University Pathway

Kick-start your business degree with a University Pathway course at Oxford Tutorial College (OTC).

Business University PathwayUniversity Pathway in business teaches more than just the academic subjects you need for university. We teach international students to think independently, plan their study time effectively and complete their assignments to the highest standards; skills and qualities that will stay with you and boost your future career.

Broad Horizons

If you are curious about business but want a broad understanding before you choose a degree, our University Pathway is for you. Our University Pathway offers international students a unique combination of theoretical and practical classes and assignments.

A wide choice of business related modules means you will have a broad understanding of the subject you want to study, as well as learning about some areas that are new to you. Everything you study will give you the competitive edge when you start your career.

  • Study in Oxford, the centre of academic excellence.
  • Access some key Oxford University facilities.
  • Learn in university style classes and improve your English.

Compete with the best

The University Pathway teaches skills that will stay with you for life. To gain your place at a great UK university you will need to prove that you have the academic and personal abilities to thrive in higher education. Your course includes:

English Language

University life is rewarding, but not without it’s challenges. English language skills can help you communicate to make friends, ask questions in lectures and rise to the top of your class.

  • Study English as you gain valuable UCAS points
  • Learn how to take notes, make presentations, write essays and complete assignments in preparation for university
  • Specialist preparation for IELTS examinations

Learning about Business

To understand all the elements of business we teach through group projects and tasks, encouraging leadership, teamwork and other professional skills. You will learn to research, develop and then present ideas - a way of studying that is much closer to the independent learning you will experience at university.

Mathematics for Business

Maths plays a vital role in most business related subjects. You will receive a great grounding in the subject and learn how to apply your knowledge to solving problems at work.

Studying in the UK

For many international students their experience at OTC is also their first time studying in another country. We will help you transition to UK academic life teaching you what you can expect at a UK university.

Focus your studies

Study BusinessYour business course focuses on what you want to learn.  All students take four core units which give them an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication: all fundamental to the success of business organisations. The core courses are:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

The other eight units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Marketing, Law, Administration, and Human Resources.  The precise route through the course for each student will depend on the nature and interest of the class and through discussion with individual students.

What can I do with a University Pathway in Business?

Your University Pathway in Business incorporates a BTEC in Business as well as options for additional A-levels. With your qualification you can go into a variety of jobs in management, marketing, finance, customer service or human resources.

Applying to University

Students at OTC apply to UK universities through the UCAS process. We have a dedicated Higher Education Office where you get the advice you need to make the best choice.

Universities in the UK make offers to students based on the qualifications being studied, each grade has a potential number of points. The university will usually make an offer based on the total points expected. The table below shows the relationship between A-levels, AS levels and BTEC.

Grade A-Levels AS-Levels BTEC
A 120 60 120 Distinction
B 100 50  
C 80 40 80 Merit
D 60 30  
E 40 20 40 Pass

For example:

Subject Grade
AS Maths Grade B 50
A-level own language Grade B 100
BTEC Level 3 in Business Studies Double Distinction 240
Total 390

This is the equivalent of 3 A grade A-levels, and remember the assessment for BTEC is through coursework.


Student Progression

Prepare for University

Our 2015 University Pathway students had offers to study Business at these top universities:

  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Southampton
  • Aston University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Royal Holloway
  • Plymouth University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Kingston University
  • St Marys University, Twickenham
  • Edinburgh Napier University

Top Universities in the UK accept our University Pathway for entry to their business courses:

University of Manchester

  • Business BTEC Distinction
  • 1 A-level (can be in your own language)
  • 2 AS levels

Queen Mary

  • Business BTEC Distinction
  • IELTS 7.0

Royal Holloway

  • Business BTEC Distinction
  • 1 A-level (can be in your own language)

University of Leeds

  • Business BTEC Distinction
  • 1 A at A-level

University of Bath

  • Business BTEC Distinction
  • 1 A-level (not in your own language)


2015-16 Entry requirements

Start point Min age Min IELTS Terms Programme
September 16.5 years 5 IELTS 3 terms Diploma
January 16 years 5 IELTS 5 terms Extended Diploma
September 16 years 4.5 IELTS 6 terms English + Extended Diploma
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