International Business with Integrated Foundation Year BA

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This is a four-year version of our BA (Hons) International Business course, with an integrated foundation year. Prepare for a career in world business. Experience international business first-hand. Graduate ready to deal with the exciting and turbulent nature of international trade.

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Overview

The landscape of world business is evolving at a rapid rate and organisations are having to deal increasingly with international customers and suppliers. This programme helps to prepare you for a career in world business and increases your knowledge and skills in readiness for dealing with the exciting and turbulent nature of international trade.

BA (Hons) International Business with Integrated Foundation Year progressively prepares you with employability enhancing features including employer-led activities and opportunities to experience international business first-hand through field-trips and placements.

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • We are a University that is nationally recognised for supporting learners particularly from non-traditional backgrounds and many students come to us with no formal qualifications but with valuable work experience
  • Explicit international focus of the modules gives this course a distinct identity separate from other courses
  • Sunderland Business School is a member of ‘The Association of Business Schools’

Course structure

The focus throughout this course is on innovative teaching and learning by doing and reflecting. One technique is problem-based learning, where you’ll work within a small team to explore issues or decide how to manage a situation. This helps you to dissect, challenge and debate issues.

Other learning techniques include company visits, guest speakers and cutting-edge e-learning technologies. These are in addition to a combination of lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and workshops.

Your progress will be assessed by coursework, assessed case studies and business simulations, presentations, reports, essays, tests and time-constrained assessments.

Foundation Year

The Business and Tourism Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules: 

  • Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Maths (20 credits)
  • Foundation Module (40 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialism (20 credits)

 


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules:

  • Essential Study and Employment Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Managing and Leading People (20 credits)
  • International Business Management (20 credits)


Optional modules (choose one):

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management and Talent Development (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Operations and Services (20 credits)
  • Global Tourism (20 credits)

 

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules:

  • Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in International Business Management (20 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication and Business (20 credits)
  • International Law (20 credits)


Optional modules (choose two):

  • Management Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (20 credits)
  • Principles of Business Law (20 credits)
  • Management Thought (20 credits)
  • Quality Management for Organizational Excellence (20 credits)
  • Business ESR (20 credits)
  • Digital Marketing (20 credits)
  • Tourism Fieldwork (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules:

  • International Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Intercultural Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • International Marketing (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)


Optional modules (choose one):

  • Business Context in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • Exploring Equality and Diversity (20 credits)
  • Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Managing and Leading Change (20 credits)
  • Marketing in a Digital World (20 credits)
  • International Human Rights (20 credits)
  • International Hospitality Management (20 credits)
  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism
  • Map and directions

Facilities

You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. This is home to the Sunderland Business School and the St Peter’s Library with thousands of books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing and strategy.

Entry requirements

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
OR
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

If you join us in September 2019, the foundation year will be £4,500.

For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250 but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the full-undergraduate course.

In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.

If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

Student at the graduation ceremony

Employment

The broad nature of this course supports you going into a range of public, private and not for profit organisations. These may include those engaged in consulting, manufacturing, healthcare, international trade or other areas where a knowledge of international business is important to support business operations.

Career destinations

You will be ready to step into a leadership or management role in a wide variety of industries across the world. Some of the companies which employ our Business graduates include: IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

Guest speakers

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K. Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.

Visiting speakers help you relate academic learning to the real experience of people who have already progressed in their careers. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.

Student Business Society

The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a business related subject.

Meet the team

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