This programme gives a thorough grounding in a modern foreign language (either Chinese, French, German or Spanish) and develops their knowledge of the society and business culture of the countries in which this language is spoken, as well as the principles of business management and their application in global workplaces. It allows students to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise required to enter the employment market and to open up opportunities for a global career. In years 1, 2 and 4 students take a mix of mandatory and optional courses, including one mandatory Business Management-focused course per semester. Level 1 Students take language courses (1 per semester) at Intermediate level (for those with Post-Higher/ A-level qualifications in the language of study) or they will follow an accelerated intensive beginners course. Mandatory courses explore intercultural issues and the history and culture of countries where the chosen language is spoken, as well as management in a global context. and students will have the opportunity to develop their critical writing skills and employability through optional courses. Those who take Intermediate level language courses can also choose two courses from a range of electives. Level 2 Level 2 moves into the advanced study of students’ chosen languages. It includes two Advanced language courses, as well as mandatory courses exploring intercultural issues in Business Management, general linguistics, and the principles underlying the key aspects of cultures, societies and political systems in contemporary Europe and the wider world. Two elective courses can be chosen from a range of electives. Level 3 Students will spend at least one semester working or studying abroad but may spend the full year abroad if they wish. If one semester is spent abroad, students will return to Edinburgh to undertake supervised project work in the other semester. Level 4 Level 4 comprises one language course in each semester, three mandatory courses on international politics, and aspects of international Business Management. Students can also choose one optional course from a selection including modules on sustainable development and comparative cultural studies. In addition, students will complete an Honours Dissertation in the course of the year.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
This programme is designed for applicants who either have no knowledge of the language they wish to study, or who hold pre-A-level/Higher qualifications such as National 5 or GCSE. If you are not sure which route would be best for you, please contact our enquiries team. We operate contextual admissions defined by our Fair Access Policy which may mean entry requirements are flexible. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK, Europe and International countries. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the programme for further information on the entry requirements for these.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
As part of the Fair Access Process, the minimum entry requirements enable students who are within one or more of the categories below to be guaranteed an offer: Living in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) Care Experienced, as identified on the UCAS Application form by ticking the relevant box.
English language requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a Heriot-Watt programme taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability including our own English Language programmes, can be viewed on our website.
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