International Business Communication BA (Hons)

International Business Communication students using language lab microphones
UCAS Code
N121
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

English is one of the main languages of global business. If you're an EU or international student who wants to improve your English while building skills in management, leadership and communication, this BA (Hons) International Business Communication degree course is for you.

You'll develop your analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills and get experience of working alongside people from many different cultures and backgrounds. And you’ll develop your English language ability, so you can effectively communicate with business managers around the globe when you start your career.

After the course, you'll be set for roles in areas such as business, trade, public service, finance, marketing, management, retail and leisure. You could also set up your own business or do postgraduate study.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study how people use conversational, formal and business English
  • Choose specialist units in areas like management in a multicultural environment and intercultural perspectives on communication
  • Discover how to communicate information, ideas and arguments – orally, virtually and in writing
  • Learn IT skills that complement your studies, making you more attractive to future employers
  • Develop analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Get experience of working on your own and in a team on projects
  • Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries
  • Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

With your skills, you could work in areas such as:

  • business
  • trade
  • public service
  • finance
  • marketing
  • management
  • retail
  • the leisure industry

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level or set up a successful business with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, successful completion of a recognised University Foundation course or 1 year of HE study.
  • For year 2 entry applicants normally require successful completion of 2 years of HE study.
  • For year 3 entry applicants normally require successful completion of 3 years of HE study.

    See the other qualifications we accept
  • For year 1 and 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
  • For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £12,800 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units currently include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units currently include:

  • English Language Grade 5
  • Professional Communication For Business
  • Language Of Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Communication

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • British Cultural Studies
  • Business Communication 2
  • Business and Markets In A Global Environment
  • Language

Core units currently include:

  • Project
  • English Language Grade 6
  • Business Communication 3
  • Language Of Marketing and Finance
  • Language Of Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Understanding Britain Today
  • Business and Markets In Global Environment

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • individual and group presentations
  • essays and written coursework

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N121
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

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

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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.