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University of Portsmouth

International Trade and Business Communication

UCAS Code: LN11

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

Entry requirements


For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

For year one entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

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

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

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

DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

MMM

For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96

For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Business studies

English as a second language

**Overview**
If English isn't your first language and want to build a career in an international working environment, such as global trade, then this BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication degree course is a great choice.

You'll study all things business in an English-speaking environment, preparing you for the fast-paced world of international business.

English continues to be a world language for trade and there's strong demand for graduates with both business and English Language skills. This gives you many career options after the course.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 100% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**
On this International Trade and Business Communication course you'll:
- Develop your English language skills alongside native and non-native speakers

- Study how people use conversational, formal and business English

- Explore the theory and practice of international trade

- Study the ways other cultures view the world and how this impacts trade

- Learn about the economic, legal and managerial factors that affect international trade

- Get the knowledge and skills you need to tackle the demands of the international workplace

- Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries

- Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office

- Have the opportunity to start in years 2 or 3 if you have previous Higher Education experience

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with an International Trade and Business Communication degree?
Previous graduates have gone on to build successful careers in areas such as:

- international business

- trade

- public service

- finance

- marketing

- management

- retail

- the leisure industry

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"I can communicate with my tutor directly, and I have learnt a lot in the class, especially how to search for the information and data I want." – Yunfei Wu , International Trade and Business Communication student

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Business Communication 1
English Language Grade 4
Introduction To International Business & Trade
Multimedia Language
Studying And Working In A Globalised World

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

English Language Grade 5
Business Communication 2
Corporate Analysis and Strategies in International Environment
Marketing and Communication

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Professional Communication for Business
British Cultural Studies
Business and Markets in a Global Environment (FHEQ5)
Language
Learning From Experience

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

Project
English Language Grade 6
Business Communication 3
International Marketing and Export Trade
International Trade: Payments and Law

Optional units in this year currently include:

Practical Translation
Managing Across Cultures
Business and Markets in a Global Environment
Understanding Britain Today
Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

in-class tests
examinations
individual or group projects
individual or group presentations
coursework

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

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

EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,200
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

76%
med
Business studies
84%
med
English as a second language

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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

88%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
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?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

English language

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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
91%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate 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.

English 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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Business 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

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

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.

English as a second language

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

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

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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