Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Business Management with Business English

Kick-start your career in business and be confident communicating with anybody around the world. This one year top-up course will enhance your understanding of business management and allow you to enter the workplace with the English language skills to help you excel in the international business world. Specialise in a particular area of business by tailoring your degree with optional modules, allowing you to stand out to employers.

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1 year
(+ optional placement)
Start date
August 2014
Course type

Key features

  • Designed for students whose first language isn't English.  
  • A one year Level Three course designed as a top-up to successfully completed study equivalent to Level Two, for example a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build your career in the competitive world of business, giving you a chance to fulfil your potential.
  • Focus on the practical aspects of management including strategy, marketing, human resources, operations, finance and current issues in management and have the opportunity to develop your English language skills.
  • Benefit from learning within a supportive environment where you’ll be mentored by a community of experienced academics.
  • Sharpen your networking skills: take part in exclusive opportunities and international trips, by joining the Plymouth Management Society.
  • Progress onto a postgraduate programme in Business and Management, Finance or Tourism and Hospitality with Plymouth University with 10 per cent off the masters fee and no need to repeat your IELTS test.

Course details

  • Year 3
  • You’ll develop your employability skills by increasing your understanding of business analysis and decision making, while studying topical management issues. By choosing from a wide range of modules, you can tailor your degree to your interests. Your two English modules will equip you with the language skills to increase your options in the international business world.
    Core modules
    • ECN307 Business Analysis

    • ELC302 Business English

    • BSO310 Business Project

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    • ELC305 English for Academic Purposes

    Optional modules
    • BMG301 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.

    • HRS300 Employee Relations

    • HRS309 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the perspectives and paradigms which underpin organisational choices in managing diversity effectively, exploring organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • ABF301 Financial Management

      This module aims to develop the student's understanding of, and skills in, financial management and corporate finance. Topics covered in the module include working capital management, investment approval under uncertainty, risk management, efficient markets, cost of capital, company valuation and restructuring.

    • HRS307 Human Resource Management

      Consideration of HR strategy and current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments.

    • HRS302 International and Comparative HRM

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations; human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts; and the social dimension of the EU and its implications for HRM.

    • ECN317 International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and capital markets. Students on the module will investigate major trends in international trade, why trade occurs and why governments intervene and the balance of payments, exchange rates and the international monetary system, and discuss the implications of the globalisation of economic activity.

    • HRS308 Learning and Development in the Workplace

      The module introduces students to the principles and practice of learning and development (L&D) in the workplace. It provides an understanding of the contribution of learning and development at both the strategic and operational levels of the business. Through seminar activities and assessment, students will have the opportunity to learn how to research, design and deliver learning and development programmes and strategies. The module is suitable for students wishing to work in: (1) an L&D function and (2) line-management position in any industry.

    • BMG305 Managing Change

      This module considers the importance of change within an organisation and examines the interrelationships and interactions between employees, changes in strategic direction and processes, and organisational effectiveness.

    • MKT305 Marketing Management

      The module is designed to provide business students with an understanding of the essential elements of the marketing management process. It explores the way in which marketing strategies can be developed and implemented in business organisations, and the relationship between marketing and other functional areas of management.

    • BSO304 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.

    • BMG302 Organisational Leadership

      A multi-layered perspective examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change.

    • HRS310 Women in Business

      This module is for anyone who is interested in women in the World of business. It aims to address the 'invisibility' of women in the mainstream business course literature by exploring gender perspectives in specific work contexts (e.g. large corporate, SME, micro, self- employed, informal economy). The module tackles contemporary issues, debating topics that are simultaneously enlightening and inspiring, as well as disconcerting and raw.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • Foundation degree or HND in the area of business and management or an alternative programme of study equivalent in level and content to the first two years of a Plymouth University business and management bachelor degree i.e. levels four and five.
  • This completed programme of study should normally have included modules in at least three of the following areas: economics, human resource management or organisational behaviour, marketing, accounting or finance.
  • IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent English qualification (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing)
  • If you have an IELTS of 5.5 or 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) you may also be offered a place subject to satisfactory completion of an eight or twelve week English language summer school.

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500

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BA (Hons) Business Management with Business English - Careers

As a business graduate you will have developed a sound knowledge of how the commercial world works - a skill which is useful to a number of different graduate careers...

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