BA (Hons) Business with a minor route language

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These courses give you the opportunity to study Business in combination with a language. You will undertake practical language classes for your minor language, while also developing an understanding of the social and cultural environment in which the language is spoken.


No matter where you work, there will be underlying principles of business in operation. A degree in business provides a solid foundation to build your career on. One of the most popular subjects, studying business at Manchester Met will equip you with the necessary skills to set up your own company, or build a management career in an existing organisation. Business professionals are generally good at leading teams; have sound commercial awareness; are adept at spotting enterprising opportunities; can manage projects and are excellent problem solvers. There are opportunities to participate in business and enterprise competitions, receive support and advice from mentors from our Innospace graduate incubator and business start-up unit, and to network with successful entrepreneurs and consultants who contribute as guest lecturers and placement employers.

Minor languages available: 

French, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese. Look at the 'Course Details' below for more information on our minor languages and levels available. 

This course is subject to a review which may mean a change to the units of study. Check back for the latest information.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying two subjects gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two areas.

Language skills can be applied in a wide variety of careers, from teaching and translating/interpreting to business and management, finance, charity and community work.

Other opportunities may exist in areas such as journalism, in central and local government, international institutions, voluntary organisations, political parties or the media.

Graduates with broad-based degrees in business and management or specialist business degrees are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.

Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, management commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector while many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.

Graduates have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.

Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy.

Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


If the language chosen is French or Spanish and has been studied at A Level (or acceptable equivalent) a Grade B (or equivalent) will be required

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details


You will be able to gain skills in all areas of business and make informed decisions about business strategy and operations. Your studies will draw on disciplines including business planning strategy, creative thinking, accounting and finance, human resources, leadership, marketing and data analysis. Assignments are work-focused so that you can apply the business knowledge you gain to real-life work practices. The course focuses on entrepreneurship, as entrepreneurs have to have good all-round understanding of their company, take a fresh innovative approach to improving business practices and identify new opportunities. We also offer four-year placement and exchange routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year.

Proficiency in modern languages could give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments.

Minor Language:

All of our minor language options focus on helping you to become an effective communicator. We will enable you to acquire linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. We will also work with you to gain transferable skills such as translating and interpreting.

Modern Standard Arabic:

Arabic is spoken as the first language for over 300 million people; it is the official language and co-official language of 27 countries and it is one of the six official languages of the UN. The demand for studying Arabic has recently increased due to increased economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Admissions at Beginners level only. Applicants with other levels should contact the University directly to discuss options.

Mandarin Chinese:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world's second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop important relationships when you can speak the language.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other language. It is the official language of Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as Germany. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Italy is the eighth largest economy in the world, a world leader in areas as diverse as tourism, architecture, fashion and football. Italy's cultural and economic significance within the European Union and beyond generates an increasing demand for competent and informed speakers of Italian. It is spoken by one in five Europeans, and by sizeable Italian communities in North and South America, and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Japanese is spoken by about 125 million people and the number of UK graduates who can communicate in Japanese and write Japanese scripts is limited, so learning the language could give you a competitive edge.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


More than 75 million people speak French as their native language. French is also one of the official languages in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland and is spoken widely across the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. All told, there are more than 220 million French speakers, worldwide (, with French being one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 


Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around world both in terms of the numbers of speakers, and the global geographical spread. As a global language, Spanish is second only to Mandarin in terms of the number of the world's population who speak it as a first language. It has official status in 21 countries spanning Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America. As the economies of South and Central America continue to surge forward, and the political reach of these nations continues to grow and develop there has never been a more important time to consider studying Spanish.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 

Alongside the units listed below you will also undertake your chosen language unit suited to your level of proficiency. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Mastery, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.

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Core Units

Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age

The unit develops skills of critical enquiry and analysis, and communication for language learners. It will enhance your digital and intercultural literacy, preparing you for employment and citizenship in the contemporary world.

Global Concerns In Sustainable Development

This unit introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a focus on case studies and an understanding of the key concepts and the relationship to concerns such as climate change, poverty and sustainable development.

Innovation and Creativity Skills for Business

This unit will facilitate idea generation via a range of creative thinking tools. Case studies will be utilised to explore models of innovation. Students will plan and manage a project in groups, demonstrating divergent and convergent thinking, to develop a business concept for a specified target market. The student’s group presentation will display the sources, and interpretation of data in the decision making process, to justify the innovative business concept.

