Course overview

This degree programme will provide you with a strong grounding in the major areas of business whilst developing your foreign language skills and your understanding of a major European business centre. This programme is designed to prepare graduates for responsible professional roles in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally.

About the programme

This internationally focused programme examines the key themes and emerging challenges facing business in a global context. You will examine the internal and external factors that impact on business performance and drive strategic decision making in any organisation.

Progressive business focused modules span areas including marketing, finance, organisational behaviour and human resource management. You will also develop a high level of understanding of your chosen language - both spoken and written - and gain an awareness of the relevant country’s culture and practices.

A study year abroad or a one-year paid work placement in year three provides you with an outstanding opportunity to both apply and further develop your business related knowledge and skills, as well as your language capabilities. In some cases, a successful placement may lead to the offer of a permanent role within the same organisation upon graduation.

The final year of the programme is designed to build on the professional and practical knowledge and skills you will have acquired and a range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree towards your own interests and aims.

In an increasingly globalised business world multilingual employees are highly sought-after.

Graduates will find themselves more career mobile and better prepared to work in a multinational environment, and possess language and communication skills that will differentiate them from the majority of professionals. Graduates typically enter a wide range of careers including banking and finance, consultancy, management, accountancy, the civil service, sales and marketing, retailing and other service industries.

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Why Henley?

Great Institution

No matter what degree you choose to study at Henley Business School, you can be sure that you are laying the strongest possible foundations for your future career. We have a learning environment which is designed to enable you to develop skills which will prepare you for your future and set you apart from other graduates. From our state of the art dealing rooms in the ICMA Centre, through to our brand new building in the heart of our award winning campus, these facilities will be at your fingertips.

The Complete University Guide 2018 has once again shown strong results for our undergraduate courses, with all programme areas listed in the UK top 20 by subject area. This is sustained through our world class teaching, which is underpinned by leading academic theory and research.

As part of the University of Reading, we are consistently ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide according to QS World University Rankings 2018

Great Location

We are understandably proud of our beautiful parkland campus, voted one of the best open spaces in the UK and awarded the prestigious Green Flag for seven consecutive years. Campus is at the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community.

Campus offers:

  • A main library, home to more than 1 million items
  • 24 hour PC and wireless internet access and the latest e-learning tools
  • Award-winning catering facilities
  • A sports centre, home to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities
  • A thriving Students' Union (RUSU), housing cafés, bars, shops and amenities
  • An opportunity to join over 150 sports clubs and societies

Reading itself has a diverse range of retail and entertainment facilities. The Oracle Centre, set by the river around a mile from campus, features shops, bars and restaurants and a large multiplex cinema, while the town's popular nightlife includes everything from global music to the theatre. Our local amenities include the concert hall, traditional and outdoor theatres and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby team. Reading also has a vibrant live music scene and hosts the world famous rock festival. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time. Reading station is just 30 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

We are based in the heart of the UK’s ‘silicon valley’ or ‘M4 corridor’. As a result, we have built strong working relationships with companies. This means that we are able to host a variety of events where business and industry leaders can share knowledge and give insight to our students. This creates an abundance of opportunities for students to network, gain work experience and build relationships with local companies. As a result, you are presented with the very best opportunities to build your personal profile with these organisations.

Accommodation

At Reading we pride ourselves on being a residential university. The majority of our undergraduates as well as many postgraduates live in halls of residence, which provide over 4,000 rooms. All halls are located on or within walking distance of campus and close to local bus routes and facilities. Each hall is a vibrant community offering you a safe and inclusive environment in which to study and relax. Halls vary in style and size so you can choose between a wide range of study, domestic and social facilities. For more information on how to apply for halls of residence (insert link here).

Support

We recognise the pressures all students face and we want you to gain as much as you can from your time at university. Personal support and career guidance is embedded within all of our degree programmes.

At every step of the way we have a team of people on hand to provide help and advice, whether that be academically speaking, social or domestic.

To ensure you gain as much as you can from your time at university you will receive dedicated support throughout your studies, starting the moment you apply.

Freshers' week at the start of term features a wide range of welcome events, designed to familiarise you with Reading and everything university life has to offer.

