BA(Hons) International Business Communication (Top Up)

Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Bristol Business School
One year full-time
Programme leader
Dr Akin Ojolo

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants

Page last updated 4 May 2022


Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. Equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, this top-up degree is aimed at students who have completed two years of business or communication studies with English at Level 4.

Why study international business communication?

English is the global language of business, and managers need strong language skills and an awareness of how English is used in a professional context, as well as a strong grounding in business.

Our top-up course offers a mix of subjects giving you a solid grounding in areas such as intercultural communication and business English, as you continue building your business and management knowledge.

The combination of business and communication skills you gain will put you in a strong position for working in global management roles.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our BA(Hons) International Business Communication top-up course is designed to offer you an integrated mix of business and communication modules. On successful completion, you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.

This one-year course covers key disciplines and operational areas of business, with a specific focus on international business communication. 

You'll explore critical business issues, encouraging you to think strategically and ethically, and be taught by research-active staff and industry experts. At the same time, you'll build on the language skills you already have, to gain a solid foundation in business English and intercultural communication.  

The cross-disciplinary nature of the course means you'll work with experts in both business and communication. Our connections with practitioners across industry keeps the teaching relevant and up to date, and guest speakers from industry present further opportunities to gain real-world insight.

Employability is central to the course and ensures you graduate 'work ready', with the skills and experience to succeed in your career.

Based in Bristol, one of the UK's most vibrant cities, you'll be part of our thriving, multi-cultural Business School, offering you access to exceptional facilities and collaboration opportunities, in a city recognised as a leading business hub with a strong international focus.

Where can it take me?

International Business Communication at UWE Bristol is a broad, practical degree with many potential specialisms and a range of career pathways.

Your skills and attributes will set you up well for careers in international business and management.

Our graduates hold management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment.



You will study:

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Enterprise Project or Business Project and Business Project in Theory
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Communication and Commercial Writing
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing Communications
  • Language at Work.

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.

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, online exercises and simulation activities. You'll be expected to read independently to broaden and strengthen your learning.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, as well as improving project and time management skills throughout.

You'll develop a critical understanding of organisations, their management and the changing global environment in which they operate.

You'll apply your understanding of intercultural communication issues to a range of management disciplines.

You'll work with experts in business and communication, across two different faculties at the University, and hear from guest speakers from industry.

We also offer help with employability and study skills, and settling into the UK, to help you make the most of your experience. 

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


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

The assessments will test out concepts in practice, incorporate reflections on your own experiences of organisations, and develop and enhance your language skills for managing in a global economy.

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers spaces for individual and group study, interactive learning environments, state-of-the art lecture theatres and conference rooms. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

Our University Enterprise Zone, Future Space, at our Frenchay Campus incubates, hatches and provides growth space for robotics, biosciences and biomedicine startups.

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

You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

This broad degree gives you diverse career pathways to choose from. You could go into any area of international business, including marketing, HR, operations or recruitment.

Bristol has a vibrant and growing business sector and employers highly value our courses and students.

We have good links with organisations, and past graduates have secured roles with multinationals, small to medium enterprises and the public sector.

Many students take up graduate management schemes, or set up their own business. Others go on to further study and teaching or research careers.

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.

See also:
Prospects - careers in business and management


Supplementary fee information

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.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

Entry requirements

You should hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent), or have successfully completed a course which is equivalent to the first two years of a UK honours degree (240 credit points (120 ECTS credits)) in a related subject.

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