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International Business Communications (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year
    Part Time: 2 Years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,900

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

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This course is currently suspending applications. The next expected cohort will be September 2021. Please email for further details.

With the rise of globalisation, business operates across borders and continents, with English as the common language of commerce. This course will help you to gain the skills and knowledge you need to understand and work in this field. We offer in-depth study of global business development, marketing and tourism, in addition to modules that improve your English language skills in a business context.

Updated 05/12/2020


  • Flexible part time study available.
  • Supportive and multilingual teaching staff.
  • Top-up your qualification to a full BA Hons degree.

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Course Content

  • This course features two compulsory modules that will give you a strong foundation in English skills related to business. In Advanced English Skills for Business you will be introduced to a range of topics, including Human Resources, Governance and e-marketing which you will be able to pursue in more depth depending on your choice of optional modules. Business communication focuses on the ways in which communication and interaction within business in different countries is influenced by a variety of cultural approaches, attitudes and expectations.

    Alongside these modules, you will be able to choose from a range of business-related options. In Global Business Development you will learn about the processes underlying globalization and its varying effects on the development of business and societies in the different regions of the world. If you are interested in understanding and developing the skills required for managing in a global economy you can opt to study Developing Cross-Cultural Management Capability.

    There are two modules on tourism. In Destination Management you will explore the nature and dynamics of tourist destinations and the challenges facing destination managers. In Innovation in Tourism you will gain an understanding of new product development and how the international tourism industry is evolving.

    You can also study marketing. We have two modules, Digital Marketing and Advertising, both designed specifically for those who have no previous experience in this field. The ways in which businesses communicate and interact with their customers are constantly evolving and these modules will help you to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of these processes.

  • How will I learn?

    For this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually consisting of 12 hours per week over a total of 24 weeks (divided into three teaching blocks). We recommend that you spend 28 hours per week in self-directed study time.

    How will I be assessed?

    We use a variety of individual and group-based assessments including reports, presentations, posters, e-portfolios, projects, client briefs, multiple choice tests and examinations.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    This course will help you:

    • develop your studies in Business English or English as a Second Language
    • Improve your business and general English
    • Enhance your communication skills
    • Develop your understanding of cross cultural and global management
  • Edexcel / SQA, HND, a relevant Foundation Degree, Advanced Diploma, Chinese Dazhuan Diploma.

    This course can only consider International Students whose first language is not English.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    You will need to purchase text books for the course which typically cost c. £50. We also offer study trips which typically cost c. £20

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    You will need to purchase text books for the course which typically cost c. £50. We also offer study trips which typically cost c. £20

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Our postgraduate qualifications will give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

  • “This is a really good course which encourages and motivates you to develop critical thinking in business. What I like most is that lecturers can define complicated business concepts in simple and clear ways.” Gao Qianwen

    “This is a fantastic course for students who don’t have a business background but are willing to pick up a new area of knowledge.” Wang Qiuishui

    “This was a very enjoyable course and a lovely year!” Zhou Shucong

    “It was an amazing course. All of the tutors are very nice, patient and full of knowledge…Compared to the first class, I am much more confident in myself now. I really recommend this course!” Liu Xiaoyu

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Careers and Employability

This course is an excellent foundation for a career in business, marketing or management.

Our graduates have gone on to take trainee posts with international business and organisations in the UK and overseas.

Is this course for you?