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BSc International Business and Modern Languages

Helene Michelet International Business and Modern Languages Aston University

What I will remember most fondly about my time at Aston University are the lecturers, whose passion and encouragement made a heavy workload a lot easier to handle.”

Helene Michelet

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: ABB-BBB*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD


The unique structure of this degree sets it apart as a market leader for students who want to study business and languages together. You will learn how to manage international relationships and develop leadership qualities for cross-cultural working.

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Integrated placement year abroad
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92% Overall Satisfaction in International Business and French (National Student Survey, 2017)
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Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
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Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2018)

Course information 

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Codes:

  • NR11 (International Business and French)*

  • NR12 (International Business and German)*

  • NR14 (International Business and Spanish)*

  • NR24 (International Business, German and Spanish)**

  • NR33 (International Business, French and German)**

  • NR44 (International Business, French and Spanish)**

  • NR15 (International Business and Mandarin Chinese)***

* Courses available at Beginners' level (ab-initio) or post A-Level
** Courses only available post A-Level
*** Course only available at Beginners' level (ab-initio)

Students studying IBML with a single language (post A-Level, not Ab-Initio) have the option to learn Chinese or Arabic or Portuguese as a subsidiary language (i.e. 2 hours a week; no previous knowledge required).

Typical offers: 

A Levels: ABB - BBB
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,5,5 - 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level. Score of 5 at Higher level required in the relevant language(s)
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course. Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A-level grade B standard

Further requirements:
A level grade B (or equivalent) required in the relevant language(s) if applying for post A-Level language (not needed for Ab Initio)
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English – grade C/4

General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2018). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Unlike other Joint Degrees, the BSc IBML Degree adopts a holistic approach to Business and Languages. Our modules are constantly updated to ensure they remain relevant in our fast-changing world. You will develop essential cognitive skills (such as problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity), enhancing in this way your employability skills.

This is an integrated degree, where the language classes (taught in the target language) will help you develop knowledge and vocabulary pertaining to business, marketing, or economics as well as current and relevant socio-cultural issues. Therefore, you will not only be able to acquire the language skills needed to communicate effectively in the target language speaking countries, but you will also develop the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market. 

The business modules (taught in English) will enable you to gain a wide perspective on international business and management, including social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts.

The integrated nature of the degree means that it has been designed as a whole, and the structure of it is the same, whichever languages you are taking. You’ll learn how to identify your customers, how businesses can be organised, how to understand financial information and how businesses take account of the world’s governments. All of these subjects are given an international dimension. 

Students have the possibility of studying French from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR11. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment 

Modules taught in French:

  • French Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment I 
  • Introduction to the French-speaking countries*

Year 2
Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy

Modules taught in French:

  • French Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment II 
  • Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)*

Year 3
You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a French-speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Please see the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4
Modules taught in English

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in French

  • French Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment III
  • Dissertation or Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries or Global Germany**

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic 

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying German from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR12. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment I
  • Introduction to the German-speaking countries*

Year 2
Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment II
  • Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)*

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. 

See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4
Modules taught in English

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in German

  • German Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment III
  • Dissertation or La France d’Outre-Mer or Contemporary French or French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster**

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying Spanish from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR14. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in Spanish

  • Spanish Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment I
  • Introduction to the Spanish-speaking countries* 

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy

Modules taught in Spanish:

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment II
  • Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)*

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Spanish-speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4

Modules taught in English

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in Spanish

  • Spanish Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment III
  • Dissertation or Cultural Studies in the Spanish Speaking Countries or Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America or La Ciudad Hispana: Socio-Cultural Cartographies in the Spanish-speaking countries**

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying Mandarin Chinese from Beginners level (ab-initio), and this includes characters learning. UCAS Code: NR15. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in English and Chinese:

  • Chinese Language Skills I
  • Characters Learning I
  • International Business Environment I

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy

Modules taught in English and Chinese:

  • Chinese Language Skills II
  • Characters Learning II
  • International Business Environment II

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Chinese-speaking country. It may be possible to divide your year abroad between work and study. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4

Modules taught in English:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in Chinese:

  • Chinese Language Skills III
  • Characters Learning III
  • International Business Environment III

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying two languages at post A-Level. UCAS codes: NR24 or NR33 or NR44 (detailed in entry requirements above). Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in the Target Language:

  • Language Skills I in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills I in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment I in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment I in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Year 2
Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy 

Modules taught in the Target Language:

  • Language Skills II in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills II in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment II in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment II in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Year 3

You will spend your third year (2 semesters) in two different countries (one semester each, to support you in your acquisition of two languages). You will be able to do a professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4
Modules taught in English

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

 Modules taught in the Target Language

  • Language Skills III in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills III in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment III in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment III in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Assessment


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Course directors

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops skills such as team working and negotiating abilities.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

IBML graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Graduate may be able to claim a Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) 'standard award', which give credits towards CII professional qualifications in financial services and insurance. Graduate must apply directly to the CII.


Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation.

Our integrated placement course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement abroad and/or a study placement.

Work abroad
We only approve placements which give you an appropriate level of experience and will develop your business knowledge as well as your language skills.

Study abroad
The Business Schools with which we have exchange agreements are highly regarded within their own countries and you will follow a year of their own course alongside local students.
You may also select to divide your year between a Business School and a six-month placement.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

As a graduate you will be ready for the challenge of a business career, either in the UK or abroad. Your business expertise, cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency will be of particular value to companies operating in international markets and to multinational companies.

Recent graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • Business Planner- Orange (Denmark)
  • Credit Analyst- Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (France)
  • Financial Analyst- Ford Motor Company (Germany)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser- Nestlé (Switzerland).
  • Analyst - Accenture
  • Financial Consultant - Thales
  • Graduate Programme, Markets Division - Deutsche Bank
  • Operations Manager- Graduate Scheme - DHL
  • Grad Scheme- IBM
  • Auditor - KPMG Luxembourg
  • Tax Analyst - Deloitte 

Come and experience IBML at Aston University

  • If you would like more information about the course and to visit campus, join us at one of our Open Days.
  • If you would like to meet the language staff and find out more about languages in higher education, come and visit us during the Language Day or one of our Taster Sessions.
  • If you would like to experience IBML over two days, come and visit us for a residential where you will be taught, in the target language, how to create an advertisement and present it to your peers. This will take place on March 16 - 17th, 2018. For more information please contact Céline Benoit, IBML course director.

Interested?
We'd love to hear from you.

Celine Benoit IBML Aston University
Céline Benoit, Course Director

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