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English for International Corporate Communication

English for International Corporate Communication BA (Hons) - Top-up

This degree aims to help students develop professional skills in English across a wide range of business-related domains and will be of interest for anyone wishing to work or has already worked in communication-oriented careers related to international business and management. It will prepare students for any career or field of postgraduate study requiring a mixture of business knowledge, high-level English language skills and cultural awareness, e.g. public relations, marketing and advertising. 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 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.

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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.

Why choose this course?

Accreditation

Accreditation by the British Council for non-native speakers of English only.

Specialised Advice Centre

All students will have access to our Worldwise Learning Centre, which is open year-round and offers advice and support for the study of world languages and cultures, traveling, and working or studying abroad.

  • This course is also available at our partner, SCOPE at City University, Hong Kong
  • 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 a truly varied range of optional pathways
  • You will be fully exposed to the UK culture through activities of the Worldwise Learning Centre
  • As a native speaker of a foreign language you can gain work experience through Worldwise Learning Centre with five-day work placements and short-term internships, for example as a language assistant for conversation classes or at events, or as a Worldwise student advisor
  • Opportunities also exist for national and international work placement through studying a work experience stand-alone certificate offered from our award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
  • The School’s 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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:

    QP33

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

2 years HE experience and 2 years language study of English and ideally business at diploma level and IELTS 6.0

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.

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Course Overview

The Compulsory EICC Modules

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:

  • Translation and Interpreting (Chinese-English, Spanish-English, French-English, German English)
  • Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • International Business
  • Events Management
  • Digital Business Communication
  • Cultural Events Management

Year 1

Compulsory Module:

  • EB3101: Globalisation and Business in International Corporate Communication

Optional Modules:

  • EB3992: EICC Dissertation
  • EB3010 English for Management in the Workplace
  • EB3203 Digital Communications in Modern Business
  • EB2209 Marketing and Advertising Communication for International Business Communication
  • PR2101 Public Relations in Context
  • EB3701 Principles of Human Resource Management for International Business Communication
  • TL2028 International Tourism Development
  • TL2048 Planning for International Events

Or a range of Advanced Language Modules in German, French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese (and Russian from 2017 subject to validation).

Year 2

  • EB3204 Business Communications 2.0 – adapting to the User-Centred Web
  • EB3209 Advertising Around the World for International Business Communication
  • PR3111 Public Relations for Marketing
  • EB3702 Principles of Human Resource Development for International Business Communication
  • TL3028 International Tourism: Themes and Issues
  • TL3054 Managing Events in an International Context

Or a range of Advanced Language Modules in German, French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese

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Your Learning Environment

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.


Check out our facilities

Students will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites and will have access to our state-of-the-art Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available on an open access basis. Our students can study additional languages using the digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers a varied programme of activities designed to give students global experiences on campus and there are bursaries available to support short trips abroad during your time with us. Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.

Our Linguistics Lab is a specialist computer laboratory for students of English Language and Linguistics. The lab is equipped with touchscreen presentation whiteboard, a central conference/discussion table, and twelve high-spec computers installed with a range of specialist linguistics software.


Opportunities

This programme will prepare graduates for any career or field of postgraduate study requiring a mixture of business knowledge and high-level English as well as cultural awareness. Consider careers in public relations, marketing, advertising, international relations, consultancy work, or corporate training.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

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.