BA International Management and Business Administration with Spanish

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?

“National league tables show that Henley Business School consistently provides one of the most satisfying and rewarding student experiences in the UK.” Professor John Board, Dean.

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. Because Henley is part of the University of Reading, ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018), home to one of the best on campus environments in the UK and some of the country's most satisfied students.

The learning

Our programmes are designed to be highly relevant, innovative and challenging, and taught through a mix of lectures, project workshops and interactive tutorials. The latest thinking and research are used to tackle real-world challenges and so test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

The support

We recognise the pressures all students face and we want you to gain as much as you can from your time at university, which is why 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. And when you leave, the support continues as you will automatically join the Alumni association, a group of over 70,000 people in 150 countries, for the purpose of networking and keeping up to date with news and continuing education.

The campus and location

The Whiteknights campus is a short walk or bus ride to the centre of Reading, a vibrant city on the river Thames that boasts a rich selection of entertainment and leisure activities, from music to bars to sport to shopping. Our beautiful parkland campus and halls of residence are at the heart of university life and a strong community. Its sporting, academic and social facilities cater for all tastes and interests and provide a complete student experience. Reading is just 30 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

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

Important Information

UCAS code:
N2R4

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. Minimum grade B in A level for advanced French. For beginner's French, a grade B at GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language is required.

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 2017/18 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]

In Spanish
Students must take 40 credits of optional modules available in the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, of which at least 20 credits will be made up of optional modules in Spanish

Part 2 Credits

Compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

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.

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

TBC

TBC

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 2017-18

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,000 per year for students who started their course in or before the 2016/17 academic year. From the start of the 2017/18 academic year, tuition fees will rise to £9,250 in line with the rise of the statutory maximum cap in England.

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 2017-18

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.

Maintenance Grant

Students from families with low incomes can apply for a non-repayable maintenance grant. Those from families with incomes above the threshold can apply for a partial grant. These grants are available to cover living costs such as accommodation, food, travel and materials. Students don't have to pay these grants back. Students apply online at the same time as applying for the tuition fee (student) loan. Grants are paid in three instalments, at the start of each term.

National Scholarship Programme

Students from families with low incomes may be eligible to receive help with tuition fees, subsidised accommodation, a cash bursary or other help. Awards are paid by the University and Students can apply once they have received an offer for a place on a degree programme. Please see further information on the National Scholarship Scheme.

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.

Applicants for BA International Management and Business Administration with French are also required to obtain GCSE, grade B or above or IB Standard Level in a Modern Foreign Language. 

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

International Baccalaureate

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

Other UK and international qualifications

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

Applicants for BA Accounting and Business

Please note that applicants will be required to achieve GCSE Mathematics Grade A or above. Also 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 successful applicants will 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

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 Spanish

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 oined 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.'