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Foundation Year Business

Our Business Foundation Year will give you the skills needed for a range of programmes at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

Introducing your course

Improve your English skills whilst you learn the fundamentals in economics, accounting, and statistics.

This programme draws from history, economics and the social sciences to give you a wide, interdisciplinary understanding of business, and the career paths available to you.

Our Business Foundation Year is an integrated undergraduate programme. This means that if you achieve the minimum marks required, you'll be able to progress onto year one of a selected undergraduate degree.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • learn key information in topics like: economics, accounting, business, mathematics and statistics
  • improve your English speaking and writing abilities through compulsory modules
  • progress to a selected business-related undergraduate course
  • gain key transferable skills like the ability to make critical, evidence-based arguments and the use of IT for research and communication

Programme Structure

This programme is made up of three semesters.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to year one of a selected, business-related, undergraduate degree programme.

Typical entry requirements

For 2023 entry

We accept a wide variety of international qualifications for entry onto our Business Foundation Year.

QualificationEntry requirements
IGCSE 5 B grades including Mathematics (excluding Moral Studies, Religious Studies)
SPM 5 B grades including Mathematics (excluding Moral Studies, Religious Studies)
IB MYP Grade 5 in 5 subjects including Mathematics (excluding Personal Project and Physical and Health Education)

Other equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications) will be considered, please contact a UoSM education counsellor or your preferred agent to understand more.

Selection process:

This list contains the qualifications we see most often. If you have a qualification that doesn't appear on this list, or if you have any questions about the qualifications needed for studying at University of Southampton Malaysia, please contact us.

English Language Qualification

  • IELTS 5.5 overall, minimum 5.5 in all components, or UEC English B4 or equivalent, OR
  • Grade C in SPM 1119 English (cohort before 2021), SPM CEFR Level B2 or above (cohort from 2021 onwards), Grade C in GCSE English, Grade A in IGCSE English as a Second Language or equivalent.

Please CLICK HERE for the current English language requirements, a list of qualifications and tests the University of Southampton recognises and a list of exempt countries.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Our Business Foundation Year programme modules are designed to equip you with a broad range of skills relevant to business.

Modules include:

  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • English for Academic Study
  • Introduction to Business
  • Global Society
  • Introduction to Economics

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Year of studyMode of studyMalaysianInternational
2023/24 Full-time RM25,400 RM29,718


Additional fee information

Scholarships and bursaries are available at the University of Southampton Malaysia

Explore our funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

A varied range of assessment methods is central to this programme, while also ensuring that you have reached the level required to be a successful student on an undergraduate programme at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

The business foundation year will help develop your intellectual flexibility for use both in your studies and your future career.

The following assessment methods are typically used;

  • essays, reports and other writing assignments 
  • examinations 
  • individual presentations 
  • group projects & presentations 
  • observed seminars and discussions 
  • reflective assignments including online writing 

Study Locations

University of Southampton Malaysia

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