International Trade and Business Communication BA (Hons)
BA Hons International Trade and Business Communication
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 150 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
- public service
- 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.
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
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.
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)
- Learning From Experience
Core units in this year include:
- 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.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- in-class tests
- individual or group projects
- individual or group presentations
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.
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent study
- digital multimedia language laboratory sessions
- IT suite sessions
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Law and Business degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BA Hons International Trade and Business Communication degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's 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
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
Learning Development Tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty 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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
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.
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.
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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,200 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.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – LN11
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.