International Trade and Business Communication BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
LN11
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

If English isn't your first language and want to build a career in an international working environment, such as global trade, then this BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication degree course is a great choice.

You'll study all things business in an English-speaking environment, preparing you for the fast-paced world of international business.

English continues to be a world language for trade and there's strong demand for graduates with both business and English Language skills. This gives you many career options after the course.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

100% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this International Trade and Business Communication course you'll:

  • Develop your English language skills alongside native and non-native speakers
  • Study how people use conversational, formal and business English
  • Explore the theory and practice of international trade
  • Study the ways other cultures view the world and how this impacts trade
  • Learn about the economic, legal and managerial factors that affect international trade
  • Get the knowledge and skills you need to tackle the demands of the international workplace
  • 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
  • Have the opportunity to start in years 2 or 3 if you have previous Higher Education experience

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 in the industry.

What can you do with an International Trade and Business Communication degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to build successful careers in areas such as:

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

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses 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.

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 , International Trade and Business Communication student

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Communication 1
  • English Language Grade 4
  • Introduction To International Business & Trade
  • Multimedia Language
  • Studying And Working In A Globalised World

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

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

Optional modules in this year currently include:

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

Core units in this year include:

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

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Practical Translation
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business and Markets in a Global Environment
  • Understanding Britain Today
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates 

 

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

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.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

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
  • independent study
  • digital multimedia language laboratory sessions
  • IT suite sessions

How you'll spend your time

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

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • in-class tests
  • examinations
  • individual or group projects
  • individual or group presentations
  • 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.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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

English language requirements
  • 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 (2020 start)

  • Tuition fees for 2020 will be confirmed soon

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – LN11
  • our institution code – P80

When applications open in May you can start your application and submit it or save it to submit later.

Before you 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.