International Business (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (1 Year), Full Time (2 Years)
September 2018
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This international business top up degree develops your knowledge and skills so you can apply what you learn internationally. We focus on giving you real business scenarios to put your learning to the test and get as much experience of the business world as possible.

We’re living in an international world, where global communication and accessible customer and client services are vital. This course gives you the confidence to get out there and engage with overseas businesses.

What's covered in the course?

Our top up year in international business covers business strategy, operations, marketing, globalisation and much more.

We encourage you to apply your learning to real experience and business scenarios, so you’ll learn through group presentations, live projects and business case studies.

You get individual tutor support and they work closely with you to make sure you choose the projects and modules that will help you in your chosen career or further study.

You’ll benefit from our exceptional links to business. Our staff bring in expert guest speakers and industry gurus to help you with your projects. They’ve worked all over the world and bring experience from the Ministry of Defence, aerospace and multimillion pound conglomerates.

The Business School is based at the new £63 million Curzon Building on our City Centre Campus. Not only will you be right in the hub of the multicultural city but you’ll have access to all our fantastic new facilities, including a library with 62 million print and online resources.

“The course challenges me academically; with smaller class sizes in seminars I am able to participate and learn a lot more in depth.” Adam Walker

Why Choose Us?

  • We have over 3,000 students from over 80 different countries studying with us, so you’ll get insights from an incredible mix of students and staff. You also share modules with international and UK students from our other business courses and get to network, collaborate and learn from your peers.
  • Taking this course means you can top up an existing foundation degree or equivalent qualification to an honours degree in business. You can enter either at Level 5 post certificate level, or at Level 6 post diploma level.
  • We get great feedback from students. Adam Walker said “The course challenges me academically; with smaller class sizes in seminars I am able to participate and learn a lot more in depth.”

Students outside Millennium Point

Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 29 September 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

Book your place

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

International Partners

This course differs in content from the International Business course taught with our partners at Kaplan Singapore, the University of Economics and Law in Vietnam, and the Financial Banking University in VietnamFull details.

*DLHE 2016/17

Entry Requirements

HND Merit

(or equivalent) is what you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing, but please contact us if you have a pass. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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Alternative options

If you do not have a HND Merit or Pass, you may like to explore your options.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

Foundation Degree

Required grades/ points 240 credits of appropriate prior learning must be achieved (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) and minimum of 55% overall must be achieved.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


ABE Advanced Diploma

Required grades/ points At least grade B in two modules.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


Higher National Diploma (HND)

Required grades/ points Overall Distinction profile for external applicants; Merit profile for Franchise applicants.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

General information In recognition that you may already have a relevant professional qualification, or appropriate work experience, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be accepted for entry on to the course. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 1 Year £9,250 per year
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FT 2 Years £9,250 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 1 Year £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Places available to start in September 2018

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

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Want to start in September 2019?

You can apply via UCAS from 5 September 2018.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Level 5

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits
Applied Management
20 credits
Business Operations
20 credits
Marketing Communication Planning
20 credits
Business Entrepreneur
20 credits
Supply Chain Management
20 credits

If you take the 2 Year Full Time version of this course, you will sit the following modules in your second year. These will also be the modules available to students who come directly onto the second stage of the course after September 2019. 

Innovative Thinking
20 credits
Business Processes and Systems
20 credits
20 credits
One Planet Business
20 credits
International Business
20 credits
Contemporary Global Management Issues
20 credits

Level 6

If you enter directly onto the second stage of this course prior to September 2019, you will sit the following modules. 

Making Sense of Organisations
15 credits

This module explores organisational issues from multiple perspectives.

Managing and Leading Strategic Change
15 credits

Understanding and managing change are crucial areas for the success of organisations.  This module aims to encourage critical analysis and evaluation of key issues organisations face in relation to change, and examines and assesses the skills required for effective responses in terms of leadership and strategic management. 

Business Statistics
15 credits

This module presents a comprehensive coverage of the key techniques of analysis for business data involving the application of statistical tests to support business management decision making. This module adds a range of statistical techniques to the student’s portfolio of potentially highly marketable job skills.

