Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.
- The programme offers academic and professional preparation for global managerial roles in national and international enterprises. The course provides students with:
- International business management acumen and key business management skills
- Cultural diversity awareness and fundamental skills in cross-cultural management and
- Foreign language competencies to communicate in a foreign language with their international counterparts. Languages are a core element throughout the whole course and students must study one foreign language.
All modules are taught in English and there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in a number of modules in Levels 4, 5 and 6. These are indicated in the below list * and whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure that these run every year, please note this is subject to demand.
Year One (Level 4)
All modules are compulsory (120 credits)
- Business in a Global Context (20 credits)
- Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)*
- Finance for Managers (20 credits)*
- Foreign Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits)
- Managing People At Work (20 credits)*
- Business Information Systems (20 credits)
Year Two (Level 5) (Total 120 credits)
Compulsory Modules (90 credits)
Please note Level 5 credit requirements for compulsory modules is subject to modification.
- Management from an International Perspective (20 credits)
- Intercultural Awareness for Business (20 credits)
- Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits)
- Law for International Business (10 credits)
- Creativity and Innovation Management (10 credits)
- Work Experience OR Employability Skills Project (10 credits)
Option Modules (30 credits)
Human Resource Management in Context (20 credits)
Consumers, Culture and Commerce (20 credits)
Money, Banking and Risk (20 credits)
Business Obligations (20 credits)
Digital Business (20 credits)
Contemporary Operations Management (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (20 credits)
Research Methods for Business (10 credits)
Business Development and Finance (10 credits)
Financial Planning for Business (10 credits)
Year Three / Year Four (Level 6)
- International Business Management (20 credits)
- International Business and Cultural Diversity (20 credits)
- Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits)
- International and Comparative HRM (20 credits)
- Contemporary and International Issues in Business Ethics (20 credits)
International and Global Marketing (20 credits)
European Business Law (20 credits)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
Visioning Sustainability for Change (20 credits)
Investment Management (20 credits)
Technology Project Management (20 credits)
Foreign Language (2nd foreign language)
Dissertation (40 credits)
Launching an Enterprise (40 credits)
Industrial Work Placement (20 credits)
There are two language entry routes:
- Beginners/Post GCSE route (French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese- Subject to sufficient demand). This route equips students with an operational knowledge of the language that will allow them to communicate as an independent user in personal and business related settings. (Level B1/B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).
- Post A-level route (French and Spanish - Subject to sufficient demand). This route enables students with an A Level or equivalent competency in the language to further enhance their linguistic skills. This route equips students with a high level of language skills that will allow them to communicate as a proficient user in business related settings. (Level C2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Students with a drive for languages can study for an additional language module on an elective basis (i.e. non credit-bearing module). This can be undertaken in any of the listed languages at any level during their studies (subject to sufficient demand). This represents a unique opportunity to start working towards employability assets.
The degree employs a modular approach; students are required to study a certain number of modules in each year (120 credits per year). While all students must take core modules, students on the BA (Hons) International Business Management degree may select option modules in years two and 3, allowing students greater flexibility to pursue their academic/professional interests.
The course combines core and option modules from the disciplines of business and management, intercultural studies and languages. The compulsory modules represent the essential core knowledge and skills required for each field of study.
Learning & Teaching
Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.
Seminars involve students presenting previously prepared work to peers and lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in communication skills, problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as providing staff with a method of assessing student-centred learning.
Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes, students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice.
A key component of the learning experience is to invite business experts or other academics to provide insights into their business activity or research work. A network of experts help provide specialist knowledge as well as bolstering and promoting the credentials of the programme. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.
Support for students in learning:
All students studying in Cardiff School of Management benefit from the team of dedicated tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact for students. They guide students in such matters as, finance, welfare, career development as well as helping where needed with the planning of effective study patterns, exam preparation and a range of other important issues. The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Director and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of the students are met effectively and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a pleasant and successful experience.
In addition to the Personal Tutors, the Programme Director and the Year Tutor will provide individual support and guidance with any academic aspects. This is particularly important in relation to the choice of option modules available at level 5 and 6. Option module guidance is further supported by plenary sessions together with an Options Fair to offer further individual guidance.
The programme provides further general support to the students through the following:
· An induction programme for level 4, level 5 and level 6 students
· Student handbook, programme handbook and individual module handbooks
· The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
· Library and study skills packages
· Library and learning resources of both Cardiff Metropolitan University campus
· Specialist computing facilities including interactive and multi-media labs
· A 24-hour open access IT facility on the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses
· Unlimited worldwide web access
· Access to student services including those offered by careers, welfare, disability, counselling, chaplaincy and medical centre.
We have an expert team of academic staff in the fields of business and management, cross-cultural management and foreign languages. Their research activities, international experiences and collaborations inform undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and contribute to the students learning experience.
The assessment strategy covers a wide spectrum of approaches that enable students to develop analytical, critical and decision-making skills through the application of knowledge to practical business and management related scenarios and real case studies. Each module has its own aims, objectives, learning outcomes and methods of delivery and assessment. Assessments may therefore take the form of assessed written essays or reports, oral presentations, group and individual research projects, portfolios, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations.
Preparation and support is available for assessment through various activities designed by module leaders, personal tutors and library services.
Employability & Careers
Most of our students secure employment six months after graduation. Career prospects are excellent with local, national and international opportunities in all areas of business management and commerce.
Successful graduates have found positions at supervisory/management level in the private and public sector. The global perspective of the programme allows our former students to find a range of managerial and professional careers in international recruiting, business and management consultancy, business development, human resources, international marketing, financial management and international trading to name a few.
Work Placement and Employability:
Our programmes aim to enhance student employability in various ways. In the second year of the degree, students undertake a compulsory work placement module (15 days work placement) as this is considered an essential requirement for all students at the Cardiff School of Management.
Further, upon successful completion of year two, for those students who wish to enhance their employability, there is the additional opportunity to take a sandwich year undertaking a year long placement in industry between years two and three. The placement is accredited at the final year of the degree with 20 credits. The year long placement can either be taken abroad or in a company based in the UK.
The Cardiff School of Management has a dedicated work placement team to help you finding a placement. Careers Service also offers support to students to find work placements and internships. The university's MetHub is an online platform that allows organisations to advertise a wide range of opportunities to our students and graduates such as graduate vacancies, paid internships, placements and work experience, volunteering, international opportunities and part time roles.
Other Career Services include Careers Fairs and social networking events with employers. In addition to this, if you intend to become a young Entrepreneur and start your own business, the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship will aid you in business practice and help develop your business idea while you are a university student.
The University operates an outward mobility programme and funding is available to study and work abroad. Visit our Study, Work or Volunteer Abroad with Global Opportunities for further information.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Progression to Postgraduate Study:
Upon completion of this undergraduate programme, opportunities are available to undertake postgraduate level courses with Cardiff School of Management, such as the MSc International Business Management, LLM International Business, MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Fashion Marketing Management, MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, MSc International Supply Chain and Logistics Management, MSc Banking & Finance and the MBA. In addition, graduates will be well prepared to undertake professional qualifications or programmes.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics – Numeracy.
The programme also welcomes direct entry students onto the final year of the course from partner universities in Europe and independent applicants. This further enhances the multicultural experiences of the cosmopolitan and internationally diverse student cohort.
For applicants who are
only undertaking two A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.