International Stage One - Business
Students will understand the fundamentals in business, with modules tailored to your future degree. These include tailored modules to progress to degrees in ‘Business’, ‘Accounting and Finance’, ‘International Hospitality, Tourism and Events’, ‘Marketing’ and ‘Economics’.

The IS1 pathway is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area.

You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen Edinburgh Napier undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at Edinburgh Napier University once you have successfully completed the pathway.

Available Progression Degrees

Students can progress onto a range of degrees following successful completion of the business pathway programme:

  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing Management
  • BA (Hons) Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Accounting with Corporate Finance
  • BA (Hons) International Festival and Event Management
  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism and Airline Management
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Financial Services

Common module across all IS1 pathway routes

English and Skills for University Study (ESUS)

The ESUS module raises your awareness of the critical importance of English language competence in all four language skills areas within an academic context and provides English language preparation for continuing study onto the later stages of an undergraduate degree programme. Emphasis is also placed on developing the study skills you require for success, for example, research, critical assessment of sources, academic writing, team working, and your understanding of the conventions of higher education and of the need for good academic practice.

30 Credits


Course specific modules

Management Accounting and Systems

This module introduces you to the role and function of management accounting within a business and shows its importance in terms of costings, financial control and decision making. It introduces computerised systems in accounting and shows how these support the accounting function in informing and advising a company’s senior managers.

30 credits


Financial Accounting

The module aims to introduce students to the role and purpose of the accounting function within business, considering primarily the key concepts and activities associated with financial accounting. You learn how to record transactions using double entry bookkeeping and to prepare the financial statements which provide companies and their investors with a financial ‘health check’.

20 credits


Financial and Digital Literacy

This module sets out to improve your practical and life skills as you adapt to a new environment. Its early classes focus on advice about the access to the world of work and also help you to budget effectively. The latter part of the modules enables you to enhance your basic IT skills in terms of use of preparation and use of documents and spreadsheets using Microsoft 365 (Office), and presentation skills using PowerPoint. It further helps you both to develop your research skills through appropriate use of the Internet and to demonstrate how using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and social media can support effective communication with your tutors and fellow students during your studies.

20 credits

If you are interested in studying a degree in Marketing Management you can choose between studying this module or Principles of Economics.


Principles of Economics

The aim of the module is to provide you with a broad appreciation of a number of key economic principles. You will study, for example, resource allocation and scarcity, supply, demand and elasticity, the drivers for economic growth, market structures and the consideration of alternative economic systems.

20 credits

If you are interested in studying a degree in Marketing Management you can choose between studying this module or Financial and Digital Literacy.


International Hospitality, Tourism, Festivals and Events

Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Festival and Event Management:

This is an introductory module intended to help you understand, in an international context, the hospitality, tourism and events sectors which have become vital to the overall economic and socio-cultural development of worldwide destinations. The module discusses the boundaries of tourism, hospitality and events, their inter-relationship and inter-disciplinary nature. Definitions and terminologies of tourism, hospitality and events will be provided as will information on the structure of these sectors. The measurement of tourism, hospitality and events in terms of quantitative or statistical data and their interpretation are key components of the module. You also examine demand and motivational factors for consumers of tourism, hospitality and event products.

30 credits



Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Festival and Event Management:

The module aims to introduce you to the theory and practice of marketing and marketing management as a key activity within a business. You will study the different market environments and dynamics, learn about the importance of market research and the study of consumer behaviour, and be introduced to the different aspects of the marketing mix – product, price, promotion and place.

20 credits


Management Studies in a Global Context

Applicable to students who are progressing onto the field of Business Management:

The module introduces you to the study of Management and Entrepreneurship. Apart from considering some basic theories of management structures and approaches to leadership, you develop your understanding of how culture works and why this matters in a global context. You consider how theoretical concepts and frameworks can help you identify and understand cultural differences and how these impact on attitudes and behaviour. You also see the ways in which culture influences how people approach, not only leadership, but also, for example, motivation, relationships and team work.

30 credits

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