Business Management and French BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

We are one of the UK's leading universities for modern languages and linguistics and rank 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2020. Our French language courses ranked top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for French Studies in the National Student Survey 2018.

This course will develop your language skills and your understanding of core business principles, giving you the linguistic competence and business confidence to excel in the professional and academic world.

What you will study

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

The combination of these two subjects 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.

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, plus the opportunity to use and develop your language skills in a professional setting.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training Start date UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 48 months Oct 2020 NR21 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with 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 many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

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 course, be it in the form of a work placement or a period studying 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 away in your first year, when you will 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, you’ll attend Employability Week and Placement Week. This includes one-to-one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors 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, and 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 Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.

During your placement

In your third year, you’ll have 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 course.

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 choose 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.

If you opt to work for all or part of your year abroad (rather than study), you'll receive at least one visit from your placement tutors. The purpose of this unique approach to work placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.

Your visiting tutors will also assess your performance at work, mediate between you and your placement organisation, and help prepare you for your final year back at university.

Whether you work or study in France or Belgium, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

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 our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. 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 the 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

BSc (Hons) - 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 recent graduates have found employment include:

  • Electricité de France
  • Amazon
  • Kingfisher plc
  • Santander
  • JP Morgan
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • UBS
  • BAE Systems
  • Siemens
  • Mercedes
  • Capgemini
  • Macmillan Publishing
  • EY
  • Deutsche Bank
  • ALDI.

Many students go on to further study in the UK and across Europe. Graduates of our internationally recognised courses 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. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

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. 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

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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification below: 

Year 1 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4

Students without A level or equivalent in a language will take two ab initio modules in the first year, in place of Language for academic purposes and Language for professional purposes. For all other modules they will join post-A level students.

Timetables

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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and includes your own study time. You will conduct research and complete projects and assignments individually and in groups that will draw on and strengthen your understanding of a particular area. Assessments are designed to develop your subject-specific and transferable skills.

In languages, you are taught mostly in small, interactive seminars, and almost always in the target language. You’ll improve your transferable skills and your knowledge about culture, societies, history and politics of the countries where the language is spoken. In business management, our academics are delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development. In all our sessions, tutors encourage you to actively 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.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is co-taught by academic staff from the Surrey Business School and the School of Literature and Languages.

Programme leader

SALLER C Ms (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.

Assessment

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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

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 ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.

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.

Fees

Qualification Start date Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

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Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Campus location

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Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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