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University of Central Lancashire

International Business (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: B778

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma


OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


International business

**Course overview**
- Our International Business Foundation Entry programme teaches the theory and analytical skills needed by successful international businesses on a global scale.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an Honours programme. It’s entirely unique, and a great stepping stone to degree study. Our programme is customisable, so you can shape your learning and specialise your education in a way that benefits your future.

- You’ll study international business modules with a choice of options to suit your personal interests and career ambitions. These include: human resources, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, tourism, politics or trade.

- This programme is ideal if you’re seeking a post with an international company as a graduate trainee or assistant.

**Why study with us**
- Management Studies is 3rd in the UK for Assessment and Feedback, and in the UK Top 20 for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.

- You’ll have the option to spend part of your time studying overseas with study exchanges available throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia.

- Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Business (Foundation Entry) is ranked 2nd in the North West with 84% of students satisfied with the teaching quality (Times Good University Guide 2021).

**Further information**
- If you choose to study a foreign language, you can choose from: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Urdu, and Arabic.

- The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook Buildings are in the middle of the campus where you’ll have access to learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.


Year 1: Managing Business Information (Year long), Skills for HE (Year long), Business in Context (Semester 1), Introduction to Enterprise Skills (Semester 1), Choose two from: Accounting and Economics (Semester 2), Managing People and Organisations (Semester 2), Marketing and Retail (Semester 2)

Year 2: Core Modules: Introduction to International Business and Economics, Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting for Managers, Personal Development Programme 1: Academic and Professional Skills, Management and Organisations. Options; Foreign Languages, The Shaping of the Asia-Pacific Region, Legal Obligations in Business, Managing Business Information, Business Decision Modelling, Tourism Places: Markets, Destination and Evidence , Global Politics

Year 3: Core Modules: International Business and Socio-cultural Development, Marketing Principles for Business, Managing Personnel and Human Resources, Transition to Work or Planning Your Career, 2 options; Options: Foreign Languages, International Tourism Management, Economics and Business in the EU, Finance for Managers, Companies and the Law, Introduction to Financial Services Markets, International Financial Management Techniques, Education and Training in the Economy, Cross Cultural Issues in the Pacific Rim, Business Decision Modelling 2, Global Governance

Those students who participate in an overseas exchange in Year 2 will follow an equivalent programme at their choice of institution.

Year 4: Core Modules: International Strategic Management, Contemporary Issues in Business. Options: Foreign Language, E-marketing, International Tourism, Corporate Finance, International Human Resource Management, Risk and Capital Markets, International Marketing Management, Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region, Start a Business, European Business Cultures & Environment, Education and Training (2), Crisis Management, Business Forecasting, Aspects of Trade, Aid and Development, Airline Operations, Dissertation

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

International business

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business studies

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Business studies

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Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales assistants and retail cashiers
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Other elementary services occupations

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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