Preparing for University

Stoke College International Foundation Course in Business

Stoke College are delighted to announce that they will be offering an International Foundation Course in Business in conjunction with Cambridge International Education Centre with effect from February 2019 as an exciting complement to its ‘A’ Level offering. This new addition to the Stoke College portfolio is designed to better enable international students to fast track UK University admission into Business and Management degree courses. This course will also strengthen their English Language proficiency levels and will provide a seamless progression from a school to a university education environment.

About Stoke College

Stoke College is a well-established co-educational private school set in 25 acres of parkland on the border between Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. It has an impressive historical pedigree dating from 1415, having been built on the site of a major medieval monastic college. It is an idyllic environment that is conducive to study in a calm and relaxing atmosphere which is the envy of many other institutions. The School nurtures an ethical and caring environment for its students and a cross-cultural awareness which facilitates the easy integration of international students.

About Cambridge International Education Centre

Cambridge International Education Centre Ltd (CIEC) comprises a substantial group of distinguished academic and professional practitioners with national and international experience covering a wide range of subject areas and who have come together to create a unique international network offering courses and qualifications across the globe. CIEC specialises in Business, Management, Information Technology, Law and English Language education. Members of CIEC have extensive experience in senior management and leadership in university education in the UK and internationally, as well as consultancy and research with bodies such as the OECD and major multinational companies. CIEC also has expertise in course validation, quality assurance, external examining and developing learning materials for UK and international universities. Colleagues of CIEC have published major textbooks for Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, in many languages, in a wide range of economics, business, management and English subject areas.

Unique Benefits

  • Progression Pathways to UK and International Universities
  • Delivery by Professorial Ranked Academics
  • Dual Certification
  • Dedicated Course Materials
  • Access to VLE
  • English Language Enhancement

Progression Pathways to UK and International Universities

The CIEC Foundation Course in Business is recognised as an admission pathway to a number of UK and international Universities and such recognitions are a very tangible sign of the standing, integrity and suitability of the programme.

There are two well established routes to University entry via the Stoke College/CIEC Foundation in Business course.

First, individual students can secure direct entry onto most relevant UK University first year courses in Business/ Management on an individual case-by-case basis. In the recent past, CIEC Business Foundation students have been accepted by high ranked UK Universities including King’s College London, Bristol, Manchester, Warwick, Nottingham, Lancaster, Sheffield and many others.

Second, the Stoke College/CIEC Foundation is specifically recognised as an admission pathway by a number of Universities which have progression agreements for this programme. These include, amongst others, Birkbeck College (London University), Hull, Coventry, Sunderland, London South Bank, Leeds Trinity and Arden Universities. Progression agreements for this programme also apply to consortia of universities such as UNICAF (e.g. Universities of South Wales, Malawi, Zambia) and to international universities, such as Northwood University, USA.

The comments of Celine Arens, a Belgium citizen originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are typical of other past CIEC Business Foundation students. She is now working for the UN in Bangkok, having taken an MA in Environmental Sustainability at University College London following her achieving a first class honours degree at Anglia Ruskin University.

 “Taking my CIEC Business Foundation course was a great experience for me and has proved to be the best choice because this foundation programme is both academic and close to the professional reality.”

Delivery by University Professors

One of the distinctive features of the course being launched at Stoke College is that a number of the modules will be delivered by distinguished academics who hold and have held Professorial and leadership positions with UK Universities. Profiles of just some of these are provided below.

In addition to giving the students access to leading academic practitioners, they also will benefit from exposure to University orientated teaching delivery – ideal preparation for degree study and thus an important bridge between the school approach and the University one.

Dual Certification

Successful students will receive BOTH the CIEC Level 3 Diploma in Business and the ATHE (Awards for Training & Higher Education) Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Business. These Diplomas, as previously noted, will secure progression to a large number of UK universities.

Dedicated Course Materials

Each of the modules studied in the course will use materials which have been developed by CIEC in conjunction with Pearson Education, the largest educational publisher in the world.

Access to VLE

Students are also given access to CIEC’S Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide additional exercises and activities, with feedback, to help their personal study outside the classroom environment.

