Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Business with Spanish

Set your sights on an international career and explore economics, politics, finance, law and culture on a global scale. You’ll be equipped with core strategic and management skills along with the ability to communicate on an international level. Develop your Spanish skills and study abroad. With the opportunity to undertake a work placement or exchange programme in Spain, you’ll gain experience of living and working in an overseas environment.

In the 2016 National Student Survey, 95 per cent of students agreed our staff were good at explaining things; 84 per cent agreed staff made the subject interesting; 90 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support and 95 per cent were satisfied overall.

Key features

  • Explore economic, political, legal and cultural influences and analyse international businesses and processes confidently and with a critical eye. 
  • Get to grips with the importance of innovation for successful organisations with modules in corporate strategy, international trade and global enterprise issues.
  • Learn Spanish alongside your business modules and take part in an exchange programme, boosting your communication skills in preparation for an international career. 
  • You’ll be taught by an experienced team of specialists with research interests in contemporary cultural studies, the language of business and politics, advertising and modern history.
  • Benefit from an established, worldwide network of business partnerships and spend your mandatory placement year working abroad. From Texas and Florida to Canada, Dusseldorf and Australia, our students have travelled the world.
  • Establish your career in a fast paced, competitive industry and join our graduates employed in world class corporations such as UnileverSiemensStandard CharteredDeutsche PostTate and LyleGilletteIntegral Solutions and Hewlett Packard.
  • Spend a year studying further afield and gain an international perspective at universities in Madrid, La Rochelle, Louisiana, Manitoba and Amsterdam.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll explore the nature and context of business and discover how organisations work. You’ll investigate all aspects of the international business world and choose from modules including economics for business and business accounting. You’ll also gain a thorough grounding in advanced Spanish language and an understanding of cultural differences and intercultural communication.
    Core modules
    • ACF103 Business Accounting

      Business Accounting introduces accounting as the measurement, recording and communication of financial information for the purpose of business decision making in the context of risk, sustainability and liquidity. Business Accounting exposes the practical application of a range of relevant accounting techniques which enable effective decision making process. On successful completion of the module students should be able to prepare, report and analyse the key financial statements for decision making purposes.

    • HRL100 Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces you to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • ECN1009B Economics for Business

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics and the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • STO100 World of Enterprise

      This module will introduce students to the key concept of enterprise. There will be a consideration enterprise in the form of organisations, entrepreneurial activity, initiative and resourcefulness and projects. The module will provide the foundation knowledge of how organisations work with a focus on people, process and outputs. The changing global context and digital nature of information will be covered as will emerging models of business. There will be an emphasis on people in organisations and sustainability.

    • ENT1001PP Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the theme of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action, allowing students to explore theory associated with Entrepreneurship before putting it into action through a practical exercise. It will develop a range of academic and professional skills around this theme including: consulting, research; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management.

    Optional modules
    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SFTB1 Spanish Fast Track B1

      This module is designed for students who wish to make rapid progress via a fast-track route at intermediate level. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of Spanish, and to understand key aspects of Spanish / Hispanic culture.

    • SFTA1 Spanish Fast Track A1

      This module is aimed at students who have little or no previous knowledge of Spanish, but who wish to make rapid progress. It develops communicative competence towards intermediate level, enabling students to establish social and working relations with speakers of Spanish, to negotiate everyday needs, and to communicate using spoken and simple written language in limited situations.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll continue to study key areas of business and learn how successful organisations manage their decision-making processes. Explore concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and learn about different job roles and techniques. You’ll also prepare for working or studying abroad, improving your Spanish skills and developing your understanding of other cultures. You can also elect to take the double award programme with a university in Spain.
    Core modules
    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • STO205 An Introduction to International Business

      This module explores the changes in the world economy because of globalization and the strategic choices that a multinational corporation must make in such a globalized world. It examines the role of international trade and foreign direct investment in creating a more integrated world economy. Further it addresses the risks associated with foreign exchange transactions as also the advantages of regional economic integration such as European Union. Finally it deals with the firm level issues such as supply chain management, human resource management and financial management in the global context.

    • LCS200 Culture and Society 2

      This module examines a range of aspects which define Hispanic and Francophone worlds, focusing predominantly on the contemporary period. In addition, it develops a range of key skills which will support study at undergraduate level. For those students electing a languages Minor pathway, the module anchors linguistic competence through a deeper understanding of the cultural referents specific to these countries.

