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International Business (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Programme leader:
Catherine Cai

Page last updated 11 July 2017


Why BA(Hons) International Business?

The growth of international business in a fast-moving, complex global economy has created a demand for graduates with knowledge of global markets and management and the challenges of conducting business across borders. Accredited by EPAS, a highly regarded international accreditation enjoyed only by the world's best business courses, makes this degree ideal for those with an interest in working overseas or in an organisation that operates across the world.

Why study our course?

This flexible and applied degree, taught by experienced, research-active experts, provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business management with a focus on the international dimensions of business. Overseas study or work is an integral element of the course and will give you skills and experience highly valued by employers. 

You will explore international business theory and practice through a broad range of modules spanning international management, economics, finance and marketing. Key themes of global citizenship and cross-cultural communication run throughout the course, preparing you for work in diverse environments whilst developing your awareness of the ways people do business across the world and the challenges and issues they face.

You will form part of an active and diverse community of students in a city recognised as an international business hub that is home to many placement and graduate employers that brings a wealth of real case studies, and guest speakers from industry.

Real-world experience

The practical nature of the course ensures you graduate with real-world skills and experience to succeed in your international career. Study abroad or an overseas work placement is a compulsory element of this degree and UWE Bristol has established a strong and growing network of international partner institutions at which to study. Our students have successfully secured placement roles with employers such as Disney, Airbus and Microsoft.

Where it can take you

Career options are broad and exciting with opportunities to work overseas. Whilst this degree provides a solid platform for an international career in business management you will graduate with a skillset relevant to any business career.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups.Teaching methods will be engaging, as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters and another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation Year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics)  would require an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for your future success. 

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
  • Business Decision Making for Management
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Context.

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, alongside specialist international business modules, and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Global Managing People
  • Theory and Practice of International Business
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Global Management Skills
  • Managing Business Processes
  • Accounting Information for Business
  • Introductory Research Project
  • Intercultural Communications.

All students will spend their third year either working or studying abroad and the curriculum in the second year provides support preparing you for your time overseas.

Final year

The final year will include a major project, modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and a number of advanced international business module options that allow you to develop your specific interests. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Learning, Enquiry and Development on Placement OR Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad OR Cross-Cultural Learning and Development
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Multinationals in the Domestic and Global Context

In addition, you will study one of the following major final year projects*:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Enterprise Project.

As well as the above, you will study one optional module from the following:

  • International HRM
  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Economics of Developing Countries
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Financial Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Economic Issues in International Business.

*All projects must be in the field of International Business

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project working and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study, for example, in preparing for workshops/seminars, reviewing lectures, online working through the university's 'virtual learning environment', reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for end of module exams.

Our learning and teaching approaches are student focused with the emphasis on helping you to actively find out things for yourself. You will be expected to work with a mix of theory and practice, balancing academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so that you can appreciate the relevance and application of concepts learnt. To help in doing this, all students are expected to gain high quality work experience, ideally through the 40-week placement but if not then through short-term internships, paid work (e.g. as a Student Ambassador or as a Peer Assisted Learning Leader) or through volunteering.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by EPAS, an international programme accreditation system operated by the European Foundation for Management Development. It evaluates the quality of business and management programmes with an international perspective.

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


As an alternative to overseas study, a work placement in another country is a valuable opportunity to contextualise learning, gain experience in an international business environment and understand the challenges of managing across borders.

The Business School has strong links with many employers and we provide extensive support for students in applying for placements. Our students have successfully secured roles with large global organisations such as Disney, Airbus and Microsoft.

Whether working or studying overseas, you will have the opportunity to develop your communication and language skills and cross-cultural awareness and understanding whilst boosting your graduate career prospects. 

Study abroad

Study abroad or work experience overseas is a compulsory element of this course with international business students given priority for study abroad opportunities.

If you choose the study abroad option, you will spend part of your degree studying at one of our partner universities in locations such as Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid or Amsterdam. This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to develop your language skills and learn about your subject in a different country and culture. Employers highly value this element of the course increasing your employability and graduate prospects.

You will be provided with support in both preparing for and throughout your time overseas.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities and an excellent library, open 365 days a year. Dedicated Business Librarians manage vast collections of materials to support your curriculum subjects and independent research and provide further support through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website. You will also benefit from regular workshops including referencing management and zoned spaces from silent to group study and bookable rooms. 

There is excellent access to electronic databases on and off campus including books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport. The Business School also provides flexible learning spaces with wireless internet access and group and quiet study areas.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

This broad business degree with an international focus provides an ideal launch pad for developing an international career in any area of business, management and entrepreneurship, and in any sector of the economy. You will however develop a skillset and knowledge base relevant to many other careers.

Graduates are employed in a wide range of roles across both the private and public sectors, working in both the UK and overseas.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Prospects - careers in business and management


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) International Business course.

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