• The University of Law Logo

Introduction to Studying Business

Prepare for an undergraduate business degree, with support in academic English skills such as critical reading and note taking.

679 enrolled on this course

Introduction to Studying Business

Develop the skills you need to prepare for studying business at university

This three-week business foundation course provides an introduction to the modules covered on the International Foundation Programme (IFP) in business.

Discover the key business concepts that will inform your future studies, whilst learning how to improve your academic English study skills.

Explore key business concepts including the global market and trade protectionism

This introductory programme will set you up for success when progressing to an undergraduate business course, as it introduces you to the need-to-know concepts.

Explore international trade versus protectionism and the different operating environments for businesses. You’ll learn about the global market, examining how to sell to customers locally, nationally and internationally.

Improve your academic English skills and learn business research methodologies

This course will equip you with essential academic English study skills and business research methods, preparing you to advance your studies with confidence.

Discover how to critically read a text, make meaningful notes and develop strong academic arguments.

Develop confidence in using various research design approaches. Learn how to choose an appropriate research methodology for a specific research problem. You’ll do this by using a range of sampling, quantitative and questionnaire techniques.

Learn from the experts in IFP Business

This International Foundation Programme (IFP) is delivered by ULaw’s specialist IFP tutors who also deliver the undergraduate IFP course. So, when you’re ready to undertake graduate business studies with ULaw, you will already know some familiar, friendly faces.

What topics will you cover?

  • Critical reading
  • Note-taking
  • Competition in business
  • The global market environment
  • Quantitative research strategies
  • Sampling techniques

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Compare and contrast international trade and protectionism
  • Understand different operating environments for business
  • Learn to critically read a text and make meaningful notes
  • Develop an argument in an academic context
  • Select an appropriate research methodology using a range of sampling and questionnaire techniques

Who is the course for?

This course is designed specifically to enable international students to improve their academic English, to learn about business and to develop all the necessary skills needed for successful undergraduate study.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Tutor for International and Pathway Programmes at the University of Law. Over thirteen years of teaching and academic management experience, gained in the UK, South Korea and Hungary.

Anastasia holds an MBA and her professional portfolio and background include Lean transformation projects, Executive training programs and Internationalization projects. She teaches in HE since 2015.

Who developed the course?

The University of Law

The University of Law is one of the UK’s longest established specialist providers of legal education, believing that students should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Join this course

Start this couse for free, upgrade for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year.



Join free and you will get:

  • Access to this course for 5 weeks



Upgrade this course and you will get:

  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • A print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible


$279.99 for one year

Buy Unlimited and you will get:

  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
  • The freedom to keep access to any course you've achieved a digital Certificate of Achievement on, for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn
  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year

Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...