BA (Hons) Languages and Intercultural Communication

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Languages and Intercultural Communication BA (Hons)

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


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

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.

Our course in intercultural communication will allow you to study French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and gain intercultural business skills to prepare you for business in the global environment.

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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Mode of Study:



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, 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.

  • 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 and Politics for the 21st Century
  • Language B or Intercultural Competence through Mandarin
  • Exploring Culture

Year 3

  • Full academic year studying abroad

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 the 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

A Level grade C in the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

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

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

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.

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,350 tba

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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