Upon enrolment you will be assigned an academic tutor who will be there to offer you ongoing academic advice and support your personal and professional development. Our full-time programme team are always on hand to provide additional support.

And More

For those who want to test their entrepreneurial and applied skills, there are many University wide, national and international competitions that students have the opportunity to get involved with. Such as IDEAFEST, University Business Challenge, Henley Business Challenge and the Cornell International Real Estate Competition to name a few.

Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at UG-BMAP@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 5058.

Important Information

UCAS code:
N2R1 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

Duration:
Four years full-time including a one-year paid work placement or university study abroad

Accreditation:
Graduates can apply for exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), exemptions and/or credit for prior learning from the professional accounting bodies

Entry requirements:
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B or above A Level: AAA-AAB from three A Levels including French grade B or above (or French grade B at AS Level/A* at GCSE)

International Baccalaureate:
Pass Diploma and achieve 34-35 points

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Part 1 Credits

Compulsory modules:

10 [5 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Students must take one 20 credit module in Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced French language; and one 20 credit content module in French.

Part 2 Credits

Compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

In French: students must take one 20 credit language module which will be dependent on the level
studied at Part 1; and one 20 credit content module in French.


In Management: students must select 20 credits from a list of optional modules available in Henley
Business School

Part 3: University study abroad or work placement abroad (one year, full-time) Credits

ML2YL5 Year Abroad Language 40 credits

ML3YSWA University study/Work placement/Assistantship abroad 80 credits

Part 4 Credits

Compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Remaining credits will be made up of optional modules available in the Henley Business School and modules from elsewhere in the University. Not all optional modules will be available in any one year; the availability of all optional modules is subject to availability and resourcing.

Fees & funding

Fees 2018-19

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2018/19 academic year. Tuition fees for 2019/20 entry have not yet been confirmed by the UK government, but at this time we do not expect an increase in fees to occur. Please check back here for updates.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. Arrangements for students applying for entry from 2019 onwards may be subject to change on the advice of the UK government.

International

Fees for students from outside the EU are slightly higher and set by the University on an annual basis. Please see the University's student finance pages for further information.

Work placement year or university study abroad

Students completing a 4 year degree programme with a 1 year work placement will be charged 15% of the full fee during their placement year. For students taking BA Accounting and Business, which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4, the fee level will be set at 80% of the full fee in these years.

Living costs

Please note that tuition fees do not include accommodation and other living costs. Students are advised to budget for between £160 and £240 per week depending on their accommodation charges.

International students, who often need to allow for additional accommodation and living costs during three vacations are advised to budget for at least £12,000 per year excluding tuition fees.

Financial support 2018-19

University sources of funding

We believe that fees must not be a disincentive for talented young people applying to university and have a strong record in providing financial support to students from all over the world and a wide range of backgrounds through scholarships, bursaries and other awards.

Please see further information on student finance or contact helpdesk@reading.ac.uk.

External sources of funding

This information applies to students who normally live in England. Please see further information provided by the UK government on student finance. If you normally live in another UK region or outside the UK, different rules will usually apply. Please see alternative information for students from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the EU and overseas.

Tuition Fee (Student) Loan

Students who have not studied a higher education programme before can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. This loan is paid directly to the University. Graduates only start to pay back this loan once they are working and their salary is above the minimum threshold. EU students from outside the UK who meet certain conditions are also eligible to apply.

Maintenance (Student) Loan

Students can apply for an annual maintenance loan. Loans will be assessed on household income. The amount of maintenance loan available is reduced if a student is receiving a maintenance grant. Repayments will be made in the same way as for a tuition fee loan.

Entry requirements

Academic

Our undergraduate degree programmes are designed for students with or without prior knowledge and experience of their chosen subject. Generally we don't ask for any specific A Levels but subjects like business studies, economics, geography, IT and mathematics may be relevant depending on what you choose to study.

A Level

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen degree programme but generally you are expected to achieve grades AAA-AAB from 3 A Levels (excluding General Studies and Key Skills).

A minimum of GCSE Mathematics and English, grade B or above, is also required.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate must pass the Diploma and achieve 34-35 points.

