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BA (Hons) Business English (International Top Up Route)

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

The BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) Top-up degree is a one-year full time programme of study designed for holders of a business or management based Level 5 associate degree (or equivalent) seeking to earn a full honours degree, and then having the potential to pursue postgraduate studies.

Applicants should normally have an HND (EDEXCEL/SQA) at Grade C or Pass, or an Associate Degree (or Junior College Diploma) at 65%-70% from a recognised institution.

Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no component below 5.5.


2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

One of the central elements of the University of Chichester’s vision is student experience: we pride ourselves in providing an educational experience designed for and around the student. Consistent with this philosophy, the BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) is designed to provide an excellent learning experience customised to facilitate learning and personal development for international students wishing to continue their studies at final year honours level in the UK in parallel with further development of their academic English skills.

The programme enables students to adjust to studying in the UK and gain a full business related honours degree, with the skills and knowledge required for further postgraduate study.

On successful completion, students will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Business English (International Route) degree and will be able to apply to UK universities for a business postgraduate degree.

Students achieving a 2nd class honours will be guaranteed entry to the University of Chichester MSc International Business programmes, with bursaries available for students achieving a 2:1 or above.

This degree integrates English language development and study skills and includes a project module to prepare for master’s level study.

The BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) has the following features:

  • Extensive language development and language support, to help you achieve the required English level for postgraduate studies or future employment in the UK
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment, with your own personal tutor to guide you through your studies
  • High quality teaching by skilled academics who are experts in their field, with real industry experience
  • Small class sizes, with workshop-based interactive activities to help develop your understanding and improve your English language
  • State-of-the-art learning facilities within a comfortable and attractive environment
  • Guaranteed admission to our postgraduate programmes for students achieving 2:2 or above
  • Bursaries available for our postgraduate business programmes for students who achieve a 2:1 or above

Our facilities

The BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) from the Business School at the University of Chichester capitalises on more than 10 years of specialist business and management education, and has the following features:

Delivered in the supportive learning environment that we take pride in offering our students. We have a track record of students significantly improving their academic performance during their studies with us;

No large classes, but workshop based, interactive and developmental activities in a small group learning environment;

State of the art learning facilities

Teaching at the Business School takes place at the Bognor Regis campus. This includes being taught in buildings such as The Dome and our brand-new Tech Park.


Outside of the University of Chichester's Tech Park

The University of Chichester’s cutting-edge Tech Park aims to produce graduates that have enterprise skills, creativity, technical knowledge and are equipped to enter the graduate workforce.

Our Engineering & Design and Creative & Digital Technologies departments are also based in this building and have access to brand new equipment, machines and studios.



Outside of The Dome at the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

The Dome is a historic Georgian building with a modern interior and facilities.  Much of our teaching is seminar style, so you’ll be learning in relatively small groups. On occasion we have some larger rooms, including a lecture theatre, to deliver bigger sessions. Because of this, you’ll benefit from a personalised experience where your lecturers will get to know you by name.


The University of Chichester's LRC at the Bognor Regis Campus

Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. Here, you’ll find our Support and Information Zone (SIZ) desk where friendly and supportive staff will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including: general IT and library support; booking laptops and computers; queries relating to academic Registry or Finance; and arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, Disability and Dyslexia, and more.

Our LRC provides ample space to collaborate and complete group work as well as somewhere for you to finish assignments and study quietly. You will have access to bookable PCs, laptops and Macs as well as the latest journals, books and online resources. We also have Moodle pages, were lecturers provide a wealth of information about the topics you will be studying to support your independent learning. When you need to take a break, Costa Coffee on the ground floor provides the perfect space to relax.


Bognor Regis Beach

We have a relaxed, friendly, yet professional working environment all on a beautiful green campus but it doesn't stop there. Across the road is Hotham Park, a charming space to walk, relax and take part in seasonal events. We are also based a five-minute walk away from the beach, popular for swimming and watersports. Visit Love Bognor to discover more about Bognor Regis. 

Where this can take you

The programme focuses on developing academic and communication skills that are required to perform successfully at the postgraduate level. Students will develop their business knowledge, cultural awareness, language ability, and ability to conduct independent research projects.

The BA (Hons) Business English can be used to apply to business postgraduate degrees in any UK universities but also, under certain academic conditions, will provide students with a guaranteed admission to one of our following postgraduate degree programmes: MSc in International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and Marketing. Students with a lower second class degree (2:2) earned in the BA (Hons) Business English are guaranteed admission to one of our postgraduate programmes. Students with at least an upper second class degree (2:1) earned in the BA (Hons) Business English are guaranteed admission to one of our postgraduate programme and will qualify for a bursary.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

The learning focus of the BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) combines study skills, academic English, research skills, and business practice. 

Semester 1

Academic English (I)

Business in Context

Business English

English for International Business Communication

Semester 2

Academic English (II)

Business English Project   

Semester 1 (15 weeks) October start Semester 2 (15 weeks)

International English and Academic Language Support

Business in Context (15 credits) Business English Project (45 credits)
Business English (15 credits)
English for International Business Communication (15 credits)
Academic English (I) (15 credits) Academic English (II) (15 credits)

The Business English project is designed to prepare students for the demands of a postgraduate dissertation. It includes a taught introduction to business research with independent research work.  

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

With the University of Chichester BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) ‘Top-up’ you will:

  • Develop the academic and communication skills needed to perform successfully at postgraduate level or in a business role where English is required
  • Gain business knowledge and cultural awareness
  • Learn to conduct independent research projects

The assessment modes for the BA (Hons) Business English (International Route) take the following forms:



Business in Context


Academic English 1


International Business Communication


Business English


Academic English 2


Business English Project

Semester 1 1 1 1 2 2
Credits 15 15 15 15 15 45
Assessment modes

Coursework 40%

Examination 60%

Portfolio of written tasks 60%

Group discussion 40%

Written leaflet 25%

Oral presentation 35%

Written report 40%

Poster presentation 40%

Essay 60%

Essay 50%

Examination 50%

Portfolio of tasks 100%


Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: