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Aston University, Birmingham

International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish

UCAS Code: NR24

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Students must achieve a grade B at A-level in the relevant language/s they wish to study. 5 GCSE grades A*- C to include: GCSE Maths – grade C/4 GCSE English – grade C/4 Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,6,5 or 6,5,5 and Higher Level. Student must achieve 5 at Higher level in the relevant language/s they wish to study.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Students must also achieve a grade B at A-level in the relevant language/s they wish to study. Alternatively a combination of a BTEC level 3 Diploma plus the relevant A level will be accepted for entry, or a level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and 2 A-levels will be accepted. 5 GCSE grades A*- C to include: GCSE Maths – grade C/4 GCSE English – grade C/4

UCAS Tariff

120-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

International business

German studies

Spanish studies

**Course description**

Our four-year BSc International Business & Modern languages course, with an integrated placement year, offers a unique structure which sets it apart as a market leader for students who want to study business and languages together. You’ll learn how to manage international relationships and develop leadership skills for cross-cultural working. The course is a blend of target language and English-led modules focusing on business in a global world.

As you learn about business and economics in the target language(s) of your choice, you’ll not only be able to acquire the language skills needed to communicate effectively in the target language speaking countries, but you’ll also develop the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market. The business modules that are taught in English will enable you to gain a wide perspective on international business and management, including social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts.
Our modules are constantly updated to ensure they remain relevant in our fast-changing world. You’ll develop essential social and cognitive skills to enhance your employability, such as adaptability, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity.
When you graduate you’ll be ready for the challenge of a business career, either in the UK or abroad. Your business expertise, cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency will be of particular value to companies operating in international markets and to multinational companies.

Our recent graduates have been successful in securing roles at well-known companies such as Deloitte (Geneva- Switzerland), Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (France), Ford Motor Company (Germany) and Nestlé (Switzerland) in roles such as Tax and Audit, Credit Analyst, Financial Analyst and Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser.

**Key course benefits**

• As part of your degree you’ll undertake a professional placement, gaining valuable practical experience in the field of your chosen subject area
• BSc International Business and Modern Languages at Aston achieved 96% Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey
• Unique integrated degree, where you will learn about languages and business side by side, learning about business in your chosen target language
• Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

**Course details**

- Year 1 – You will study modules in Organisational Behaviour, International Business Environment and Language skills. This will help you to identify your customers, how businesses can be organised, how to understand financial information and how businesses take account of the world’s governments.

- Year 2 – In the second year you will study subject areas including Management Accounting, Operations Management, Politics and Society and Culture and Conflict.

- Year 3 - This is when you will undertake a professional placement or choose an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

- Year 4 – In your final year you will study International Finance, Strategic Decision Making, International Marketing and Global Working.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

Aston Business School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
International business
81%
med
Spanish studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

German and scandinavian studies

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
A

Iberian studies

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

German and scandinavian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from German courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. The unemployment rates last year was lower than graduates in general. Nearly a quarter of working graduates from 2015 got jobs outside the UK — mostly as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. The relative strength of the German economy means there will continue to be opportunities there in the future. But more graduates went to work in London, and those who want to stay at home to work find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must, particularly in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers.. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

Iberian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2015, nearly 1300 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish and the subject is seeing its popularity increase. About one in five got jobs overseas — often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in marketing, human resources, sales and project management. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International business

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

German studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Spanish studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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