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International Business (with French) BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): N1R1
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Four years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

With today’s challenging market you will need something different to stand out from the other graduates. At Nottingham Business School we offer International Business (with French) as a specialist dual award course.

Accredited by both Nottingham Business School and KEDGE Business School (Marseille Campus), this dual award course provides you with an exciting four year course with a comprehensive international curriculum. This course gives you an understanding of European and global business environments, and the structure will allow you to immerse yourself in French culture and language.

This course will develop you into an attractive graduate with excellent prospects by providing you with strong academic foundations, real-world experience and outstanding language skills.

As the course is dual award you will graduate with a BA (Hons) International Business (with French) from NTU, and an International Bachelor in Business Administration from our partner institution KEDGE Marseille.

The course is four years full-time where you will spend two years at Nottingham Business School and two years at KEDGE Marseille, with a half year internship in France or in a French-speaking company.

EFMD Global awarded EFMD Programme Accreditation to our suite of undergraduate BA (Hons) International Business courses in March 2021.

Learn more about EFMD Programme Accreditation.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Find out more about Nottingham Business School in our undergraduate course brochure.

Course accreditation

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What you’ll study

During your first year you will be studying full-time at Nottingham Business School.

In your second and third year you will be studying at KEDGE Business School (Marseilles Campus) studying at their institution and undertaking a half-year internship in France or with a French-speaking company.

Your final year will be back at Nottingham Business School studying full-time.

The course begins in September 2021. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates.The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

Accounting and Finance for International Managers

Through this module you will develop the skills and competencies needed to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision making purposes. You will explore how business organisations are financed and the constraints and limitations that financing imposes on them. You will also learn about the calculation of accounting profit and its importance to an organisation.

You will develop skills that will allow you to identify relevant cash inflows and outflows of a proposed business project, and learn about utilising the techniques of break-even analysis in project decision making. The importance and use of budgeting for forward-planning, communication, coordination and control within an organisation will be covered, as well as the importance of cash and liquidity within an organisation and the construction of cash and working capital budgets. You will learn how to use cash and working capital management models and techniques and how to construct financial statements. Other areas covered in this vast module include financial appraisal of long term capital investment proposals and valuation of company shares.

Language

As you will have already studied French to at least an AS-level standard, NTU is able to offer advanced level courses in French to develop you language skills further ahead of your two years in France.

Personal and Academic Development

Helps you recognise the personal skills, behaviours and attributes you currently have, and supports you in formulating a continuous personal and professional development plan to develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your future ambitions and realise your full potential.

Foundations of Managing and Organising

Both work and management are carried out by people – the human resources of the organisation. The focus of this module is on the management of work in organisations, and will provide you with a holistic understanding from the viewpoint of both the worker and management. You will be introduced to the key applications, policies and practices that are involved in the management of human resources, and will analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

Fundamentals of Marketing

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and operations. You will be introduced to core marketing and operations functions, and develop your understanding of the key concepts, frameworks and models within the area of marketing and operations.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify differing marketing orientations, in particular how organisations identify, understand and satisfy their customers. It will also provide you with the skills required to develop marketing objectives and to translate these into operational processes that satisfy the needs of the customer. Alongside all this, you will learn about the dynamic relationship between operations, organisational performance and competitive position, and will develop effective team building and communication skills.

Quantitative Methods for International Business

This module will introduce you to a variety of quantitative techniques that are relevant to international business. It will develop your knowledge and proficiency with quantitative techniques, and will also enhance your confidence and attitude towards numerical aspects of your future studies and career.

Principles of Macroeconomics

This module will introduce you to key macroeconomic variables, such as growth, inflation, unemployment and trade, and to theoretical perspectives on their determination applying models in a national and international context. It provides the building blocks for further critical analysis later in the course.

Half-year study at KEDGE Business School

Modules will be set by KEDGE Business School.

Half-year internship in France or with a French-speaking company

Full-year study at KEDGE Business School

Modules will be set by KEDGE Business School.

Global Business in a Changing World

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the key developments and issues that affect global business. You will explore current issues and developments, and unique insights into the most pressing business and managerial topics. This will include focusing on different regions and contexts, with reference to the opportunities that are emerging within global business.

You will also cover aspects of sustainability and social responsibility, and explore changes at a political, economic, legal, socio-cultural and technological level, with reference to the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations and to the actions and policies of regulatory bodies and governmental agencies.

International Strategic Management

Using a strategic management viewpoint, this module examines international business that uses an integrative framework. You will study the main trends that facilitate the globalisation of markets and explore how small, medium and large organisations build their international strategies. You will also focus on new insights into contemporary international management challenges.

You will cover a range of topics including: ·

  • the conceptualisation and theorisation of international strategy
  • multinational companies in the context of globalisation and regionalisation
  • integrated global, multi-domestic, international and trans-national strategies
  • developing international strategic capabilities and achieving international excellence
  • corporate social responsibility and multinational strategy
  • traditional and new modes of entry to international markets.

International Tourism: Sustainability Development & Impact

This module aims to provide you with an insight into the global patterns of tourism development and the impacts (economic, environmental and social) that can result, particularly within heritage tourism.

