International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese

Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aston University
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Course description The unique structure of this degree sets it apart as a market leader for students who want to study business and languages together. You will learn how to manage international relationships and develop leadership qualities for cross-cultural working. This International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese course is only available at Beginners' level (ab-initio). This means that no previous knowledge is required and this course is not suitable for native Chinese-speakers. Unlike other Joint Degrees, the BSc IBML Degree adopts a holistic approach to Business and Languages. Our modules are constantly updated to ensure they remain relevant in our fast-changing world. You will develop essential cognitive skills (such as problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity), enhancing in this way your employability skills. This is an integrated degree, where the language classes (taught in the target language) will help you develop knowledge and vocabulary pertaining to business, marketing, or economics as well as current and relevant socio-cultural issues. Therefore, you will not only be able to acquire the language skills needed to communicate effectively in the target language speaking countries, but you will also develop the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market. The business modules (taught in English) will enable you to gain a wide perspective on international business and management, including social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts. Our recent graduates have been successful in securing roles at well-known companies such as Deloitte (Geneva- Switzerland), Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (France), Ford Motor Company (Germany) and Nestlé (Switzerland) in roles such as Tax and Audit, Credit Analyst, Financial Analyst and Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser. Key course benefits • As part of your degree you’ll undertake a professional placement, gaining valuable practical experience in the field of your chosen subject area • BSc International Business and Modern Languages at Aston achieved 96% Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey • Unique integrated degree, where you will learn about languages and business side by side, learning about business in your chosen target language • Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018) Course details

  • Year 1 – You will study modules in Organisational Behaviour, International Business Environment and Language skills. This will help you to identify your customers, how businesses can be organised, how to understand financial information and how businesses take account of the world’s governments.
  • Year 2 – In the second year you will study subject areas including Management Accounting, Operations Management, Politics and Society and Culture and Conflict.
  • Year 3 - This is when you will undertake a professional placement or choose an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.
  • Year 4 – In your final year you will study International Finance, Strategic Decision Making, International Marketing and Global Working.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeNR15
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB - BCC BBB: Standard offer BBC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B BCC: Contextual offer (Please see this webpage for more details - https ://www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaI­offer) Previous study of the Chinese Language is not required. This is a beginner course. Please note that native speakers of Chinese are therefore not eligible for this course.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three full A2 Levels.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits P: 0 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 5,5,5 in 3 Higher Level subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics

Previous study of the Chinese Language is not required. This is a beginner course. Please note that native speakers of Chinese are therefore not eligible for this course. All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.


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
International £15600 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS