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BA Modern Languages with Business Management

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
R9N1
Course Type
Undergraduate, Industrial professional experience, Single Honours, Study abroad year
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee.
Fees for 2021/22:
£9,250 (UK)
£19,740 (International)
More detail.

Birmingham’s fusion of language and culture places employability at its heart, preparing you to live and work as an engaged citizen of the world.

In an increasingly globalised world, international businesses need employees who can both speak the language and understand the history, politics and culture of the region. You must have either French, German, Italian or Spanish at advanced level. Alongside this, you may wish to study a second language at advanced or beginner level. Languages from beginner level include the ones mentioned above, alongside Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. Your third year abroad also offers the opportunity to undertake work placement/s in the country where your language/s are spoken. 

One third of your degree course studies will be based in the country’s first dedicated business school. We have strong links with local, national and global businesses such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young. As a result, this undergraduate degree course retains a strong practical focus as well as exploring theoretical aspects. You can find out more about your chosen combination here. Some combinations we are unable to offer due to timetabling restrictions.

COVID-19

Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

The degree course understands how being digitally aware is essential for the workplace in today’s society. They do this by moving away from essays and exams, instead creating assessments such as writing blog posts, creating comic strips or creating a radio interview – all in different languages.

Zara

Why Study this Course?

  • Innovative language study - We pride ourselves on competitive contact hours of 6 hours per week for advanced language study and 8 hours per week for beginner language study for the first half of your undergraduate studies in Birmingham. This intensive teaching usually takes place within groups of no more than 15, encouraging active language-learning through engagement with cultural material (beginners will receive more support in English, as appropriate).
  • Focusing on the latest language learning technology -  As well as placing a greater emphasis upon using technology in the classroom, we recently constructed a state-of-the-art Interpreting Suite, which opened in Spring 2018, and uses technology similar to those used by the United Nations.
  • Superb employability rates - 90% of our undergraduate students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017). Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students. By choosing undergraduate Modern Languages, you are entering an excellent field with almost limitless opportunities and benefits. In addition, the Department’s ‘Modern Languages Professionals Week’ in the first year features workshops and talks from former students who are using their languages for a 21st century global workplace in business, the not-for-profit sector, the arts, translation and interpreting, and education.
  • Travel opportunities - The undergraduate degree course is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad studying, teaching and/or working abroad before returning to Birmingham for your final year.
  • Active student societies - Outside of your studies, there are several extra-curricular business and language societies to join, including our multi-lingual Univeristy magazine, the UoB Linguist.

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Modules

Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Modern Languages (two thirds of your degree)

The range of modules available to you does depend on your chosen languages and the combinations you choose to study. Explore our My Choices app to download a personalised prospectus to include our Business Management minor, and discover more about the modules available to you within each language area.

Business Management minor (one third of your degree)

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Financial Analysis (10 credits)
  • Business Organisation and Management (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Economics (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (10 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • International Economy (10 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Financial Decision-Making (10 credits)
  • Global Marketing (10 credits)

Year 3

During the Year Abroad, your Business Management studies are effectively put on hold, and your year abroad will look like that of any other student of languages. If you choose to study at a university abroad, you may be able to choose some Business modules at your chosen institution. If you are studying French, German, Spanish or Italian - you may wish to undertake at least one Work Placement abroad.

Final Year

Compulsory Modules

  • Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • Innovation Management (10 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management (10 credits)
  • Strategic Management (10 credits)

Fees

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2021, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

  • UK: £9,250
  • International: £19,740

Eligibility for fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, please see our pages on undergraduate fees and funding.


Tuition fees when studying abroad

For those spending a whole academic year abroad (where available):

  • Students who are classed as UK for fees purposes are required to pay 15% of their normal annual tuition fee
  • Students who are classed as International for fee purposes are required to pay 50% of their normal annual tuition fee

For those studying abroad for just one semester (where available), normal annual tuition fees apply.

Note - Study abroad opportunities vary between courses; please see the course description for details of study abroad options offered.

How To Apply

Important information: When completing your UCAS application, please indicate your proposed languages under 'Further Details' in the 'Choices' section of the application by using the following codes, separated by a space. 

Please Note: Modern Languages with Business Management (R9N1) is a different UCAS code to our BA Modern Languages programme (R901).

