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

Why Henley?

Studets sitting on grass outside Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

“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 1% of universities in the world, home to the best on campus environment 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 30,000 people in 140 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 25 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

How we teach you

The structure of your degree

We offer a mix of 3 and 4-year degree programmes, with our 4-year programmes incorporating a one year paid work placement (or in some cases university study abroad) during your third year of study.

During each year of your degree you will take modules amounting to 120 credits. Most modules equate to 20 credits or 200 hours of student effort - an average of 25 contact hours over a 10 week term. Teaching contact varies from module to module but most will also involve a high level of private study and reading to support your learning.

Year 1
The first year of your degree will consist of core modules designed to provide you with a broad and solid foundation in your chosen subject.

Year 2
Your second year will feature mainly core modules but may provide some optional modules.

Year 3
Typically you will complete a full-time, paid work placement or undertake university study abroad abroad (except for BA Accounting and Business which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4)

Final year
Your final years of study will feature a high proportion of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual needs, strengths and interests.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, project workshops and interactive tutorials, giving you the opportunity to discuss, explore and apply the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You'll be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those involved. Tackling real-world challenges will give you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

Programmes are assessed through written assignments, group presentations and formal examinations designed to test your knowledge and abilities and to develop transferable 'soft' skills, highly sought after by leading graduate employers. The University's exam period falls between April and June in the summer term whilst other forms of assessment take place throughout the academic year.

Personal development

Programmes at Henley Business School are built upon academic excellence, strong research and the practical application of business and professional ideas and concepts. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our degree programmes.

We believe that effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen or professional knowledge. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our approach is designed to nurture emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers. Work placement or internship opportunities will help you to apply and further develop your knowledge and skills in a working environment.

Career guidance and support is embedded within all of our degree programmes. You will receive practical support ranging from CV and application advice to workshops and graduate careers fairs. In addition we welcome guest speakers from a wide range of organisations and sectors, who will offer you unique insights and important networking opportunities.

Ongoing support

Whilst our reach and scale are truly global, our attention to detail in every part of the Henley experience will always be personal to the needs of each and every student.

Our students are highly self-motivated and determined individuals but university study can present additional pressures which we take seriously.

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 a personal tutor, an academic member of staff in the School who will be there to offer you ongoing help and advice, and our full-time programme team are always on hand to provide additional support.

Faculty & staff

Open days

Thinking of applying to a Henley Business School programme at the University of Reading? Our open days will give you the opportunity to experience Henley Business School at the University for yourself and find out about the courses you are interested in.

When are they?

Our next Open Days will be taking place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June 2017 - register your interest hereVarious open day activities and talks will take place across our award-winning parkland Whiteknights campus. Attending an open day is a great way to get a real feel of the university alongside hearing first-hand what it is like to study at Henley from both our staff and Student Ambassadors.

How to apply

Competition for places on our undergraduate degree programmes is strong so we advise that you apply as early as possible. If you have any questions throughout your applicant journey please don’t hesitate to contact us.


All applications, whether you are from the UK, EU or overseas, should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Please apply online using the University of Reading’s UCAS code, READG R12.

You should aim to submit your completed application between 1 September and the middle of January for admission in October of that year. We don’t normally interview individual applicants, so please ensure that your UCAS application features appropriate information highlighting your academic and extracurricular achievements.

A strong personal statement is also essential. This should demonstrate an informed interest in the degree programme you have applied for, explain why you have chosen a particular programme, provide examples of your past achievements and reflect on how you will use and further develop your knowledge and skills throughout your time at university. Applicants for BA Accounting and Business, please note that in addition to meeting the School’s standard entry requirements you will be required to complete a supplementary application form and may be invited to attend an assessment centre, run in conjunction with PwC.

International students

Henley Business School is home to a diverse and inclusive international community and last year the University of Reading welcomed over 4,000 overseas students from 125 countries, building on its history of providing international education which dates back over 100 years. The University’s International Office provides support and advice to students including pre-departure briefings, an airport ‘meet and greet’ service, welcome events and an orientation programme, and specialist advice on matters ranging from student finance to accommodation.

