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BA(Hons)

International Business (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
N11F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Craig Whittaker
Key fact:
You'll spend your third year studying or working at one of our many partner institutions overseas; these include organisations in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Malaysia and Amsterdam.

Page last updated 14 November 2018

Introduction

Why study international business?

There's a growing demand for graduates who understand global markets and management and the challenges of conducting business across borders.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) International Business (with Foundation Year) will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business management, with a focus on the international dimensions of business.

A variant of this course, BA(Hons) International Business Management, is available (without the compulsory year abroad) to non UK/EU direct entrant students at UWE Bristol and selected overseas partners.

Overseas study or work is an important part of the course and will give you skills and experience highly valued by employers. 

Themes of global citizenship and cross-cultural communication run throughout, preparing you for work in diverse environments. You'll learn the ways people do business across the world, and the challenges and issues they face.

The practical nature of the course ensures you graduate with real-world skills and experience to succeed in your international career. You'll be part of an active community of students in a city recognised as an international business hub. Bristol is home to many placement and graduate employers, which gives us a wealth of case studies and guest speakers.

This degree is accredited by EPAS, a highly regarded international accreditation given to the world's best international business courses. Making this an ideal degree if you're interested in working for organisations that operate around the world.

Where can it take me?

Career options are broad and exciting with opportunities to work worldwide.

This degree gives you a solid platform for a career in business management, but you'll graduate with a skillset relevant to any business career.

You might go on to work for multinational enterprises, governmental organisations or start your own born global company.

Our graduates have secured placement roles with employers such as Disney, Bank of Scotland, Airbus and Microsoft. Others are employed across both the private and public sectors, working in the UK and overseas.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • 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 normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Global Managing People (including study year abroad preparation)
  • Theory and Practice of International Business
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Global Management Skills
  • Operations and Supply Management
  • Accounting Information for Business
  • Introductory Research Project
  • Intercultural Communications.

Placement year

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Integrated Business Management Simulation
  • Strategic Management (BIM)
  • Multinationals in the Domestic and Global Context.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • 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
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development.

Plus, one major project* from:

  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Enterprise Project.

*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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but follow a different structure.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-focused, with the emphasis on helping you to find things out for yourself.

You'll be expected to balance academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so you can appreciate the relevance and application of the concepts you learn.

You'll learn through various activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online and some in groups. Some involve students supporting each others' learning.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills and IT and numeracy skills, with a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

You can gain work experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
024%76%0%
125%75%0%
224%76%0%
321%79%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
036%41%23%
122%48%30%
223%57%20%
336%53%11%

Features

Professional accreditation

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

Placements

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

As an International Business student, you'll get priority for opportunities overseas. You'll also receive extensive support and guidance while you're away.

Study abroad

If you choose to study abroad, you will spend part of your degree at one of our partner universities. We have contacts with institutions in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam, among others.

This is an important opportunity to develop your language skills and cross-cultural awareness. Employers value an international perspective, so it will increase your graduate prospects.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or use our Study Skills website

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This broad business degree is an ideal launch pad for an international career in any area of business, management and entrepreneurship. But your skillset and knowledge base will be relevant to many other careers.

You might go on to work for multinational enterprises, governmental organisations or start your own born global company.

Our graduates are employed across both the private and public sectors, working in the UK and overseas.

See also:

Prospects - careers in business and management

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years945
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1260
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1575
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year315

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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