HELP has been providing teaching for the University of London International Programmes since 1986. The Programme was detached from the Department of Economics in September 2008 and became a separate academic department under the HELP Academy, a member of the HELP Group. As an Affliate Centre the Department of University of London International Programmes offers a range of courses to serve the needs of students taking EMFSS and BSc (Hons) in Business Administration programmes. They are:
- International Foundation Programme (IFP)
- BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance
- BSc (Hons) Economics & Management
- BSc (Hons) Economics
- BSc (Hons) Banking & Finance
- BSc (Hons) Business Administration
- BSc (Hons) Business Administration with Marketing
- BSc (Hons) Business Administration with International Business
The Department has a strong team of professional and experienced academics, many of whom have provided teaching for the University of London degrees over a long period. The academic team comprises holders of Masters and PhD degrees who are caring, approachable, and supportive of students. Academics are also involved in coaching and mentoring work designed to assist students with special needs.
A key feature of the EMFSS and the BSc (Hons) Business Administration programmes with academic direction from LSE and Royal Holloway respectively is a strong emphasis on developing students’ ability for critical thinking and to resolve problems independently. Thus, students are trained to be active in class discussions and debates. An equally strong emphasis is on relationship-building between students, lecturers and the Department. This is the core value the Department and its team strongly believes in and strives to develop.
Course Structure of both the EMFSS and BSc (Hons) in Business Administration programmes require students to complete a total of 12 subjects over a study duration of 3 years minimum or 8 years maximum. Students may determine their own pace of study and the course duration. The University of London International Foundation Programme requires students to complete a total of 4 courses over a duration of 1 year.
The EMFSS and BSc (Hons) in Business Administration programmes are run over two semesters and are 100% examination-based and thus do not require students to do class assignments or research work. Students sit for examinations upon completion of the subjects. All examination papers are set and prepared by academics in London and students are allowed to sit or resit examinations only once a year, normally in mid-May or June. IFP is run over three semesters. Examination will be held late April every year.
Study materials are provided to students by University of London International Programmes. These included subject guides, Strategies for Success, access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), sample of past examination papers plus examiners’ reports, and direct and free access to the University of London’s online library.
The Department of the University of London International Programmes at HELP Academy, however, also administers two (three for IFP) internal (mock) examinations each year to help students prepare for their London examinations.