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International Business Communication (Top Up)

BA (Hons)

This top up degree allows you to achieve a BA (Hons) in International Business Communication in just one year of full-time study.

This top up degree allows you to achieve a BA (Hons) in International Business Communication in just one year of full-time study.

Why choose this course?

This top up degree allows you to achieve a BA (Hons) in International Business Communication in just one year of full-time study.  It is aimed at international students who have successfully completed a two year diploma at post-18 level, and who wish to top-up their qualifications to degree level.  

The course equips you with the necessary knowledge, skills and awareness to operate appropriately and effectively within a global economy, and to ascertain an enterprising spirit. You will develop your English language proficiency (both written and spoken) in an international business context, and an understanding of cross-cultural communication necessary to embrace global citizenship.  You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of the global business environment, to which you can, through optional choices, add enhanced knowledge of theories and applications in the subject area which you have studied up to Dip HE level before arriving at Wolverhampton.

To find out more about the BA (Hons) International Business Communication (Top up) take a look at our subject area pages.

What happens on the course?

You will study two English for Business modules which will help you identify and work on your strengths and weaknesses in English proficiency, and improve your ability to communicate in a range of contexts. You will gain experience in presentations, interviews, negotiations and report writing.

You will explore topics such as business, management, communication and public relations. Other modules will raise your awareness of cultural diversity in a global context, in particular the context of the European Union and other major international economic and political institutions. Depending on your prior qualifications, you will be able to choose Option Modules which explore topics such as business, management, communication and public relations.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, mostly coursework such as reports, essays, presentations or small group discussions.

Many learning methods will be used, including lectures, interactive sessions with lecturers, and independent study through our virtual learning environment and tutorials.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates of the IBC programme have found work with a wide range of private and public organisations in the UK or abroad where international communications and commercial awareness are a priority, for instance human resource management, export, sales and marketing. Those who wished to do so have also been able to continue their studies at Masters’ level. A significant number of graduates undertake the MA in International Business or Management in the Business School the following year. Others return to their home country to complete qualifications there before joining the graduate job market.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

EU and overseas students can gain a BA (Hons) in just one academic year, which will open the doors for postgraduate study and/or the world of work in the UK and in a global context. Taught by experts in their field, you will gain the essential linguistic, but also communicative, analytical and comparative skills that future employers are looking for, and will acquire expert knowledge in areas of business and communication.

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • understand and analyse theories of international business culture, to enable you to communicate effectively in an international context and to operate as a global citizen
  • understand and apply the main features of English syntax/lexis/phonology/register and be able to express concepts effectively, fluently and spontaneously demonstrating a broad lexical repertoire
  • understand, compare, analyse and evaluate cultural differences, including business and corporate cultures and analyse cross-cultural incidents and suggest suitable strategies/solutions
  • find and summarise relevant information from a range of demanding texts and sources, question concepts/theories and their application, understand significance and limitations of theory/research, provide structured and reasoned synthesis/argument and monitor, evaluate and develop your own performance
  • be digitally literate and use ICT competently for communication and learning, as well as work effectively with others, manage and improve your own learning and analyse and solve problems.



Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

  • You must have completed a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent in any subject, preferably related to Business, Management, Media or Communication.

This course is open to non-native speakers of English, who should have achieved at least a score of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. 

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience please contact us before applying.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


“International Business Communication gave me a deep insight into business culture in the UK and across the world. I have brushed up on my English skills, expanded my horizons, found many international friends, and got a BA in just one academic year.”

“Classes were very interesting and interactive and the resources, which are dedicated to the wellbeing of students, more than met with my expectations. I am now back in France, and to be honest, I miss England enormously and speak English everyday!”

"My first year in England through the IBC programme totally lived up to my expectations as it has been the most fulfilling of all my student years. Discovering a new culture, meeting people from all over the world and studying in a completely different environment was ‘mind blowing.’ The lecturers were all very helpful and showed us great support throughout the year.”

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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