BA (Hons) Business/Eastern Languages

About the course

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Business

You don’t need any prior knowledge of business studies before choosing this subject. You will gain a broad introduction to the subject in your first year. If you choose to continue business as a joint subject or increase to major in business you will have access to a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your studies to your own personal interests.

Your studies in business will prepare you for work in a range of organisations and you will have the opportunity to further prepare for the workplace by taking a one year paid work placement in between your second and final year.

Mandarin

Explore Mandarin Chinese as well as exploring the cultural facets of the Mandarin Chinese speaking world. Studying another language also opens opportunities to assess your own cultural background and promotes an awareness of the differences and similarities between your own cultural background and the Chinese culture. Mandarin Chinese is taught at beginner level at the University of Hertfordshire, students do not require any prior knowledge of the language.

Mandarin Chinese is available as a minor from your second year. In your first year you will also study English Language and Communication, which will further enhance your understanding of linguistics and facilitate your learning of a foreign language.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for a year between your second and final year and the University has good links with universities in Singapore, where a high proportion of the population speak Mandarin Chinese and you will have opportunities to practice your language skills. Studying abroad in a country where the language you are learning is spoken is an excellent way to boost your understanding, improving both your academic results and your employability.

Japanese

Explore the language as well as exploring the cultural facets of the Japanese speaking world. Studying another language also opens opportunities to assess your own cultural background and promotes an awareness of the differences and similarities between your own cultural background and the Japanese culture.

Japanese is taught at beginner level at the University of Hertfordshire, students do not require any prior knowledge of the language.

Japanese is available as a minor from your second year. In your first year you will also study English Language and Communication, which will further enhance your understanding of linguistics and facilitate your learning of a foreign language.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for a year between your second and final year and the University has good links with universities in Japan. Studying abroad in a country speaking the language you are learning is an excellent way to boost your understanding, improving both your academic results and your employability.

Study abroad is optional but highly recommended.

Why choose this course?

Business

  • Gain a firm understanding of the role of business in society
  • Develop your knowledge in key areas of business such as Finance, Human Resources Management and Marketing
  • Challenge yourself intellectually while gaining key practical and interpersonal skills that prepare you for the workplace.

Mandarin

  • Explore Mandarin from beginner level, no prior knowledge required
  • Develop skills in an additional language and a cultural understanding of the Mandarin speaking world that will be highly valued by employers in a global job market
  • Gain an understanding of the top language for Business after English (Bloomberg Business language ranking Aug 2011).

Japanese

  • Explore the Japanese language from beginner level, no prior knowledge required
  • Develop skills in an additional language and a cultural understanding of the Japanese speaking world that will be highly valued by employers in a global job market
  • Gain an understanding of one of the top ten languages for Business (Bloomberg Business language ranking Aug 2011)

Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to take a paid work placement or study abroad for a year between your second and final years, extending your degree from a three year to a four year qualification. You will not be required to pay tuition fees for this year and you will gain excellent experience that sets you apart from the crowd in the graduate jobs market.

A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.

Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (UJH) - 15 Credits
  • Financial Analysis Techniques - 15 Credits
  • Language Analysis - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Language and Mind - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Communication, Interaction, Context - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points 

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)