Business Operations and Systems
15 credits

This module encourages students to develop an in depth understanding of the analysis and re-design of business operations and processes and the systems that support the contribution of these core processes to the core vision of the business.

15 credits

The module explores issues linked to the global business environment and the implications that these issues have on the operations and activities of organisations.

International Marketing
15 credits

This module provides a brief overview of the discipline of marketing and then gives the opportunity to gain insight into the major differences between the role of the marketing manager in domestic and international marketing decision making.

International Business Strategy
30 credits

This module aims to draw together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks.

You’ll be assessed by conventional written exams but also a range of methods that reflect the challenges you will encounter in a work environment. This includes business reports, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects.

You’ll learn in a very friendly and supportive environment, so if you need help, guidance or advice, we’re always on hand. You get a dedicated tutor and work in small classes, so there’s plenty of individual attention paid to your goals.

Areas you can study include creative problem solving, globalisation, international marketing, international business strategy, statistics and making sense of organisations.

Course breakdown

Here is a list of typical modules to offer guidance on what you can expect to study on this course The list below represents a complete list of approved modules, however for operational reasons we cannot guarantee that there will be places available for all students who select a module, or that all modules will run in any given academic year:

  • Business Operations and Systems
  • Business Statistics
  • Globalisation
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • Making Sense of Organisations
  • Managing and Leading Strategic Change
  • The Real World of Management

Student stories

Jenna Amedee

I reviewed several universities in the UK, but Birmingham City University captivated me most in terms of the wide range of courses offered and different teaching methods used.

Having come directly from a small country and not knowing anyone, I found myself having to learn a new way of life. Birmingham City University provided me with a support system which helped me to adjust and adapt quickly to university life. Within no time, I felt like I belonged to the huge network of people at the University.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

When you complete your degree in International Business, you can continue studying with us for a postgraduate degree.

We have a range of courses available including, MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Management and Marketing, MBA International Business, or our MSc Leadership and Organisational Performance course.

We’re happy to support and guide you if you decide you want to specialise further and carry on studying with us.

Trips and visits

There are many opportunities to visit businesses and meet experts and professionals. We encourage our students to attend events and enter national and international competitions.

Enhancing employment skills

This course is designed to give you flexibility, depending on what job role and career route you want. You can choose modules to fit in with your own employment goals, showing employers that you’re dedicated to that area.

During the course you’ll learn to find appropriate solutions to complex business and management problems, evaluate the effectiveness of business activity and generate ideas for new businesses.

These skills can all be applied in the real world. Employers are always impressed that our students already know how to apply their knowledge practically, without having to learn it on the job.

The top up degree teaches you how to work collaboratively with students from all over the world and how to act independently. By choosing your own professional route to taking on management tasks and accountability, you’ll develop your confidence and be able to show employers that you can fit in to an organisation well.

You’ll also learn invaluable skills such as how to conduct proper research, how to write a report and how to problem solve.

Developing your understanding of international strategic management and business operations will allow you to adapt in the ever-changing and increasingly internationally oriented business environment.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Additional information

Students on this top-up course come from a variety of backgrounds. They study a broad selection of modules, which allows them to go on to a variety roles in any industry, or specialise further and continue to study with us once they graduate.

We get many students from China because of the practical focus of our top up degree and the opportunities for further study with us.

The diverse mix of students on the modules means that international students benefit from an array of students and cultural influences.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our international business course is most popular with international students from:

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point


Our staff are at the top of their field, regularly publishing research and keeping up links with successful businesses all over the world. They use their strong industry connections and memberships to bring you loads of opportunities.

From brewing business experts to engineering conglomerate managers, you’ll connect with highly renowned industry professionals who continue to work in the industry as consultants, researchers and expert authors.

Cindy Millman Profile Picture July 2016

Dr Cindy Millman

Associate Professor in Business and UG Programmes Coordinator

Cindy Millman joined the Business School in 2004 after completing her MSc in Business Management and Marketing. She has worked on several large projects in the entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer fields, with specific focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).