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BA Hons International Business Students | UWS London Campus | University of the West of Scotland

Overview

Take your first steps in securing a career working for globally-recognised organisations with UWS’s specialist BA International Business programme.

Covering topics ranging from daily operations to marketing strategies, this programme will increase your understanding of a range of core business principles and equip you with the critical skills to solve a variety of challenges that many business face today – making you a valuable asset in the workplace.

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Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

International Business Programme Leader

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.  

If your qualifications are not listed here please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Year 1

  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4 at HL)
  • SCQF Level 6 International Foundation Programme: Business

Other appropriate and equivalent international qualifications may be considered.

Year 2

  • A levels: BBB (120 UCAS Tariff points) or CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) plus successful completion of Introduction to Business (4 week intensive course), and work experience in a relevant business area
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in relevant discipline
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC: Business or Business Management or Management Administration & IT or Event Management or Events or Travel & Tourism 
  • CertHE: Business with English Language, or equivalent

Year 3

  • BTEC Level 5 HND: Business or Business Management or Management Administration & IT or Event Management or Events or Travel & Tourism 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

The BA (Hons) International Business at UWS offers an opportunity to study in London towards a business degree that has been developed for the international graduate of today.

The BA (Hons) International Business will help students to develop knowledge and skills that are required of business graduates across the globe.

The degree has been designed to deliver up-to-date practical and professional skills, underpinned by appropriate academic theory which will support the development of 21st century graduates, ready for the workplace.

Level 1

Level one introduces students to the basic concepts of business, and the key operational elements of running a company, such as finance, marketing, human resources, general business and economics.

Core modules:

  • Scheduled learning: 24%
  • Independent study: 76%

Optional modules:

  • Written: 47%
  • Coursework: 53%

Level 2

At level two, the basic concepts are taken to a more operational level and students start to understand the application of each within a business environment.

 LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled learning: 16%
  • Independent study: 84%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Written: 15%
  • Coursework: 85%

Level 3

At level three, students will look at the concepts from a more strategic perspective, aligning what has been learned in previous years to specific business scenarios.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 82%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Coursework: 100%

Level 4

The final level focuses on the dissertation, with students looking at their own personal development throughout the duration of the programme.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled learning: 12%
  • Independent study: 88%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Coursework: 100%

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is carried out through a combination of written assessments, online test, presentations, case studies, portfolio building and assignments over each academic level of the degree programme.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

BA (Hons) International Business Course Structure

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Career Prospect

JOBS

With the BA (Hons) International Business at UWS you can Prepare yourself for a career in international business through this specialist degree, giving you the opportunity to study and learn about the vast business landscape, and develop the knowledge and skills to embark upon an exciting profession in any kind of company, from small-to-medium-sized enterprises to large, multi-national organisations.

Upon completion students with the BA International Business can pursue careers in general business in a variety of different sectors. These include:

  • Local government
  • National/international business
  • Third sector organisations
  • Health sector
  • Retail

FURTHER STUDY

On completion of your degree, you may choose to study at postgraduate or Masters Level.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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