"Every aspect of the course is exciting. It has helped me discover my strengths and weakness in order to become an effective leader in the future." Peter Fernandes, Business Management student
Tailored towards students with ambitions to work internationally, you will apply theory to practice in a business environment, and learn how organisations operate. Specialist Spanish classes with an expert tutor will hone your business language skills and you will study the key functions that underpin business success, with the support of academics who bring industry experience to their teaching. A range of exciting work placement options includes spending a year in a Spanish speaking country, immersing you in the culture. You will also enhance your international business knowledge through studying Spanish business practices.
This is a four year full-time course with a year spent in a Spanish speaking country in the third year. We offer two different language pathways for beginners and intermediates.
Year 1 introduces you to a range of disciplines within the broader world of business, including corporate culture and effective practices, and you will take two Spanish for Business language modules to develop skills and knowledge in writing and speaking Spanish.
Year 2 will progress your language skills with one further Spanish module, along with several core compulsory modules in management, to develop your knowledge and understanding of the world of business with a particular focus on management principles.
In Year 3 you will undertake a full year's placement or internship in the Spanish speaking world, linked to an HE partner institution, improving your skills through immersing yourself in the culture.
In the Year 4 you will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business concepts which you explored in previous years, and focus your Spanish language skills towards the world of business.
You will learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:
You can find information about this course in the programme specification.
The module reviews, consolidates and further enhances students existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Spanish in business contexts to the intermediate level. Particular emphasis is laid upon the students ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with their knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in their Business module. The module also enhances the students awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.
You need no prior knowledge of Spanish for this course. You will learn the language during the first two years through interactive classes and exercises, which will teach you about business and society in the target country as well as building your linguistic skills. You will spend your third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, either on placement (usually within the service sector to increase engagement with native speakers) or as an exchange student, before returning to continue your language studies in your final year.
Workshops, simulations, role-play, case study analyses and problem-solving exercises will help you hone your practical business management skills; you will also learn by reading textbooks and journals and attending interactive lectures and seminars. You will take part in class discussions, give presentations and work on group and individual exercises, and supplement all this with your own independent study. The first year will also give you a basic grounding in IT, writing and research skills.
You will be assessed through essays, exams, tests and other written assignments, presentations, and individual and group assignments. You will be given regular feedback on your work throughout the course. Your first year is not assessed, but all your grades after that will count.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Business Foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Our business management graduates find themselves working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations. This degree also enables entrepreneurial students to set up their own business.
Our business graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international organisations including: Manpower, Larkspur Training, SEI Investments, Foxtons, Next, William Hill, Sports Direct, Co-op, M&S, Waitrose, Chelsea FC, Chase Anderson, Southwark Council and Fitch Training.
In roles such as: Operations Manager, Junior Operations Manager, HR Consultant, Trainee Manager, Depot Manager, Practice Manager, Housing Officer, L&D Adviser, Investment Banker, Sales Manager, Analyst and Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. Courses that our Business Management graduates are now undertaking include: MA HRM, MA Education, MA Marketing, MA Publishing and PG Cert in Education.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market and are a key aspect of your learning experience. Students that have undertaken a work placement tend to gain better grades in academic work because they are able to draw on and apply their practical experience to their course work.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
Natasha Thompson-Campbell is one of the Business School students who has benefitted greatly from the University's exchange programme. The International Business with Spanish undergraduate spent 12 months living, working and studying in Valencia, Spain.
As well as learning business skills and Spanish in class, Natasha gained a huge amount from completing four different internships – working in the University's international admissions office; teaching English; supervising children at a summer school; and working for start-up investment firm Business Booster.
"Working at Business Booster was great for building up my business vocabulary in Spanish, while being thrown in at the deep end teaching has prepared me for whatever life throws at me," Natasha says.
And her advice to other students: "You've just got to go for it and step out of your comfort zone."
Experiencing the unique Valencian culture was another eye-opener for Natasha, as it showed her that you need to be appreciative of local differences when operating in international markets. Spending time with the locals was also a great way of improving her interpersonal language skills, having previously only been confident writing in Spanish.