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University of Plymouth

International Business

UCAS Code: N120

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


88 - 96 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-26

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

MMM

Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

96 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

88-96

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

International business

Your passport to the vibrant, fast-paced world of business. Explore economics, politics, finance, law and culture on a global scale. Link up with our international network of exchange programmes and work placements. Learn a new language and set your sights on an international career. Broadening your industry knowledge and cultural horizons, this degree will equip you with the core strategic and management skills you need, so you can flourish in any corporation anywhere in the world.

* Learn up to two modern languages alongside your business modules, boosting your communication skills in preparation for an international career.

* Get to grips with the importance of innovation for successful organisations with modules in corporate strategy, international trade and global enterprise issues.

* Benefit from an established, worldwide network of business partnerships and spend your mandatory placement year working abroad. From Texas and Florida to Canada, Dusseldorf and Australia, our graduates have travelled the world.

* Explore economic, political, legal and cultural influences so you can analyse international businesses and processes with a critical eye.

* Develop your academic knowledge while travelling by taking part in a European exchange programme. Study at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, Spain or The Netherlands.

* Establish your career in a fast paced, competitive industry and join our graduates employed in world class corporations such as Unilever, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Post, Tate and Lyle, Gillette, Integral Solutions and Hewlett Packard.

* Spend a year studying further afield and gaining an international perspective at universities in La Rochelle, Madrid, Louisiana, Manitoba and Amsterdam.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and context of business by adopting an analytical approach to your studies. You’ll look into all aspects of the international business world and discover how to get the most out of your degree and your time at university. You’ll also get the chance to learn up to two modern languages alongside your degree, choosing from French or Spanish, with the option to specialise in one foreign language.

In year two, you’ll study the critical importance of enterprise and innovation to organisations and look into how they go about creating a culture of success. You’ll deepen your knowledge of the key areas of business, including different job roles and techniques, and continue progressing with your chosen language option. You’ll also prepare yourself for the exciting challenge of working or studying abroad, with a dedicated elective module.

In your final year, you’ll refine your knowledge of your chosen language and engage with topics such as corporate strategy, global enterprise issues and international trade. By applying the experiences gained on your placement year to your studies, you’ll also draw on industry experience to complement your academic studies.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

30% of assessment is by exam, 70% by coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

Plymouth 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.

73%
low
International business

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

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

89%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

57%
UK students
43%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
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.

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.

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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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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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