Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
QP33; Short form: BA/EIC3
Preston (Campus code: U)
BA (Hons) - Top-up
This degree aims to help you develop professional skills in English across a wide range of business-related domains and will be of interest if you wish to work or have already worked in communication-oriented careers related to international business and management. It will prepare you for any career or field of postgraduate study requiring a mixture of business knowledge, high-level English language skills and cultural awareness, eg, public relations, marketing and advertising. The School’s quality stamp in English language provision is officially accredited by the British Council. We are also a provider of the Certificate in International Business English Training, accredited by Trinity College London and English UK professional bodies.
2 years HE experience and 2 years language years study of English and ideally business at diploma level and IELTS 6.0
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Only open to non-native speakers of English.
Level 4 - minimum of CEF low B2, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and a good record of marks from secondary school. School-leaving qualifications and records will be considered on an individual basis as international education systems vary considerably. A level (or equivalent) entry qualification in the language of their choice.
Level 5 - minimum CEF low B2, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and at least one year of undergraduate study in a field related to English Language and/or Business in English plus one year of chosen language studied at undergraduate level.
Level 6 - minimum of CEF high B2, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent and at least 2 years of undergraduate study in a field related to English Language and/or Business in English plus two years of chosen language studied at undergraduate level (B2 level)
Admission to a named foreign language pathway may be subject to interview and test in the foreign language. Students who are not accepted on the named foreign language pathway but who have the requisite level of English will be able to study BA (Hons) International Business Communication or English for International Corporate Communication.
In Semester 1, the compulsory module examines issues such as the nature of language and communication, the growth of English as a global language, the phenomenon of World Englishes, discourse and genre analysis of English used in various professional settings and the language of advertising and the mass media.
In Semester 2, the focus switches more towards the cultural aspects of communication and examines a range of issues relating to how different value systems affect what we say and do, and from this, how cross-cultural communication in corporate settings may be best achieved.
In addition to these compulsory modules, you will choose four more modules from a wide range of specialist pathways including:
Or a range of Advanced Language Modules in German, French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese (and Russian from 2017 subject to validation).
Or a range of Advanced Language Modules in German, French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese
The distinctiveness and strengths of the course lie in the emphasis on the application of intercultural and communication theories to work-related contexts through a programme of compulsory modules and optional pathways.
The course is made up of two compulsory modules in English for International Corporate Communication (one module each in Semesters 1 and 2) and a range of optional modules depending on the specific pathway (Public Relations, Interpreting & Translating, Digital Business Communication, Tourism & Leisure, Marketing, International Business & Management, English for Management in the Workplace) that students choose to follow. Students can also take a dissertation module.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students work independently on projects inside and outside the classroom. Class contact time will vary between 12 and 20 hours per week. However a student is expected to commit to substantial study outside the classroom, bringing total study time to thirty five hours per week. Class size is between 20 and 25 students.
The course is assessed through a mixture of assignments such as reports and essays, group work projects, presentations, simulations, portfolios and tests.
The Linguistics Lab is a specialist computer laboratory for students of English Language and Linguistics.
As a graduate of this course you can expect to be well-prepared for any career or field of postgraduate study requiring a mix of business knowledge and language/cross cultural awareness. Consider a career in international relations or work in consultancy or corporate training.