Full-time: three years, or four years with 48-weeks industrial placement or international study in Year 3. Part-time: five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
N120; Short form: BA/IB
Preston (Campus code: U)
Go global and prepare yourself for a career in international business through this specialist degree which combines the theoretical tools and analytical skills required by successful international businesses with a global perspective. International business runs as a core throughout the three years and is complemented by a personal development theme. You’ll study international business modules with a choice of optional modules to suit your personal interests and career ambitions: human resources, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, tourism, politics or trade.
112 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
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.
Those students who participate in an overseas exchange in Year 2 will follow an equivalent programme at their choice of institution.
The BA (Hons) International Business degree at UCLan differs from similar degrees at other institutions in a number of ways. It is a three-year course with the option of spending part, or all, of the second year studying overseas. You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia.
The degree adopts a global perspective from Year 1, unlike many similar courses at other institutions which have a general business first year with specialisation only taking place in Year 2. International Business runs as a core throughout the three years and is complemented by a personal development theme. The degree is designed particularly for those who will seek posts with international companies as graduate trainees or as assistants in functional specialisms e.g. marketing, sales, purchasing, HRM. In order to train students for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.
The first year develops an understanding of the issues and key factors in the international business environment and provides some basic business skills and concepts necessary for further study. It also, through the personal development programme, develops self-awareness and personal transferable skills. The second year develops and extends your understanding of international business and marketing theories and their relevance to the operations of international firms. It also encourages you to examine differing cultural values and their influence upon the operations of the international company. The third year has a central core which focuses upon strategic decision making and management issues and the role these play in the survival and competitiveness of the international firm. The dissertation gives control for progress and direction of study to the student.
In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) our business courses ranked 1st in the North West and 11th nationally. We scored highly for our access to IT facilities and an increase in students’ self-confidence.
The programme offers optional modules to complement the core modules. From time to time, the course team may expand or amend the options available, but the wide range allows students to develop their particular strengths and interests in Years 2 and 3. Those students who choose to study a foreign language can select from French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Urdu, and Arabic. These can be studied at beginners' level, post-GCSE or post-A Level.
The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.
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)
£900 per year (UK / EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.
You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.
Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).
During your first year you will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.
A feature of this course is an opportunity to study abroad: why not consider taking your second year modules at our Cyprus campus? You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia and there are generous travel bursaries to support these. You’ll also have the chance to study a foreign language as one of your options, although this is not compulsory.
On graduation you can pursue a career as an international business specialist within multi-national corporations, consultancy firms, joint ventures, financial institutions, law firms, government departments and manufacturing. In order to prepare you for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.
I spent a semester in Spain which was a great experience. It gave me the chance to stand out from the crowd and improve my employability both in the UK and abroad.