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Plymouth University

International Business

UCAS Code: N120
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Business studies
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Considered in combination

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Any subject is considered.

International Baccalaureate

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

UCAS tariff points

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

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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.


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.

Plymouth University

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Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
39% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
12% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
263 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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