International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education – Business Studies Pathway

International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education – Business Studies Pathway 2020-12-21T13:24:39+00:00

Course Details


Level 4

ECTS Credits


Duration of Study Programme

1 Academic Year

Awarding Body

Domain Academy



Malta/EU Price


Course description

The International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education offers you specialist pathways designed to provide you with the transferable skills, knowledge and competence you require to gain an accessible route into Higher Education with the opportunity to progress to future higher educational courses or employment.

One key element of this course is that while studying you will also have the opportunity to develop your employability skills such as:

  • Problem-solving skills: analytical skills, use of critical thinking and showing initiative
  • Interpersonal skills: communicating and interacting with peers in different contexts, working collaboratively and showing responsibility
  • Intrapersonal skills: self-discipline, self-management and personal development

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Academic English and Study Skills

This module is designed to help students develop academic competence and awareness of academic English and study skills in preparation for higher education studies.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Demonstrate organisation of ideas and arguments in a clear and logical manner

b) Ability to write English clearly and appropriately using an appropriate range of sentence structures and vocabulary

c) Use citation and referencing appropriately

d) Use the work of others in academic writing – summarising, paraphrasing and quoting

  • Foundation Mathematics

This module is designed to consolidate learners’ knowledge and competence of mathematics through topics in the areas of statistical methods and linear algebra. The mathematical techniques taught in this module will be necessary to build a wider set of mathematical skills across a broad range of disciplines.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Demonstrate an ability to carry out basic algebraic manipulation

b) Plot graphs and apply general rules and principles of graphical construction

c) Apply concept of probability to find solutions to a range of problems

  • The Business and Financial Environment

Every organisation cannot operate on its own in an isolated environment – this is affected directly or indirectly by other factors. This module exposes the students to these factors creating  the necessary awareness to the type of product, competition available, customers, type of ownership, financial documents to be prepared and interpreted – in actual fact gives the student a macro view of all the elements that may influence the performance and operation of each business operation.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Understand the range of different businesses: local, national, international, global, private, public, not-for-profit/voluntary; sectors of business activity: primary, secondary, tertiary

b) Evaluate the purposes and functions of different organisations, influence of stakeholders and how the business organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structuring

c) Show the function and role of key stakeholders, owners, employees, suppliers, and customers

d) Demonstrate the purpose of accounting and the grouping of business income and expenditure

e) Demonstrate the role of: recording transactions, activity monitoring and the management of business

  • Impact of Communication Technology and Digital Marketing on Business

Nowadays more than years ago communication technology has a vital and crucial role in business operations. Emails, networking, social networks, media, and ways of marketing have become a necessary requirement towards the efficient performance of a business. This module addresses these issues so the student is conscious of the impact that communication technology may have on the business and how digital marketing has changed the way businesses use technology for marketing.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Understand the types of information: verbal, written, onscreen, multi-media, and web based

b) Describe examples of how the internet is used by selected, contrasting businesses

c) Understand the key features of planning for the increased use of e-business at different levels

d) Demonstrate the role of internet marketing within a modern marketing context

e) Show different aspects of Marketing: business to business, business to consumer, consumer o consumer, mainly based on modern information and communication systems

How you will learn

This diploma is delivered with a flexible classroom-based method, through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our own teaching portal.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is carried out through home-based assignments, which means you will have plenty of time to dedicate to each criteria. By having small groups, you will have more time for discussions where you can share your experiences at your place of work.

Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement.

Entry requirements

Students should be in possession of either of the following:

  • Secondary School Certificate, demonstrating a basic level of English to benefit from the course


  • Candidates with relevant work/vocational experience will be considered on an individual basis


  • A qualification equivalent to MQF/EQF Level 3


In all cases, an interview may be requested by the Admission Board in order to ascertain that the candidates admitted to the course have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria.

Students should produce copies of certificates, full CV preferably in EuroFormat and passport-size photo.

Fees & funding

Current Fees

Full-time Part-time
Malta/EU €2,450 €2,450

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