International Business and Modern Languages BSc

Understand business from an international perspective and develop leadership qualities for cross-cultural working. Whether you’re completely new to a language or already have experience, if you want to study business and languages together this course is for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated placement year

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year Integrated International placement / study abroad, Beginner's language route.

UCAS code(s)

See below

Start date

The following courses are currently available through Clearing:

  • BSc International Business and French
  • BSc International Business and Spanish
  • BSc International Business and Mandarin Chinese

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

A Level: BCC. Post A-Level language courses require a Grade C or above in that subject. No A-Level language is required at beginner's level

BTEC UnREF: DDM  | BTEC REF: DDM

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4, and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature

Overview
Explore International Business and Modern Languages at Aston University

Ella Tarry | BSc International Business and Modern Languages

Ella talks about her experience at Aston so far

Chelcee Brathwaite

"I’ve dreamt of visiting Paris but never did I imagine that I would work there, especially coming all the way from Barbados. Studying my degree at Aston gave me that opportunity, an opportunity to work in Paris, study in Argentina and build a valuable network of contacts."

Chelcee Brathwaite, Researcher at The Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Barbados

 

Besma Whayeb

"Completing my degree at Aston University truly set me up for my career path in marketing, entrepreneurship, and running my own business. The course provided me with the skills to navigate an extremely competitive work environment, and appreciate cultural differences. As part of my degree, I spent a year in Paris, France, working for two multinational organisations, and the experience was an invaluable addition to my studies."

Besma Whayeb, Author of Sustainable Fashion and Lifestyle Blog CuriouslyConscious.com, and the Founder of Ethical Influencers.

Lucinda Guy

"I believe the placement gave me amazing work experience which helped me put into practice what I had learnt in my first 2 years. I also believe it gave me an advantage when applying to graduate roles. The lecturers gave me some amazing teaching and really encouraged me to do well with their continued support."

Lucinda Guy, European Buying and Merchandising Graduate Scheme, TJX Europe

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“My course was a vital part in shaping my career. My placement year working in communications for the defence and aerospace industry in Paris provided many job opportunities and speaking French was a real asset and differentiator in interviews. To some, changing roles or navigating large international companies can seem quite daunting, but the diversity, exposure and life skills gained during my degree really gave me the confidence to make the right decisions for my career progression.”

Isabelle Heath
Marketing Associate for the UK and Australia at Newton Investment Management

 

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International Business and Modern Languages BSc testimonial 1

“My course was a vital part in shaping my career. My placement year working in communications for the defence and aerospace industry in Paris provided many job opportunities and speaking French was a real asset and differentiator in interviews. To some, changing roles or navigating large international companies can seem quite daunting, but the diversity, exposure and life skills gained during my degree really gave me the confidence to make the right decisions for my career progression.”

Isabelle Heath
Marketing Associate for the UK and Australia at Newton Investment Management

 

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UCAS Codes

NR11 (International Business and Modern Languages French)*

NR12 (International Business and Modern Languages German)*

NR14 (International Business and Modern Languages Spanish)*

NR24 (International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish)**

NR33 (International Business and Modern Languages French and German)**

NR44 (International Business and Modern Languages French and Spanish)**

NR15 (International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese)***

* Courses available at Beginners' level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. Students studying IBML with a single language post A-Level have the option to learn a minor language (Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish) for 2 hours a week (no previous knowledge required). Please see the IBML Minor tab below. The same UCAS codes apply, but please mention in your personal statement which minor language you would like to study if you would like to select one.

** Courses only available post A-Level, with A-Levels in both languages.

*** Course only available at Beginners' level (ab-initio).

Course details

Whether you want to understand how Chinese consumers react to foreign products or how the French aim to become rivals to Silicon Valley, the BSc in International Business and Modern Languages could be for you.

This international business degree offers you the chance to also specialise in specific markets and learn the language(s) and intercultural communication skills needed to navigate our diverse world.

You don’t need any language qualifications to start this course and you can choose to study a language at beginner level if you haven’t studied it at A Level.

Two undergraduate degrees for the price of one.

The unique structure of this degree sets it apart for students who want to study business and languages together. The two halves of your degree will not be separate but rather directly related, as you will develop your language skills and learn about international business and different business environments in tandem.

What you’ll learn

What makes this course stand out is the focus on foreign markets and business in language classes as opposed to traditional literature or cultural studies. This means you’ll learn about business and economics in the language(s) you choose to study, developing not only the linguistic skills needed to communicate effectively in a business context, but also the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market.

Business modules that are taught in English have been developed for you to gain a broad perspective on international business and management, covering topics such as social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts.

Our modules are designed to stay at the forefront of business. As well as relevant knowledge, you’ll develop essential social and cognitive skills, such as adaptability, problem solving, interpersonal communication and creativity, which are all key to your employability.

International real-world experience

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an integrated work and/or study placement abroad to enhance your employability.

This course offers an opportunity to study a second degree at one of our international partner institutions once you have completed  your year at Aston. Find out more here.

Professional accreditations

This programme may lead to accreditation or exemptions from the following professional bodies based upon modules taken.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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.

Awards 

Every year the best Year 1, Year 2 and Final Year students are awarded the IBML Unilever Prize which represents up to £100

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies, in order to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Find out more about the post-study work visa.

Course details

IBML French (Beginners and A Level)  UCAS code: NR11

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.

Modules

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

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

 

Modules taught in French:

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

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, German or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

 

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles in Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

 

Modules taught in French:

  • International Business Environment (France)
  • French Language Skills ll 
  • Politics and Society (French Speaking Countries)*
  • Culture and Conflict (French Speaking Countries)*

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, German or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

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.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Marketing or International Finance or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

 

Modules taught in French:

  • French Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (France) 
  • Research Dissertation or La France D'Outre-Mer or Vichy France or Contemporary French or French Technology**

 

** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, German or Spanish

IBML German (Beginners and A Level)  UCAS code: NR12

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 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.

Modules

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

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

 

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Introduction to the German Speaking Countries*

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

 

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Politics and Society (German Speaking Countries)*
  • Culture and Conflict (German Speaking Countries)* 

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

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.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English: 

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Marketing or International Finance or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

 

Modules taught in German: 

  • German Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Research Dissertation or Global Germany or Cultural Identities in the German Speaking Countries**

 

** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish

IBML Spanish (Beginners and A Level)  UCAS code: NR14

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 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.

Modules

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

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

 

Modules taught in Spanish: 

  • Spanish Language Skills I (Spain) 
  • International Business Environment I
  • Introduction to Spain and Latin America*

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or German (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

Year 2

Modules Taught in English: 

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

 

Modules taught in Spanish:

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment II (Latin America) 
  • Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)*
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)*

 

* Beginners (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 Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or German (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)

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.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Finance or International Marketing or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in Spanish

  • Spanish Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (Spain) 
  • Dissertation or Cultural Studies in the Spanish Speaking Countries or Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America or Hispanic Cultural Geographies**

 

** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or German

 

IBML Mandarin Chinese (Beginners)  UCAS Code: NR15

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 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.

Modules

Year 1

Modules taught in English: 

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

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • Chinese Language Skills I
  • Introduction to China
Year 2

Modules taught in English: 

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • International Business Environment ll (China) 
  • Chinese Language Skills ll 
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 Mandarin-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.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English: 

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Finance or International Marketing or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining. 

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • International Business Environment (China) 
  • Chinese Language Skills lll 

IBML DUAL (Two languages at A Level)  UCAS codes: NR24 or NR33 or NR44

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 two languages at post A-Level.

UCAS codes: NR24 or NR33 or NR44 (detailed in entry requirements section).

Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Modules

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.

Final Year 

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)

IBML Minor (one A Level language, one Beginner Language)  UCAS codes: NR 11, NR12 or NR14  

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 who have studied French, German or Spanish at A Level, have the possibility to study a new language (minor) at Beginner Level. Taking one module a year in the minor language enables students to reach an advanced level by the time they graduate, providing them with an additional skill and enhancing their career prospects.

Students can choose their minor language from the Languages for All programme. The following languages are available: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

UCAS codes: NR 11, NR12 or NR14 (depending on your major language, details 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.

The minor language represents two hours of teaching per week, and you will not need to do a placement in a region where your minor language is spoken. 

