International Human Resources and Business Communication (Top-Up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Human Resources and Business Communication (Top-Up)

Course summary

Overview Gain the HR knowledge you need to help people and businesses thrive while also improving your English language skills on this BA (Hons) International Human Resources and Business Communication top-up course. You'll learn everything you need for a career in international human resources, including how to champion equality and diversity in global workplaces, techniques to attract, develop and retain talent from around the world, and cross-cultural awareness for business. At the same time, you'll explore conversational, formal and business English, gaining the language skills you'll need to work in HR anywhere in the English-speaking world. You'll graduate with the English language proficiency and knowledge of international human resources and personnel management to excel in HR departments in any sector, as well as in export and/or import finance, international market research and marketing.

  • Improve your English in three ways:
dedicated English language classes to improve your vocabulary and grammar business communications classes where you'll practise presentations, interviews and writing for business living and working with both UK and international students and experiencing life in a welcoming UK city
  • Discover how key HR is to organisational success and learn how to create international workplace cultures that support and develop personnel, maximise performance and enhance strategic objectives
  • Be fully supported by your tutors and our dedicated global team, and join a community with more than 5,000 international and EU students from 150 different countries
  • Earn a full BA (Hons) degree in International Human Resources and Business Communication in just two years
  • Have the opportunity to learn a foreign language for free as part of your degree, choosing from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish
Eligibility This course is open to EU and international students whose first language is not English. A key part of the course is improving your written and spoken business English. Careers and opportunities Working in human resources and human resource management offers an impressive set of benefits. The opportunity to contribute to an organisation's growth and success, excellent scope for career progression, and a wealth of job opportunities across almost every sector there is. Since so many organisations need HR professionals to manage essential areas of business such as recruitment, retention and employee welfare, the HR skills and knowledge this top-up degree will give you mean you'll never be short of employers looking for your expertise. In combination with the intercultural awareness, global outlook and English language skills you'll gain, this BA International Human Resources and Business Communication top-up degree will prepare you for HR roles that will make the most of your talents in human communication and cross-cultural interactions. What areas can you work in with an international human resources and business communication (top-up) degree? With the skills you'll gain on this course, you could pursue careers such as:
  • HR management
  • HR market research
  • marketing
  • project management
  • recruitment and talent retention
  • bilingual consultancy
  • market analysis


Year 1 Core modules

  • Business Communication 2 - 20 credits
  • General Language Grade 5 (English) - 20 credits
  • Human Resources for the Professional - 20 credits
  • Language of Human Resource Management - 20 credits
  • Human Resource Development - 20 credits
  • Managing Across Cultures - 20 credits
Year 2 Core modules
  • General Language Grade 6 (English) - 20 credits
  • Project - 20 credits
  • Business Communication 3 - 20 credits
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business - 20 credits
  • Managing Equality and Diversity at Work - 20 credits
  • Recruiting and Motivating Teams - 20 credits
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

  • oral presentations
  • essays
  • written work, including reports, articles and case studies
  • group and individual projects
  • exams
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

Only applicants whose first language is not English should apply.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants require relevant HE study leading to a Level 4 qualification, for example an appropriate HNC, or 120 credits from year 1 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic51An overall score of 51 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7272 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 162 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 162 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level II with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £16200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
International Human Resources and Business Communication (Top-Up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS