International Year 1

The International Year 1 (IY1), delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) provides an intensive combination of first year university subjects modules with extra study and English language skills. The IY1 is the first year of a three-year Bachelors degree.

At BUIC our programmes are taught in small class sizes and we are able to offer small-group teaching, extensive tutor interaction and feedback, and enhanced English language tuition. This will help you improve both your subject knowledge and university study skills before progressing onto Bangor University.

Upon successful completion of the IY1, you will continue to the second year of your chosen degree to study at Bangor University.

Your journey through the IIB

Subject routes:

  • Business, Management & Finance
  • Psychology

Entry Requirements:

English Language:

  • IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme, or
  • IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)

For students from English speaking countries we may be able to waive our English language requirement if your high school English language grade is at least a C or equivalent.

IY1 Business, Management & Finance:

This route will help you develop a broad understanding of business organisations, the economy, markets and finance. Knowledge in this field is helpful to work in almost any sector or industry, giving you varied career options.

You can progress onto the following programmes at Bangor University:

  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Banking and Finance
  • BSc Business Economics
  • BSc Business Management
  • BSc Business Management and Finance
  • BSc Financial Economics
  • BSc Management with Accounting
  • BSc Marketing

Course Structure:

You would study the following modules:

  • Business Project and Study Skills
  • English for University Learning
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Business and Marketing
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Mathematics for Business and Finance

 

Academic Entry Requirements:

High School Diploma from your own country, which is equivalent to A Levels or a recognised International Foundation Programme

To see the entry requirements for your country click here.

 

IY1 Psychology

Achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Bangor University with this route. A psychology degree opens up a variety of career options, such as a professional psychologist as well as other disciplines such as healthcare, teaching, marketing, or management. Even if you decide to ultimately not join the world of psychology, the organisational, analytical, and research skills you gain will make you a high-quality candidate for many organisations. Additionally, it will help you learn about yourself and others.

Programme

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3

Research Methods

(30 credits)

English for University Learning 

(20 credits)

Scientific Communication

(10 credits)

Behavioural Psychology

(20 credits)

Social Psychology

(10 credits)

Introduction to Psychology (10 credits)
Biological Psychology (10 credits)

Applied Psychology

(10 credits)

You will study these modules:

• Research Methods
• English for University Learning
• Scientific Communication
• Behavioural Psychology
• Social Psychology
• Introduction to Psychology
• Biological Psychology
• Applied Psychology

Brief module descriptions

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the research methods and statistics used within the Psychology. Students will learn about using the correct scientific method for planning, undertaking and interpreting research. Areas covered include:

• Designing a research project
• Producing a literature review
• Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
• Descriptive and inferential statistics
• Proficient use of statistical package SPSS in facilitating research
• Surveys and focus groups
• Hypothesis testing
• Ethical issues
• Seeing and understanding findings
• Creating reports to show findings

English for University Learning


Students will learn how to communicate and learn using academic English language. Topics covered will range from academic writing, reading for Higher Education (HE) study, llistening in the HE environment, speaking and listening in seminars and University study skills. The students will develop the confidence to use this language, which will help the rest of their pathways and further education.

Scientific Communication

This module teaches students how to communicate within a scientific setting in a clear and effective way, both in writing and verbally. They will study scientific texts and listen to lectures within their field and write summaries of what they learnt from this, providing opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of and ability to engage with scientific writing. Students will also be required to work in groups, discussing current Psychology topics.

Behavioural Psychology

Students consider the link between behaviour and the mind, conditioning and the interaction with the environment. What defines normal and abnormal behaviour and why behaviours are so difficult to influence or adjust are discussed. Additionally, this course reviews mental health problems, including stress, anomalistic psychology and the experience of the paranormal. Students also consider positive psychology and the science of happiness and well-being.

Social Psychology

This module will look into psychological theories within Social Psychology. Students will get an introduction into interpersonal relationships, attitude formation, structure and change, social influence and group dynamics. This course allows students to explore human behaviour in a social and cultural context.

Introduction to Psychology

This module will introduce students to the study of Psychology as a science. It looks at the historical development of Psychology as a discipline and considers the main schools of thought within the subject, requiring students to think about the validity of the scientific investigation into human behaviour.

Biological Psychology

Students will learn the principles of biological psychology, considering the anatomy of the brain and how the brain influences the mind, so affecting behaviour. Consideration is given to the different location of mental functions and behaviours and how the brain may be affected by injury or neurological disorder. Elements of cognitive psychology are explored, including memory and language acquisition.

Applied Psychology

This module looks at ways in which psychological training, theory and research can be applied to real-life situations. In addition to clinical, educational psychology and counselling, students will also looks at forensic psychology, the impact of psychological insights in the world of business and management and in urban planning. The module will show how an understanding of human attitudes, reactions and behaviours influences decision-making in all these areas.