Claude Witcombe
Course Director

Our Team - Joanne Cherry

Joanne Cherry 
Programme Administrator

Lorna Hitchin

Lorna Hitchin 
Business English Teacher and Course Co-ordinator

John Brophy

John Brophy 
Presenter and Course Co-ordinator

Key features

Key Feature Icon - Coaching and Mentoring

Develops language and business

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Multicultural experience

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Inspirational speakers

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