Further information


For enquiries about applying through UCAS

International Office

For enquiries from students outside the EU and information where you can meet us 

Fact file

UCAS code:

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

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: 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 35 points

Course modules

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2015/16. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Part 1Credits

Compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Students on BA International Management and Business Administration with Spanish select one Spanish module worth 20 credits from the below choice:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part 2Credits

Compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

And a choice of one from:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Optional modules in Spanish In addition to the compulsory language module students must choose one further Spanish module to the value of 20 credits.  (Not all optional modules will be available in any one year; the availability of all optional modules is subject to availability of staff and will require a minimum number of participants.)

Part 3Credits
  • Either university study abroad or work placement abroad (one year, full-time)
Part 4Credits

Compulsory Modules:

SP3L6 Advanced Spanish Language III

SP3LBM Spanish Language for Business

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Students choose 3 option modules in Management to total 60 credits.

Fees and funding

Available Scholarships for all Undergraduate Programmes

The Henley Business School Academic Excellence Scholarship


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.

From 2016 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 at:


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:

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

  • 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 2017.
  • 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.

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 2017-18.
  • Payment will only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your chosen degree.

First, Second and Final year of Undergraduate study.

Closing date

31st August 2017

The Henley Alumni Bursary 2016


The philanthropic support of the Henley alumni community has created a new bursary of up to £9,000 over three years for one undergraduate student starting at the Business School in 2016.

The bursary will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme, and support the aims and objectives of Henley Business School. A consideration of the wider impact of your degree on graduating will also be taken into account.


To be considered for this Bursary, you will need:

•  A confirmed offer on a Henley Business School undergraduate programme (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses) commencing in 2016
•  To have chosen the University of Reading as your 1st choice of study
•  To demonstrate a strong financial need
•  To illustrate how you will make a positive contribution to the programme and how you plan to use the knowledge and skills of the developed in through your degree.

To apply, please download a Henley Alumni Bursary Application Form along with your supporting statement, of not more than 800 words, with details of how you meet the entry criteria plus any additional supporting information.

Bursary applications are considered by the Henley Alumni Fund’s Disbursements Panel at Henley Business School and their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants. Candidates who are awarded a bursary will be notified on 19 August 2016; those who have not been awarded a bursary will not be notified.


One bursary of up to £9,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School undergraduate student commencing their course in September 2016.

The exact financial value of the bursaries will be determined by the panel. The bursary will take the form of a contribution towards accommodation in Year One (if in University Halls of Residence), with subsequent years paid either in the same way or directly to your bank account depending on your circumstances.
Bursary recipients will be expected to meet the costs of the remainder of their costs including travel and accommodation.

The panel will only consider applicants who are not due to receive any other financial support other than from Student Finance bodies or their family.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Alumni Bursary then please contact or call +44 (0)118 378 4195.

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


3 years

Closing date

5pm on Friday 29 July 2016

PwC and ICAEW Foundation Bursary


ICAEW Foundation and PwC have partnered to support talented but financially disadvantaged students on the PwC Flying Start partnership degree programmes. There are four bursaries available for the 2016 academic year.


To be considered for this bursary, you will need to:
• Demonstrate a strong financial need
• Apply to (and enrol on) the PwC Flying Start Degree Programme
• Complete an application form

For further details please see ICAEW's website.

To apply, download and complete an application form. Completed forms will need to be sent to  

For any queries contact 


There are four bursaries of £5,000 available, which will be made as a one-off payment in January 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified in July, the award will however be subject to achieving the grades and enrolling onto the degree programme.

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


This is a one-off payment made in the first year of study.

Closing date

29 May 2016

Fees 2015-16


Following the UK government's changes to higher education funding, the University of Reading announced its fee level for UK and EU students as £9,000 per academic year from 2012. This will allow us to continue to provide all our students with the highest quality experience.


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 2015-16

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  

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


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 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 AS Level French, grade B or above.

Applicants for BSc Accounting and Finance are also required to obtain 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.

Qualification Short name Score required
International English Language Test Score IELTS 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based) TOEFL 570
Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based) TOEFL 88
Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in English CPE C
Test of English for Educational Purposes TEEP 6.5

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 and 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 or by phone on 0118 378 5420.

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