BA

Modern Languages with Business and Management

Key Facts

Code T9N1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in a relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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In choosing to study a degree in Modern Languages with Business and Management at Aberystwyth University you will benefit from combining the study of two European languages (French, German or Spanish) with a broad, integrated and analytical study of business and management. You will gain all the skills of an arts degree (critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to structure an argument, for example), alongside those necessary for success in modern business and management. This course includes a year abroad, taken in the third year of your degree, which will be of significant advantage when seeking employment, demonstrating your independence and highly developed communication skills. Both academic departments place a high value on research, and you will be taught by staff members who publish regularly in leading academic journals.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Business (NSS 2016)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

This degree scheme combines the study of two European languages (French, German or Spanish) with a broad, integrated and analytical study of business and management. You will gain all the skills of an arts degree (critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to structure an argument, for example), alongside those necessary for success in modern business and management. Your year abroad, taken in the third year of your degree, will be of significant advantage when seeking employment, demonstrating your independence and highly developed communication skills. 

You will find Aberystwyth a relaxed, vibrant and engaging environment in which to study. Most Language staff are native speakers in their taught language, and teaching is done predominantly in small groups, giving a relaxed, welcoming and personal feel to the course. The Aberystwyth Business School places a high value on critical thinking, and on developing new ideas to the problems of the business world. Both departments place a high value on research, and you will be taught by staff members who publish regularly in leading academic journals. The University’s language facilities are also excellent, including a language resource centre which offers state-of-the-art computing facilities and video recording equipment, and a wide range of teaching materials, such as live television broadcasts from Europe. The University library is particularly well-stocked with books and academic periodicals, as well as current newspapers and magazines.

Teaching in the  Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Employability

Recent research has indicated that speaking a foreign language is second only to IT in a list of desirable skills for job-seekers. In addition, the mean salary of language graduates three years after finishing university is ahead of that of graduates of engineering, maths, physics and chemistry. The year abroad is a key aspect of this, demonstrating a range of competencies and skills such as independence, adaptability and communication skills. Your study of Business and Management will equip you with the core skills needed for employment in modern business and management, including corporate governance, management control techniques, and business strategy. Recent graduates from Aberystwyth have found work as marketing executives and sales strategists, in companies such as Global Platinum, Click Consult and Mencap. The University’s Careers Advisory Service is able to assist you throughout your time in Aberystwyth, with putting together a CV, choosing your career and looking for work during and after your studies. In addition, the Go Wales project, which operates out of the Careers office, can offer high quality work placements, jobs, work experience and training schemes, and the possibility of work in a European country. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. It will involve recording and reflecting on your academic studies, on the development of your skills and on your plans for the future. You will find it a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and deciding what career might be suitable for you.

Teaching & Learning

In your first year, you will take either beginner or advanced language modules, depending on whether you have previously studied the language to A level standard. All modules will seek to develop your skills in the four key areas of language study: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and will develop your knowledge of the culture, politics and current affairs of the relevant country. Assessment for language modules will be through continuous listening, speaking and writing tests, supplemented by examination at the end of the semester, and on occasion, oral presentations. First year business and management modules will introduce you to some key concepts and contemporary issues in modern business, such as the historical development of management, theories of motivation, and the economic, political, legal and social aspects of the business environment. Teaching will be delivered predominantly through lectures, supplemented by tutorials, and will be assessed through a combination of essay and examination. In the first year you will also be assigned a personal tutor, who can provide assistance with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life. Part two of the degree will include language modules specifically focused on the language of business and economics. You will be taught to analyse in a critical manner issues of business and economics in the relevant country, and to translate commercial and economic texts into English. Business and management modules will build on the foundations provided by year one, including detailed analysis of business strategy, human resource management, the study of organisations and business in society. Alongside this, you will continue to develop your language skills, mastering a sophisticated and complex range of vocabulary and registers, and gaining detailed insight into your chosen languages’ cultures and societies. Your year abroad, divided between two countries, will be spent in higher education establishments, or engaged in appropriate business activity. Assistance will be available from the Department in finding suitable locations.

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in a relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in a relevant language at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in a relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

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