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French and International Business BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This exciting Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to develop your skills in a major world language while building an understanding of international business management.

    If you have an A-level in French, you’ll improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills while placing French in the context of Francophone culture, history and politics. You’ll also gain a real understanding of the strategic and operational issues that affect foreign operations and the challenges involved in making them competitive, sustainable and profitable.

    Core modules will allow you to hone your language skills and discover the principles of international business, while a variety of optional modules will give you the chance to pursue the French topics that interest you – from Francophone Africa to French as a Professional Language. You’ll gain awareness of another culture alongside valuable business knowledge, supported by the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL).

    Specialist resources

    Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

    Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.

    Accreditation

    Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.

  • Course content

    A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    In your first year, you’ll study core modules consolidating your language skills and introducing you to the key issues in international business. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, allowing you to make connections between your two subjects.

    Then, over the rest of your degree, you’ll balance modules in topics such as management, the global economic environment and transnational corporations alongside core language modules. You’ll also choose from an impressive variety of optional modules such as Francophone cinema, philosophy, literature, history, and politics. You could even work on skills like translating and interpreting.

    You’ll spend your third year in a Francophone country, immersing yourself in the local culture and sharpening your written and spoken French. All of your knowledge and experience will come together in your final year, when you’ll have the chance to demonstrate what you’ve learned by producing a dissertation on a business topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • Personal Tutorials for International Business 10 credits
    • Principles of International Business 20 credits
    • Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 20 credits
    • Research Methods in International Business 20 credits
    • Managing International Business 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • The Foundations of Modern French Thought 20 credits
    • Francophone Africa 20 credits
    • Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
    • Global Business History 20 credits
    • The International Economic Environment 10 credits
    • Small Business Internationalisation and Growth 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
    • International Business Dissertation 40 credits
    • International Strategic Management 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Gender, Sex and Cinema in France 20 credits
    • Theory and Practice in French-English Translation 20 credits
    • Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
    • Contemporary Topics in International Business 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read French and International Business BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our tutors. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However, we also emphasise independent learning, since this is your opportunity to develop valuable skills in research and analysis.

    Assessment

    Different forms of assessment are also used, depending on the modules you choose. Exams and essays are the most common types, but some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. We do offer support to help you handle this – throughout your time at Leeds, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as structuring an essay, public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in French excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 6/B in CGSE Mathematics is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in French and AABBB in Highers, or A in French in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in French.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in French (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including French (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in French and International Business equips you with a wide range of skills. Not only will you have a broad understanding of how businesses operate worldwide, but you’ll also be able to communicate in a major world language. All of this will open doors to a wide range of careers, both in the UK and overseas.

    You’ll also have valuable skills that are attractive to all kinds of employers. You’ll have a high level of commercial awareness and excellent communication and presentation skills. You’ll also be confident working in a team and have strong research skills, as well as being able to analyse complex information. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent and adaptable, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two different subjects.

    Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in different fields. These include management, business and finance, marketing, sales and retail, tourism industry, law, publishing, journalism, media, cultural industry and the civil service. Others go into language-specific roles such as translating and interpreting, or pursue further training in these areas.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    You’ll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

    We have partnerships with a number of universities in the countries where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could also work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

    Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in French