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Business Management with a European Language (Spanish) (BSc)

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Cardiff University offers a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management.

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Course overview

The four-year degree in Business Management with Spanish combines the main elements (modules and teaching) of the business management programme with the study of Spanish language and culture.

The first year provides the core building blocks of management and business subjects, together with one module in Spanish.

Year two develops from this base, giving equal weighting to the business and language subjects. You will continue to focus on core Business Management modules, whilst the language component concentrates on expression, translation and business language, providing the ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad. Here, you will be taught level two Business Management in Spanish.

In your fourth year (having returned to Cardiff) the business and management content of the degree will be extended with a number of core and, together with one module which maintains the language input.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spoken by more than 400 million people across more than 20 countries worldwide, it is one of the most useful languages in the world for business and leisure alike. It opens doors to a vibrant and diverse range of cultural experiences.

Spanish at Cardiff University enables you to access, analyse and evaluate current developments across the Hispanic world as well as the cultures and values of the past. Having studied Spanish, you will be ready to take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities open to language graduates today  

We offer Spanish for both advanced students and beginners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials.

Overall, the degree of Business Management with Spanish prepares you for a career in international business with an ability to work in Spanish as well as in English.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to study in a School that was ranked 6th in the UK for research quality and joint 1st for research environment in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
  • Progression through core and specialist option modules.

 

Accreditations

UCAS codeN1R4
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications.

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Entry requirements

AAB including a B in Spanish or equivalent. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in a BTEC Diploma in Business plus Grade B in Spanish A-Level.

IB 35-32 including 6 in HL Spanish, or 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Spanish.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You will require GCSE Maths grade B or 6, and GCSE English Language Grade C or 4. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,650None

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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year, split between the two subjects. The first and second years are spent in Cardiff studying a range of modules in business disciplines including accounting, economics, marketing and management as well as the language component. The third year of is spent studying business related modules in one of our partner universities in Spain before returning to complete the final year in Cardiff.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Year one is a foundation year to give you the skills for advanced study and an overview of the two subjects to inform your later choices. You will take 120 credits in total equally split between 80 credits in Business Management and 40 credits in Spanish.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Management: Theory and EvidenceBS151120 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Advanced Spanish Language Year 1ML018840 credits

Year two

In year two you will take 60 credits of core modules in the Business School and 60 credits of core modules in the School of Modern Languages. 

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Marketing and StrategyBS254020 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits
Operations ManagementBS258220 credits
Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 SpanishML027930 credits
The World & Language of Business (Spanish)ML028330 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three consists of one year's study at a university in Spain as part of your degree. The programme of study is subject to approval by Cardiff Business School and will be equivalent to 6 double or 12 single Cardiff Business School modules (120 credits). It will consist of modules in business, management, accounting, economics etc., taught and assessed in Spanish. This provides a competency in the language within a framework of business, accounting, and economics specialisations.

We have developed links with several universities or equivalent institutions in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. It is intended that the size of each group from Cardiff Business School at any host institution will be two to four students. Students studying in Europe as part of their degree programme may be eligible for a grant from the Erasmus scheme, operated by the British Council.

We have international partnership agreements with high ranking institutions in Europe and currently have bi-lateral exchange agreements with:

In Spain 

  • University Ramon Lull, IQS Barcelona 
  • Universidad Pontificia, Comillas Madrid, ICADE 
  • Universidad de Navarra 
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 
  • University of Extremadura, Badajoz 
  • University of Valencia
Module titleModule codeCredits
Intercalary Study Programme in EuropeBS4009120 credits

Year four

In year four you will take 40 credits of core modules and 50 credits of optional modules in the Business School, and alongside a core 30 credit module in the School of Modern Languages. (Note: Module titles may not be duplicated in choosing optional modules) 

 

 

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

22%

Guided independent study

78%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

100%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

22%

Guided independent study

78%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, creative assignments and individual or group projects.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

80%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

15%

Year 2

Written exams

53%

Practical exams

3%

Coursework

44%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

100%

Year 4

Written exams

61%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

39%

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Other information

Our Trading Room is used as part of some economics and accounting courses but is open to all Business School students. This facility is supervised by trained PhD students who will help you become familiar with the software and modelling techniques used in real-life trading rooms.

As part of the opportunities we present by the Business School, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the Thomson Reuters Certification qualification, a leading industry qualification to prove your ability in using this commercial platform. This five-element training process involves one-to-one training and phone conferences with a Thomson Reuters representative. The Trading Room therefore gives you the opportunity to become attractive potential graduates in the City, where the job market is becoming ever more competitive.
 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2015/16, 92% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

In addition to the central University Careers Service, our students benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help them find internships, job opportunities and to access business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.

 

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Placements

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.

Year three is spent working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

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