The BSc (Hons) International Strategic Business Management with Foundation Year is aimed at students who have an interest in developing knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of international business management and in particular, who are looking to pursue an international career in business management. It seeks to give students a learning experience that allows them to develop proficiencies that create effective managerial behaviour in different organisations in today’s changing business environment.
The curriculum and learning and teaching strategy are complemented by guest lectures and ‘live’ workshops to promote independent learning and increase their employability skills for the future. This knowledge and skills will be further developed and expanded in the years following the successful completion of the Foundation Year.
The degree programme is designed so that the Foundation Year provides an underpinning year, incorporating both academic and work/professional related learning, for applicants needing to improve their knowledge and understanding of management and its related skills. The year provides students with knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of social sciences along with the necessary skills needed to participate in the undergraduate business programmes at levels 4, 5 and 6. This includes developing numeracy skills with the aim to develop students’ mathematical knowledge and skills in a way which encourages confidence and appreciation of mathematics as a subject and provides students with the mathematical background necessary for business studies at the undergraduate level. The Foundation Year also offers a literacy skills module that is designed to support students entering Higher Education at Level 3 wishing to progress to a bachelor in business. Year 1 provides you with a good understanding of the foundations of business. Years 2 and 3 give you a thorough grounding in the more specialist concepts and applications of strategic management.
The programme provides the intellectual underpinnings required for a career in a rapidly changing work environment, a rigorous approach to self-awareness and personal development and significant exposure to the world of work and its current demands through work experience opportunities.
*Optional placement year subject to approval
Foundation Year: Optional
Academic and Report Writing
Numeracy Skills in Context
Foundations of Business Management
Foundations of Law
Foundations of Social Sciences
Year 1: 31 study weeks
Essentials of Management
Academic and Employability Skills
Principles of Marketing
Accounting and Finance
Quantitative Methods for Business
Managing and Leading People
Year 2: 30 study weeks
Ethics and Law in the Gig Economy
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Economics for Business
Strategic Brand Management and Social Media
International Human Resources Management
Marketing and Sales in a Digital World
Placement Year: Optional
Students have the option to undertake a paid Placement Year with a business employer.
Year 4: 30 study weeks
Global Leadership and Change Management
International Strategic Management
Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship
International Commercial Law
Cases in International Strategy
International Business and Global Trade
Assessments may consist of individual in-class tests, individual reports, in-class group presentations, group projects and exams.
This course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.
BSc (Hons) International Strategic Business Management
The BSc (Hons) International Strategic Business Management degree course is aimed at students who have an interest in developing knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of international business management and in particular, who are looking to pursue an international career in business management or strategy.
Year One of the course will provide students with a clear understanding of the foundations of business. In Years Two and Three we explore the more specialist concepts and applications of strategic business management in today’s complex international business environment. Throughout the course, you’ll get to develop key employability skills such as research, presentation, critical analysis, problem-solving, teamwork and entrepreneurship.
Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and professional skills required to add immediate value to any business organisation. Alternatively, if you are interested in continuing your studies in this area further, we provide the following postgraduate courses:
MSc Strategic Business Management
MSc Project Management
You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start this course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at the degree level and covers the same modules across all business and law courses. The modules covered will initially enhance your communications skills, digital and information literacy and ability to think critically. In addition, modules covering the Foundations of Business Management, Law, and Social Sciences will not only support your progression onto your business degree but also give you an introduction to other disciplines. You then have the added flexibility of switching your degree programme if another discipline captures your interest, subject to availability and entry requirements.
32 UCAS points from the equivalent of one A Level or 40 UCAS points from the equivalent of two A Levels.
Students should also possess GCSE English Language at A-C (9-4), and Grade D/4 or above in GCSE Maths or equivalent qualifications.
An English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Non-standard applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
How to Apply
Applications for all our undergraduate Business courses are now open.