BA (Hons) Languages & Intercultural Communication

Undergraduate, Full-time

Languages & Intercultural Communication BA (Hons)

Learn about the nuances of languages in a business context to set yourself above the competition in a global marketplace


Our languages and intercultural communication courses will equip you with the skills to work in a globalising world by building on real life scenarios.

Our course in intercultural communication will allow you to study French, German or Spanish, with  Mandarin an additional option in Year 2, and gain intercultural business skills to prepare you for business in the global environment.

Studying two foreign languages will place you a step ahead in the global business market. You must be proficient in your main language, but your second one can be beginner.

You'll study overseas in your main language to further develop your language and cultural skills and gain valuable experience to enhance your career prospects.

As well as your study of languages, you'll study cultural diversity and the business contexts of global current affairs.

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4 years

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Course details

Your language skills will be developed through spoken and written communication, role-play and presentations, including business presentation and negotiation.

You'll gain a great understanding of intercultural theory and how to apply this in a business context.

You'll study abroad for one year at one of our partner institutions in France, Germany or Spain, gaining valuable personal and professional experience while refining your language skills, with the aim to achieve fluency for business purposes. Staff will offer pastoral care throughout your study and work abroad time.

It is important that applicants have some experience in the language they wish to study as part of their programme, however, it may be possible to study German from beginner's level.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, online and independent study.
  • note and pen Assessments Practical assessments; exams; coursework; blogs covering your time studying abroad.
  • study abroad Study abroad You’ll spend one year studying abroad.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Language A
  • Language B
  • An Introduction to Discourse, Language and Society
  • Intercultural & Organisational Management

Year 2

  • Language A
  • Language B or An Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language
  • Understanding European History for the 21st Century
  • Language B or Intercultural Competence through Mandarin
  • Exploring Culture

Year 3

  • Full academic year studying in France, Germany or Spain

Year 4

  • Language A
  • Communication in International Management
  • Intercultural Dialogue through Translation
  • Dissertation (always written in English)


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

It is important that applicants have some experience in the language they wish to study as part of the programme, however, it may be possible to study German from beginner’s level.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC to include grade B in a language.

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include grade B in a language.

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include a language.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include a language and grade C2 in Ordinary Level English. OL Maths recommended.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include a language and grade O4 in Ordinary Level English. OL Maths recommended.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit).

A Level grade C in a language.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include grade 5 in a language.

Grade 4 in SL English.

SL Maths recommended.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include a language.

Grade 6 in English.

Maths recommended.

Scottish HNC

Other HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a B in the graded unit is achieved.

To include SQA Higher grade B in a language. The language qualification must be completed within the past 2 years. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £13,360 tba

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fee status of EU nationals commencing their studies in 2021/2 has yet to be confirmed by the Scottish Government following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and will be published once known. For EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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As a graduate with proficiency in one or more foreign languages you’ll be equipped for a career all over the world.

You may be based in the UK dealing with overseas clients and partners, or take up a position abroad in an area such as:

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Tourism
  • Export
  • International development
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