Business Management and French BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

The University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for French, with our courses ranked within the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018 and the Guardian University Guide 2018. We are ranked 6th for French in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our BSc Business Management and French course develops your language skills and understanding of key business principles to develop the linguistic competence and business confidence to excel in the professional and academic world.

What you will study

Our BSc Business Management and French course will introduce you to key business principles and practice, as well as provide you with the opportunity to gain near-native fluency and professional skills in the French language.

The two elements of the course complement each other and will prepare you for a variety of careers, enhancing your knowledge and understanding of French culture and society. The business management element of the course is taught by our renowned Surrey Business School.

From the outset, your French modules are almost all taught in French, preparing you for your third year on placement in a French-speaking country. This will give you a real insight into business practice in the relevant country, and the opportunity to use and develop your language skills in a professional setting.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 48 months NR21 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Business Management and French placements

We believe that the acquisition of academic knowledge should be coupled with a strong and continuous professional training, so that our students graduate with a wider range of skills that will make them more employable.

The Professional Training placement is one of the reasons for our very high employment rates in the School of Literature and Languages.

Professional Training is compulsory on this programme, be it in the form of a work placement or a study period abroad. We acknowledge its essential role in our degrees by awarding 120 credits for it, which (while not counting towards your final degree classification) appear in your final University transcript alongside your academic module marks.

During your first year

The Professional Training placement cycle begins right from your first year, when you learn about the cultures and societies related to your chosen languages and practise CV writing and presentation techniques.

During your second year

In the second year, students take a module called Preparation for the Professional Training Year. This includes one-to-one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors (one for each language), who can advise you on a placement that suits your abilities, interests and future career plans. The preparation also includes sessions on CV and cover letter writing, finances while on placement, health and safety in the workplace, insurance, accommodation, as well as talks by current placement providers, employers or experts in a particular industry.

In the past, guest speakers have included representatives from Microsoft UK, Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.

During your placement

In your third year, you are given the opportunity to practise and develop your linguistic, intercultural and transferable skills while working and/or studying abroad.

Our placement team will help you organise a placement that fits your needs. Where you go, and how many placements you do, depends on your degree programme.

Whether you do a study or work placement depends on your interests and skills. The majority of our students spend their third year working abroad, gaining valuable international work experience.

Our students make excellent candidates for placements in areas such as marketing, international relations, sales, PR, translation and even finance.

Our placement partners

We have a wide range of links with internationally renowned companies such as:

  • EDF
  • Ernst & Young (EY)
  • Volkswagen
  • Hilton Hotels.

If you opt for a study exchange you can choose from a number of partner universities in Europe with which we have Erasmus+ bilateral agreements. These include Lyon III University and ESSEC Business School in Cergy Pontoise, as well as HEC in Montreal, Canada.

Whether you work or study in France or Belgium you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. During your year abroad you will receive at least two visits by your placement tutors.

The purpose of this unique approach to placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.

They also serve the purpose of assessing your performance at work and mediating between you and your placement organisation, as well as preparing you for your final year back at University.

At the end of your Professional Training placement our goal is for you to be able to reflect upon and articulate your experience so that you can discuss it in a future job interview upon graduation.

To this end, we ask you to update your CV, write a placement report and give a presentation to first and second year students about your experience.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market as a result of their academic excellence and their experience abroad.

Our students’ proficiency in languages, combined with their significant understanding of intercultural processes and socio­political contexts, gives them a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive international employment market.

Our emphasis on transferable skills such as presentation and research techniques, and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, ensures that our graduate profile fits the expectations of prospective employers.

Business management and language graduates from the University of Surrey have gone into a wide range of careers. Some examples of companies in which our graduates have found employment in recent years include:

  • Electricité de France
  • Amazon
  • Kingfisher plc
  • Santander
  • JP Morgan
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • UBS
  • BAE Systems
  • Siemems
  • Mercedes
  • Honda
  • Mazda Motors Europe
  • Capgemini
  • Macmillan Publishing.

Many students go on to further study in the UK and across Europe. Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research. Examples include:

  • MA Communication and International Marketing, University of Surrey
  • MA Intercultural Communication with International Business, University of Surrey
  • MSc Business Analytics, University of Surrey
  • MBA, University of Surrey

MBA International Marketing, Paris-Sorbonne University.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

In your third year you will spend your Professional Training Placement abroad. Students have worked at a range of companies all around the world. By working in Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

You will gain a perspective on how your peers are educated in another country, and also add to your own skills and professional experience in a global context.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.


Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, language labs and tutorials, and includes your own study time, both individual or in small groups. You will also write essays, assignments and projects individually and in groups that draw on your understanding of a particular area. You will also develop your transferable skills through assessment.

In languages, you are taught mostly in small, interactive seminars, and almost always in the target language, while our business management academics are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Tutors encourage you to participate in discussions. Individual module tutors happily discuss academic concerns and personal tutors are always ready to advise and assist you if any issues, personal or academic, should arise.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lit & Langs)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.


Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: French. 

If you do not have French at the required level but you have achieved GCSE grade A* in a modern language OR you expect to achieve at least A-level grade B in a modern language, we can consider offering you a place in the French ab initio group. Ab initio study will involve additional contact hours and intensive study of the language during the first year of the programme. Please be aware: English language would not be treated as a modern language.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required subjects: French HL5/SL6.

If you are not taking this subject please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: French with at least a 7.5.

If you are not taking this subject please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit. 

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: French. 

Please contact us if you do not have French at the required level but are interested in studying French ab initio. This will involve additional contact hours and intensive study during the first year of the programme.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: French. 

If you do not have French at the required level but you have achieved GCSE grade A* in a modern language OR you expect to achieve at least A-level grade B in a modern language, we can consider offering you a place in the French ab initio group. Ab initio study will involve additional contact hours and intensive study of the language during the first year of the programme. Please be aware: English language would not be treated as a modern language.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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