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

  • UCAS Code: N121
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (1 Year), Full Time (2 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

Want to top up your business degree in Birmingham? Our BA (Hons) International Business (Top-Up) course allows you to learn from industry experienced lecturers.

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.

What's covered in the course?

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.

Our top up year in international business covers international business strategy, operations and systems, e-Business, global management issues 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 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.”

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 19 October 2019. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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Meet or Beat scholarship for undergraduate students

Meet or beat our entry requirements and you could be eligible for an achievement scholarship worth £1,000.

*Terms and Conditions apply - some undergraduate courses are not eligible for this scheme. The £1,000 scholarship is made up of an £850 scholarship and £150 free credit to spend in an online shop.

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This course is open to International students

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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

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 60% overall must be achieved.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: The qualification must be in a relevant subject area as assessed by the Admissions Tutor.

Or

ABE Advanced Diploma

Required grades/ points At least grade B in two modules.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: The qualification must be in a relevant subject area as assessed by the Admissions Tutor. 

Or

Higher National Diploma (HND)

Required grades/ points Overall Merit profile for external applicants. 
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: The qualification must be in a relevant subject area as assessed by the Admissions Tutor. 

Plus

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.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

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Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

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.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Applications can also be made direct to the faculty for those students without a UCAS account. Please contact our Business School Admissions Team on Email: Business.admissions@bcu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 331 6565.

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*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.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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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

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

If you study the 2 year version of the course, you will study the below modules in your first year.

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits

This module investigates current issues that impact upon business organisations, providing you with a greater awareness of the challenges modern business face. 

Applied Management
20 credits

Application of business strategy is highly important in every business, bringing together findings from operations, finance and marketing to create important visions and targets. In this module, you’ll discuss key issues, look at case studies and specific information to gain a solid understanding of management strategy application.

Business Operations
20 credits

The module focuses on the tools and techniques used by operation managers within service and manufacturing institutions, ensuring activities are in line with corporate and market objectives. 

Marketing Communication Planning
20 credits

The module will allow you to not only understand the tools and techniques used in marketing communications, but apply this knowledge to design and create their own campaigns. 

Business Entrepreneur
20 credits

This module provides you with the direct experience in how to conceive, present and communicate an attractive and credible business plan. You’ll become aware of the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in different international contexts. 

Supply Chain Management
20 credits

This module will give an integrative perspective of the business organisation and underpinning knowledge of Supply Chain, Logistics and Operations Management. It provides students with an introduction to the management principles, processes and the environment within which the Supply Chain manager operates. Core to the module will be an examination of management decision-making and the range of tools and techniques used to support the Supply Chain process.

Level 6

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

If you study the 2 year version of the course, you will study the below modules in your second year.

If you study the 1 year version of the course, you will study the below modules in your first year.

Business Processes and Systems
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis of business operations and processes, looking at real-life business plans and developing relevant theories in workshops.  

Innovative Thinking in Organisation Development
20 credits

This Module builds on our practice-based approach to learning. You will integrate theory and practice in order to challenge existing approaches and thinking and propose innovative ideas to support flexible and creative initiatives within organisations. In addition the module meets key expectations set out by employers, the QAA Benchmarking standards for Business and Management programmes and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It complements other modules within the Final Year through supporting personal and professional development across a range of transferable skills including problem solving, critical thinking, generating innovative ideas, and building and delivering effective oral presentations.

e-Business
20 credits

With the business environment undergoing constant changes, organisations can no longer obtain a competitive advantage by simply producing high-quality products. This module will equip you with the knowledge you need to be successful in e-business, using modern techniques to push business products.

International Business
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the main issues of international business, dealing with the cultural, administrative and economic differences around the world, and how they shape modern businesses. 

One Planet Business
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the role that marketing has to play in meeting the needs of the sustainability agenda. It identifies the nature and extent of the challenges facing organisations today and considers potential approaches for addressing these. In doing so, it aspires to creating a vision of the future in which organisations, consumers and government can work together to realise a one planet business strategy.

Contemporary Global Management Issues
20 credits

The module seeks to address key issues confronting managers in a rapidly globalising 21st century. The fast changing global business environment and the dynamics of international shifts in economic power have led to an increased interest in responsiveness of organisations. As you graduate from university with your business management degree you will need to demonstrate a clear appreciation of the key issues of the day and the theoretical work that has attempted to explain them. The module seeks to equip you with ability to critically analyse case material and to engage in meaningful debate both aurally and in writing.

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.

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.

What our students say

"One of the best aspects of studying at BCU is how intimate the learning environment is. This has really allowed me to interact with my fellow peers and instructors at a more personal level and has contributed to my learning and growth experience at university."

 , International Business student

Enhancing employment skills

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

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.


Our Graduates

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Ashley has played a key role in many of the projects reshaping the face of Birmingham, including as Communications and Engagement Manager for Grand Central Birmingham, overseeing the centre’s transformation into a new premium shopping and dining destination.

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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+

*DLHE Survey 2016/7

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

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:

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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

Staff

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.

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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).

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