    • MKT214 Marketing Fundamentals

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • STO207 Operations Management and Supply Chain Challenges

      This module deals with key issues in the related fields of international operations, supply chains and logistics. These would typically involve global supply chains, customer service, inventory management, materials sourcing and handling, the management of operational/logistical information, product/service design and development and purchasing, the global operating environment, supply chain strategy, and performance measurement.

    Optional modules
    • HRL200 People Management

      The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core activities concerned with managing people, including an appreciation of the work and social context in which those activities take place. The module covers a range of people management practices, as well as introducing important contextual factors such as legislation which play a key role in shaping the employment landscape. The module consists of a combination of lectures, case studies, activities and self-directed learning. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation of the Business Management programme, and you must ensure that you complete all aspects, including attending and participating in class activities in order to be eligible.

    • SFTA2 Spanish Fast Track A2

      This module is designed as the progression module for students who have successfully completed the first year of the Spanish `fast-track'. It will enable rapid progress, consolidating knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and providing a firm base for ongoing study. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to Spain and the Hispanic world today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SFTB2 Spanish Fast Track B2

      This module is designed to enable rapid progress at an advanced level, further extending students¿ ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • ECN2008A Contemporary Business Economics

      This module develops and applies concepts of economics and industrial organization to the analysis of the behaviour of firms, industries and markets.

  • Placement year
  • In your third year, you’ll practice your new-found skills in business – take advantage of a guaranteed study placement overseas with one of our exchange partners, or experience working for a year within a business in Europe to enhance your employability and self-confidence. We will support you through our network of high quality exchange universities and employers.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll apply the experiences gained on your placement year and deepen your knowledge of international business. You’ll study corporate strategy, global enterprise issues and functional business areas and engage in independent research and analysis. Develop advanced Spanish language skills and continue to learn about shared cultures.
    Core modules
    • STO310 Project

      This module enables the student to integrate knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge and, with supervision, conduct their own investigation and report their findings.

    • LCS300 Culture and Society 3

      This module comprises a series of lectures on aspects relating to the French and Spanish speaking worlds, using sources (text, music, the media) in both the target language (for the benefit of Minor pathway students) and English. It requires independent research and analysis, with appropriate supervision.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

      A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory.

    • STO302 Strategic Analysis and Research Methods

      The module seeks to develop students¿ understanding of business research methods and strategic analysis. A purpose of the module is to prepare students for their Term 2 dissertation work. This is achieved through students developing a research plan and a strategic analysis report relevant to the topic of their dissertation.

    Optional modules
    • STO301 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

      This module brings a strategic and problem-focused view to operations management, concentrating on spheres key to operations based competitive advantage, both in goods and service based industries. Particular consideration is given to operations strategy, supply chain management, lean thinking, performance measurement, quality management, project management and topical developments.

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • STO308 Current Issues in Information Technology

      The module reviews the latest in IT practice and research and its relevance to the management discipline. It covers topics such as legislation, ethics, security, sustainability and corporate governance and the role IT plays in these.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA International Business 16 17 0439

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96

A levels

Including a minimum of two A levels with a grade D in Spanish or or GCSE grade A in any foreign language.

BTEC

18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM in any subject plus grade D in A level (or equivalent) Spanish. 

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application. 

Access

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction, including 12 level 3 credits in Spanish at merit. Alternatively, previous/current study in A level Spanish (grade D) will be considered alongside Access Course.

GCSE

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate

26 overall to include 4 in Spanish at Higher Level.

Other

14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire for more information.

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications will also be considered.​

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Stefan Hall - graduate profile

Stefan developed the experience he gained on his placement in Japan, by working with businesses all over the world and is now working within the European Economic and Social Committee.

Stefan Hall – BA (Hons) International Business graduate

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BETA Enterprise student start-up support programme

  • weekly one-on-one business mentoring (term-time)
  • monthly Entrepreneurs Club networking
  • skills workshops and guest lectures from entrepreneurs (October to May)
  • opportunity to pitch for £1500 grant funding (terms and conditions apply).
Current undergraduate and postgraduate students at Plymouth University may apply to join the free extra-curricular BETA Enterprise programme by emailing Amber Strong for an application form.

Career opportunities

Use your new found business and language skills to secure a career at a successful organisation.

Previous graduates have gone on to work with companies like Unilever, Siemens, Gillette and Hewlett Packard.

Inspiring Futures

Inspiring Futures is designed to enhance the employability skills of our students, giving them an opportunity to undertake a real, consultancy project for an organisation.

The organisation benefits from free business advice provided by a team of talented, business students, acting as trainee consultants.

Read more about Inspiring Futures