University of Portsmouth

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND BUSINESS COMMUNICATION (TOP-UP) BA (Hons)

If English isn't your first language and you want to build a career in global trade, this BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication top-up degree is a great choice.

You'll study all things business in an English-speaking environment alongside native and non-native speakers, learning how people use conversational, formal and business English in preparation for the fast-paced world of international trade. You can do this undergraduate degree in 1 or 2 years, depending on your level of previous study and your ability to write and speak English.

Entry Requirements

  • Qualifications or experience

Only those who have previously studied at the higher education level should apply.
Applicants for the 2-year course require completion of two years of relevant HE study at level 4, for example, an appropriate HND, or a foundation degree, or 120 credits from year 1 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject.
Applicants for the 1-year course require completion of three years of relevant HE study leading to a Level 5 qualification, for example, an appropriate HND, or 240 credits from year 1 and year 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject.

  • English language requirements

Only those whose first language is not English should apply.
Applicants for the 2-year course require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
Applicants for the 1-year course require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

The globalisation of trade has transformed the world economy. Today, approximately one-fourth of total global production is exported (Our World in Data).

As a result, those with a knowledge of international trade and the factors that impact it are highly sought-after by a wide range of employers.

And, as English continues to be the world's language for trade, there's strong demand for graduates with both business and English language skills. This gives you many career options after the course.

What areas can you work in with an international trade and business communication (top-up) degree?

This course gives you the skills for careers in areas such as:

  • international trade
  • export and/or import finance
  • export and/or import coordination
  • product management
  • market research
  • marketing
  • retail and leisure

Course Details

  • Explore the theory and practice of international trade, the ways different cultures view the global marketplace, and the economic, legal and managerial factors that affect how business is done around the world.
  • After the course, you'll have the English language skills and international trade understanding to succeed in a range of careers in the global marketplace, in areas such as business management, export and/or import finance, international market research and marketing.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:
Business Communication 1
English Language Grade 4
Introduction To International Business & Trade
Multimedia Language
Studying And Working In A Globalised World

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Business Communication 2 – 20 credits
General Language Grade 5 – 20 credits
Marketing & Communication – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:

British Culture – 20 credits
Business & Markets in a Global Environment – 20 credits
Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

General Language Grade 6 – 20 credits
International Trade: Payments and Law – 20 credits
Project – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:

Business & Markets in a Global Environment – 20 credits
Intercultural Perspectives on Communication – 20 credits
Learning from Experience – 20 credits
Managing Across Cultures – 20 credits
Practical Translation (Chinese) – 20 credits
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits
Understanding Britain Today – 20 credits

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