English Language Enhancement

This course contains a dedicated Business English and Study Skills module and the expectation is that students will enhance their IELTS profile by 0.5 each semester.

Meet the Staff

Professor Stuart Wall
Professor Wall is a globally recognised authority in a range of economics, business and management subjects. He has been personally cited by the Independent Newspaperin its ‘A to Z of Business Schools’ as having made an outstanding contribution to UK business education. He is the author of major texts published in many languages (5 texts are in Chinese alone) and of a wide range of on-line, audio and video materials in business and management for the Financial Times, Pearson, Edexcel, Marshall Cavendish and others. He has acted as a consultant to the OECD and other major organisations.
Professor Cedric Bell
Professor Bell (LLB, LLM, Barrister, PhD) is a well-known freelance international academic entrepreneur, lawyer and experienced conference speaker. He was for ten years Chief Executive of Holborn College in London, a leading private sector law and business College in the UK, which he built up and then sold on to the US Washington Post Kaplan Group. Professor Bell has held the positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of a large Malaysian University and is a ‘triple law graduate’ of the University of Birmingham. He is a qualified barrister and holds professorial positions with a number of UK and international universities. Professor Bell is an expert on a wide range of international business areas, having extensive engagement with universities,governments, diplomatic and regulatory bodies in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
Dr Greg O'Shea
Dr O’Shea is an acknowledged authority on international business, organisational development and international finance.  He has doctoral and MBA qualifications in the areas of international business and strategy, as well as professional accounting qualifications and a degree in Law.  Greg has extensive teaching experience in these subject areas in the University of Helsinki, Finland, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and in many other overseas universities and has worked on coaching and team development for Vodafone, Nokia, EON and other major corporate clients.
Frances Amrani
Frances has extensive experience in developing and delivering English language courses and materials for students and teachers in the UK and internationally, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.  She is multi-lingual and has held senior positions for Cambridge University Press and has led professional development for language teachers at the University of Manchesterand for teacher trainers with the British Council.  Frances has worked as a language trainer for a wide range of courses including IELTS, TOEFL, CELTA, PET, FCE and is a co-author of a major language training text for Cambridge University Press.
Jonathan Knowles
Jonathan Knowles is one of the UK’s most experienced practitioners in developing, delivering and assessing business and management programmes in an international context, especially those involving strategy, marketing, decision making and research methods. Jonathan has taught and examined for the Open University, Heriot Watt University campuses in Dubai, Malaysia and Jordan, FHNW Basel, Switzerland, DHBW Mannheim, Germany, amongst others.

Course Content

On this course students will study the key areas of business, including communication skills, marketing principles, strategy, budgeting, human resource management, global business environment and managing and leading teams. Students will also develop the key academic and research skills so important for university study and for the future career and prospects of individuals and businesses.

Course Structure

The diagram shows you the modules to be studied in this Business Foundation programme.











There will be three intakes each year, namely:

  • February
  • May
  • September

This fast track intensive six month route is for students who have the language and study skills capabilities to cope with the intellectual rigours of covering the modules in six months. The expectation is that international students will have at least an IELTS or equivalent score of 5.5. It will enable students who join in February to start their degree studies in September or May entrants to start their degree studies the following January.

NB For international students who have an IELTS below 5.5 or who prefer a full year of study, there is a three semester study route available.


The fee for the February 2019 two semester intake will be £11,950 excluding accommodation. The fee for the three semester course will be £16,950exclusive of accommodation. The three semester course is designed for students wanting to progress across a full academic year.

Student Accommodation

Accommodation whilst attending the Foundation Course at Stoke College is based on living with a family in Cambridge.   You will live with a Host Family, not only giving you opportunities to improve your English but also a full immersion into British family life.  Accommodation will be based on a single room with breakfast and evening meal provided by the family.   During the week you will eat lunch in the Stoke College dining room.  Based in Cambridge you will travel to the College by Minibus along with other Stoke College students and you will have the weekends free in Cambridge.  Cambridge is a beautiful city and students can take advantage of living in this historical centre of education and mixing with students from all over the world.

Contact Details


Stoke College
Stoke by Clare
Suffolk CO10 8JE

Telephone – +44(0) 1787 278141

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