BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

International Trade and Business Communication

UCAS codeLN11

Full Time3yrs

Global business and English language

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Job applicants with strong business and English language skills are increasingly sought as English continues to be a world language for trade. This course allows you to study business through the medium of English in an English-speaking environment, and to equip yourself for this world.

This degree programme is for non-native speakers of English only. It is a three-year programme, but students can enter at the appropriate stage if they have appropriate prior learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop your English language skills as well as studying about International Trade
  • Explore the importance of international trade in theory and practice and the socio-political and economic frameworks which surround these
  • Study the ways in which other cultures view the world
  • Equip yourself for the demands of the international workplace or for further study

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates with an understanding of international trade have an important advantage when it comes to working in the internationalised twenty-first century business environment. This degree will equip you with:

  • specialist knowledge of cultural, economic, legal and managerial factors which effect international trade
  • a clear understanding of how trade operates in a global environment
  • English language skills which will boost your employment prospects

Overall, the international trade and business communication programme provides you with knowledge and skills to help you succeed in the global workplace.


Yunfei Wu, BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication student 2013

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, BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication student 2013


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  • Combining language learning with the study of culture and politics, promoting a deeper understanding of a country/countries of study
  • Fantastic opportunities for spending a year abroad
  • Interactive and practical nature of studying that will prepare you for a wide range of careers

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In level one you will study the following:

  • English Language Grade 4
  • Multimedia Listening
  • Business Communication 1
  • Introduction to International Business and Trade
  • Studying at University
  • Developing Research Skills

Year two

In level two you will study the following:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

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

Year three

In level three you will study the following:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business and Markets in a Global Environment
  • Understanding Britain Today
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication

Please note that whilst a range of options will be offered, there will inevitably be some variation in the availability of individual units at any given time.

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.


Here at Portsmouth we want you to get the most you can out of your education. We have worked to ensure that the teaching and learning resources are there for you to take full advantage of. Through the teaching, learning and assessment activities that you experience during your degree studies, you will develop your own, effective learning strategies that will last a lifetime.

Your classes may be in one of our state-of-the-art lecture theatres, one of our IT suites or digital multimedia language laboratories.

You may discuss and develop ideas in a seminar group or develop your language skills in a language class. Part of our approach is to develop independent learners, so that you can take responsibility for your academic and intellectual development with the support of your tutors.

To help you do this, tutors have developed a range of teaching and learning resources that can be used in class and for independent study.

Our academic year begins in October and finishes in June.


Assessment strategies will not only test your knowledge of the subject, but also help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable when you finish your degree and start work.

You may have in-class tests or final examinations, and you may be asked to give presentations or work on projects, either individually or as part of a team, giving you the opportunity to refine your presentational, team-working, time management and research skills.

You will submit essays or other types of written coursework, helping to enhance your analytical and critical skills as well as your ability to process large amounts of information and perfect your writing skills. All of these skills are not only necessary for you to do well in your studies with us, but also prepare you for your future in the world of work.

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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. One of the team almost certainly has direct experience of your culture and may even speak your language.

Focus on Business English

If you want to learn English, the language of international trade and business, doing so in an English-speaking country is a great advantage. In this programme you will study the natural usage of conversational, formal and business English alongside business-oriented topics.

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?

Your time at University of Portsmouth will help you to develop a wide range of skills in analysis, criticism and argument. Students on this degree programme have a worldview and study experience abroad, which makes them flexible, adaptable and highly employable.

This programme aims to prepare you for a wide range of employment possibilities in international business at home and abroad. The course is structured to develop a range of skills and competencies and you will thereby gain the analytical and practical skills sought by employers. It also provides a sound preparation for the world of work or further study.

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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Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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International Students

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Fees and Funding

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