All Languages for All modules award 20 credits and are taken for the full academic year. For more information about Languages for All, please see https://www2.aston.ac.uk/lss/study/languages-for-all

Modules

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

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

 

Modules taught in the major language:

  • Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment (Major Language) 
  • Minor language (Beginner)*

 

* Minor languages include: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. You must keep the same minor language throughout your studies. If at the end of Year 1 you would like to drop your minor language and solely keep your major language, that is possible but you must seek approval from the Programme Director.

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

Modules taught in the major language:

  • Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment (Major language) 
  • Minor Language (Intermediate)*

 

* Minor languages include: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. You must keep the same minor language throughout your studies. If at the end of Year 1 you would like to drop your minor language and solely keep your major language, that is possible but you must seek approval from the Programme Director.

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 country/region where your major language is spoken. 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.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English: 

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Marketing or International Finance or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in the target languages: 

  • Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (Major Language) 
  • Minor Language (Advanced)*

 

* Minor languages include: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. You must keep the same minor language throughout your studies. If at the end of Year 1 you would like to drop your minor language and solely keep your major language, that is possible but you must seek approval from the Programme Director.

Entry requirements

Clearing - Entry Requirements

NR11 (International Business and Modern Languages French)*

A Level: BBC. Post A-Level language courses require a Grade C or above in that subject. No A-Level language is required at beginner's level.

BTEC UnREF: DDD | BTEC REF: DDM.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4, and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR12 (International Business and Modern Languages German)*

A Level: BBC. Post A-Level language courses require a Grade C or above in that subject. No A-Level language is required at beginner's level.

BTEC UnREF: DDD | BTEC REF: DDM.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4, and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR14 (International Business and Modern Languages Spanish)*

A Level: BBC. Post A Level language courses require a Grade C or above in that subject. No A-Level language is required at beginner's level.

BTEC UnREF: DDD | BTEC REF: DDM.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4, and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR24 (International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish)**

A Level: BBC, C in German and Spanish (Suitable only for students who have A-Levels in both languages).    
BTEC UnREF: DDD, plus C in German and Spanish.
BTEC REF: DDM, plus C in German and Spanish.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR33 (International Business and Modern Languages French and German)**

A Level: BBC, C in French and German (Suitable only for students who have A-Levels in both languages).    
BTEC UnREF: DDD, plus C in French and German.    
BTEC REF: DDM, plus C in French and German.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR44 (International Business and Modern Languages French and Spanish)**

A Level: BBC, C in French and Spanish (Suitable only for students who have  A-Levels in both languages).    
BTEC UnREF: DDD, plus C in French and Spanish.    
BTEC REF: DDM, plus C in French and Spanish.
    
Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

NR15 (International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese)***

A Level: BBC. No A-Level Chinese is required at beginner's level.

BTEC UnREF: DDD | BTEC REF: DDM.

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language/Literature.

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 Modern Languages French)*
  • NR12 (International Business and Modern Languages German)*
  • NR14 (International Business and Modern Languages Spanish)*
  • NR24 (International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish)**
  • NR33 (International Business and Modern Languages French and German)**
  • NR44 (International Business and Modern Languages French and Spanish)**
  • NR15 (International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese)***

* Courses available at Beginners' level (ab-initio) or post A Level. Students studying IBML with a single language post A Level have the option to learn a minor language (Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish) for 2 hours a week (no previous knowledge required). Please see the IBML Minor tab below. The same UCAS codes apply, but please mention in your personal statement which minor language you would like to study if you would like to select one.

** Courses only available post A Level, with A Levels in both languages.

*** Course only available at Beginners' level (ab-initio).

 

 

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB – standard offer

BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. 

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A level grade B standard.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

A level grade B (or equivalent) required in the relevant language(s) if applying for post A Level language (not needed for beginners)

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

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

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

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).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

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.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our extensive employer links and focus on transferable practical experiences means you’ll get a blend of learning and teaching experiences that will equip you for your career.

As an international business and modern languages student at Aston, you will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group working, case studies and both individual and group presentations.

Course structure

  • Students select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
  • Half of the BSc IBML degree is taught in your chosen language(s), which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from their year abroad.
  • Language classes are kept small throughout the length of the degree, in order to give every student the opportunity to become proficient.
  • Face-to-face teaching is enhanced by an electronic platform (Virtual Learning Environment), which is used to host a wide range of electronic supporting materials.
  • Our compulsory placement year abroad gives you invaluable, genuine, practical work experience that cannot be replicated in the lecture theatre. You can also choose to combine study and work abroad.

