Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Business with French

Make valuable connections around the world – explore economics, politics, law and culture and be primed to manage, innovate and succeed in international business. Develop your French skills and study abroad. With the opportunity to undertake a work placement or exchange programme in France, you’ll gain experience of living and working in an overseas environment. You’ll be equipped with the core strategic and management skills to flourish in any corporation anywhere around the globe.

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4 years
(includes mandatory placement)
Start date
September 2014
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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 French alongside your business modules and take part in an exchange programme, boosting your communication skills in preparation for an international career. 
  • Take the opportunity to study for a double degree award – you can study with Sup De.Co. La Rochelle, France, so you’ll have both the BA (Hons) International Business and a foreign degree. 
  • 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 Unilever, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Post, Tate and Lyle, Gillette, Integral Solutions and Hewlett Packard.
  • Spend a year studying further afield and gain an international perspective at universities in La Rochelle, Madrid, 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 learn advanced French language skills and gain an understanding of cultural differences and intercultural communication.
    Core modules
    • ABF107 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.

    • ECN106 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 of the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • BSO105 Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, ethics and Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD). It will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: consulting, researching (multimedia); academic writing; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management. The module has an action research focus and will explore entrepreneurship in a variety of organisational contexts (e.g. social enterprise, not for profit, SME's, public sector, private enterprise).

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 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.

    • HRS101C Organisational Behaviour

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

    • BSO104 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.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll focus on the functional areas of business and explore innovation and entrepreneurship. Discover how successful organisations manage their decision-making processes and learn about different job roles and techniques. You’ll continue to develop your French skills and further your understanding of other cultures, preparing for working or studying abroad. You can also elect to take the double award programme with a university in France.
    Core modules
    • BSO208 An Introduction to International Business

    • 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.

    • BSO202 Enterprise and Innovation

      Enterprise and entrepreneurship; risk analysis and management; invention, innovation and diffusion; economics of innovation; market structure and innovation; innovation and competitive advantage; protecting innovation; the public sector innovation; innovation and economic growth; managing and developing innovation.

    • FREX500 French 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.

    • BSO211 International Logistics and Supply Chain Operations

      This module deals with issues in the Global Supply Chain, this would typically involve, logistics, customer service, inventory management, transportation, materials handling, management of logistical information, inbound logistics and purchasing, the global logistics environment, supply chain strategy(ies), performance measurement.

    • EPIE201 Placement Preparation: BA Internation Business

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking a study or work placement outside the UK in the third year BA International Business. 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.

    Optional modules
    • BSO210 Entrepreneurship

      The module aims to provide grounding in the quantitative techniques used for modelling and analysis in business, economics and finance. It introduces students to a range of mathematical methods and the application of those methods to the analysis of real-world issues.

    • HRS203 Managing People

      This module provides an overview of organisational activities which are characterised as people management.

    • MKT202 Marketing Fundamentals

      This module examines the concepts that underpin marketing as both a business philosophy and a functional activity. It considers the application of these concepts in all types of organisations and markets. The module focuses on achieving competitive advantage through the development of marketing mixes founded upon the centrality of the customer.

    • MKT206 Professional Sales

      This module examines the key aspects of professional selling, based upon accepted sales practices. These include the identification of prospects, the use of consultative sales techniques to gain the order, and the use of post-sale service to engender good will amongst customers and to encourage repeat purchase. It provides participants with the basic skills to achieve each aspect of the selling process, while encouraging them to temper these abilities with strong ethical considerations.

  • Placement year
  • In your third year, you will choose to study or work in any approved country in the world, giving you the chance to practice your new-found skills in business. You can 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.
    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 study corporate strategy and global enterprise issues, deepening your knowledge of international business. Draw on industry experience by applying the skills gained on your placement year. You’ll develop advanced French language skills and continue to learn about shared cultures. You’ll also undertake a project, engaging in independent research and analysis.
    Core modules
    • 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.

    • BSO302 Global Enterprise

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

    • BSO309 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.

    • BSO305 Strategic Analysis and Research Methods

    Optional modules
    • BMG310 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.

    • 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.

    • FREX600 French 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).

    • FREX700 French 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.

    • 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.

    • ABF310 International Financial Management

      In this module students will study the framework and operation of international money markets, and the operational and strategic management of international investment and financing. In addition, students will examine the constraints and competitive pressures faced by finance managers in international markets, and the range of financial instruments used to minimise exchange risk exposure and support international trade.

    • MKT303 International Marketing

      An integrative module acquainting the students with the international business environment, the international marketing planning process and issues in implementation of international marketing plans.

    • 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.

    • 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

UCAS tariff

A level/AS level: 240 points (including a minimum of 180 points from two A levels). Applicants must have achieved a grade D or above in French.

International Baccalaureate

24 points including French.


Mathematics and English Language grade C.


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

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

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500

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Charlie Ives - BA (Hons) International Business with French graduate

The year abroad is incomparable with anything else I’ve ever done, everyone’s come back with exciting stories about their experiences. It’s opened up new doors to the future and I’ve become friends with people from all over the world.

Charlie Ives - BA (Hons) International Business with French graduate

Lauren McNally - graduate profile

Lauren graduated with a 2:1 in BA (Hons) International Business and took a placement year in the USA, securing a place on the Kellogg Brown and Root graduate scheme and winning the award for Best Graduate after only five months.

Lauren McNally – BA (Hons) International Business graduate

Find out how Lauren’s placement year has benefited her career.

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.