Other UK and international qualifications

We welcome students with equivalent UK and international qualifications. Please see further information on academic qualifications.

BA International Management and Business Administration with French/German/Italian/Spanish

Applicants for BA International Management and Business Administration with French/Spanish are required to obtain a minimum GCSE grade B (or 6) or IB Standard Level grade 4 in a Modern Foreign Language.

Applicants for BA International Management and Business Administration with German are required to obtain a minimum GCSE grade A (or 7) or AS level grade B or IB Standard Level grade 5 in German.

BA International Management and Business Administration with Italian can be taken from beginner's level and no previous language qualifications are required.

BSc Accounting and Finance

Applicants for BSc Accounting and Finance are required to obtain A Level or AS level Mathematics at grade B or above.

BA Accounting and Business

Please note that in addition to meeting the School's standard entry requirements, shortlisted students applying for BA Accounting and Business will be asked to submit a supplementary application form and may be invited to attend an assessment centre run in conjunction with PwC.

English language

Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask you to provide evidence of proficiency or to attend an English language course before you begin your studies so that you can participate fully in your degree programme.

Please see further information on English language requirements.

QualificationShort nameScore required
International English Language Test ScoreIELTS6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based)TOEFL570
Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based)TOEFL88
Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in EnglishCPEC
Test of English for Educational PurposesTEEP6.5

The University's International Study and Language Centre (ISLC) provides English for academic study in a variety of ways to support your progress and development. This includes pre-sessional and in-sessional support, as well as an International Foundation Programme for students who do not hold the normal entry requirements.

Careers & accreditations

Henley Business School has its own Careers Service that’s built around a very simple promise – engage, enable, empower.

Engage – whilst you are at University you will have lots of competing priorities, studying yes, but also having fun, getting involved societies, charities and clubs, maybe earning your way through part-time work.  With this in mind we design all our services in an engaging way, helping you to make the most of your time.

Enable – being ready for work after you degree has many elements – understanding yourself, understanding the opportunities that are out there, and developing the skills you’ll need to secure your place and succeed when you start.  We provide support and resources that will help you with every step, whatever career path you choose.

Empower – the most important part of your career path is you, so all that we do is about helping you achieve what you want to.  Only you can achieve it, and achieve it you will.

The key ways you’ll interact with the careers team will be through activities that you choose to undertake – be they booking to talk to us face to face, attending our career events, or using our online tools – or indeed all three.  All the undergraduate degrees have some kind of careers-related modules too, often related to taking work placements, so you’ll see some of the team in lectures too.

For further information please contact Henley Careers by email at henleycareers@henley.ac.uk or by phone on 0118 378 5420.

Scholarships

Available Scholarships for all Undergraduate Programmes

The Henley Business School Academic Excellence Scholarship

Subject

Henley Business School is keen to attract students who are expected to achieve academic excellence in their A level results but may find it challenging, for whatever reason, to undertake a university degree.

We are offering two scholarships to students who have committed to enrol on any of our undergraduate programmes in Business, Accounting, Finance or Real Estate and Planning. (Details of these can be found on our undergraduate page)

Criteria

To apply for this scholarship you must complete and submit your application, paying particular attention to your personal statement. This statement should set out your academic and extra-curricular activities, along with a brief explanation as to why this scholarship would make a difference to you. There is no formal application form, send your personal statement in an email or as a word document attachment. This submission will be considered alongside your entry qualifications in determining the award recipients. In the event of a tie you may be invited to participate in an interview in front of a judging panel. Submit your application via email to: j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

Contact us

If you have any queries relating to the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award then please contact Ms Jacqui Fletcher at the Henley Business School. Telephone +44 (0) 118 378 6063 or email j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

  • You must be a Home or EU student to apply for this award.
  • You must be applying through UCAS as a new student, entering a full time Undergraduate programme led by the Henley Business School starting 2016 and have accepted the ‘University of Reading’ as your Firm Choice by 30th June 2018.
  • You must be entering year 1 of study and be new to the Henley Business School, UoR.
  • You should be expected to achieve academic excellence in your A level results, and
  • You should be able to demonstrate that the additional financial support would remove a barrier to further education.
Finance

The scholarship is £9000 in total. It provides £5,000 in the first year and £2000 in year 2 and the final year.

