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International Business (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • Gain an international outlook while studying abroad and understand how cultural differences affect business.
  • Our degree allows you to develop specialist knowledge and professional skills by choosing a pathway in: Economics, Tourism, Business Growth or Global Marketing.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications required to apply for our three-year BA Hons International Business programme, this four-year programme will provide you with another route.

If you're looking for a business degree with a truly global outlook, choose this practical programme designed in conjunction with experienced international business experts.

Course structure

It begins with a foundation year that will give you a solid grounding from which to progress to degree-level study. You will gain a thorough introduction to broad business concepts and an understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership. 

You will also learn essential computing, communication and academic writing skills, as well as the ability to manage your studies independently.

After your first year, you will study the same courses as those on our three-year BA Hons International Business programme.

Our courses cover main business topics from an international perspective, as well as considering ethical and sustainability factors. Looking at the operation of multinational companies, you will develop real business problem solving skills. 

This degree offers a balance of:

  • Content based courses which provide you with intellectual insights into tools that support today's international businesses
  • Professional skill based courses to develop your employability and prepare you for the ever changing job market.

Chosen pathways

You will have the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in chosen pathway, such as economics, tourism, global marketing or business growth. You can determine the pathway in Year 1 and will need to continue this for the following years as your specialism.  

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to business
  • Essential computing skills
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of enterprise, leadership and ethics
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Outcomes

The aims of this degree are:

  • To prepare for and develop a career in business and management
  • To enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:


Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS‐levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐Level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system
  • Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will substitute 30 credits of the programme with English for Academic Purposes 1 and English for Academic Purposes 2 and study 120 credits
  • Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • We welcome applications from mature students
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing the relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes.

What people say

"What interests me more about this subject is that we got a grasp about how business is around us, including international business and how to make strategies for companies, how to eliminate poverty and help people through a subject like microfinance."

Nancy Zaki
International Business, BA Hons

Extra information

Assessment

Students will be taught through a mix of: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials / seminars / workshops
  • Student‐led seminars and workshops
  • Self‐directed study, including reading / library research
  • Case study analysis
  • Role play
  • Debating exercises
  • Online research
  • Formal and informal group work
  • Computer based simulations.

Students will be assessed in formative and summative assessments covering:

  • Written papers (essays, reports, case study analysis etc.)
  • Oral presentations (including group work and individual components)
  • Examinations (seen questions, unseen questions)
  • Online assessments
  • Peer group assessments.

Careers

Graduates from this programme have the same career opportunities as those graduating from our three-year BA Hons International Business programme.

Career opportunities are available in both the public and private sectors.

Previous graduates from this programme have found employment in general management with international firms, functional management such as finance, marketing, operations or personnel management, and international management consultancy. Others have gone on to postgraduate education and started their own businesses.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.

Internship

In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

Experience abroad

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Summer School

You will have the opportunity to apply for our partially funded summer school programme. Previous trips include locations such as Chile and Italy where you will be able to improve your language skills and explore the culture.

International networking events 

You will have the opportunity to attend our annual International Business student conference to network with piers, alumni and industry experts and showcase your talents during your final year. 

We organise an International Week where you will be able to attend lectures, delivered by our international partner universities.

Employability

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries.

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

Ranking

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine (2016).

How to apply 

Full-time, UK and EU students

Full time, home and EU students must apply through UCAS. Please carefully consider the programmes available and apply as early as possible. For further information and UCAS deadlines, please visit www.ucas.ac.uk.

Part-time and international students

Part-time and international students must apply online at gre.ac.uk/apply.
For further information, international students can e-mail international@gre.ac.uk.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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