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BA Business Management and Modern Languages

Why we're great

  • Essex Business School is ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
  • Our Department of Language and Linguistics is listed in the world’s top 150 (QS World University Rankings).
  • We focus on ethical management and sustainable business practice.

Course options2017-18

UCAS code: NR19
Duration: 4 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £9,250
Fee (International): £13,350
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
Home and EU fee information
International fee information

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 873666
Email admit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

What makes an effective leader? How does management theory relate to practice?

On this course, you study business management alongside up to two languages to give you a competitive edge in the global jobs market. You learn what’s involved in managing organisations in an increasingly complex business world and explore topics such as:

  • management
  • business strategy
  • organisational behaviour
  • leadership

In your first year, you benefit from a fully-rounded business education by gaining introductions to accounting and marketing to widen your employment options after graduation.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.

This course is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). We focus on responsible management and sustainable business practice, with our students and staff joining us from across the globe.

Your language modules are taught by the Department of Language and Linguistics, listed among the top 150 departments on the planet for linguistics (QS World University Rankings).

“I really enjoyed studying a mixture of languages and business management. I now speak five languages and have an excellent knowledge of management, marketing and human resources; I am now working in Poland for international sport and fitness company, Decathlon, where I am responsible for economical outcomes, managing staff, marketing products, and creating our commercial policy.”

Radoslaw Zimny, BA Business Management and Modern Languages, 2011

Study abroad

You spend your third year studying abroad and benefit from our tuition fee waiver during this time.

Your year abroad enables you to further develop your grasp of your preferred language and gives you the opportunity to study different national business environments, legal frameworks and customs. You will also learn about particular management specialisms that you would otherwise miss when studying your language modules.

Our expert staff

At Essex Business School, you are taught by a highly qualified and enthusiastic team of academics with wide ranging research interests. Their teaching is informed by research to ensure you learn about current issues affecting the business world.

Language teaching is delivered by native or bilingual speakers. Our modern languages staff will also share their experiences of professional translation, interpreting, subtitling, film, art, business and culture with you.

Specialist facilities

Our landmark new Essex Business School building is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate and provides excellent learning facilities and services:

  • a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
  • light and spacious lecture theatres
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • a café with an adjacent sun terrace
  • study skills advice

Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway area of Campus, giving you the chance to make connections with innovative technology businesses located on site.

You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Language and Linguistics:

  • Melissi Digital Classroom software for subtitling and interpreting
  • a new 20-booth Interpreting Lab
  • meet other linguists and practise your language skills at our Language Cafés
  • experience world cinema at our Modern Languages Film Club
  • our Languages for All programme offers you the opportunity to study an additional language alongside your course at no extra cost

Your future

As a graduate of our BA Business Management and Modern Languages programme, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills for your career in management. In a job market which is becoming increasingly global, having studied another language places you in a very advantageous position regardless of which career path you follow. Your year abroad will have developed your confidence, independence and maturity.

We develop your employability skills throughout your course and offer a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance your CV. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can help you find out about further work experience, internships and voluntary opportunities.

Our recent graduates have gone into graduate level roles in companies such as:

  • AVIVA
  • PwC
  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Bank of England
  • Hiscox
  • John Lewis Partnership

In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).

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Example structure

Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.

Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.

Language options

The language module that you will study will depend upon your level when you arrive in the department and we are happy to accept students with no previous knowledge of the language. The structure shown below is an example of the progression for a student who has an A Level or equivalent in Spanish, but it is possible to start at an initial level with no prior knowledge of a language (unless you major in French, when a French A Level is required). Please refer to the progression pathway table to find out which modules are suitable for your linguistic profile.

You can study up to two languages with this course.

The below example structure shows a student studying French and Spanish.

Year 1

Discover the nature and role of accounting, discussing who uses accounting information and for what purposes. You learn about the processes used to record, summarise and present accounting data, using the computerised accounting package MyAccountingLab. You also investigate the development and role of regulation in governing accounting practice.

Explore the most significant issues in management theory and practice. You draw out some of the connections and disjunctures between management theory and management practice. You also consider the ethics of managing, and how to balance a business’s priorities with the organisation's wider responsibilities to society and other stakeholders.

This module encourages you to become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We cover areas designed to help you adjust to a university business education so you can perform to your full academic and professional potential. We explore the importance of referencing, constructing a coherent argument and developing writing skills for a variety of purposes, such as academic essays, exams and reports. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills to help you get the most from your time at university.

Want to learn Spanish from scratch? And spend four weeks abroad during the summer? Build your language abilities, so you can read short stories or novels in Spanish, as well as articulate your ideas verbally or in writing. Undertake a research project, in Spanish, on a topic of your choosing.

This compulsory module aims to help you excel in your academic studies by introducing you to effective study techniques and tools, including the study skills support and resources available to you within Essex Business School. You receive guidance on your academic progress, as well as your personal and professional development. These sessions offer you the opportunity to meet and develop networks and connections within the School and provide key support throughout your first year by helping you to develop the skills and learning strategies needed throughout your degree.

Year 2

This module builds on your understanding of management, work and organisation, exploring how these concepts have evolved over time and how they are understood now. You look at how management theory relates to organisational practice, examine the social dynamics underpinning the field of organisation studies and analyse some of the most important themes affecting management today.

Gain a more advanced understanding of the international context which helps to shape the strategies and operations of organisations, and explore some of the current issues and challenges facing organisations within the international business environment. In particular, you focus on international political economy, covering the major economic systems in the world, and tracing the historical evolution of the global order.

The business world is increasingly global, complex and fast changing. While some organisations are consistently successful over a long period of time, many fail and are forgotten forever. In theory it should become consecutively easier to imitate the strategies of winning companies and dissipate their profits. In practice, however, only a few firms become long-term leaders. In this course, you explore why that is.

This module introduces quantitative and qualitative methods used in management and marketing research and demonstrates how they are applied in different settings. We explore the methodological, ethical and practical elements of designing business research and learn how to gather, review and analyse data from a variety of sources. You develop your presentation skills and learn how to plan, organise, manage and share research projects.

Want to improve your French? Can you describe people and places? Or initiate and take part in a conversation? Use a wide range of authentic materials, that depict real-life activities, to consolidate your French language skills. Improve your ability to deal with everyday situations in a natural and creative way.

Want to build your confidence when both speaking and writing in Spanish? Develop your language abilities, expanding your vocabulary and improving your listening and oral skills. Expand your understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture and history through the use of texts, films and conversations with native speakers.

This module links subject understanding to employability, ensuring you’re prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they’re advertised. You gain an understanding of the graduate labour market and recruitment processes, as well as timelines for recruitment and interview and assessment centre techniques. You also learn about options for postgraduate study.

Final year

This module aims to develop your understanding of leadership in organisations. You explore a range of traditional and current leadership theories and relate these to business and managerial practice. You also examine business ethics and develop your team working, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Gain an understanding of the main quantitative and qualitative methods used in business, management and marketing research, and an appreciation of the practical application of these skills within a variety of research settings. You explore the methodological, ethical and practical considerations in the design of business research, and the collection, analysis and dissemination of research data.

Since the 1980's, Human Resource Management (HRM) has promoted the view that it is the people (rather that the technology, products or marketing strategies) of the organisation that are the key to organisational success. You question the assumptions made within HRM as a philosophy and practice, and how this approach has implications for the way that employees are conceptualised, managed and treated within organisations.

Want to develop your French comprehension? Improve your spoken and written language skills? Sharpen your grammatical accuracy? Make use of a range of materials to further advance your language abilities, building coherent and cohesive skills for both speaking and writing in French.

Need to build your professional skills? Want to know how to use various software packages? Cover topics related to your studies and to the world of work. Gain transferable skills by making oral presentations in French, retrieving and processing information from internet sources, and producing documents relating to working life.

Want near-native level competence in Spanish? Wish to deal quickly and precisely with written or spoken documents? Refine your knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary by studying different texts. Practice your writing with essays and reports, and learn to express yourself clearly in complex situations.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Teaching

  • Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
  • Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
  • Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
  • Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
  • Activities designed to develop your practical language skills, such as role-play and class presentations
  • Cultural and social themes are explored through film, music, the internet, theatre and literature
  • Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor

Assessment

  • Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple choice questions in class tests and essays
  • Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
  • Languages assessed through role-plays and translations

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Qualifications

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics C

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C or above.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email admit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

IELTS entry requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. (Different requirements apply for second year entry.)

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

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Applying

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

Applicant Days and interviews

Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.

Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.

If you’re outside the UK and are planning a trip, feel free to email visit@essex.ac.uk so we can help you plan a visit to the University.

Visit us

Open days

Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

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