  • This money can be used towards local travel, books or accommodation.
  • The money will be paid directly into your bank account.
  • There are two scholarships available in 2018-19.
  • Payment will only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your chosen degree.
Duration

First, Second and Final year of Undergraduate study.

End date information

31st August 2018

More information

The Henley Alumni Bursary

Subject

Henley Alumni Bursary

The philanthropic support of the Henley Business School alumni community has enabled us to create a new bursary of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2018. This will be awarded from income raised for the Henley Alumni Fund.

The Bursary will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

To be considered for this Bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time Undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2018 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Alumni Bursary Application Form.

The Henley Alumni Fund's Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision at the beginning of May 2018.

Finance

One bursary of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School undergraduate student commencing their course in September 2018.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Alumni Bursary then please contact development@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 4192.

Duration

3 years

End date information

5pm on 6 April 2018

The Henley Business School Bursary 2018/19

Subject

Henley Business School Bursary

Henley Business School Bursary has set aside funds to create two new bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2018.

The Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

The Henley Business School Bursary offers financial support to students based on a demonstration of financial need.

Before you apply for a Henley Business School Bursary, please read the criteria below to ensure you meet all the required points. Only in exceptional circumstances will those who do not meet all the desired criteria be considered:

  • This bursary cannot provide the main financial support for your studies
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Business School Bursary Application Form.

On receipt of your application, you will be contacted via the email address provided to confirm that your application has been received. You will be informed of the Henley Business School’s Bursary Panel’s decision by the beginning of September 2018.

Please note funds will be awarded to the recipient once they have enrolled at Henley Business School, University of Reading in October 2018, and therefore the applicant must meet admissions criteria to receive the funds.


Finance

Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School Undergraduate Programme student commencing their course in September 2018.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Business School Bursary then please contact j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 6063.

Duration

3 years

End date information

31 August 2018

How to apply

Answer all questions on the application form fully and electronically. If any areas of the form are not applicable, please detail this with n/a. If you would like to give further details then please expand relevant boxes.

You must also complete the income & expenditure spreadsheet available from j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk.

Please note, only supply copies as no documents will be returned to you.

When you have completed your application, please submit the completed Henley Business School Bursary Undergraduate Application Form 2018/19 by email to j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk for the attention of the Disbursements Panel.

Incomplete application forms or application forms with no Personal Statement will be declined.

Vicky Bostock

Upon graduation I joined Interserve as an HR Coordinator and I am now Group HR Business Partner. I think that my degree has had a massive impact on my ability to get the job I wanted and to progress in my career.

BA International Management and Business Administration with French

Laura Brown - Assurance, PwC

'I decided that a degree in accounting and management would give me a wider perspective of businesses in general and allow me to study areas outside accounting. If you're a numbers person, I'd recommend doing an accounting and finance degree rather than accounting and management. If you're unsure whether accounting is right for you, then the accounting and management degree course gives you a wide insight into the multiple business areas such as economics, ethics, strategy and management.

I was aware that I would need some work experience in order to apply for a graduate job and it gave me the opportunity to decide if assurance was right for me. I was offered a graduate job in September without any additional interviews.'

Samantha Robertson - Visual Merchandiser, L'Oreal

'Henley Business School has always held an attractive position in the league tables and with a beautiful new building; I viewed the School as one I would be proud to say I studied at. The green, open, friendly campuses of the University were further attractive features as well as the variety of modules offered on my degree.

The programme was extremely diverse with students from around the globe. I was able to work with students from multiple cultures, preparing me for international employment. The programme also includes a placement year which is highly beneficial.

A great programme for an all-rounder who is interested in learning about all sides of business including the creative, strategic, technical and financial sides, and not just large corporations but smalller firms and social enterprises as well.'

James Green - Technical Account Manager, Microsoft

'Henley was known to me as a leading school teaching business and the fact it was part of the University of Reading attracted me. The best part of the programme was the opportunity to practically apply things. I learned something new every day and the lecturers were fantastic. I would rate the academic and career support offered very highly.