Accounting and FinTech for Managers

This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.

Introduction to Human Resource Management

This unit reviews the evolution of HRM and introduces students to the key underpinning theories. It explores the employee life cycle including recruitment and selection, development, reward and recognition, performance management, wellbeing, engagement, diversity and inclusion, conflict and departures. The unit highlights various influences both internal and external to the organisation, which shape HR policies and practices, such as labour markets, CSR, political environment and the legal framework and their implications on workforce planning.

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for Years 2 and 3 of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see BA (Hons) Business Management 

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Core Units

Managing Across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries

This unit will look at managing across both organisational and cultural boundaries and will review the challenges and complexities that arise because of working collaboratively in an international cross-cultural setting; understand the impact of globalisation on the organisation and its employees. Encourage collaborative working at every level; to avoid negative behaviours such as ‘ethnocentrism and prejudice’; but to acknowledge power, politics and trust will always be an issue that needs to be taken into account in the management of a diverse cross-cultural workforce. Recognition that organisations need to promote positive management behaviours such as ‘cross-cultural training’ to ensure that a ‘global mindset’, ‘diversity’ and ‘gender’ are acknowledged at every level in the organisation.

Management studies in context

This unit develops students’ critical awareness of contemporary business and management issues from across the world. The unit is taught through various case studies that raise concerns about free market capitalism.

Operations Management

Operations is the part of an organisation that actually makes products and/or delivers services. Managing operations can be extremely complex and this is even more difficult today because of several challenges. These include the application of new technologies (broadly termed Industry 4.0) and the need for operational practices to be both ethical and sustainable. The unit will consider how organisations formulate operations strategy against this backdrop. It will also examine operations management theory and its relevance to early career professionals. Finally, the unit will consider how operations relates to the other organisational functions (HRM, accounting, marketing and design).

Social Innovation through Entrepreneurship

This unit will manage a project exploring concepts of social innovation through an entrepreneurial process. Using a problem-based approach, students will develop innovative solutions to address a given social/community issue and create positive social impact.

Investigating Responsible Enterprise in a Global Context

This unit critiques the role of multi-national organisations, social enterprises and the role of the state in the emergence of responsible enterprise as a movement to address global issues for people and planet.

Principles of Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy, building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organization theory to institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and gives students an introduction in this important area of business management. Students will gain an awareness of the issues involved and the techniques that managers adopt. The tools and techniques will help students understand how organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for Years 2 and 3 of this programme. 

For an indication of units currently available, please see BA (Hons) Business Management 

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Core Units

Leadership in Practice

This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

Strategic Management in the Global Context

This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Principles of Strategic Management (Year 2), and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

Entrepreneurs, Business in a Globalised Society

This unit develops students’ research skills through a rigorous understanding of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice. Introduction to key concepts. Entrepreneurs in context: Entrepreneurship and social enterprise concepts, issues, debates and drivers. The entrepreneurial process, opportunity recognition and development, discovery versus creation. Innovation and entrepreneurship. Characteristics of the entrepreneur, entrepreneurial cognition and self-efficacy. Self-interest versus social benefit, social entrepreneurship. Business in context: Strategic and Global entrepreneurship, leadership styles and small business formats, introduction to social enterprise. Enterprise and society, drivers, tensions and change, responsible management, CSR, social and ethical capital, the rise of social businesses globally.

Business Ethics, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership

This unit aims to help students become responsible leaders by developing the critical tools and moral imagination required to analyse and manage the ethical and sustainability challenges they are likely to encounter in the workplace.

Leadership in Practice

This unit explores concepts and models of leadership, reviews key issues such as diversity and ethical leadership; personality, psychological factors, use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development. Leadership theories and practice; strategic leadership; ethical leadership; diversity and leadership; leadership and change; power and politics; cross cultural leadership; globalization and sustainability; personality and psychological factors in relation to the role of the leader; professional and commercial issues in leadership; coaching and development.

Project Planning and Project Delivery (Community – Consultancy – Young Enterprise)

Students works in teams to either start a business or work on a live project.  The Young Enterprise start-up unit enhances enterprising behaviours and skills, develops students' employability and creates an awareness of the entrepreneurial career path. On the live projects students will develop their employability through the application of innovative thinking to the solving of either a client-based or a community-based problem.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

All of our Business courses offer four-year placement and exchange routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year. You can make a decision on whether to follow this route at the end of your first year of study. 

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business and International Relations.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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