 

We pride ourselves on our teaching, which is recognised as Gold standard by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible accolade, and the benchmark by which the UK government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Assessment

We continually develop new and innovative ways to assess our students, including writing company reports, creating video CVs, presenting start-up projects and presenting a proposal for an application.

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. This experience will develop your teamworking and negotiating skills.

The integrated 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.

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

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. 

Our partners include: BNP Paris-Bas, Air France, Deloitte, Siemens, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, Bosch, Morgan Stanley, AEG, Goldman Sachs, Black & Decker, BMW, Thales, Amadeus.

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. View our partner universities.

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.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Our international business and modern languages graduates are in high demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of business expertise, cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency operating in international markets and to multinational companies.

Recent graduates

Our graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • Finance Analyst
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor
  • Graduate Programme – Markets Division
  • Operations Manager
  • Graduate Scheme
  • Auditor
  • Tax Analyst
  • Associate Recruitment Consultant
  • Corporate Communications Graduate
  • Marketing and Business Development Intern
  • Assurance Associate
  • Training Asset Fund Manager.

 

Graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Ford Motor Company (Germany), Nestle (Switzerland), Accenture, Deutsche Bank, DHL, IBM, KPMG Luxembourg, Deloitte, Hays, HCL Technologies and PwC.

 

Our alumni go on to do amazing things, learn about some of our alumni and their stories.

 

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Littorio Luongo, Strategic Programmes Coordinator at Babcock International Group

“I believe I secured my current job role due to my level of French which I gained through my course. It was quite an intensive course, which pushed me to increase my fluency in French. I also found that being taught about the French business environment put me in good stead for when I worked in Paris and prepared me to better understand the French culture, after being exposed to it during my placement year.”

 

sam ellie wilson alumni aston business school

Sam Wilson and Ellie Wilson (BSc IBML, 2014) Founders of Virtalent

Read their story

 

 

Miriam Oglesby, BSc IBML German and Spanish

Miriam Oglesby, BSc IBML German and Spanish

IBM Germany, Senior Digital Strategist

Read Miriam's story

 

Frequently asked questions

Why study international business and modern languages at Aston University?

The way we structure our business and languages programme at Aston will really help you stand out to organisations wanting proficient language skills and a depth of understanding of cultural issues from an international business perspective.

You will study international business modules in your chosen language(s) as well as in English, enabling you to develop a deep and culturally relevant understanding, as well as a strong global business perspective.

Is a placement useful for international business and modern languages?

Whether you want to work in a strategic management position overseas or for an organisation in the UK with a global outlook, your integrated placement year will help demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. It will help you apply your linguistics in a business setting, as well as develop a breadth of other commercial skills.

A placement also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to establish once you graduate. It provides opportunity for you to put the learning from lectures into practice, and develop skills that you can’t replicate by studying alone.

What kind of jobs does a degree in International Business and Modern Languages lead to?

You will gain an understanding of strategic international business alongside proficient language skills in an international business context – highly sought after for any organisation with a global outlook, international presence or culturally sensitive remit.

Our graduates are now working in roles such as Finance Analyst, Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, Graduate Programme – Markets Division, Operations Manager, Graduate Scheme, Auditor, Tax Analyst, Associate Recruitment Consultant, Corporate Communications Graduate, Marketing and Business Development Intern, Assurance Associate and Training Asset Fund Manager. Organisations include Ford Motor Company (Germany), Nestle (Switzerland), Accenture, Deutsche Bank, DHL, IBM, KPMG Luxembourg, Deloitte, Hays, HCL Technologies and PwC.

Why Aston Business School?

Aston Business School is part of the top 1 per cent of business schools globally to have triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are also recognised for the quality of our teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us Gold and we are ranked first in the UK for Value Added by Guardian University Guide 2020, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result. All of this demonstrates our commitment to your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

What is the double degree at Aston Business School?

You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining a fantastic learning experience overseas. The double degree is similar to an exchange programme. During your placement year, you’ll follow a curriculum that sets you on track for our partner institution’s degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees. Find out more here.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

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