International Business Communication (IBC) BA (Hons)

International Business Communication (IBC) BA (Hons)

School of Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years at SCOPE, City University of Hong Kong. Direct entry into Year 2 and 3 only at Preston Campus

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N122; Short form: BA/IBC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2013

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course offers you the chance to study in a truly international environment. You’ll develop a high degree of competence in English language and communication skills, understanding the role of the international manager and the skills required to manage successfully in international and intercultural contexts. You’ll have the opportunity to study specialist content modules in a wide range of business topics as well as to develop the necessary project management and research skills, giving you an advantage, whether going on to postgraduate study, or getting that first job. 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.


Entry Requirements 2017/18

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.

Year one (Level four) 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.

Year two (Level five) 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.

Year three Direct entry to Preston Campus (Level six) 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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • International Business Communication 1
  • Introduction to Marketing for IBC
  • Introduction to Business for IBC
  • English-Speaking World (or)
  • Study and Communication Skills


  • International Business Communication 2
  • Management Practice for IBC
  • English for IBC
  • Intercultural Communication for IBC
  • English and Skills for Study – (Direct Entry Only) (or)

Year 3

  • International Business Communication 3
  • Managing International Businesses for IBC
  • Research Methods for International Business Communication

Plus modules from the following options:

  • Marketing & Advertising Communication
  • Advertising around the World for IBC
  • Principles of Human Resource Management for IBC
  • Principles of Human Resource Development for IBC
  • Finance and Accounting for IBC
  • International Finance Practices for IBC
  • Globalisation and Business in International Corporate Communication
  • Culture and Business in International Corporate Communication
  • International Tourism Development
  • Events Management for IBC
  • Issues in International Tourism: Cross-cultural aspects
  • Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Asia Pacific International Relations
  • Cultural Event Management in Practice

Further Information

You will be able to improve your skills in negotiating, taking part in meetings, giving presentations and other essential management tools. We will also raise your awareness of cross-cultural issues to prepare you to communicate in global situations. This is a unique course offering you the chance to study in a truly international environment. It will give you an advantage, whether going onto postgraduate study, or getting that first job. 

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 100% of BA (Hons) International Business Communication students at UCLan said they were satisfied overall with their course.

Year 1 IBC will introduce you to the basic principles of business, marketing and communication. Year 2 IBC offers a programme of English language enhancement in a business context. Besides classes in business English, you will learn about business theory and management practice, including the production of a business plan for your own ‘company’. You will also investigate the importance of intercultural communication in the world of work and further develop your study skills. Year 3 IBC includes the development of higher level communication skills and allows you to choose modules from many options.

These include:

  • Marketing & Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Finance
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • International Digital Business Communication
  • International Corporate Communication
  • International Tourism
  • Events Management
  • Research Project

Course Specification and Handbook

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:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 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

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Partner Institutions

Runs at partner institution SCOPE, City University of Hong Kong.

Industry Links

The school invites every year a number of guest speakers for a variety of sectors. In the past we had guests from the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Universal Laboratory (UPL) and Nippon UK to name a few.


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Professional Accreditation

The School of Language and Global Studies has British Council accreditation.

We are also a provider of the Certificate in International Business English Training, accredited by Trinity College London and English UK professional bodies.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We use a variety of assessment procedures including business simulations, case studies, essays, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module and are designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have acquired.

You will be fully exposed to the UK culture through activities of the Worldwise Learning Centre.


You'll graduate with a range of business skills that you'll be ready to apply in a global context. Our graduates have gone into a whole range of different careers, from finance to export/import companies. Get the opportunity to use your knowledge in different countries on trips partly funded by the School - past students have been to Shanghai, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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 placements through studying a work experience stand-alone certificate offered from our award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership of which some modules are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

As a progression you can currently study in one of our postgraduate programmes that include:
MA Intercultural Business Communication; MA Global Communication Studies. We offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.


It’s easy being a good student, when the modules are this interesting and taught by teachers like you. It really was a pleasure.

Winner of the Heather Senior Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2011

The course was great value for money and offered great opportunities to experience different cultures.

Nursilinov Duman