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BA (Hons) International Business Studies

Business Studies video
  • UCAS Code:
    N100
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full-time

With over 35 years of success, our Business Studies course is an ideal stepping stone for anyone wanting to work in any industry, anywhere in the world. Students on this course love how incredibly flexible it is, as you don’t have to pick your specialism until the end of your second year of study. You'll apply to our Business Studies degree and if you wish, choose to specialise later on. 88% of our final year students believe that the course has improved their communication skills and helped present themselves with confidence, vital in the business world - why not visit us to find out more.

The International Business Studies pathway will help you to develop cultural sensitivity, as well as a critical understanding of the challenges of working and managing internationally. You'll examine different concepts of international business etiquette and protocol, culturally distinct management styles, ethical dilemmas in international management and the impact of convergence.

You'll apply to Business Studies (N100) and then in your second year, you can choose to carry on with the broad Business Studies route or choose one of our specialist pathways which include:

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 128 to 136 tariff points, with 80-88 from two A/AS-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 48-56 points from other A-Levels, equivalent qualifications or Key Skills. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our  2017 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant retail expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry including many of our alumni. Previous guest lectures have included the Senior Innovation Manager from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Adviser from Innovate UK.

Year 1

Our Business Studies course (with pathways) is unique in giving you the flexibility to keep your specialisation options open until your second year of study. This offers you the best of both worlds: broad-based first and second years and a specialised final year.

Core units

  • Developing Management Competencies: The unit exposes you to challenges that impact professional effectiveness in a range of study and work-related contexts.
  • Accounting & Quantitative Analysis: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework.
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour & Ethics: You'll uncover the complex web of social relationships that organisations operate within, and how these relationships might be managed.
  • Marketing: An understanding of the fundamentals of marketing will enable you to develop marketing approaches for a range of marketing scenarios.
  • Principles of Business Law: This unit will enable you to utilise the main sources of law and to understand and critically evaluate the context of the legal environment in which businesses operate as well as the scope and nature of the legal relationships that exist therein.
  • Economics for Business Studies: This unit enables you to apply economic principles in the analysis of contemporary economic issues and problems and developing an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets.

Year 2

Core units

  • Research in Business & Management: Providing you with a critical understanding of business research processes and the skills required to develop an undergraduate research project proposal, undertake research and manage all aspects of the ‘research project’.
  • Understanding Organisations & HRM: You'll learn how to make sense of organisational life and your own personal experience of behaviour in the workplace, plus you'll be introduced to the human resource management function and its practice.
  • Finance & Business Analysis: You'll develop the skills to appraise the financial statements of a limited company and prepare management information using a variety of techniques.
  • Business Simulation: The unit aims to encourage you to develop an understanding of the recruitment and selection process and various recruitment and selection techniques and strategies.
  • Consumer Behaviour & Market Research: You'll gain a critical understanding of the role of consumer behaviour and market research within marketing and the wider organisation.
  • Global Sustainability & Cross-cultural Change: You'll be equipped with a portfolio of skills, attributes, knowledge and competences, which will enable you to conduct yourself professionally, credibly and effectively in an international context.

Year 3

  • Placement: You'll complete a minimum 30-week placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 4

Core units

  • Project: The aim of the unit is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct a business-related project, which will be of demonstrable benefit to an organisation (or society), in terms of its ability to perform effectively in the contemporary business environment.
  • Strategic Management: This unit delivers a critical understanding of the tools and frameworks available for analysing strategic management issues at both national and global levels.
  • Organisational Leadership: You'll explore leadership theories and consider the nature of leadership, leadership versus management, power, politics and conflict, and various traditional and contemporary models and perspectives of leadership.
  • International Management: The unit is designed to enhance your cross-cultural awareness and competence, as well as your interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills.
  • International Marketing Management: The aims of this unit are to provide a critical and systematic view of the major perspectives, theoretical approaches, principles and activities in international marketing management.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 18% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 207 hours
  • Independent learning: 993 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 12 hours

Year 2 – 17% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 195 hours
  • Independent learning: 1005 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 9 hours

Year 3 (placement year) - 1% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

Year 4 - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 150 hours
  • Independent learning: 1050 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 8 hours

48% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 53%
  • Year 2: 62%
  • Year 3: 0% (placement year)
  • Year 4: 77%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) International Business Studies.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola. The average salary for our business studies placement students is £15,000 - £19,999 per annum. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. We have strong links with placememt organisations and dedicated placement officers to support you, before and during your placement.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • BMW
  • Babcock
  • Boots
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • JP Morgan
  • Walt Disney
  • L'Oreal
  • Xerox
  • Microsoft.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can demonstrate their interest in identifying and solving business problems
  • Are motivated and enthusiastic self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
  • Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Are keen to develop a wide range of interpersonal skills
  • Have aspirations to one day manage.

Students on this course will have come from a wide range of backgrounds but all will have demonstrated their drive to succeed in the business environment. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well, work effectively in teams and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application 

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 128 to 136 tariff points, with 80-88 from two A/AS-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 48-56 points from other A-Levels, equivalent qualifications or Key Skills. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC Qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
  • Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff points.
  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of 80% overall.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects. 

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements 

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

Careers

This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business management skills, while helping you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment. All of our Business Studies courses see you working closely with the local community and businesses to gain practical and valuable experience before you graduate.

Within six months of completing this course, 89% of our Business Studies graduates are in work or study six months after graduating, of which 79% are in professional or managerial positions, earning an average salary of £24,000 a year. They work for a wide range of international companies, including Arcadia, Barclays Bank Plc, BSkyB, Citibank, Deloitte, Enterprise, General Electric, Heathrow Airport, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, L'Oreal, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Philips, Siemens and Sony Music, among many others.

You'll be ready to take on a variety of roles when you graduate, and will have the skills you need to progress your career. Our alumni are in jobs such as:

  • Account executive
  • Account manager
  • Business analyst
  • Business development assistant
  • Buying assistant.

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Recruitment.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

Jamie Seager

My placement at JP Morgan was invaluable. I received lots of support while applying, including specialist advice and tips to prepare me for interview.

Hear from our staff

Caroline Burr

Our students achieve amazing things, both on placement and after graduating. I am very proud to have helped to shape the business managers of tomorrow.

What our students say

Glebs Kiselovs

The academic staff on my course are very friendly, they're always happy to help and we can trust them and feel like we are like a family

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