BA (Hons)

International Business (with French)

BAIB with French
In the UK for Business, management and marketing
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): N1R1
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


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 fully internationalised 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.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Accredited by:

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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 2020. 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).

  • Year 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.


    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.

  • Year Two

    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

  • Year Three

    Full-year study at KEDGE Business School

    Modules will be set by KEDGE Business School.

  • Final year

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Leadership and Employability

    This module will help prepare you for future employment, by further developing your career-related and transferable skills. During the module you will critically reflect on your time at University, and develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, as well as your consultancy and project management skills. You will also develop an understanding of how effective strategic leadership can influence organisational behaviour, strategic management and financial decision-making.

    Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by specialist tutors and guests, focusing on themes such as international accounting and finance, professional practice, public service finance, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and ethical issues, and career management skills, including effective job search strategies, realising your full potential via ‘personal branding’ and management of your online presence, and requirements and qualifications for the various accounting and finance professional bodies.

    In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs, and guest lectures from business and industry.

    Plus one optional module from:

    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 Marketing Strategy

    Introduces the fundamental digital marketing planning concepts for an organisation together with the key factors involved with the implementation, measurement and evaluation of successful campaigns.

    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.

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Ranked 11th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (The Guardian League Table 2020)

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 workshops, case studies, role plays, group discussions, project work, group and individual presentations, and problem-based learning.

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 tutor 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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (52%), written (35%) and practical (13%).
  • Year 2 Partner Institution (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (40%), written (40%) and practical (20%).
  • Year 4 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • 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%).

100% of students were in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Careers and employability

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

  • English 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


Our BA (Hons) International Business courses have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In addition to your degree you will also gain a CMI qualification.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

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

All applicants must have studies A-level French.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS Course Search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We have created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Apply now (UCAS)

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.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School
+44 (0)115 848 4460