International Business Communication (IBC)

International Business Communication (IBC) BA (Hons)

This course offers students the chance to study in a truly international environment. They will 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. Our students 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 them an advantage, whether going on to postgraduate study, or getting that first job.

The University’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.

Why choose this course?


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.


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.

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

Nursilinov Duman
International Business Communication Graduate

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

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Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2013

  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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 years study of English and ideally business at diploma level and IELTS 6.0.

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 Overview

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)

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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Worldwise Learning Centre


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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.


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 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.

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Language and Global Studies
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.