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International Business and Modern Languages (IBML)

This course has been designed so that the various subjects support each other. In particular, part of the Business teaching is carried out in French, German or Spanish.

Why choose this course?

  • An integrated course involving business taught in French, German or Spanish (as well as English)
  • 24/24 for Teaching Quality Assessment in business – rated as excellent
  • Business at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK in the latest Complete University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide. 
  • Business at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK for both Student Satisfaction and Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide.

4 year with integrated placement year

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) 


Students studying a single language have the option to learn Chinese or Arabic or Portuguese as a minor part of their programme.

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB (340-320 UCAS points)
IB: 34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level. Score of 6 at Higher level required in the relevant language(s)
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC National 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)
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include
GCSE Maths – grade C
GCSE English – grade C
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees 2014/15: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. More on fees

International managers need to have qualities such as drive and leadership. They need to be good communicators and sensitive to different cultures and traditions. Those who possess them are hugely valued by good employers.

This course has been designed so that the various subjects support each other. In particular, part of the Business teaching is carried out in French, German or Spanish. Thanks to this unique integrated structure, the course remains a market leader for students wanting to study Business and Modern Languages.


We aim to develop your fluency, accuracy and confidence in using the language, both in business situations and more generally. You will benefit from a sound, broad-based business education which covers marketing, economics, operations management, accounting, finance, business strategy, and business environment.

Students now also have the option to study Chinese, Arabic or Portuguese at beginners level. Students who choose to study one of these additional language modules can expect to have a good working knowledge of Arabic, Chinese or Portuguese by the end of their degree

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.

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.

On the degree, 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.

Year 1

Courses taught in English:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • French/German/Spanish Language
  • History of France/Germany/Spain and Latin America
  • Arabic Language (beginners) or
  • Chinese Language (beginners) or
  • Portuguese Language (beginners) or
  • Japanese Language (beginners)

Year 2

Courses taught in English:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • French/German/Spanish Language
  • Law
  • Contemporary France/Germany/Spain  and Latin America or
  • Arabic Language (intermediate) or
  • Chinese Language (intermediate) or
  • Portuguese Language (intermediate)

Year 3

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

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

Final Year

Courses taught in English:

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Courses taught in French, German or Spanish:
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain)
  • Language – written and spoken
  • Dissertation or
  • Arabic language (advanced) or
  • Chinese language (advaned) or
  • Portuguese language (advanced)
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 is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

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 placement year at ABS.

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.

Graduates are now working in graduate-level roles for companies such as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Michelin
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Sony Europe
  • Reuters

Further details of ABS graduate destinations

Student Profile

Student Profile

Alexandra Vaughan

First year student

'The best thing about studying at ABS is the sense of community between students and lecturers on my course. Because we are a small group everybody knows one another and the lecturers take time to get to know you.'

 

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