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The Business English (International Route) Level 6 Top-up degree is a one-academic year (September to June) full-time in-person course designed for international students who have a Level 5 equivalent (e.g. HND or associate degree) qualification in the areas of communication and/or media studies, journalism, translation and other English language studies and who wish to transfer to or are interested in business studies.
This course is for you if you wish to continue your studies at final year (Level 6) honours level in the UK and develop business, English language, academic, vocational and research skills at the same time.
The course helps you adjust to studying in the UK whilst you earn a UK honours degree. It also helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for postgraduate study in the UK and/or vocational skills for English-medium work in business fields.
If you achieve a 2nd class honours degree or higher (50%+) we guarantee you entry to our MSc in International Business programmes with a bursary to support your further studies if you achieve at least 60%.
On this programme you will:
- Develop the academic and communication skills you need to perform at postgraduate level in English or in a business & management role which needs English.
- Gain contemporary knowledge of business.
- Develop your personal and academic English language skills.
- Gain confidence and experience at functioning in English-medium academic and vocational environments.
- Have opportunities to take part in interactive activities with other international and UK students.
- Learn to conduct independent research projects and to evaluate research in your field so that you are ready for postgraduate study in English.
- Benefit from quality teaching by skilled academics who are experts in their fields with real industry experience for content-based input.
- Benefit from our specialist individual and tailored support for international students.
- Be guaranteed admission to our postgraduate programmes if you achieve a 2:2 or above and be eligible for Chichester postgraduate programme bursaries if you achieve a 2:1 or above.
This course is accredited by:
What you will study
You will study 6 Modules over 2 semesters. Your study will give you the 120 credits necessary to achieve a full UK degree (BA (Hons) Business English (International Route). The credits are made up as follows.
|Academic English 1
Academic English 2
English for International Business Communication
|Development of your academic and English language skills||15
|Business in Context
|Development of your subject knowledge and skills||15
|Research Project||Development of your independent research skills||45||2|
You can read more about the content of each Module by selecting the ‘tiles’ below. (Please note this list is indicative and subject to change.)
Academic English 1
This module develops your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in academic contexts.
For example, you learn how to structure and write essays using appropriate academic language, how to read critically and develop your speaking skills by taking part in group discussions.
Academic English 2
In this module, the focus in on developing your skills to write at length in academic settings in English and on selecting and critically evaluating appropriate texts in English to support your studies.
This module introduces you to common areas of business-based study including entrepreneurship, business finance, marketing, human resource management, sustainability, customer service and ethics. All topics are explored via real-world examples.
Business in Context
This module provides a system and scenario-focused overview of the world of business. It is a refresher course designed to prepare you with different business backgrounds to continue your studies with the same knowledge of the internal and external forces that determine the changing shape of all organisations.
English for International Business Communication
This module provides a system and scenario-focused overview of the world of business.
Using a series of contemporary case studies of international organisations, it explores the internal and external forces that determine the changing shape of all organisations.
This 45-credit module develops your skills as an independent researcher.
You learn to plan, carry out and evaluate your own small-scale research project in a topic related to Business &/or English. Through a series of practical tasks (often working with other students) you learn to identify an area for research, select reading materials, collect and analyse data and present your findings verbally and as a written research report.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
All our classes are workshop-based and include interactive and developmental activities. We expect you to ask questions, discuss information, give presentations and evaluate information. Group work and group projects form an important part of your studies.
All our classes allow you to get to know your tutors and other students well. For the language & research-based Modules you work in class groups of no more than 20 students, and your subject-based Modules are usually delivered in class groups of around 25 students. All classes take place on campus.
In addition to your assessed modules, you will also be able to participate in additional (non-assessed) classes. This is an important way for you to integrate into UK-based study whilst improving your language and academic skills. (The courses are provided at no extra charge to you.)
A weekly class in academic & professional skills (2 hours: 2 semesters) gives you the opportunity to work alongside UK and other international undergraduate students whilst developing your academic skills for English-medium based study.
Weekly classes to introduce you to academic life at the University of Chichester and outline the ways we do things (1.25 hours: 10 classes) with other international students.
Weekly language & discussion groups (1.5 hours: 2 semesters) which provide informal tutor-led sessions to encourage you to explore & discuss topics of contemporary interest alongside international students from across the university.
IELTS preparation classes (12 hours over 1 semester) for students needing to undertake IELTS examinations for postgraduate university entrance.
After your degree
This course helps you develop the academic and communication skills you need to succeed at postgraduate level. You will develop your business knowledge, cultural awareness, language ability and your ability to conduct independent research projects.
This BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) degree can prepare you to apply for business postgraduate programmes at any UK university. If you achieve a 2nd class honours degree or higher (50%+) we guarantee you entry to our MSc in International Business programmes with a bursary to support your further studies if you achieve at least 60%.
Course Fees 2023/24
The programme is open only to those for whom English is not a first/main working language.
Applicants must satisfy both conditions A and B:
A: A Level 5 qualification in communication and/or media studies, journalism, translation or other English language studies.* Typical offers (individual offers may vary): HND (EDEXCEL/SQA) Grade C or pass; Associate degree (or Junior College Diploma) 65%-70% from a recognised institution.
B: IELTS 5.5 minimum (or recognised equivalent) in English language with no element lower than 5.5.
* Please contact Admissions@chi.ac.uk if you are unsure if your qualification is covered here.
Applicants whose language does not yet meet requirement B are eligible for entry via successful completion of the University’s Pre-sessional programmes.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Associate Degree (or Junior College Diploma)
If your language is not yet at this level, please read about our Pre-sessional Programmes.