You will explore the fundamental principles of international tourism management and review the demand for, and supply of, international tourism.

You will also study the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism at both the destination and global level, and develop the ability to look critically at contemporary issues within international tourism.

Developing Professional Impact

This module is designed to expand your horizons and challenge your attitudes and behaviours both in relation to subject specific issues and wider business concerns such as global citizenship and sustainable business practices. It will encourage you to build on your strengths and explore a range of possibilities as you embark on your next steps.

Plus one optional module from:

Research Project

For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area.

The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible, and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness.

To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

Sustainability in Enterprise Project

This module is designed to give you a deeper understanding of sustainability issues affecting firms. It incorporates a live consultancy experience, where you are required to apply your knowledge to critically review aspects of enterprise practice and infrastructure and recommend ways to reduce carbon emissions. You will learn how to critically review sustainability issues presented by an enterprise and analyse evidence, arguments, concepts and data to formulate sustainability and carbon management recommendations for an enterprise.

Plus one optional module from:

French Language

During this module you can continue to develop your French language skills. We are one of the few UK universities to offer language training on this type of course, giving you a real advantage when it comes to competing for the best jobs.

Global Supply Chain Strategy

Working at a strategic level, this module will clarify how marketing, design, distribution, logistics and project management may be integrated, and help you to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how supply chain performance can be strategically improved.

You will cover a number of areas during the module including; ·

  • looking at supply chains from a strategic and global perspective. ·
  • key concepts in supply chain improvement. ·
  • interpreting lean and agile supply. ·
  • supply chain dynamics – forecasting, information flow and bullwhip. ·
  • design for the supply chain – postponement, mass customisation, product life cycle, sustainability. ·
  • managing CSR in the supply chain: sustainability, environment and transport. ·
  • managing risk in a supply chain.

Digital Customer Experience

This module provides you with insights into the digital customer experience and highlights ways to adapt to this changing market, allowing you to fulfil customers’ needs.

Investment and Portfolio Management

This module examines appropriate Investment and Portfolio Management theory. You will have the opportunity to put this theory into practice principally via the construction and running of a portfolio of equities.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Aleksandra Dorozko

It’s an amazing opportunity to get to exchange with people from all over the world (literally, every continent!) and gain a lot of appreciation for culture whilst gaining first hand international experiences.

Hamish Caughey

“The lecturers at NTU are fantastic, showing a lot of enthusiasm in their modules. When I was abroad, I received a lot of support, specifically from my course leader, making sure that there were no issues.

How you’re taught

This course is taught at Nottingham Business School and KEDGE Marseille in France.

While you’re at NBS, a wide range of teaching methods are employed including lectures, staff and student-led seminars, IT and online workshops, case studies, role plays, group discussions, project work, group and individual presentations, and problem-based learning. You can explore our City Campus on our Virtual Tour.

In France, you will be taught in both English and French. All lessons during the first term are taught in English and then from the second term you will being to take more and more classes in French as your language skills develop.

Whilst at NBS, you will typically be assessed through a combination of coursework, projects and examinations. Your work in France will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. These marks will be converted back to contribute towards your overall degree award.

You will also have a number of one-on-one academic mentor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 Partner Institution (50%) and Internship (50%).
  • Year 3 Partner Institution (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Staff Profiles

Ian Gregson

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Ian has been teaching in further and higher education for over 20 years. He joined the University in 2011, and has experience in teaching, development and delivery of marketing and

Rachel Welton

Principal Lecturer - Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Nottingham Business School

Rachel Welton

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (47%), written (19%) and practical (34%).
  • Year 2 Partner Institution (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (40%), written (40%) and practical (20%).
  • Year 4 coursework (66%), written (27%) and practical (7%).

Careers and employability

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • English Language Teacher
  • Supply Chain Management Trainee
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Account Executive
  • Commercial Graduate

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • TEFL Academy
  • The Body Shop
  • ACAS
  • Softcat
  • LUMO Clothing

Accreditation

Our BA (Hons) International Business courses have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) should you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

Our School is based in the impressive Newton building on NTU's City Campus. The building was recently involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. The Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex while keeping its historic beauty.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor zero of the Newton building.
  • Access industry-standard software in our specialist Business Lab facility, as you work with live financial data from across the global markets.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres and a variety of social spaces.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • A new City Campus Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services.
  • the University’s main resource room in the library is available 24 hours a day.

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within business, Marketing, Finance, Economics and HRM. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books.

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Find out more about the KEDGE Marseille campus.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – ABB, including French and excluding General Studies
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including French and excluding General Studies.
  • You will also need GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAB, including Spanish and excluding General Studies
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including Spanish and excluding General Studies.

and

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

Students are required to contribute towards tourism field trips in the final year. There may also be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst studying in France and on placement.

Your internship will be with a company in France or within a French speaking company internationally. Travel grants and funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. Visit our fees page for more information.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students completing the four year degree may choose to apply for a study abroad option instead of a work placement (or a mixture of study abroad and work placement) during the third year of the course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on study abroad/placement. Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through UCAS. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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