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BA (Honours) Business Studies: French pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 has three compulsory 30-credit modules. In An introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,B120,,1 you’ll investigate the question ‘What is a business?’ and develop your study skills while exploring the business functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance.

You’ll begin your study of French with the key introductory module Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,L192,,1. This module is designed to give you the skills you need to speak and understand simple French in everyday contexts. You’ll explore life in France and be introduced to a wide range of practical situations such as travelling, shopping, working and eating out. You’ll not only develop your language skills but also a real feel for French-speaking cultures.

You will select one of our core 30-credit Level 1 options, exploring subject areas like retail management, communication skills, work-based learning, mathematics and personal finance. They include:

  • An introduction to retail management and marketing (B122)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,B122,,1
  • Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,MU123,,1
  • Professional communication skills for business studies (LB160)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,LB160,,1
  • Working and learning: developing effective performance at work (BU130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,BU130,,1 or the version of this module specifically designed for people working in delivering public services – BUXS130
  • You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,DB123,,1.

You’ll complete this stage with the compulsory module, Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,L120,,1. It’s designed to consolidate your existing knowledge of French and teach more advanced language in the context of French-speaking societies and French culture. Study resources are carefully designed to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Stage 2

Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order.

Business functions in context (B203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,B203,,1 focuses on the essential organisational functions of human resources; marketing; operations management; information management; and accounting and finance. You’ll examine their key practices, processes and thinking, and their contributions to organisations and their operations – with a strong emphasis on practice-based learning.

Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,L211,,1 will concentrate on developing your French language skills, enhancing your cultural knowledge, and building the skills needed to study at a higher level. You’ll learn to communicate in a wide range of situations; express your opinions; report what other people have said; explain processes and trends; communicate by letter and telephone; make structured notes; and write different types of text. You’ll also improve your command of grammar and vocabulary. As part of your studies, you’ll attend a compulsory residential school in France.

Stage 3

Both the Stage 3 modules of this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order.

Making sense of strategy (B301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,B301,,1 focuses on this by focusing on the fascinating world of strategy – from its origins and development as a subject to the controversies that dominate contemporary strategic debate. You’ll develop skills in clear thinking, independent enquiry and collaborative working as you analyse and apply the ideas and approaches that have done most to influence how strategy is conceived and carried out in today’s organisations. 

The final French module, Mises au point: advanced French (L310)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-7,module,L310,,1, is designed to develop further your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of contemporary France, and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You’ll develop your academic writing, critical and analytical skills, and intercultural competence. The module has six themes that give both broad and focused coverage of different aspects of historical and contemporary France and French-speaking countries.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from four (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. 

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Learning outcomes

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