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Global Trade and Business

Entry requirements


For direct entry to year 3 (Level 6) of the BA (Hons) Global Trade and Business degree at the University of Westminster from the BTEC HND, a student must have successfully completed the Merit or Distinction grade in BTEC Higher National Diploma Business (including all business subject pathways as specified below) and achieve at least a pass in all units and an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element or equivalent (subject to UKVI regulations) OR reached the equivalent standard by passing the appropriate Westminster Pre-sessional English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Business subject pathways are as follows: Business (General) Accounting and Finance Business Management Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Human Resource Management Marketing Operations Management Law

Scottish HND

Pass

For direct entry to year 3 (Level 6) of the BA (Hons) Global Trade and Business degree at the University of Westminster from the SQA AD, a student must have successfully completed the SQA AD in Global Trade and Business/Business with Information Technology/Business/Business with Accounting/Business with Marketing/Business with Human Resource Management and achieved an average of B in the Graded Units and an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element or equivalent (subject to UKVI regulations) OR reached the equivalent standard by passing the appropriate Westminster Pre-sessional English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

About this course


Course option

12.0months

Full-time | 2022

Subject

International business

Are there any winners in an international trade war? Are large trade deficits a problem? What are the challenges for businesses that wish to start exporting their products? You’ll tackle these questions and more on our exciting ‘top-up’ degree in Global Trade and Business.

More and more businesses are part of global value chains, which connect the production and supply of products across countries. Therefore, international trade is a top economic priority for governments, organisations and businesses alike. Exploring the opportunities and challenges this presents, our ‘top-up’ degree gets you ‘work ready’, gaining real world experience on an exciting international group work visit.

This one-year course, equivalent to the final year of a traditional Bachelor’s degree, is designed for students who have previously studied business and management to ‘Level 5’. You may, for example, have been awarded a Foundation Degree or HND Diploma, or benefit from a combination of academic and professional qualifications and experience.

You’ll not only deepen your understanding of the operations, strategy and decision-making processes of global trade and business, but also develop an appreciation of wider social and political issues surrounding business decisions by witnessing those involved first-hand and ‘in situ’ as part of your professional experience.

Taking place during your second semester, the international work experience visit is integrated within the curriculum (travel and accommodation are included in the course fees). It provides a unique opportunity to relate what you have learned in the workplace, experiencing the different aspects of organisational practice, diverse cultures and everyday practicalities that exist.

The visit will be organised and supervised by the course team, capitalising on our existing European connections across various industries, such as shipping, energy, logistics and production. You’ll work in groups on a real business task, appraising organisational and economic problems, anything from analysing surging energy prices to the realities of global trade post-pandemic.

Based in the heart of London’s political, media and financial services, at Westminster Business School, we bring professional practice into the classroom through industry speakers, real-life case studies, problem- and work-based learning. We welcome students from all walks of life from all over the world, representing 169 different nationalities, which will enhance your understanding of cultural diversity and international business awareness.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Westminster, London

Department:

Business Information Management and Operations

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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.

65%
low
International business

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

71%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
53%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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