BA (Hons) Business with Business Communication (Top-up) - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Business with Business Communication (Top-up)

UCAS codeN191

Full Time (Top up)2yrs

Full Time (Top up)1yr

Gain business skills for the international marketplace

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Do you have an interest in the world of business? This top-up degree course gives you an understanding of business in a global context and develops valuable cross-cultural business communication skills.

We offer a fresh approach to the study of business, exploring the practical issues facing today’s global business managers. This degree programme is designed specifically for non-native speakers of English.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Join the course at either the second year or final year stage depending on your level of relevant previous study
  • Study business in a Business School with a strong reputation of producing highly employable graduates
  • Visit our International Office to get all the support you need while living in a new country

What opportunities might it lead to?

Business is important across the world, affecting every country’s economy. This British-based business course is designed to apply to business issues on an international scale. It is therefore a sound entry qualification for many careers, both in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • publicity
  • financial and risk analysis


Yunfei Wu, Business Communication student

I think the Workshop course is very useful. 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, Business Communication student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

Browse all courses in Business and Management

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Structure & Teaching

Year Two (Level 5)

Develop your understanding of the management of people and of the different processes within the business environment. These processes will include the study of topics such as human resources, marketing and management.

Core units in this year include:

  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability 
  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • International Business
  • Developing Marketing Communications
  • English Language Grade 5
  • Business Communication

Final Year (Level 6)

During this year you will undertake an individual business research project on a relevant topic of your choice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Business Research project for Direct Entry students
  • Business Communication 3
  • English Language Grade 6
  • Strategic Management

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

How are you assessed?

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • practical exercises
  • your choice of independent research

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Facilities & Features

International Office

We are a very cosmopolitan community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries. The role of the International Office is to provide you with extensive support to make your time here as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, enabling you to focus on your studies.

Language Laboratories

We have three state-of-the-art, Sony Virtuoso language labs offering a rich and effective multimedia language environment. Video, sound and text sources can be integrated to provide a first-class learning experience.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

As more and more businesses become global, companies and organisations will require the services of graduates qualified in business communications.

Many of our previous graduates now hold senior management positions and with our impressive record of graduate recruitment; you will be employable in a wide range of sectors.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • publicity officer

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.

Open Days for courses starting in 2019

Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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