International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication (Top-up) BA (Hons)
BA Hons International Trade Logistics and Business Communication Top-up
If you’re an international or EU student interested in improving your career prospects with an honours degree, this 1-year BA (Hons) International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication top-up degree course will help you reach your ambition.
You'll learn valuable cross-cultural business communication skills while developing your English language ability. You'll also improve your maths and problem-solving skills while you study subjects such as logistics management and exports and trade.
When you graduate, your combination of subject knowledge and English language skills will give you an advantage in the international job market in areas such as business management, public service, finance, marketing and logistics.
What you'll experience
On this International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication course, you’ll:
- Examine relevant global business issues and the social, political and economic frameworks that surround them
- Learn how international cultures view the world and the demands of a global workplace
- Develop your business, logistics and trade knowledge alongside your English language skills
- Analyse companies, discuss solutions and add your own opinion in seminars and workshops
- Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office
- Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries
Careers and opportunities
English is commonly the language of international business and trade. So completing this course gives you many career opportunities.
What can you do with an International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication (Top-up) degree?
Previous students have started careers in business, trade, public service, finance, marketing, management, retail and leisure at various locations around the world. You could also go on to further study at postgraduate level or start your own 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.
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, Logistics and Business Communication Top-up degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
On this course, 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 units in this year include:
- Business Communication 2
- Corporate Analysis And Strategies In An International Environment
- General Language Grade 5 (English)
- Marketing & Communication
- Operational Research
- Professional Communication For Business
Core units in this year include:
- International Trade: Payments And Law
- International Marketing And Export Trade
- Logistics Management
- Quantitative Supply Chain Management
- General Language Grade 6 (English)
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 with career planning and support you in you identifying placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
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
- 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.
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- language classes
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:
- tests and examinations
- individual and group projects
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.
BA (Hons) International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication (Top-up) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. Applicants normally require 2 or 3 years of relevant HE study.
English language requirements
- For year 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.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
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 (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 – LN1D
- 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.