BA (Hons) International Business / Spanish

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This combined honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject.

International Business:

No matter where you work, there will be underlying principles of business in operation. 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 good at leading teams, have sound commercial awareness, are adept at spotting enterprising opportunities, can manage projects and are excellent problem solvers. Our suite of business programmes are designed for you to develop these essential skills to become a responsible and effective business leader. The nature of business is complex, so your studies may cover subjects such as international strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, finance, human resource management and marketing. Studying business in Manchester means you will be based in our highly modern Business School in the heart of a vibrant city bustling with enterprise, collaboration and innovation. Employability will be at the core of your learning. 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. You will be taught by a team of highly experienced and passionate professionals with a wealth of real world experience, who are actively involved in the professions and share extensive links with the wider business community.


Proficiency in modern languages can 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. Studying Spanish at Manchester Met will give you the opportunity to learn from native speakers. Our languages department have created their own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed in the everyday use of your chosen language.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad in Spain or Latin America. If Spanish is your minor subject, the course will be three years with no study abroad.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability options by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects. 

This subject combination offers you the possibility of working in global, international, national and regional organisations in a wide variety of management jobs, for example, in banking and finance, information technology, manufacturing and retail. 

Other opportunities could include teaching and translating/interpreting (after further postgraduate study).

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Grade B or above in Spanish. Applicants without A Level Spanish should contact the University directly to discuss options

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of at least 5.5 in all units

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

Course details

International Business:

International trade is important because most businesses operate in the global marketplace. This degree provides you with the business knowledge and cross-cultural management skills you will need in order to develop and maintain international business relationships in often volatile political, cultural and economic/financial environments. Contemporary business case studies enable you to see how various types of businesses operate and succeed in international markets. Assessments focus on the application of the skills and knowledge you have gained to real life business situations.


This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish Studies including culture, society, literature, film, and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing. We offer a wide choice of units related to Spain, which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market. 

In Year 1 you will study both subjects equally. Units in Spanish will be combined with the study of the global business context and a range of concepts relating to understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in organisations.

Combined honours programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/ minor or named route combinations. In the first year, students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for year one are shown below.

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Core Units

Understanding and Managing People

You will study key issues from four main themes: 1. Individuals and work (for example, individual differences, the process of perception, how people learn, theories of motivation); 2. Groups and social interaction (for example, work groups and teams, communication, leadership and conflict); and 3. The nature and context of understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in organisations, development of self and management skills, and identifying developmental goals and strategies).

Hispanic Culture and Society
This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts. The unit will evaluate and analyse how twentieth-century Spanish and Latin Americans responded to events and conditions in Spain and Latin America from the ‘Discovery’ to the end of the twentieth century.
Spanish Language Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework

Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

Units of study available across Year 2 and Year 3 on a combined honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please be advised that unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/ minor, equal or named route through your programme.

For an indication of units currently available see our International Business and Spanish courses.

Units of study available across Year 2 and Year 3 on a combined honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please be advised that unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

For an indication of units currently available see our BA (Hons) International Business and BA (Hons) Spanish courses.

For students on a combined honours course with a business subject, there may be the opportunity to take a year-long placement or overseas study (exchange) route. This means that combined honours students taking a business related subject at the Business School will have the same access to the Business School placements and exchange teams as their single honours peers. Therefore, the placement or exchange year route with the business school is solely for those students who take a language as a minor.

For language combinations, in cases where students will equal or major in the language, there is already the option for them to undertake an exchange year in the country where the language is spoken natively.

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

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will spend your third year in Spain or Latin America and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities or approved organisations where you can study or work. After this, you will return to the university in your final year.

If you major in Business all our courses still offer optional four year placement and exchange routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year studying overseas or on industrial placement working for a company, 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

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, International Business and International Politics.

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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: £14,500 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.


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How to apply

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