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
A level or equivalent in each modern language that you plan to take at Advanced level.
General Studies:
Accepted.

IB Diploma:
6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall.

BTEC qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM, plus a B at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
  • BTEC Diploma: DD, plus a B at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level, including the required subject/s mentioned above.

Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements.

Independent language diplomas:

If you would like to study advanced French, Spanish, German, Italian or Russian as part of your programme but are not currently studying the required language at A level, we are happy to consider applications from those offering an independent language diploma at B2 level as demonstration of advanced language skills.

The independent language diplomas we would consider are as follows; DELF-B2 (French), DELE-B2 (Spanish), Goethe-Zertifikat-B2 (German), DILI-B2 (Italian) and TRKI 2nd Certificate (Russian). These diplomas are assessed against the criteria set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and can be studied for in your own time or through a language centre.  These diplomas will be considered when taken in addition to three A levels or equivalent qualifications as outlined above.

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall.

We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

In linguistics, we’re all about looking at what can different aspects of the world around us tell us. How can we define Spanish? Historically, where does Spanish come from? Geographically, where is Spanish spoken? Linguistically, what does it mean to speak Spanish?

Dr Alice Corr

Support

You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham. 

Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Officers –You will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or to talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it.

Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) provides guidance on writing essays and dissertations if you need it. You can receive individual support from an academic writing advisor and meet with postgraduate tutors who specialise in particular subjects too.

Our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They offer research opportunities, study skills support, and help you prepare for your post-university career. They also organise social events, including trips.

Teaching staff

Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and doctoral researchers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.

You can find out more about the members of staff (including their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest) in their academic profiles linked below.

Language laboratory sessions allow you to practise your listening and spoken skills and are an essential part of all our language programmes.

Contact hours

Depending on the modules you select, each week you will have between 15 and 18 hours of lectures and classes, with lecturers on hand to answer additional questions outside this timeframe.

Assessment Methods

Assessments - you will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you transition to a new style of learning. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed. Assessments methods will vary with each module and could include:

  • coursework, such as essays
  • group and individual presentations
  • and formal exams

Feedback - you will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so you can learn from each assignment. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take. If you should fail an exam, we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is provided to help you prepare for future exams.

 

The Year Abroad will make up 6.25% of your degree. In terms of assessment, students going to a university or summer school will be assessed by their assessment marks abroad, and those undertaking a teaching or work placement will be required to submit a piece of work related to their experience, in order to progress into final year.

Year one

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year two

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year three

For your third year you can study at an institution abroad

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year four

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

90% of our students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

Modern Languages and Business Management graduates have a range of skills and knowledge that are highly prized by graduate employers:

  • A deep awareness understanding and appreciation of other cultures and core topics in Business Management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and one or more other languages
  • Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret the information that you have gathered
  • Independence and experience of living abroad
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Handling complex information
  • The ability to form concise and articulate arguments
  • Managing your time effectively and prioritising your workload

Example employers:

  • Amazon.fr
  • Capita
  • Harper Collins
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Aura Financial
  • British Airways
  • Deloiette
  • HSBC
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • The British Council
  • French Connection
  • NATO
  • BP
  • Educational institutions in the UK and overseas
  • Local and central government 

Our graduates are highly employable and go in to an incredibly wide range of careers, both in this country and abroad.

Example roles:

  • Editorial Project Leader
  • Teacher
  • International Sales Coordinator
  • Investigation Specialist
  • Operations Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Marketing Officer
  • Account Executive
  • Account Planner

Example further study programmes include:

  • PgDip Education
  • MA Social Work
  • PGCE (various)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA Hispanic Studies
  • MA Translation Studies
  • MSc International Business

Our graduates enter the wide range of careers similar to other arts, humanities and business graduates but with much greater scope in international settings. The Modern Languages curriculum also has an increased focus on professional development in areas such as; presenting, CV-building, debating, and developing digital projects in the target language.

You will benefit from events in both departments whereby graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the wide variety of roles available to linguists and business management graduates. 

Developing your career

There is a range of opportunities through our Careers Network and beyond. For example, our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six-month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market.

Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.

There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships.

Extra-curricular activities

To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.

Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.

Our employer-endorsed Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.

With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.

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