I would recommend this programme because it doesn't just provide you with a great education in business; it works on providing a new way of viewing the world of business, contacts, practical skills and job opportunities.'

James Dixon - Outsourcing Specialist, Ericsson UK

'The University of Reading has provided me with a stepping stone to future career success.

The programme has a highly international focus with opportunities arising to work with market leading organisations. Work experience, alongside the degree programme, provided the valuable skills and competencies necessary to obtain a graduate position with the fixed and mobile network provider Ericsson.

I would fully recommend the Business School and the degree as lectures and tutorials are both interesting and informative, giving multiple perspectives on UK and international management.'

Christina Wingrove - Trainee Private Banking Manager, Lloyds TSB

'I was attracted to the Business School by its strong reputation and the programme in particular as it offered a wide range of options during the second and third years of study.

Not only was the standard of teaching high, the flexibility and support of me as an individual from the School also made it a great place to study. I also found the content and the structure of the tutorials really useful in reinforcing the lecture content and giving a deeper insight.

I joined Lloyds TSB's graduate scheme after graduating. I am now in my third and final placement as part of the scheme and am set to continue in a permanent role as a Trainee Private Banking Manager.'

Christopher Neil - Senior Associate, PwC

'From the moment I attended an Open Day at the University I knew that the three years I was due to spend studying at Reading would be an enjoyable time in my life.

The staff in the Business School were welcoming and a continuous help throughout my degree. With help from the Careers Advisory Service, I was assisted in finding my current job at PwC. Reading is a great place to be a student, with a vibrant and diverse campus lifestyle. I would have no hesitation in recommending the University of Reading to any prospective students, and always speak highly of my time there.'

Vicky Panayiotou - Lead Procurement Manager, Marks & Spencer

'My degree provided me with a wide range of transferable skills which have given me a competitive advantage in gaining employment. There is also a strong social side which has provided me with numerous contacts. I have also made good friends who I will keep in touch with in the future.'

Rhys Williams - Eli Lilly

'The School is fantastic in giving you support and it's great preparation for securing a graduate job. The experience you gain is invaluable and you may even be able to secure a graduate job with your placement company, as I did.'

Davide Serafini - Assurance Executive, Ernst & Young

'I had friends that came to Reading and they told me that the environment, both academic and social, was amazing. I would highly recommend the School to anyone, for 3 main reasons. Firstly, the learning environment and the teaching quality were excellent. Lecturers are always available for discussion, lectures are interesting and interactive, and the resources available to students are top quality. Secondly, the social life, from sports clubs to social clubs, is truly diverse. Thirdly, the reputation of the University, and especially the Business School. Graduates are highly sought after by employers in the UK and internationally.'

Alyx Wood - Analyst, KPMG

'There is a real sense of belonging and the staff are enthusiastic, helpful and easy to get on with at a personal level. The extra-curricular opportunities at Reading are fantastic, with the Business Society especially providing a forum for both social and academic discussions amongst students.

I obtained a summer internship at KPMG - a challenging process involving a business awareness and numerical test, followed by an assessment day in London.'

Vicky Bostock - Group HR Business Partner, Interserve

'Upon graduation I joined Interserve as a HR Coordinator and I am now Group HR Business Partner. I think that my degree has had a massive impact on my ability to get the job I wanted and to progress in my career.'On graduation I joined Interserve Plc (who are a FTSE 250 company) as HR Coordinator and have been encouraged to develop and continue my studies. Since joining my role has continued to evolve, being promoted to Group HR Business Partner and completing my CIPD qualification. I think that my degree has had a massive impact on my ability to get the job I want and to progress and develop my career. Although I have gone into a specialism of management, I think that the value I can add to it is that I have the background from my degree of management and business as a whole, which means I can see things from different angles.'

Ishtiaque Chowdhury - Key Client Manager, Genesis Capital

'Where better to study management and IT than in the UK's 'Silicon Valley'? This degree programme was developed in co-ordination with some of the UK's largest blue-chip companies and the Business School has a great reputation for teaching excellence and graduate employment.'